I fully expect to be tied to a tree and shot at sundown for saying this, but here goes: I am not a big fan of football.
I realize that’s a scandalous statement to make when we are coming up on the biggest game of the season … the Super Bowl.
I tried very hard to get my head into the game for two consecutive Saints seasons. But midway through the second season, I gave up. It wasn’t that I didn’t understand the game. I actually could manage to hold an intelligent conversation with my football junkie best friend and Monday-morning quarterback extraordinaire.
She was so proud of me. And it was so hard to disappoint her when I abandoned the sport.
She called one Sunday at half-time only to find me happily walking the dog on the lakefront. It happened to be a gloriously warm and sunshiney day and the dog and I decided that there was no way we were going to waste it in front of the TV. My friend was horrified. You would swear she had lost me to a fatal car accident or something.
That brings me to my next point: What do you do on game days if you are not into the game?
Here’s my list, honed over years of blissful escape from the crush of sports fanatics.
In my own way, I look forward to Super Bowl game day as much as any football fan. Now, if I could just find one more person in this city who feels the same way….