Think Kit asked me to write today about a discovery I made in the last year, so here it is: I like football. I mean, I really like it. Given how football-obsessed our culture is, saying this out loud sort of sounds like a confession as well as a discovery. But I’ll take one for the Think Kit team and go there, get honest, and talk about how I just now caught up with the Football is Good program.
The timing of this discovery is sort of ridiculous as I was a national level competitive cheerleader in high school, which means I cheered for every single game that our state championship winning football team played. At that time though, getting through football season had to be done to get to basketball season, which finally led to our cheerleading competition season; the whole point of it all, in my book. Another reason this new discovery seems a little silly is that obviously, lots of people really like football. We Americans are simply enamored with this traumatic brain injury-inducing game, and to be someone that could have taken or left the sport singled me out of the crowd on many occasions. I loved the snacks, the beer, and the company, but the game itself? Meh.
At this point you may be asking, “Why football now?” The answer is simple: family. About a year ago, my brother took a position with the San Francisco 49ers, and since then, I’m a die-hard fan. I got some slack in the beginning from my wonderful Michigander family members. They’ve been loyal Detroit Lions fans forever, so I can appreciate their mild dismay last year when I said I liked football and five minutes later donned a Kaepernick jersey and bit my nails through the Superbowl.
I really would love for San Francisco to do well this season. Heck, my older brother gets a ring if they win the Superbowl, which is pretty cool. Still, I’m all for the Lions and against every team that gets in their way (well, except for the Niners, I suppose). Ultimately though, I’ve recently discovered that my appreciation for football is more than just cheering for my teams. It’s been quite the discovery in the last year to find myself looking forward to football Sundays and participating, albeit “late in the game”, in the excitement of the game.