Thursday, August 12, 2010

Don't bother, if you don't love football

Football season has arrived. I just love football, and I guess I always have.

Growing up, we had season tickets to all of the high school games. And of course, Daddy always watched the Dallas Cowboys every Sunday. I remember my mom trying to keep me from watching the game with him when I was little, mostly because of all of the "colorful" words Daddy yelled at the TV. I was fascinated by how emotional he got over the game and reminded him often that the players could not hear him in the TV.

When I was in high school, I was a Highland Belle (Highland Park's drill team) and I remember that there were lots of Belles that chatted with each other and danced to the band in the stands, but had no idea what was going on in the game. Now, I am not going to say I didn't dance to the band in the stands, but you can bet, if something big happened in that game while I was dancing, my dance moves turned off abruptly and you would see me jumping up and down and yelling for the team. I remember my friend Debs and I were the ones watching...and I remember her boyfriend going down for the season in the very first game...devastating if you understand and love football like we do.

Yes, I'm a coach's wife, so it is convenient that I love the sport, since we will be living and breathing it until December. And I have two young boys, who already love football, too. But if you love the sport, you just can't explain just do.

Kenny Chesney's new video for his song "The Boys of Fall" says it all. I put it here if you would like to see it and haven't yet. Don't bother watching if you don't love just won't get it. Enjoy!

1 comment:

  1. I'm not sure I agree with you. It is definitely fair to say that I don't love football. I normally would have said I am pretty ambivalent, but NPR has terrified me about brain damage routinely occurring at the elementary school level. Yet, the first time I heard this song I had tears in my eyes at one point and was completely fascinated. Why? Because it is just so true. A portrayal of all that gets experienced. Small town football in particular is amazing.

    Hadn't seen the video. Thanks.

    And yes, I have an open mind towards football. But, expect an email when that day comes of what the heck do I do in this version of football that uses hands other than the goalkeeper!