Well, it's almost time for the The Iron Bowl, the most exciting game for all football fans who live and breathe football. I will tell you right away, my husband is an Alabama Fan. I come from a long line of Alabama Fans and I am experienced with the excitement of a game.
From a woman's point of view, at least, this woman's, I must tell you I have a hard time relating to the BIGNESS from year to year of what it's going to take to have a winning team. I listen very carefully as my husband, my son, and their friends talk about the players. What their reputation is, how they played in high school, what they're expected to do for the team.
Then I hear them talk about the coach (I believe there's been several since Bear Bryant) and I sit and I wonder. I try to compare this sport with one of the sports I've played before - which is softball. I was a pitcher on a girls softball team in high school. Now I can tell you my daddy hung a tire on a tree for me to pitch through, and no matter how many times I would ring it, there were still times I would miss. And no matter how much I wanted to play and win a game, I still had to just hope and pray that when the ball left my hand that it would be one of those good throws.
So I take all this together with the imagination of how it would feel with other players coming at me as I'm trying to throw a ball; along with the fact that the field may be wet, or dry, and it may be a windy day, and one of the other players may be getting grabbed as someone on my team is trying to catch my ball, and well... to tell you the truth. I just can't imagine playing football.
To me, a good game is when the score is close. I feel a bad game is when the score is something like 50 to 0. But when the score is 22 to 15, I think both teams had to play extremely well!
And that my friends is my view on football. I don't think about the mistakes made, or firing the coach. I just admire the guys who get out there and play and keep going and going. And most of all I feel for the parents, especially if their son is the one who 'made a mistake', or 'didn't do what everyone knows he can do'. I really feel their pain. But that's life and it's just a game. Didn't some famous person say? 'It's not if you win or lose, it's how you play the game'.
My husband is quite the character when Alabama is playing. I've even witnessed him this season as he sat in his recliner and as Alabama scored a touchdown, he threw his arms up in the air and hollared and his chair turned over backward!
'Touchdown!' I screamed!
I'm really hoping he won't read this, he'll never know his secret is out and unlike the real players and coaches - he has no one to blame or clean up the mess, but himself. Chips, dip, and sweet tea! No it wasn't a pretty sight, the unexpected, never is. That's why I think football should be just a fun game. Let the chips fall as they may! Let the players be proud they made the team! Let the fans pat each other on the back and say, 'Great game!' and then go home and kick back in their recliners and drink sweet tea. Because if we knew who the winner was going to be before the game was played, what fun would that be? Not knowing what's going to happen next is the very thing that keeps the fans and players pumped up. Or is is turned over?