To bring you college football. It’s that time again. The official start of college football season, with all its color and pageantry, is this Saturday. Tailgating, marching bands, parties, and BCS bowl game predictions will be the rule of the day. My hubby will be glued to the TV, reading the sports page cover to cover, studying Sports Illustrated, tuning into Sports Talk Radio, and listening to the college football pundits and Sunday morning quarterbacks on ESPN, and the coach’s show for all the post-game dissections.
Here in the south, we take our football very seriously. Everything from hair appointments to out-of-town trips and family gatherings will revolve around the football schedule. Even weddings and funerals will be scheduled with an eye toward the day’s football game lineup. One half of my weekend will be consumed with preparing for, going to, and recovering from a game, leaving only Sunday to catch up before the work week begins again.
I don’t mind — at least not much. I love college football – not quite to the same degree as my hubby, mind you, but I too catch the fever (a low-grade one, anyway). We have season tickets to our university’s home games, and for those away games, we settle in front of the TV to cheer on the team.
Crowds united by their love of the team will gather in football stadiums around the country, wearing their school colors, singing the National Anthem and the school’s alma mater or fight song. They’ll high five when their team intercepts a pass, recovers a fumble, or scores a touchdown. It’s hard to resist that kind of enthusiasm.
The first game of the season brings an air of anticipation so thick you can almost taste it (or maybe that’s the hotdogs and hamburgers on the grill). What will our team look like? Will they have worked out all the kinks from last season, filled in the gaps from players who’ve graduated, have their minds in the game? As the season progresses, hopes will be dashed or raised, heroes will be made or vanquished, fans will be encouraged or discouraged. And in the space of one football season a winner will be crowned National Champion. That’s heady stuff. No really! It is!
So even though I’m giving up a whole day out of my precious weekend, I look forward to football season. After all it’s only twelve weeks. Then I can resume my regularly scheduled programming.
Do your fall activities include college or NFL football?