I heard a woman discussing her husband by saying, "If it rolls or bounces he's going to play it or watch it on TV." Ah, yes, college football season has begun. College football draws avid fans, whether in the stadium or in front of the TV.
This past weekend kicked off the collegiate football season bringing with it the roaring crowds, the chanting cheerleaders, the marching bands, the flip of the coin, the referee's whistle to begin play, and replays on the stadium's giant screens. Vendors are everywhere. Souvenirs, the college colors in caps and shirts, the food and drinks. All that brings unequaled excitement to the sports fans.
Did you see that Notre Dame played Navy in Ireland?! Michigan played Alabama in Texas?! What is this--a new trend in game scheduling? Will we continue to have home games at home as we did in the past?
When I was younger I loved all sports. Participated in some and then attended and cheered others from the bleachers. I still enjoy watching sports but am not as crazy-wild as I once was. Just like most things in this technology age, I can sit in the comfort of my home and watch the game. Doing so allows me to avoid the hassle of getting to and from the game, fighting the traffic and crowds, etc., etc.
Some college football stadiums hold 80,000-100,000 or more. Consider the college campus, its academic and administration buildings. The football stadium drawfs many of them and is used probably only six or seven times a year.
Have we gone overboard with our enthusiasm for sports in general and football in particular? I sometimes wonder. I'm not grumbling here--remember I played and enjoy sports still. But is there no limit to the heights we'll go to enjoy sports? Do you ever think we could pull the enthusiasm/fanaticism down a notch or two? Let me know what you think--please leave a comment.
Till next time ... keep on smiling.