a huge National Football League fan during the 1960s and most of the 1970s. I never cared that much for college football, especially after attending university and seeing all the favors lavished upon the football team. ("Student athletes"? Puhleeze! The "athlete" part maybe; but real
students stand in registration lines, write their own papers, often work part-time jobs and usually walk
But, yeah, back before the "dancing, felony records gold chains" sports era we're in now I looked forward to Sunday (and often Monday) for professional football. I rooted for the Philadelphia Eagles, then the Chicago Bears, then the Cleveland Browns, then the New York Jets, then the Miami Dolphins. (I was never a big Green Bay Packers fan.) In high school, down Miami way where football is a religion, I wasn't on the school's team; but I played sand-lot football at least once a week â€” and I loved the sport!
Anymore, I've no favorite team: They're all composed of players who act like every run, reception or tackle is the greatest ever done. Goose-stepping made the Nazis look silly; and it has the same effect today. For me, watching professional football has become akin to watching a clown act at the circus â€” except we're supposed
to take these guys seriously!
Sorry for being such a wet blanket, but unless a modicum of adult behavior is brought back to the playing field I'll not be tuning in anytime soon.