The Sunday Afternoon of Football

by Rich on December 4, 2017

There is a bittersweet aspect to Sundays. Technically they are still part of the weekend, but you can see Monday coming. Maybe you go to church. Maybe you do your weekly grocery shopping or laundry or meal prep. Maybe you take a day of rest and watch sports or go for hikes or bike rides. Or maybe you curl up with a good book or watch a movie. Maybe it’s game night spent with family. No matter what your regular Sunday routine is, there is a quality to it that always reminds us that tomorrow will be a work day. Back to the grind. Back to doing what we do to get paid so that we can have the weekend in the first place.

And if you’re a college football fan, we have entered the Sunday afternoon of the college football season. Sure, there are still games to be played, but you can see the end coming.

The college football season is like a weekend. The fall camps before the season starts are Thursday. You’re making plans, talking to friends about what you’re going to do. Likewise, teams are preparing, making plans. You ask yourself if you have enough money to spend to make it a really fun weekend, or will you stay home and do chores? Coaches do the same thing. Do they have the players, the talent, the staff to make it a fun season? Or will it be a season of working, preparing for next year?

The kick off to the season is Friday night. It’s a ton of fun because, even if you have chores, you give yourself at least one night to cut loose and blow off some steam. And at the beginning of the season, fans get to enjoy the hope that maybe this season might be special.

Saturday is the meat of the season. And if you’ve done the hard work Monday through Friday, been frugal with your money, and worked a couple of weekends earlier in the month, maybe you get to really relax and have fun. Just like a organization that has put in the work and laid the foundation to create a good team. All that hard work pays off and fans get to have an enjoyable season.

And then there’s Sunday. If you’ve had a good season, you’re probably excited for the end because it means a bowl or a shot at the national championship. But maybe this was a hard weekend. Maybe it was a weekend that you thought would be fun but the water heater sprung a leak and you ended up cleaning up a big mess, and so the end of the weekend is a relief. Or maybe you thought you would be doing yard work but an unexpected rain storm forced you to stay inside, so you watched movies all weekend and it ended up being better than you thought it would be, and you kind of want it to keep going.

But make no mistake about it… it is ending, no matter what kind of year your team has had. And that means that it’s time to pause and appreciate how awesome the college football season is, just like a weekend. The hard ones and the fun ones.

So do your shopping. Go to church. Finish your chores or read your book.  It’s Sunday afternoon in the world of college football. The end is near. Enjoy it while you can.

Because it’s Sunday afternoon, and Monday is rearing it’s ugly head.

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