Football Confessions of a Sports Fanatic Diva
I may not be the average girl next door. Not that I strive to be average, I mean who wants to be average? I've always liked to soar above the clouds and reach for the stars. You know Go BIG or Go Home. But I digress. I woke up this morning with a feeling of glee. Which is weird because people who are extremely happy and cheery before noon worry me a little, okay they worry me a lot. I've heard Ted Bundy and Charles Manson were both unusually pleasant. No one should be that happy before noon without Montavida. But I digress; today isn't about serial killers or weirdos. Maybe we will talk about them next week. Today is about my great joy. My favorite days of the year are probably a little different than those of the average Diva. The first weekend of March Madness is one of my favorites. I love listening to people boast about beating me in the pools because I am going to pick the teams based on team mascots or colors. This always cracks me up. I think they may forget from time to time that I am a SPORTS WRITER. Every year they seem to be shocked when I beat them in the ESPN POOL. I'm just saying not all guys are sports gurus and not all girls can catalog all of Barbie's accessories. In fact, I don't think I ever even owned a Barbie, I did have an Easy Bake Oven and a Baby Alive, but Barbie nope. I told you I'm not THAT girl. Really, when I reflect on my favorite days of the year they all have a connection to sports. Super Bowl Sunday is my 2nd favorite day. What's not to love except it means no more football for months. You've followed these teams all season and sometimes you yourself have acquired injuries tripping over couches and tables like you were suited up and on the field with the team. Not that this has every happened to me, I'm just saying I've heard about it. New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. Out with the old in with the new and a buffet of football and the Rose Bowl parade.
The Saturday after Thanksgiving is traditionally when my beloved WOLVERINES play the Ohio State Yuckeyes. I mean whatever they call themselves. Maybe Jim Harbaugh and Urban Meyer will take the rivalry back to the days of old like the ones shared by Bo Schembechler and Woody Hayes.
Michigan Football season kicks off tonight. Is tonight I don't have my game shirt on yet, but it's waiting patiently on the sideline in my room, just like the winged helmets wait in Utah for tonight's game. Jim Harbaugh is back home at the Big House and I'm hopeful that our Wolverines (Harbaugh was a QB at Michigan) will return to a championship culture under Harbaugh. I survived the long boring summer, and tonight for the 1st time in 278 days my Wolverines are taking the field. It's game day. Yeah, I guess you could say I'm a little excited.
The first Thursday after Labor Day is the official kickoff of the NFL season. My absolute favorite day of the year is a week from this coming Sunday. September 13, the NFL season kicks off in full force. 13 of the sixteen games that will be played in week 1 will be played on next Sunday. By midnight I will be in an official football coma and happy as all get out. Dying to see the every replay. Checking fantasy reports. Checking to see how my predictions for the games are going. I can't wait.
Yep, football is officially back, and I'm a happy girl. No more practice games, no more Defelategate. The judge ruled in Tom Brady's favor and overturned his 4 game suspension.
So I guess I'm not a regular girl at all. My favorite day isn't Valentines. Christmas okay Christmas is kind of dear to me because two of my favorite people were born on that day. But it's not my birthday or any other holiday. My favorite days are all dear to me because of the memories tied to those sporting events.
So glad to have football back, I missed you old friend. Are You Ready for some Football? You bet I am.
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