Warning: I know I'm going to ruffle some feathers here, just be forewarned. Also for the purposes of this post, when I say "football," I'm referencing the American sport of football (touch downs, end zones...), not the sport of soccer. So here goes: Down. Set. Hut!
Everyone in America knows fall means football. Football means fall. Thanksgiving means great football games. Christmas means more football. And New Year's means watching Bowl games non-stop, am I right? Football, football, football. Americans revolve around football. Even preachers will use football analogies in their sermons and let their congregations out early to go watch "the" game.
So confession here to all my American friends: I moved to Europe right at the start of football season (~6 weeks ago) and I'm here to tell you I have NOT watched one game since being here. I have not watched any SportsCenter. I don't listen to talk radio and I don't read sports blogs about who has the winningest record. And guess what????
I'm still alive and in all honesty, I haven't missed it much. Yes, I love going to a football game on a crisp fall day, tailgating and enjoying time with friends, but it's not my life. I'm learning there's a lot more to life outside of football! -- Oh my goodness, did I just say that?!? Yikes!
What I'm trying to do here is to press some buttons and make you think! Although you might believe "everyone" loves football (or at least "should" love football) and that the world revolves around the sport, it doesn't! I have yet to find an American football fan outside of the U.S.A. I'm sure there are some, but the fact is the world does NOT revolve around American football. -- Yikes! Did I really just write that? Me, a Business and Sport Management major? Former professional athlete?
If I said "Fighting Irish" here in Europe, I'd probably start a fight.
Or "Hey, see those Baylor Bears last Saturday? What a game!" -- people would wonder what zoo I visited over the weekend.
Or "Who do you like in the SEC?" -- people would think I was talking about a NGO of some sort and have no clue what the SEC is let alone who's in it!
As a wise coach once told me:
Sport shouldn't define your life.
It should help you LIVE your life.
Sport should ADD TO our lives, NOT be the central focus of our lives.
Oh who's my team of choice when I do watch football? The Rice Owls (my alma mater), the Missouri Tigers (MIZ-ZOU!) and the Houston Texans. I wish them all the best this season. They will have to get along without me watching this year.