So, when I saw that my Giants are playing the Pittsburgh Steelers this Sunday, the first thing I thought of was my friend Michael. A smoker for many years, Michael died from lymphoma in the summer of 2009. When I first started my blog in August 2009, one of my first posts was about him and I think about him all the time. You can read the post here.
I met Michael when I worked at an appeals court back in 2005. We hit it off instantly and, though we were very different in a lot of way, became really good friends. Michael was a huge Steelers fan and had a picture of himself and Jerome Bettis hanging up in his cubicle. He would sit in my office and we would talk about all sorts of things for hours. During football season, we constantly argued about the Giants and the Steelers, about who was a better quarterback, Eli Manning or Ben Roethlisberger. He thought Roethlisberger was better. He was wrong.
Starting with the 2005 season, we had a running bet as to which team would go further, and on the rare occasions the two teams played each other, who would win. The Steelers won two Super Bowls before he died, compared to the Giants’ one. Of course, we got even last year, and though I know he would’ve grumbled about it, and begrudgingly handed over the $5 bill I would’ve won, I also know he would’ve been happy for me.
Now, whenever I think of the Steelers, or see a Steelers highlight, I think of Michael. I wish he was here for many reasons, but I miss that we would have been going back and forth about this game for weeks, and doubled our yearly bet just for this game.
Rest in peace, Michael. And LET’S GO GIANTS!
Do you associate any teams (other than your favorite one) with someone?