Bucking Broncho: ‘Tis The Season
Detroit Lions defensive back D.J. Hayden (31) breaks up a pass intended for Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Chester Rogers during the first half of an NFL preseason football game Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! No, not Christmas. A different kind of Christmas that comes around every September; of course I’m talking about the return of football.
For football fans the feeling resembles something like the return of a long lost love. It’s like a comet that comes and goes only for a short time. There is just a different feeling in the air when you walk outside. The changing colors of the leaves and cooler winds are like signals. Signals from the football gods telling us the best time of the year is here.
Over the last six months we have been forced to resort to other forms of entertainment. During the summer months when there was nothing else to turn to, soccer was there, and I appreciated it. Some great goals were scored and saves made. Yet, it’s time we stop acting like we’re true soccer fans. The second a meaningful snap of football takes place, soccer will be forgotten faster than that meme two days ago.
Now, just in case you are saying “wait there is also baseball,” yes I know. Again, big fan of baseball. While it may not be as badly forgotten as that one other sport, lets be honest here, without Aaron Judge hitting powerful bombs every day or Bryce Harper’s majestic hair flips, baseball would be in the gutter. Once football returns, baseball disappears until the League Championship Series.
There is so much excitement heading into the new football season. Who will climb the College Football Playoff mountain? What teams will take the next step towards the Championship? School pride, rivalries and passion are all things that make the college football season so intriguing.
Then in early September, like so many before, the NFL season is underway. The “Be-all, End-all” of major sports. The number one broadcast on five television networks is back every Sunday afternoon and Monday night.
Football is the ultimate team sport, 11 men all working together to accomplish the same goal, each piece as important as the other. A violent and possibly disturbing game that, when performed to perfection, is pure beauty. How can something based on men colliding into each other as hard as possible be so beautiful? To be completely honest, I haven’t the slightest idea. Maybe it’s the sight of perfect teamwork coming together. Maybe the beauty is just the violence itself. Either way the game has a certain mysticism to it that enamors millions of us year in and year out.
While other sports (basketball) rely solely on the stars to run the league and create their own teams, football is about the process. The real players don’t step in and make demands like a 15-year veteran. Football is about the grind. All the hard, grueling work done leading up to the game, all made worth it. It’s something that can hit close to home with all of us.
Whether you’re a college football fan waiting to fly your school colors high and proud, an NFL fan itching to set up your first fantasy lineup, or even a diehard like myself who has been watching Canadian Football to prepare for what is to come. After that kickoff, we’re all football fans.