For the Love of College Football

September 7, 2010

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Fall doesn’t officially start until college football does. At least in my mind it doesn’t. And it doesn’t matter that the temperatures here are still in summer range – once Game Day shows up – it’s fall.

There’s nothing like college football. And it’s not even the game for me. I know nothing of line ups and offensive strategies and who’s debuting their new running game this season. None of that matters – except maybe the winning part. I’ve had the luck and gift of being able to sit and root for my team in one of the largest and loudest stadiums in the country and one that is a bit smaller, but filled with some of my favorite people on the planet.

It’s not the game.

It’s the friends.
The cold.
Walking to the stadium, not driving.
The flask snuck in a well-worn boot.
The blazers on freshman and their striped ties.
The kiss when a team scores.
The cheers.
The band.
The tears that come when the team runs in.
The cheerleaders flying.
The dance team sparkling and full of bump-its.
It’s furry mascots that jack with the crowd.
Alumni that come back every season for fifty years and sit right next to you if you’re one of the lucky ones.
It’s rivalries, not money. It’s pride not endorsements.
It’s your mom or dad’s alma mater when you’re nine.
Then it’s your school. Your memories. Your stories.
Then it’s your alma mater that you teach your nine year old about. All decked out and face painted.
It’s just one more shade of color on a magical time.

You can keep your pro sports. I love the heart of college football.

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6 Responses to “For the Love of College Football”

  1. elz Says:

    There is nothing better than College Football. The pride, the glory, the sound of thousands of people cheering, breathing as one, the gasps of great plays and bad calls. That crystal trophy. Missed opportunities. Watching a player break a record. I could go on and on…

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  2. Diana Lee Says:

    Hey from a fellow Big 12 fan (Kansas State). My husband and I had the same conversation last night (as we do every season). You just don’t see Jacksonville State upset an Ole Miss in NFL football. Those moments and being there to cheer for your team with all the other die hards is so much more powerful than anything the NFL can drum up. Fall is all about college football!

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    • Pammer Says:

      Woo Big 12! I shouldn’t like you too much, though — my alma mater (really) is Mizzou. But you’re a blogger, so I’ll make an exception. 😉

      And I’m with ya – I’m a total sucker for pomp, circumstance and tradition. Three things the NFL will never have.

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  3. Fan Says:

    Do they sell open-toed cowboy boots? :)

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