I became a Rams fan in my early teens (in the seventies) mostly for inane reasons that I've mostly forgotten, but I've never had anything like as strong an attachment to them as I have to the Reds. I hate to say it on this board, but for the last decade plus, ever since I attended a game in Pitlsburgh, I've rooted for the Steelers as much as I have the Rams.
I will say, though, that Spygate left a bad taste in my mouth. Before that, I respected the Patriots, but ever since I root against them every chance I get. It was good to see the Giants win last night and see a Marshall alum (hey, I root for WVU but my master's came from Marshall) accidentally score the winning touchdown.
The Patriots are a mirage of their former selves. They have a very young defense with no running game to speak of. Everything in the offense is geared around Tom Brady, two TE's, and a questionable supporting cast. That being said, they are the best the AFC had to offer.
The Ravens have more balance than the Patriots, but Joe Flacco has been pretty inconsistent and the defense is aging rapidly. The Steelers are aging as well on defense but need to return to their identity of being a run first team. I don't see hiring Todd Haley accomplishing that. Cincinnati is a wildcard with a bright future but you have to ask if Mike Brown will screw it up.
The AFC West is abysmal to even mention any teams. Houston is an elite QB away from being a real contender in the AFC although I look for the future of that division to run through Andrew Luck and the Colts.
If you would have told me three years ago before the Colts played the Saints in the Super Bowl that the NFC was the superior league I would have laughed you off of this thread. It is pretty telling though that a NFC WC team the past two years has knocked off a heavily favored team from the AFC.
"Hey...Dad. Wanna Have A Catch?" Kevin Costner in "Field Of Dreams."