Fall and Football

September 11th, 2014



It’s early September, and there’s no time better in the sports world. college football and the NFL have kicked off, the MLB playoff races are in full swing and this year, we’ve even got the FIBA World Cup to satisfy your basketball needs.


While all of those sports are exciting and draw my attention, none do more than the beautiful sport of football.


I don’t know if it’s the fact that we don’t have it on every night, or if it’s the intensity of every game that’s on television– no matter the teams. Either way, I could sit down and watch any two teams play each other, and I’m immediately hooked.


Unlike most people, the NBA and college basketball are my favorite sports to watch. But even with those sports, especially in an 82-game NBA season, the games can drag on. I find myself disinterested from time to time.


That feeling has never hit me while watching football, and these last two weekends have proven the point to me: there is no better sport to watch than football.


In week one of NCAA football, Navy nearly upset Ohio State, West Virginia took Alabama to the brink, LSU managed a comeback victory over Wisconsin and the new Johnny Football emerged at Texas A&M in Kenny Hill.


In week two, we were blessed with an incredible Oregon vs. Michigan State grudge match. We saw Norte Dame destroy Michigan in the final game of a 30-year rivalry. We witnessed Virginia Tech march into a hostile Columbus against Ohio State and knock off the Buckeyes.


And even with all of that, I haven’t even grazed the surface of the excitement of the first two college football weekends, or discussed what madness the next three months are bound to bring.


Then, you have the NFL, where things are supposed to be predictable.


That is, until week one. The Bills beat the Bears in Chicago, the Jaguars took a 17-0 lead on the Eagles in Philadelphia before enduring an epic collapse, and the Panthers beat the upstart Buccaneers without their franchise quarterback, Cam Newton.


It’s beautiful. It’s unpredictable. It’s football.


Before the season started, my prediction for the Super Bowl was the Seahawks vs. the Patriots. Seattle kicked off week one with a stomping of the Packers, while New England lost by double-digits to the Dolphins.


Needless to say, I don’t feel too comfortable with that pick. But, that’s the beauty of it.


No matter what I picked, I probably was going to be wrong. Football is unpredictable, and that’s why we love it.