Unarguably, there are only four seasons to a year: spring, summer, fall and winter. For me, there is a fifth season – College Football. The next fourteen Saturday’s will render my husband a football widower and the cats will seek cover. It is a time to don my team’s colors (red and black), sharpen my trash talk, and enjoy the friendly rivalry with my best friend – who for some reason loves the Gators, bless her heart.
In my family, I am the football enthusiast. My husband does not share my level of emotion to the game. He is more reserved. Of course, he enjoys watching the Dawgs and can do a spot on imitation of both Munson and Smith. But it is normally me that is the one yelling at the television, jumping up and down during a touchdown run, and sitting on the edge of my chair with fingers crossed, rocking back and forth, pleading that the Dawgs hunker down one more time.
The primary casualties in our household are the cats, mainly Bear. He is a momma’s boy through and through. His place is anywhere I am. Except for when there are those strange people on television that seem to scurry after an odd shaped ball. Confused by the significance of their attempts to pile on each other, he does not understand how their actions could turn his docile mom into someone that becomes overly excited. The only thing he is sure of is that safety is found far away from our den with the rest of our pride.
Football season is more than sitting in front of the television while others choose to explore the North Georgia Mountains and many festivals. It is another chance to rectify missed opportunities from last season. The scratches left by the Clemson and Missouri Tigers are not forgotten. A new season brings the chance to enjoy the camaraderie of the masses that will fill Sanford Stadium, family and friends that gather to watch the game, and to see what Coach Richt and his team will give us this year.
Yes, College football is definitely my favorite season. I am sure that the Dawgs will awe us, bring inspiration, moments of heart pounding excitement, and another season that will keep us on the edge of our seats. So until next week, let’s get down to business and focus on putting our first check of the season in the win column this Saturday against Clemson. Go Dawgs!