Thursday, September 3, 2015

Dear Football Fans,

I know you're all eager for football season to finally start. I remember when I used to be eager too. There's nothing like going to a football game in the fall-- soda in hand, game face on, ready to yell until your throat hurts. I'm not that way anymore though. I used to love when "my team" played. It gave me adrenaline & made me nervous all at the same time. Now, I dread football season. 

PEOPLE TAKE SPORTS WAY TOO SERIOUSLY. In a world already full of hate, I dread football season because it seems like no one can get along. Fights break out, people stop talking to each other, & someone's car just might get keyed. My friend told me the other day that he was listening to a sports radio station & a woman broadcaster on there said, "I wouldn't marry someone who liked my rival team even if they were the perfect person for me other than that." THAT'S THE DUMBEST THING I'VE EVER HEARD.

I understand "friendly competition," but people take it all way too seriously. Football seems to be the most competitive sport in the United States. People will ditch their friends just to go watch the game. Or maybe they have to be watching it wherever they're at-- on their phone, a restaurant's TV, etc. It seems like our priorities are all out of whack here. 

If football was still "all about the love of the game," I'd probably enjoy it again. But people have taken it to a whole new level. Football fans are often straight up MEAN. 

So football fans, remember this: When it's all said & done, is it really going to matter? Is it going to matter how many games your team won, OR is it going to matter how many people you influenced in your life for the better? I'm not saying you shouldn't enjoy the opening game this weekend. I'm saying, don't be hateful. Love the people from the opposite team. They're humans too.

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