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Monday, September 17, 2007

 

Football, You Bet

A friend of mine moved from North Idaho to Fairbanks, Alaska, a few years ago. Since then he's been relying on me to keep him updated and informed about our alma mater's sports teams, especially football.

So I email him copies of game articles, plus tidbits of info that I hear about facilities improvements, recruits, and scheduling.

But the other day, for the first time, he asked me a direct question: Is Akey using the traditional spread-speed offense of Idaho’s past or is he bringing in a running game?

I felt like the President being asked about his Iraq strategy. "Huh? Uh, I, ummm, what was the question again?"

People see me walking around in my Idaho Vandals hat and automatically think I'm a sports expert. I wear that hat for two reasons: To cover a do-it-yourself haircut, and because I'm a huge fan of the University of Idaho itself. Attending that rural residential campus was a defining time of my life, so I support it any way that I can.

But football? Oh, yes, I enjoy watching it in a very casual way. But "traditional spread-speed offense"? I don't speak that language. If I delved too deeply into the finer points of the game, it would probably ruin some of the enjoyment I have of watching it. I would stress and obsess, like I used to do with baseball many years ago.

I must be passing this lack of interest in the nuts and bolts of football on to my kids. They like the sport, but I think their excitement about attending live games has more to do with the prospect of cotton candy and nachos than anything else. They won't have anything to do with watching it on TV. My son would rather watch extreme motocross or golf. And the only sports he likes to play are soccer and basketball.

When I'm around groups of people discussing football in-depth, I just smile and nod and grunt in agreement. I care about a lot of things in this world, but defensive formations and quarterback ratings are not among them.

So if you see me in my Vandal hat, just say "Go Vandals!" and save the technical questions for someone else.


8 Comments:

Blogger Mrs. Davis said...

I'm the same way with sports -- a fan, but not an expert. A few years ago I won my office NCAA basketball pool becuse I was the only one in the pool who picked Marquette to advance as far as they did. My reason for picking them? My friend Monica went there. My dad was still very proud, and told all his friends about it (including the randomness behind my picks).

9:04 PM  
Blogger Mrs. Mac said...

Go Vandals! It's OK to be technically sports challenged! I'm with your kid's priority of liking the goodies ;)

11:23 PM  
Blogger Whit said...

I was going to make fun of you for cutting your own hair, but then I remembered that I did that too.

I love football, but I don't pay attention to the x's and o's, that's not as fun for me.

11:26 PM  
Anonymous brettdl said...

My son still has no idea what football is. But for what it's worth, he can throw an oversized, soft Frisbee.

(I cut my own hair too, and it looks great.)

4:55 AM  
Blogger Hann said...

My daughter's school had a sport carnival last week, she's in Gold squad. I wore my Idaho "gold" T-shirt for the day, same did little man, we were quite a team!

7:12 AM  
Blogger Kristen said...

My husband and I are very much the same when it comes to sports. He did not have the "love of the sport" driven into him as a child and so now he doesn't really care all that much about it. We both enjoy watching sports live, but you will rarely, if ever see a sports show of any kind on tv at our house. My dad was a cyclist, so I occasionally peek in on the tour-de-France, but that's about it!

1:30 PM  
Blogger Bretterson said...

Tell your friend that yes, the Vandals are running a spread this year.

1:12 AM  
Blogger Dad Stuff said...

I though football was about end zone dances and dog fighting.

7:32 AM  

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