America Without Football Is Hawaii Without Waves, France Without Wine…
At least it’s not football season.
Going through the spring with no sports is one thing but can you imagine having to go through the fall with no football?
No heart-stopping college football games every weekend building up to Rivalry Week, the conference championships and the College Football Playoffs?
No NFL games, no fans packing sports bars each Sunday to watch their favorite team, no seeing Tom Brady in a Tampa Bay uniform (Tampa Bay!? Tom, what were you thinking?!).
Yes, the COVID-19 shutdown and lockdown has cost us March Madness and Wimbledon and delayed the Masters, Kentucky Derby Indy 500 and baseball’s Opening Day.
But for the most part, if it had to hit the sports world, this is the best time. I mean what really are we missing? The early rounds of the NBA Playoffs? Yawn. Hockey? Yawn. A few NASCAR and IndyCar races? We can live without it.
But football season? No way.
Football is America’s game. The national pastime (sorry baseball, you keep striking out; whiffing, in fact.)
America without football is like Hawaii without waves, France without wine, Bill Belichick without a defense, Nick Saban without a roster full of 4- and 5-star recruits.
In other words, it’s missing something big time.
As I write this, America is jumping out of its shorts to open up again, to return to normalcy. And that includes watching and going to sporting events.
If we have to go through the rest of spring and into the summer before things heat up again on the sports front, so be it. But come Labor Day Weekend, when Alabama and USC are scheduled kick if off in Jerry’s World and the next week when the NFL is due to start its season, we will want football.
We need our football, we need our tailgate parties and we need our game-watching parties.
Otherwise, we’re France without wine.