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What the hell is it about football? - Unbeliever's Land
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What the hell is it about football?
Seriously. I don't get it.

There must be a million forms of entertainment out there, most of them considerably cheaper -- so WHAT IS IT about football that causes folks to dress up in orange, buy a flapping Beaver flag for every window of their vehicle, turn HWY 34 into a freaking bumper-to-bumper PARKING LOT for hours and hours, and pay premium pricing for parking and tickets, all to watch two groups of guys in helmets clobber each other and try to move a pointy ball up and down a field?

[Yes, yesterday was apparantly the first OSU game of the season. Or "pre-season". Whatever.]

I feel like a Martian on football days. I never know they're coming in advance. Just suddenly, one day, everybody's acting nuts, and I'm looking around in amazement. I feel like I did at that one cast party ages and ages ago at Pat's house, where somebody swapped CDs, and suddenly all the kids in the room were making in the same precise mechanical movements, leaving Pat and me staring at each other blankly as we experienced the "Macarena" for the first time.

Of course, I could say the same thing about Nascar, basketball, or any other sport. What exactly is the point? [I *HAVE* attended, and enjoyed, a handful of baseball games -- but that's the extent of my relationship with sports. I couldn't name more than four or five sports teams, and even THEN I don't necessarily know whether the team is baseball or football. And I CERTAINLY don't know what "season" it is at any given time.]

But it's football that still reigns supreme in the American consciousness, and is therefore the most baffling. Besides, for the next few Thursdays, OSU is selling parking in our staff and student lots, DURING THE WORK DAY, to football fans, and dammit, I'm honked off...

Current Emotional State: bitchy bitchy

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oregongirl1969 From: oregongirl1969 Date: September 1st, 2006 06:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
This is one of the big reasons you won my heart :)
iwannabeaudra From: iwannabeaudra Date: September 1st, 2006 11:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm with you, I don't get it either. I left early yesterday to avoid the hysteria. Bah.
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