The football season has officially started. Bring on the nuts (the kind you eat and the kind you’re forced to listen to), pretzels, trail mix, chips & salsa, beer, soft drinks and more beer. On the West Coast especially, a fan can wake up to a televised football game and go all day without leaving the comforts of the living room. Unless it’s for the comforts of the bathroom. And how lucky for us that it’s a holiday weekend! More games, more chips & salsa, more beer - and more bathroom.
There are so many televised games that, if one turns out to be (or looks as though it has the makings of) a blowout, you can simply hit the remote - even if you only have basic cable. For those lucky souls who have the “package” (and Tivo), well … there just isn’t enough time in the day. Several people in this country have decided watching an overabundance of football on the tube can be justified as long as they multitask. For example, someone I know very well grades his students’ math quizzes and tests while watching games. That is probably why there’s so much time in between plays. Sure,
I he misses the replays, but it forces me him to pay greater attention to the live action.
There are varying degrees of couch (or rocker-recliner) potatoes. The “normal” variety: rooting for your favorite team, alma mater, someone you know who plays or coaches for a certain team, or possibly another reason (maybe financial) - all the way up to the “misfit:” that person who’s watching a game and doesn’t realize which teams are playing, or has no idea who’s winning, or has ignored the spouse’s/child’s/dog’s pleas (for the past hour or so) to do something that doesn’t involve a play-by-play man. These individuals are serious candidates as people who
might be are overdoing the seated (lying) spectator routine. As far as my thoughts on fantasy football, I refer you to my recent (8/27/08) blog.
After all, it’s a long season and you certainly don’t want to peak too early. Besides, there’s a chance there might be, believe it or not, some other worthwhile events to do or learn - or learn to do. As Lillian Hellman (obviously someone who did a little more on her weekends than sit in front of a TV) said:
“It’s a sad day when you find out that it’s no accident or time or fortune, but just yourself that kept things from you.”