My “friend” Kim wrote a little post yesterday called “Football Can Wait”. She waxed poetic about baseball in the fall and how she really doesn’t need football to complete her life at this time of year.
Clearly Kim has gone crazy.
Football is the greatest thing in the world. Well, maybe not better than sex or white truffles, but certainly better than baseball. I don’t mean to say that I don’t enjoy a nice baseball game on a crisp fall afternoon, just not a Saturday or Sunday afternoon- or a Thursday or Monday night.
I adore NFL football, and don’t let Clumberkim confuse you, you can call your baseball team whatever you want, the Bucs are securely in Tampa Bay with a 1-0 record after upsetting conference rivals, the Carolina Panthers. I grew up where there wasn’t really anything crisp about fall. What you need to know to watch a Bucs game is to remember to drink water between each beer so you don’t die from heat exhaustion, but now that I live closer to our nation’s capitol the thing to remember is that the hashtag #HTTR means “Hail to the Redskins” and if you are at M&T Bank Stadium and somebody yells “Any dogs in the house?” it is time to start barking.
I love going to football games in Baltimore. If you have the means, I highly recommend picking up some tickets.
It gets better. The NFL is only half of it. We could not possibly underestimate the power of college football.
Trash talking diehard Ohio State fans was the highlight of my weekend and you have to keep in mind I went to and was rooting for UCF. The spread was 17 points. We only lost by 15, but there was a short time where we were in the lead to the 14th ranked team in the country. Cheering on your Alma Mater cannot be beat.
Unless it is Super Bowl Sunday.
Maybe you baseball fans don’t understand how long we have to wait because your playoffs go on for a bazillion years. Maybe you don’t require hard his or a beautiful spiral. Maybe you didn’t see David Akers kick a 63 yard field goal, maybe you didn’t catch Robert Griffin III make a stunning NFL debut. Maybe you didn’t see that South Carolina/Vanderbilt game in week one. Maybe you didn’t see the Lion’s comeback or the lat 45 seconds of the Seahawks game (it was exciting and OH BOY can Coach Carroll chew some gum). Maybe you missed Ronde Barber’s 200th consecutive start.
Maybe you missed everything that was good.
I like most sports and I have no beef with baseball, I will be watching the Nationals quest for the pennant with bells on, but football is the greatest of the sports. I will listen to your arguments, but I don’t think I will be swayed.
Football can’t wait. Football is right on time.
Photo: Al Messerschmidt