November 5, 2012
Vote for your favourite NFL team
By QMI Agency
It's election week in the United States and we can't let our neighbours to the south have all the fun.
So it's time for us to have a popularity contest of our own.
We want to know which NFL franchise is Canada's team and we're asking fans from across the country to weigh in for this titanic battle.
Starting today, you can vote for your favourite NFL team. The voting will continue all week and we'll bring you the national and regional results next weekend.
So who will it be? The most likely candidates are those closest to the border, teams that share a northern spirit and similar weather patterns.
No doubt Canadians can identify with teams like the Green Bay Packers, Buffalo Bills, Minnesota Vikings, Detroit Lions and Seattle Seahawks, because it's easy for people in various parts of the country to get to their games and they are often the regional team of choice for television networks. TV plays a big role in how fans pick their allegiances, but there are many other factors, including star power, tradition and, perhaps most importantly, success. For those reasons, there are no doubt many fans of the New England Patriots, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, San Francisco 49ers and Pittsburgh Steelers.
Peyton Manning brought many fans to the Indianapolis Colts and is now bringing them back to the Denver Broncos, whose popularity harkens back to the John Elway days.
Teams like the 49ers, Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers were always part of the late nationally televised game back in the day and many fans still wear their jerseys for that reason.
More than a few snowbirds would likely vote for teams in their winter homes, like the Arizona Cardinals or Miami Dolphins.
Everyone has their reasons for liking a particular team. It could be a favourite player like Drew Brees or Aaron Rodgers or Tom Brady, a slick jersey design, an identifiable logo or sometimes even a colourful coach (hello, Rex Ryan).
Perhaps you will cast your vote for Barack Obama's Chicago Bears, or Mitt Romney's Patriots.
No matter what, do the right thing. Get out and vote.