The 100 yard field marked with hashlines.
The quarterback, center, nose-guards, safety, half-backs, tackles, tight-ends, linebackers, defensive ends, kicker, punt receiver, . .
The whistle-blowing, flag throwing, arm-waving referees in their zebra stripe shirts.
The plays: pass, run, reverse, hail mary, interception, fumble, sack, blitz,
The crack of helmets hitting shoulder pads and rumble of piles being made.
The fans who stay to watch and cheer for their team through sun, rain, sleet, and snow; sometimes all in one game.
The cheerleaders, marching band, announcers, and vendors.
The offense, defense, special teams, and bench players.
The coaches – head, defensive, offensive, quarterback, . . .
The professional or college stadium saturated with color.
The big-screen for close-ups and re-plays.
The national anthem – just know that I love that part and refuse to comment on recent happenings.
Locally, we follow our grandson’s Jr. High team. The first few weeks were such beautiful weather.
Then last week, the family fan section were all huddled under a huge sport umbrella We drank hot chocolate to stay warm in the cold rain.
This year we purchased new stadium seats. Can I just say, “They are the best!” Deep padding, armrests, six different reclining positions, and straps to carry like a backpack. We call them our bleacher recliners.
A couple of our other grandsons are playing on a flag football team. We started out the season enjoying the calm, pleasant evenings . . .
in our lawn chairs. But the last couple of games we have been wrapped in blankets.
In between all of this, of course, the DVR is recording several games to be watched using the fast-forward button on the remote control. My husband can watch two or three games at once with this magic device. At first I didn’t realize he was switching, but when the field started changing color (blue for Boise State) it was obvious I would have to pay closer attention.
Local rivalry games are especially fun. Banners and flags are posted at homes. Nearby opposing fans have been known to paint each other’s driveways with their own team’s colors!
The strategy, the intensity, the statistics, the traditions all add to the fun.
Football saturates the autumn season and it seems we are never without a game or two to watch.