Anthony: I’ve got football on the mind

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by Katie Anthony/Staff Writer

Sunday night, Monday night, Saturday afternoon, Big10 Network reruns. Anytime, anywhere, any network – if there is a football game on, nine times out of 10 I’m watching it. Yeah, you read that right. I’m a girl, and I love football.   The way I see it, there are three types of girls when it comes to sports: the first group just does not care about sports nor do they care to know anything about sports. They roll their eyes and walk away. They are the epitome of girly-girls. The second group is my least favorite. They are the girls who fake their interest in sports in order to get attention from guys. These are the girls that sit in the room during a game and say things such as “what’s an interception” and “number 24 has a nice butt.”  As far as I am concerned those girls can just get up and leave the room, and they can come back when the game is over. The last group (and what I think is the best group) is made up of the girls who know, love and live football.  They can give any male a run for his money on stats, facts and overall conversation in regard to football. I’m sure there are guys that think girls do not know football, girls cannot talk football and girls cannot have an opinion about football because they don’t understand it. Well boys, get ready to be blown away. I am a diehard Iowa Hawkeyes fan and New England Patriots fan.  Now guys, do not think less of me because I’m a Patriots fan. I hate Tom Brady just asmuch as you do—a quarterback doesn’t make the team, the passion for the game makes the team. Yeah, the Patriots had a rough year, ending at 10-6. Yes, two key starters, Brady included, are injured and out of the Pro Bowl.  Yes, they’re losing their defensive coordinator after the Pro Bowl, but they’re ranked third in overall yards and passing yards, ranked 6th in scoring points, and 12th in rushing yardage.  But enough about the Patriots, they may have been AFC East champions, but I’m more concerned about the Superbowl. We have the Indianapolis Colts (14-2) and the New Orleans Saints (13-3), both with star quarterbacks and intense offenses. The deciding factor in this game will be whose defense will be able to stop these infamous offensive lines and quarterbacks. Drew Brees definitely gave Peyton Manning a run for his money this season. While Manning ended up on top between the two of them when it came to touchdown passes, I think Brees is going to be tough to beat in the category.  Granted, the Colts do have the advantage when it comes to their blitzing defense; they definitely have a leg-up on having a speed defense rather than a weighty (literally) defense. The Saints hold top spots in points per game and in yards per game, which means thatthe Colts defense is going to have to be flawless in breaking through the line and getting to Brees. In case you haven’t figured it out, I’ll be cheering for the Saints on Sunday. It should be a good game, but I think the Saints will surprise everyone. I may be a girl, but I’m just as capable of spewing out statistics or holding my own in a football debate. I don’t have to sit around in boxers or drink beer to enjoy and understand football. I am a girl, and I love football.