Five Things Even A Non-Football-Lover (N.F.L. a.k.a. The Other NFL) Can Appreciate About The Big Game of Football (a.k.a.The Real NFL)
- The game itself. Admit it, the game is fun. Even a game that you think starts off boring has some quality moments. Something interesting is always happening, even if it’s off the field.
- The snacks.
- The excitement of following a team or trying to manage a Fantasy Football team of your own.
- The way teams celebrate their stars, protect them at all costs. Sure there’s a lot of money involved but loyalty is also really admirable.
- The way announcers spin the stats so every good player is “”the first” or “the best” at something. It must be very uplifting to hear yourself spoken about in glowing terms all the time and it’s something we could probably do better to adopt in other aspects of everyday life.
- The camaraderie and how no matter where you are, you can find a fellow fan to chat with or debate with – the mutual hate is often stronger than mutual love. Most fans (and even non-fans) can agree on the teams they can’t stand.
Either way, the NFL is back. What’s not to love! Well, actually, there are also lots of things to not love, if you want a list.
- Time: The 9 hours or so you could spend on Sunday afternoon just parked on the couch watching game after game after game, then another 3 hours on Monday and again on Thursday. That’s a minimum of 15 hours a week if you want to watch all the games that come on TV. That’s not including the time to keep track of your fantasy league, follow the sports news, and engage in all the stats-talk that come along with it. All that time spent on something that should just be casual entertainment. But they don’t call the wives of football-fans “football widows” for nothing.
- The fact that although there are so many games, your home team only plays 14 games for the season. Not a lot of opportunities to get it wrong. You get to that win-or-go-home stage pretty quickly in this game.
- Somehow, even though it’s a sport activity, the most activity you get as a fan is generally jumping up to yell at a touchdown, which might happen 3 or 4 times max in a game. Otherwise, the other 2 hours and 59 minutes can be spent sitting and eating. eating nachos and drinking soda as your diet screams “Ouch!” It’s generally expected that football fans are going to gain weight during football season. That’s just how it works.
But at the end of the day, the pros outweigh the cons. It’s a great game. I’m glad football season is upon us again.
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