Those who know me well, have always known me to be something of an anti-sports fanatic. Over the years, I’ve spent a great many hours railing against many of the more popular sports, reserving praise for just a few athletic endeavors such as volleyball, NASCAR, boxing, and occasionally golf. I do enjoy watching a good minor league baseball game (live only, no televised games for me, thanks!), but I can’t stand pro baseball, and I have historically abhorred NFL. Suffice to say, I’m not a big fan of most sports.
Well, several weeks ago, a close personal friend invited myself and TWGW over to his house to enjoy a burger and watch a college football game.
Hey! Free meal! I’m in.
I learned a few things that day.
- It’s much more fun to watch a game with true fans who understand the game.
- College players look like they’re playing for the love of the game, and not the paycheck.
- Technology has made football infinitely more watchable since I was a kid; that magic 1st down line is cool.
Since watching UT win that game, I’ve found myself hooked (pun intended) on college football. I have friends and relatives who follow the sport religiously, and now I find myself having more insight into their enthusiasm. I’ve even gone so far as to buy a used copy of NCAA ’06 for the PS2 in an attempt to better understand the game.
I can’t help but wonder, though, if my newfound enthusiasm for college football isn’t just the fact that television has become so full of craptastic reality shows that football is now the most attractive option on the schedule.
At any rate, it’s fun seeing the perplexed looks on my friends’ faces when I use words like “interception” and “hail Mary.” Like anything else, I’ll enjoy it until the new wears off, I suppose. Until then: