I have no real rooting interest in the NFL, despite the fact that that makes me seem un-American. Sure, I play fantasy football and watch the Super Bowl and crack Brett Favre jokes and what not, but I don't really have a favorite team. College football, minus the postseason system, has always been more appealing to me. Plain and simple.
But now? I have a reason to follow the NFL: the Seattle Seahawks. Rooting for them to lose, that is.
I already kind of disliked them when they "just" had Lofa Tatupu and Lawrence Jackson. Then they hired Cheatey. Then they traded for Lendale White. Then I checked their roster and found that they had Mike Freaking Williams of all people, as well as less-hateable-but-still-Trojies Anthony McCoy and Tom Malone. Basically, Cheatey's re-building his Trojan Empire in the NFL, and he's doing it within the Seattle Seahawk organization.
So what's the move here? Watch every Seattle Seahawk game on television and root for them to lose in the most agonizing way possible. I want them to go 0-16 this year with every single loss coming on a last-second Cal-Stanford play (or barring that, a red-zone interception by a backup linebacker off a deflection just to give Cheatey some 'Nam-like flashbacks). I want to go their November 28th home game against the Chiefs just to watch Jarrad Page throw Lendale for losses in the backfield like a rag doll. I want to watch their November 21st game against New Orleans just for the sheer irony of Reggie Bush playing against all his former teammates in a "who can be the biggest SUC-to-the-NFL bust?" contest. And if by some horrible, horrible chance the Seahawks make it to the playoffs, I want to watch some high-seeded team absolutely obliterate them and embarrass Cheatey and his Empire with the whole country watching.
Finally, an NFL season with a new wrinkle. I'm excited.
EDIT: Yes, I know that Reggie Carter signed with the Seahawks as a non-drafted free agent. But you just know that Cheatey's going to find an excuse to cut him before the opening week, probably due to his participation in 13-9. So that's that.