Like millions of others (a record number this year) I watched the Superbowl match up between the New Orleans Saints and the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday night. Normally I'm more of a college football fan than a fan of pro football but I always get into it when playoffs roll around. This year I kept up with the success of the Saints, the team that only a few years ago was called The Ain'ts because they were plagued with one crappy season after another for pretty much all of their NFL history. But Sunday night they proved to everyone they can come back from their past and be victorious. It's hard not to cheer for the underdog. All those years of bad records and then there was Katrina which hit the entire state with devestating effect.
The game was good and honestly, I like both of these teams but I was thrilled to see the Saints win. I cheered hardest though at the end of the game when the Who Dat Nation began to celebrate. Drew Brees, Saints Quarterback and MVP of the game carried his baby boy in his arms and my heart melted. Maybe I'm a sap but the sight of this big, strong alpha guy kissing the fingers and cheeks of his baby, tears in his eyes was so moving to me.
I began to think about what we do to our alpha heroes when we write them. They are tough, often silent, take charge guys but how often do we see them moved to tears? Not many times, I figure. No, we really don't want to read about a hero who is continually weeping BUT can't he feel emotion? Can't he be moved to tears by the death of a loved one, a love lost or another catastrophic event from his past? I think it's way past time we give our heroes some more tender emotions, don't you?
We know men are wired differently from women. We women are often motivated by emotion while the guys hold it back, shove it aside and only until it's impossible to contain it, cry. I'm all for big, tough, badasses but, damn, I want to see a sensitive side too.