Sep 7, 2011

No Fun League

The NFL season starts this weekend, and I'm not sure I could care less. Or is it couldn't care less? I can never get that one right.

I used to dig the NFL. Did weekly office pools at work.  Participated in Fantasy Football leagues. Spent every Sunday afternoon at the local sports pub watching all the games.  And I mean ALL the games.  I even had Jets season tickets for about 5 years with a bunch of other guys.  Those Sundays were madness.  A chunk of Saturday was spent shopping and prepping for the game on Sunday.  Then it was meeting up by 7AM, getting to NJ, cooking breakfast, cooking lunch, the game, cooking dinner and sometimes getting home by 11PM or so.  The entire weekend was shot.

I'm getting too old for that shit.  Well, I got too old for it a long time ago.  Gave up those season tickets probably 11 years ago.  But you know what I mean.

Now? I just don't care about the NFL.  It wasn't even really the latest labor dispute.  Professional sports are  always gonna have those every few years.  And it's not even really about Michael Vick.  That dog murderer is now a  superstar again for my favorite team, the Philadelphia Eagles.  Not that I watch any of their games anymore.  Not with that asshole leading the way.

Nah...I started losing interest in the NFL a few years before that happened.  And I can't really pinpoint the reason.  I just stopped enjoying it, I guess.  I still enjoy College Football.  More than enjoy, I LOVE College Football.  But the NFL game just doesn't do it for me anymore.  Same thing happened with the NBA a long time ago.  I used to love it, then I just stopped.  Weird.

Man...I hope that never happens with MLB for me. I can't imagine that it would.


sybil law said...

Yeah, well - all I can root for is the Bengals, so you can imagine my pain...!

hello haha narf said...

sorry dude, but i bleed black an gold. so excited for sunday.

in other news, grab gia and come to pittsburgh...i have excellent club level seats for all pitt football games. parking pass in the good lot right next to heinz field that is just perfect for tailgating. i'm ready when you are!

Verdant Earl said...

Sybil - The Bengals? Blech.

Becky - We've been trying to figure out some fun weekend trips this fall, but our weekends have been full. We may drive down to Charleston this weekend (!) to see Todd Snider perform, but I dunno. Thanks for the invite!

Slyde said...

football and boxing were the only sports i EVER enjoyed watching on tv, and in the past 10 years ive completely abandoned both of them. I couldnt tell you ONE thing about my Raiders anymore.

But i still do the office pool every week.. im usually good for winning once or twice a season, which almost always puts me in the black.

Verdant Earl said...

Slyde - Yeah, I used to love boxing too. Maybe the sheer brutality of those two sports and seeing the superstars reduced to shaking, puny men because of all the concussions has something to do with it too. Soo many Post-concussion syndrome suicides from former NFL players. Soooo many.

Paticus said...

I still like the NFL(Cowboys fan), but not as much as I used to, that's for sure.
I don't know that I can pinpoint a reason either, though one thing that annoys me is the fact that so many players feel the need to celebrate every single thing they do on the field. You see a guy make a tackle after a 15 yard gain, and he gets up and pounds his chest....Really? Is that SUCH an accomplishment?