Football season is back! There are so many fantastic things about fall, from pumpkins to Halloween to Thanksgiving to CANDY (I love my mellowcreme pumpkins and candycorn!), but chief among them is the RETURN OF FOOTBALL. But instead of writing a novel about why I love football, I thought I’d try to condense it down into a profile/bio type format, a la ESPN.
Favorite NFL Football Team: Washington Redskins
Why: I was born a Redskins baby- my grandfather was a Redskins fan, so was my father, and they passed that love and passion down to me. My grandfather had season tickets and would take my dad and one or two of us kids along to every game. Now that he has passed away, these are some of my most cherished moments and experiences, and every time I see my Redskins play I grin and think of him. My dad has the tickets now, and he tries to take me when he can (which is maybe once a year because I don’t exactly live close anymore). It’s always a treat to go to a game- no matter what the outcome.
Favorite NFL Football memory: Any of the many times tailgating with my dad and grandfather at RFK stadium or FedEx field. There was always plenty of food and plenty of laughter. And I loved building this relationship with these two wonderful men.
Worst NFL Football memory: I don’t know if I have one of these. I can’t think of one truly horrendous experience. Plus, I am a Redskins fan, so if I let a loss rain on my parade, I’d never see the sun shine.
Favorite College Football Team: Virginia Tech Hokies
Why: I graduated from Virginia Tech, and the three years I spent there account for some of my fondest memories. I wasn’t really a college football fan before I went to Virginia Tech, but you can’t help but fall in love with it when you go to school there. It’s everywhere. And it’s fun. The tailgating, the celebrations of victory, the collective dismay of defeat, the experience at Lane Stadium (seriously- if you don’t believe me, google Virginia Tech Enter Sandman and you’ll see what I mean), the Hokie pride. It’s contagious.
Favorite College Football memory: My junior year, we beat Clemson at home, at night- in a game we really weren’t supposed to win. It was amazing. We flooded the field and hooped and hollared until we were forced to get off. I have a picture somewhere of being hoisted on the shoulders of one of my friends and screaming with glee. It’s just one of those experiences that can’t be duplicated.
Worst college Football memory: This would probably have to be our loss at the Orange Bowl in Jan 2008. The whole campus was ecstatic that Tech was going to the Orange Bowl and everyone was making plans to go. Jon and I decided we should do it- buy tickets to the game, find a flight, and head to Miami. So we did. But when we got to Miami it was chilly and rainy- I don’t think it ever got out of the 60s. Our seats weren’t awful, but the game was. We lost. In a soul-crushing defeat. I think Jon actually ripped up his ticket as we trudged out of the stadium that night. If I could do it all again, I’d still go to the game; I wouldn’t change it. But that loss sure was tough to swallow.
If you could tell non-football fans one thing, what would it be: If you ever get a chance to go to a game, GO TO A GAME. I don’t care who’s playing. I don’t care if you don’t know what “False Start” means. Or if you are confused why there is both a score and a player called a “Safety”. It doesn’t matter. Just go. It’s such an experience, and you will almost certainly enjoy yourself. If nothing else, the tailgating makes it all worthwhile!
So, who wants to play along? What’s your football profile?