Sunday, September 24, 2006

Is it football season, again?

Uh oh. Another controversial blog. It's Sunday afternoon, Krista's watching the premier of The Amazing Race, Julianna's playing, and I'm writing. I just don't get into the whole football thing some of the folks do around here. I mostly notice it because I've got to detour around Briley Stadium on my way home. If someone's got a game on, I'll sit down and watch it, and I know enough to be confused about the differences between pro and NCAA ball, but I don't get into this season like 95% of the population does around here. Call me a girl, call me a Yankee, whatever you want, I'm sure I've been through it already.

I get having a hobby; I get being a fan; but a lot of folks take it overboard. I've known grown men who act depressed for a week whenever their team loses. When we first moved here (from Baltimore), I don't know how many times we were asked, Are you Auburn or Alabama? Our usual reply was we have to pick now? Now whenever an SEC discussion comes up, I usually throw in a, Go Wolverines! Being from Michigan and all, you know. But that's about the extent of my knowledge of U of M. Sometimes I ask, What does the Securities Exchange Commission have to do with football? But then, I usually just get blank stares. Maybe I'd understand it a little better if some of the more intense fans actually went to school there.

All of the pictures below were taken on the way home Thursday night (including the church sign at the top). From Huntsville to Florence, from 4:20 to 5:50 pm. Not shown are the ones that I didn't see; the ones that I saw, but didn't snap a picture of; and ones that I did get a picture of, but didn't turn out well enough to post. I guess the flags are out of vogue now; I only saw one that Thursday, and didn't get the camera out quick enough to take a picture.


(if you look hard, you can see the pom poms and other accessories in the rear window above)



Of course, I guess I do live in a college town (sort of).

To be totally fair, these last two below were taken the next day (they are of the same tent): one on the way to work, one of the way home.


  1. I don't get it either man, Don't feel alone.

    My 4 year old boy has decided that football is the coolest thing ever, and so when we had our slumber party the other night (a regular saturday event), we had a college game on for him to watch.

    For me, I realized that my issue is NOT with the game itself. . .there is a certain athletic excellence and tactical skill involved with the sport that I really admire. ..

    For me, it is not so much that I dislike football, it is that I like football FANS. This includes announcers. I wish to God that they would have tennis or sports commentators announcing football games. . .I just dislike being subjected to someone i don;t know yelling at me for three hours about activities that I have very little vested interest in.

    Maybe they could get Anthony Hopkins or Ian McKellen to commentate the bowl games this year. o, no. . wait what about Richard Attenborough?

    As for me, I would take a baseball game ANY day of the week.

  2. What about Dennis Miller?

    Oh, wait...


  3. i am with you and thomas j...
    i even grew up with it all around me (see your pics) and have no interest in it whatsoever.
    i have issues with the whole, get excited over a game more than God mentality...

  4. And here I thought I'd get drummed out of Alabama... :)

  5. i can see you've lived in AL long enough to see that the most obnoxious fans didn't even GO to the school they seem willing to kill for. very accurate observation. :)

  6. We can definitely agree on that!