Confession time. I don’t care much for football. I tried to like it, especially when my kids tested their ability in a recreational team of peers, but it was never my favorite thing to watch them do. When they watched “game time” on television on Saturdays and Sundays, the noise level in our home raised dramatically. Even, and sometimes especially, football video games caused repeated raucous startling outbursts. I would sometimes relegate myself to a back room where it was more peaceful.
After years of being mystified by the crazy movement of a ball and bodies on a big field, I do finally have a grasp of the main goal and basic rules of this very American game. However, I do also confess that there are many other things I would prefer to do than spend 3 1/2 hours watching a football game. I do occasionally try to keep track of which team won a game on any particular weekend simply to be relevant in conversations with those who care.
But today is different. Today will involve people and food and commercials. So I welcome the game and all of the festivities it brings. I will keep track of which quarter of the game it is, how much time is remaining, and numbers to represent attempts and yards. I will use my limited terms of touchdown, field-goal, penalty, off sides, and replay. I will be paying more attention to the commercials than the show, but I will try not to talk during suspenseful times during the game.
Not having a team to root for during this game, I tend to feel the same way this cat does.
But to be clear, I will have fun watching football today! And I will enjoy knowing there will be a few months before it starts again.