The Perpetual Hope of College Football
It has been over 4 months since we watched Alabama claim their fifth national college football championship in nine years by defeating the Georgia Bulldogs 26-23 in OT.
Yes, everyone outside of the great state of Alabama, as well as those who yell, “War Eagle”, has “Alabama Fatigue”! But we must admit that the championship game was well played, very competitive, and fun to watch.
However, four, long months have passed, and every college football fan is becoming quite restless. The emotion can be hard to describe, but we might compare it to the feeling you get while waiting for your number to be called when sitting in the waiting area of a government facility.
The longer it takes for your number to come up, the more anxious and irritated you become. Your frustration level continues to rise until you reach that point when you are about to erupt like a fierce volcano that has been building up pressure for hundreds of years.
The spring games may have taken off a bit of the edge, and some of you may have been slightly distracted with the NFL draft. But the bottom line is that this anxious, restless feeling is only going to get worse over the next three months.
At some point we will be sitting on our couch on a hot and muggy night in the middle of July, flipping through the channels, desperately trying to find anything remotely interesting to watch.
All the while we will be thinking to ourselves, “I can’t believe I actually pay money for this!”
At this point our minds will start to wander. We will begin to think about the days when we can sit down on a Saturday and watch football for endless hours, only getting up to go to the bathroom or the refrigerator.
We will long for those Thursdays in October when we can settle down after a long, hard day and lose ourselves in one of those crazy games where a top 5 team goes on the road and gets knocked off by an unranked conference foe.
At this point, we would even be thrilled to have a Tuesday night “MAC-tion” game!
Then, we will begin to think about “our” team. We will think about how last year didn’t go the way we hoped it would, or expected it to.
We will think about the heart-breaking losses, the turn-overs in the red zone, the missed field goals, the horrible officiating, and the games that “our” team should have won.
We will say to ourselves, “This year is going to be different! This year things should definitely go our way!”
We will think, “I know we have a chance to win our conference…maybe get to the playoffs…maybe win the whole darn thing!”
We will shout, “We have to be better! Right?”
We will come up will all kinds of reasons for our perfectly logical thoughts: “We have a new coach. We have a talented, experienced quarterback. We’re returning 9 starters on defense. We have the best skill players in the country. Our offensive line has the most NFL talent.”
“It makes perfect sense! Of course my team is going to be great”, we will say as we continue flipping through the channels with that blank stare on our faces.
You know, like the stare you get from the teenager at the checkout when the register doesn’t work properly and they actually have to figure out how much change to give you in their heads.
College Football Season
We will probably count down the days to the start of college football season (There are 4 games on Saturday, August 25th in case you are wondering). We will look over “our” team’s schedule and determine which games will be the most difficult to win, and which games should be automatic wins.
We will make a mental note of the biggest games and biggest weekends of the season. And then we will start to do something…we will do something that we know we shouldn’t do.
We will do something that we told ourselves we would never do again: Like going to our in-laws for Christmas, or like taking our 3 children under the age of 10 to an amusement park, or like volunteering to help out with the school fund-raiser!
We will do something that we know ends in complete disappointment year after year! We begin to HOPE!
We begin to hope for the start of the season. We begin to hope that “our” team is going to look great. We begin to hope that “our” team will utterly destroy their bitter rivals. We will begin to hope that “our” team will impressively win all of their high-profile games.
We will begin to hope that “our” team wins the whole darn thing! We begin to hope that this year is going to be “Our Year”!