Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Monday Night Football

Are you ready for some football! I love football, but I only love watching the Giants or the Super Bowl. Tonight the Giants are on Monday Night Football. I enjoy watching the game so long as my team is winning. No one likes to watch their sport’s team lose. Some fans are more passionate than others and express the joy or pain in different ways.

You can play any game with my husband Tom and he doesn’t care if he wins. He likes just playing the game. This is especially irritating because he often wins. I on the other hand love to win. I don’t see the sense in playing a game if you don’t want to win. What’s wrong with that? Isn’t that the goal?

When it comes to football it’s another story. Tom loves the Giants and cares whether they win or lose. He gets really quiet if they are playing badly and gives out a shout if they are winning. This is the same man who could care less if he wins a game. As he’s gotten older he’s not as vocal as he once was. Most guys are the same, but there are exceptions.

The crowd in the stadium cracks me up because it takes all kinds. As much of a football fan Tom is, not once did he ever go to a game dressed with the Giant colors on his face, while wearing a wig or some other ridiculous looking outfit. There are limits and I’m grateful. If you’re one of those fans, then no offense.

When we lived in West Virginia they didn’t have a professional football team. They were very passionate about their sports teams though – pee wee, high school, college, it didn’t matter. Where we lived the Morgantown Mountaineers were king. If the game was on, it was piped into the mall, or the supermarket. I’ve never seen anything like it. People planned their weddings around the games so that they could guarantee people would show up. Now that’s just a little bit nuts.

Sports fans are a unique breed. Their passions for their teams make them so. The Giants just scored a touchdown – yeah team! It’s the second half and they are still behind, but it’s getting closer 13 – 10. I’m optimistic that they will win.

© Nadine Z. 2006

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