Are you ready for some football!
Man, there is so much heavy news these days, and it all seems to be so
negative. The poor economy. High unemployment. People losing their
homes to foreclosure. An air-headed preacher planning to burn the Koran.
The mosque in Manhattan. A man in Kentucky kills his wife (and four
others) because she didn’t fix his eggs the way he wanted.
On Sundays, I used to get up and watch church shows on television, but
I quit doing that because I didn’t like being reminded that about everything
I enjoy is in some way sinful. And I hated the constant begging for donations.
Likewise, I quit watching the ‘Talking Heads’ news shows. All they do
is hash and rehash the news, and nothing ever gets resolved.
Ah, but then comes football. From the moment of kick-off, the world is
all right again. The goals are simple. One team tries to get the football
to the opposing end zone, while the other teams tries to stop them. There’s
a lot of pushing and shoving and tackling, and when a player gets hurt
they carry him off the field and put in another one. Great stuff!! And, of
course, the icing on the cake is when your team scores more points than
the other team.
And then, of course, there’s the cheerleaders. The Dallas Cowboy cheer-
leaders are the sexiest, in my book. But good lord, did you see the
Philadelphia Eagles cheerleaders in the Eagles – Packers game? Whoo
boy. They wore some kind of clingy, off blue outfits, with matching
leggings that came up almost to their knees.
One more thing…..when you watch football you don’t have to feel
guilty about what you eat. You can have really good stuff, like cold
beer and bratwurst covered with relish, onions, and sauerkraut. And
chips and dip.
Many years back, when my eldest daughter was attending a Catholic
school in Green Bay, I went to visit her on a cold, blustery, snowy
Sunday afternoon. I went to the office to check in, and the three
nuns working the desk were watching a Packer game in progress.
They were so wrapped up in the game they didn’t even notice me
when I came in. The Packers were driving towards the goal line,
and one elderly nun was waving her arms and shouting “go, go….hit
him”. I had to chuckle, but I could understand and appreciate her
Football isn’t important in the matter of world affairs. But football is
very important to those of us who are fans, because it gives us few hours
of enjoyable diversion from all the weighty problems of the world.