Although it is true that the football season is only a few months each season, nevertheless football is probably the single sport in America which is covered year round by sports channels and fans. For example, the NFL pre-season begins in August, the season in September, the play-offs in January, the Super Bowl completes the NFL season in Feburary, then build-up to the draft in April (which for fans of bad teams, like myself, can be the most exciting time of the year), various OTAs and trainings camps from May to August and then it all starts over again. Football (both college and professional) is, in my opinion, the only sport in the world where the off-season is just as interesting to follow as the season (probably due to the importance of each game during the season and post season; every game counts).
Dear Coptic Orthodox Boy,
Although I may be a female that does not mean I am an idiot.
Believe it or not, I do watch SportsCenter. I do watch football. My sister and I can give you the hand signal and the penalty yardage for just about every penalty there is.
Just because Daddy had two daughters doesn't mean he raised two dummies.
You assume that I do not follow football. You are wrong. Very wrong as a matter of fact.
My father was very diligent in raising my sister and I in two sacred Sunday traditions: going to the Orthodox Church to worship the Lord our God and watching the game afterwards.
This still does not explain to me how football is a lifestyle.
Like many things, sports can become a form of idolatry. I perhaps love my Crimson Tide
too much. I have gotten better over the years, but I still allow BAMA
's success or failure to effect my emotions way too deeply. I think many if not most SEC fans experience the same thing.
But I'll try to explain what I meant when I said that football is a "way of life" for Alabama
fans. The great history and tradition of BAMA
football is built on certain values that transcend the playing field, such as:
These values have been corporately embraced by the people of Alabama for decades (and by the South in general). The legendary Paul "Bear" Bryant built his football programs on the basic values that he learned as a dirt poor southern boy from Morrow Bottom, Arkansas. His teams played with the same grit and determination that poor people in Alabama had to rely on in their day to day lives in order to survive. So, Alabama football represents certain principles and ethics that are inherently ingrained in their culture. To use an Orthodox metaphor, BAMA
football is an "icon" of cultural values that Alabamians have held dear for decades and decades. So when a coach like Nick Saban comes in and leads us to the pinnacle of succes by establishing his football program on these same blue collar values, then we feel in a sense that our "way of life" (i.e. our cultural values) is validated. And you have to realize that Alabama has been ridiculed and mocked by the media elite for as long as I can remember. So, to win the National Championship in this modern era is proof that hard work, good values, and strong tradition always formulate a recipe for success.
Oh well, sorry for the tangent there. Like I said, I probably love Alabama