A house divided: Fairfield family split over Super Bowl rivals
Published 2:02 pm, Friday, February 4, 2011
Jordan Wincentsen used to be a Jets fan, but when the Pittsburgh Steelers won Super Bowl XLIII in 2009, he decided to switch his allegiance to the black and gold.
Now, the 12-year-old Fairfielder lives in a house divided.
Flying outside his parents' house on South Pine Creek Road there is not only a Steeler flag, but the flag of the Green Bay Packers, the Steelers' opponent on Sunday in Super Bowl XLV for the Lombardi trophy.
"My husband is a Packers fan," said Patricia Wincentsen. "My son and I are Steelers fans." Patricia joined her son in rooting for Pittsburgh's QB "Big Ben" Roethlisberger and the team after a recent trip to Heinz Field to watch a game.
"My husband's from Wisconsin," she said. "He was born a Packers fan." And there's no way either Jordan or her husband, Craig, will switch their football team allegiance, she said.
"It's getting a little tense here," she said.
Craig Wincentsen agrees that rooting for the Packers is the result of his upbringing. "I was born in Wisconsin, so I became a Packers fan by default. They really have no connection to it," he said.
He added that he really hasn't tried to talk the others into becoming Packers fans. "We're starting to do a little talking back and forth, but it's all in good fun," he said.
And Craig said he'll feel as though they won no matter whose team is hoisting the championship trophy. "If the Packers win, I'm thrilled, but if they lose, that means my son's team wins, so I'm happy for him," he said.
As for the two flags, as soon as the Steelers won their division Jordan told his father that he either had to get a Steelers flag to fly or take down his Packers flag. "He didn't want his friends to come by and think he was rooting for the Packers," Craig said.
On Sunday, the Wincentsens will be watching the championship game in their respective fan gear -- Craig in his cheesehead hat, pulling for Aaron Rodgers and the Packers while Patricia and Jordan are waving their Steelers Terrible Towels, all in the same room.
"We're all set," she said, but admitted, "We probably should be in separate rooms." As of midweek, there had been no bets placed in the Wincentsen household, but that could all change before the game rolls around. "I wouldn't be surprised if something comes up before then," Patricia said.
Like his wife, Craig said he expects that some sort of family wager will be made before kickoff on Sunday.
"My son and I were talking, we both have this feeling it's going to be a close game and come down to the fourth quarter with a few minutes left," he said.