It’s the start of football season in the U.S., and enthusiasm for the sport will dominate much talk among friends and family. Dare I suggest it sometimes can become over-enthusiasm? 🙂
We live in a city with a large university and, until recently, no professional sports teams. People who aren’t from here shake their heads a bit at the non-stop media coverage of college football, and our team in particular. On Saturday game days, stores are half empty as people stay glued to their TVs, and everywhere people are wearing team colors and jerseys.
I enjoy watching, but my day isn’t ruined if I have to miss a game. My husband and three children are all big fans, known to leap up and shout at the television, possibly clutching their hair and stomping around at the same time. Thankfully, though, none of them carry a loss around too long like a few people we know who sulk for days. Social media lit up with nasty comments when we lost last week, and some of the letters to the newspaper sports editor seem to me to take it all waaay too seriously. A few years ago, one friend got so upset he kicked a footstool and broke his foot!
Of course, Americans love other sports besides football. I was astonished to recently discover that Denver, Colorado has no fewer than seven professional sports teams playing football, basketball, baseball, soccer, hockey, rugby and lacrosse. Talk about never-ending excitement for fans!
This was the first year my kids and all their friends regularly got together to watch World-Cup Soccer played in Brazil. Those of you in other countries who’ve loved soccer for years probably can’t imagine that, but it’s been slow to catch on as a spectator sport here. It’ll be interesting to see how it continues to grow in popularity.
How about you? Are you a sports fan, and if so, what do you enjoy watching and/or playing? Do you by chance have a significant other who just might take the fun of fandom a little far and becomes a bit fanatical? I’d love to hear your stories 🙂
By the way, my next book is titled Flirting with Dr. Off-Sides (Just kidding! A little sports humor there) 🙂 It’s really titled Flirting With Dr. Off-Limits and it will be coming out on Oct 1st!