Football is Life!

 I am a woman who loves football!

I have a favorite team: Dallas Cowboys, and no matter how many haters are out there, I am a true-blue fan! Ever since I could understand the game of football, I loved to watch it!

My brothers played football – my oldest brother played football in college and I was excited to go watch him play in Phoenix.

selective focus close up photo of brown wilson pigskin football on green grass
Photo by Jean-Daniel Francoeur

“We gonna watch Eric play feetball!”

My parents told me that I would say while sitting between my parents on the road on I-10 to Phoenix. When we would meet my brother on the field after the game, I stood stretching my neck and eyes up to see these guys towering above me! They all smelled sweaty and had dirty uniforms after a rough game. They didn’t look like 18 or 19-year-old boys – they looked like older adults. Well, to me at that time, they were older men!

So, my taste of football started early, and I have enjoyed watching the game ever since! I don’t know exactly what it is about football, but it is entertaining and exciting! Even if my favorite team is not playing, I will watch football. My friend always asks, why do I watch other teams? I don’t know! It’s not like I’m scouting how they play – I enjoy watching the game!

I had a stint in sports writing for a newspaper when I was younger, and I had dreamed about writing for Sports Illustrated one day. Well, that didn’t work out. I wondered if I could ever coach football, but, of course, I didn’t pursue that fantasy either.

I would love to own a football team (pipedream). However, I satisfy all of these dreams by playing fantasy football on ESPN. I have a team called the Pandemonium Pandas. Right now, my team is 3rd in the league.

I guess I am rambling on about football because, during this pandemic, I was glad to see that the NFL decided to go ahead with the season. Yes, a few teams suffered from COVID issues, but so far, the season has continued. It’s too bad about the college football season since they decided to cut it short, and many college teams who might have had excellent chances for bowl games did not make it.

When football season is over – there is a lull for me. It is anti-climatic. I can get into the NBA games (my favorite team is Boston, btw) but it doesn’t give me that same sense of excitement as football does!

I believe the field of football has opened so many opportunities for females! There is an assistant coach on the San Francisco 49ers; there is a female official, more women are seen on ESPN/NFL LIVE and calling games! Finally, I don’t feel like a freak of nature because I love the sport! I wrote a short story titled “Football Freaks” about a family whose lives gravitate around football: the husband is a winning high school football coach, the wife is a doctor, twin sons who play in the NFL, a son who is a standout high school quarterback, another son who is in little league football, and the baby, who is their only daughter. I am excited to work on this concept into a novel!

I can compare football to life: everybody is on a team, and everybody on that team has a specific role on the team. A quarterback is a person who usually executes the plan for each player – carefully guiding them through the obstacles. As you know, we are either on the offensive or defensive side of life (or both sides). And there are so many optional plays to make to get to our goals. When something attacks us, we need a plan and help from others to execute that plan. I guess that is why I like football more than basketball; basketball focuses on the one who can shoot three pointers; I’ve seen players take the ball down the court, not pass it to another teammate, and dunk the ball to show off their skills.

Maybe that is why I love football – it is a team sport. At least in my eyes, it’s more of a team sport than basketball.

Author: L.S. Watson

Hi. My name is L.S. Watson, and I'm an English teacher at a charter high school. I enjoy traveling (my favorite places are Rome and Paris), writing poetry, and watching documentaries. I have a lovable yet stubborn Yorkie-Poo named Chuy.

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