Jan 19, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos executive vice president of football operations John Elway and quarterback Peyton Manning (18) after the 2013 AFC championship playoff football game against the New England Patriots at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
As a fan of the Texas Rangers and a fan of major league baseball in general, Super Bowl Sunday may mean something a little different to me than it does to you. I am not saying that I do not enjoy the festivities that come with obviously the biggest sporting event in America every year, on the contrary, I grew up a huge Denver Broncos fan and still am to this day. To me, however, football is not baseball.
When I think about Super Bowl Sunday, some Texas Rangers questions come to mind. The first one is about football, and that question is how will Texas Rangers prospect Russell Wilson perform in his first ever big game? As a Texas Rangers fan part of me wants to see him do well, but as a Broncos fan I very much hope he loses. After that my questions get a little farther away from football. I have gotten to see my favorite football team win a championship under the leadership of John Elway, but I never got to see my Texas Rangers win a World Series under the leadership of Michael Young, although we all know how close they got in 2011. So my next question that this day brings to mind is how much longer am I going to have to wait to see my Texas Rangers win a championship? I am hoping not very long at all with the additions that the Texas Rangers have added to the offense this season.
Next I want to know if Prince Fielder and Shin-soo Choo are going to be the difference that the Texas Rangers needed to get back to the post season. The Texas Rangers now have a big on base guy and a big home run guy on their roster, both things this team was missing in 2013. I can’t wait to see what they will bring to the table. Next I want to know if Martin Perez and Matt Harrison are going to be effective in 2014. I am expecting a lot from both of them, and I hope that I am not disappointed by either of them. With Derek Holland being out of the picture at the moment, it is up to Martin Perez to be the left handed force that the Texas Rangers need him to be in the rotation.
So as I cheer on my Denver Broncos tonight in the Super Bowl, in the back of mind I will be counting down the days until I get to smell the grass and see the Texas Rangers take the field again in Arlington. Enjoy the Super Bowl everyone and have a safe gathering with friends. But remember, baseball is just around the corner!