OK, I'll admit that I've always been kind of a girly-girl when it comes to understanding football.
This year I was kind of forced into "getting it" a little more because my husband coached football at his high school.
But that doesn't mean I completely enjoyed sitting through the games.
It's not that I don't like sports. In fact, I would consider myself an athlete. I swam competitively from age 5 to age 17. I ran track and cross-country in high school, and was even recruited to run in college. I played Little League softball until I was in 8th grade.
I get sports.
I just never got football.
You see, back when I was in high school, going to my school's football games was all about the social aspect. I don't think I ever really even watched most of the action (or lack thereof) taking place.
My college's football team was... a little pathetic. I remember one of my brothers coming to visit me one weekend, and I took him to a game. We were walking into the stadium and he asked me, "Where do we pay to get in?"
I laughed. Pay!? They were begging people to go.
As for watching the professional teams play, I have really only ever followed (and I use that term rather loosely) the Patriots (of course!).
And I've always watched the Super Bowl because, well... what else is there to do that night but eat and do what everyone else is doing? (Yeah, I follow the crowd like that.)
Sure, I've always understood the major point of the game - the touchdown, the field goal, the grown men touching other grown men on their backsides.
But, I'm a bit embarrassed to admit that up until this year, I never really knew that there were guys who just played offense and guys who just played defense. (*Hiding in shame*)
I also didn't get why the words "he's going for it on fourth down" sent people into a panic mode. (*Running away*)
And I swear in the name of Tom Brady, I never knew that the quarterback was only on the field with the offense. (*Changing my name*)
But I'm proud to announce, ladies and gentlemen, that I now get football - for the most part.
I mean, I am still unsure of what the hell everyone on the field is in charge of, what with their fancy names and all - Safety, Linebacker, Tight end, Running back. But I think that's OK, because at least I know what they're trying to accomplish.
In other words, I get the big picture. And I'm cool with that.
So this weekend when I'm watching the Pats play (and hopefully they'll be playing in two weeks, too), I can enjoy the game(s) with my newfound football knowledge. And that makes me happy.
I think it will make the serious-football-fanatic-don't-ask-me-questions-during-these-big-plays men around me happy, too.
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