Football season has begun. The first pre-season game has been played and many of the players, as well as some of the coaches, are wondering what their future holds. A crowd-pleasing punt return; the dejection of an intercepted pass; or the season-ending injury will change the tide for many.
We are still in the midst of summer so the tantalizing smell of grilled meat fills the air. The “splursh” of a pop-top can spreads the yeasty scent of beer. Chlorine, coconut oil and wet dog hair. The sounds of summer echo with the squealing giggles of children playing. Summer is for play, whether you are a big kid or small. It is no wonder the game of football begins in the middle of summer.
Football games can change the mood of traffic. Fortunes are won and lost on chancy bets. Big money rolls through the NFL in the form of salary caps, signing bonuses and the inevitable Super Bowl commercials. How many Clydesdales have marched across the television screen?
We worry and stress over the players lives and the weekly games as much as we worry about what to have for dinner. And forget that football is just a game to entertain us on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. It’s not much different than watching “The Voice” or “American Idol”. Relax, football friends, I’m not picking on football, just making a comparison. I get all edgy, too, when I watch the Broncos.
So why do we get all twisted up when we watch a football game? The action and suspense, of course. And then there is the beauty of watching a pack of incredible physical specimens do amazing things with their bodies. Football [and its European counterpart, soccer] is an enjoyable diversion in our lives. When some strong-armed guy launches a football downfield and a speed demon latches onto it with one hand, tucks it into his chest and runs hell-bent for leather to a touchdown. . . well, it’s pretty easy to forget all about the big report you have to write the next day. Or maybe when you have to kick-off a big project, you’ll have that touchdown in mind and the process just might seem a little easier.
I say, go for the two-point conversion and maybe you’ll get a bonus. It might be just enough to go and see your favorite team play in the Super Bowl.