An Orange Fan’s Guide to Picking your Second Favorite NFL Team
Being an NFL fan is a religious experience. I’m a Jets fan first and foremost and have known this since I was a child. I was raised in the Church of Namath. However, being a Jets fan tries one’s faith, so much so that each year I pick a “second” team, just in case the Gang Green come up a yard short of the playoffs and shatter my heart into a million tiny pieces.
For many folks, the same team performs this valuable service every year. For me, it’s more complicated than that. You see, my second team is whomever has the most Orangemen on their roster. That means my second team can change every year, theoretically. And if often does.
I began my 2012-13 search for a second team after getting up to speed on last year’s graduates, thanks
to an article written by Tyler Greenwalt for CollegeSpin. Tyler goes through last year’s crop of Orangemen and provides us with a disposition on each. Chandler Jones, Andrew Tiller, Philip Thomas, Nick Provo,
Antwon Bailey, and Michael Hay were last year’s hopefuls, some sticking with an NFL team and and others falling by the wayside by the time the preseason ended.
Added into the mix are last year’s returning players, guys who made NFL rosters again. Some notable omissions from last year’s equation include Donovan McNabb and Tanard Jackson. Jackson made the Redskins roster but got suspended for another drug violation. When all is said and done, I consider which team has the most Orangemen on their roster and they become my second team.
Here’s the list of current Orangemen in the NFL, to the best of my estimation. If you know of any others, please email me and I’ll add them.
Tony Fiammetta (on injured reserve)
As you can see, the Ravens will become my second favorite team for this season. “But wait a second”, you say. “The Patriots have four Orangemen while the Ravens only have two”. Right you are. However, there’s an unwritten rule that says that, if one’s proposed second favorite team is in the same division as one’s favorite team, then one must default to the next most Orang-ey roster.
I think its one of the Ten Commandments. In fact, I’m sure of it. I remember Charlton Heston saying “Thou shalt not covet they neighbor’s team”. By neighbor, he surely meant those teams in the same division.
One other commandment…one should never, ever, under any circumstances root for the Dallas Cowboys. All right, I made that one up. That being said, I don’t like or understand band-wagon fans, of which most seem to root for “America’s Team”. They’re not football evangelists so much as closet Romo-sexuals.
If you’ve yet to choose your second team for 2012 and want some divine guidance in doing so, then perhaps the above rules will help you. Whatever you do though, choose wisely. Rumor has it that if enough of us don’t follow these basic tenets for picking our second team, then God will smite us by bringing the replacement referees back.
Let’s avoid the whole smite thing, shall we?