Football Fascination

Once Upon A Time

Can you imagine?

Once there were no football games.

Hunting was the sport.

It's That Season!

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With football and basketball there came some changes.

'Tis the season to be jolly....not the holidays, silly. It's football season for high school championships, college schedules, and Sunday gatherings (after church.)

After church? Well, at least after noon.

Admittedly, Friday nights are football.

Saturday afternoons and evenings are football.

Sunday afternoons and evenings are football.

Monday nights are football.

Thursday nights are football.

And by then we are back to Friday nights again.

Whew! That means we have to be creative and think of something to do on Tuesdays and Wednesdays! How fortunate we are that there are also basketball games, a World Series, Donald Trump, and Campaign 2016.

Even Republicans and Democrats who can't agree on much of anything these days and nights, can agree that they don't hold debates and political rallies that might have to compete with Americans' fascination with the National Football League----which, by the way, spends more on advertising and has larger crowds than the cheering sections for politicians, even when the politicians are offering "free this" and "free that" just for their votes.

Yes, Americans have their priorities straight. "Let's not think too much about our men getting shot at, and getting their legs blown off, when we could be thinking about "Hail Marys" and gruesome tackles that cause concussions right here at home!"

Is that stating it too succinctly?

As for the "after church" comment: let's face it, weekly church attendance is running at lower rates than even weekly basketball games, much less weekly football games attendance.

Utah has the highest weekly church attendance in America, currently at 51%. While, by state, it goes down from there to the New England States and down to Senator Bernie Sanders' State of Vermont, where according to a recent Gallup Poll only 17% of residents polled said they attend church services each week. Apparently some Vermonters can milk their cows twice a day, but can't attend church once a week, unless it's their dairy farmers who do.

Could that mean that more Americans believe in football practice than in religious practice; and, more are concerned about whether a certain quarterback will be well enough to play in the next game, than in who will govern them for the next four years?

Think about the answer to those questions, when you next wonder why America seems to be in such a mess at times....or all the time recently. Then think about what it means that America's devout Muslims answer their calls to prayer every day.


© 2015 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.

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Ericdierker 15 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Wonderful. This made me laugh about being on teams. Maybe a day off a week, but that just might mean watching video of the next team to play.

Great questions to ask of ourselves.

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Perspycacious 15 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Hope you caught my note on your latest, if it is your latest listed today on the "Here are your....." I appreciate folks letting me know when my proofreading runs amiss. If you would rather I not note such items, tell me to stop. Even with your silent permission to continue, that should not mean that silence on my end means perfection on yours.

I had sent this Hub to "The Washington Post" but I only give them two weeks, and "high school championships" being already a completed pass, it became time to publish. I'm glad there was a chuckle (or two) in their to activate your funny bone.

Three cheers for applied religion, except the misconstrued kinds.

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Ericdierker 15 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Your notes are always appreciated and I like them in the comments section.

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Perspycacious 15 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Ericdierker - Noted, and I noted my own "their" instead of the correct "there." See, I do it too (or was that supposed to be two?) There are two of us trying to proofread careffully.

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Perspycacious 15 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Now baseball and the World Series have finished. While the World Series ended 4 to 1 with the Kansas City Royals winning the championship, it was a very entertaining series. Mets fans were disappointed, but they had a lot to cheer about, and everyone watching on TV and at the ballpark saw some spectacular baseball with records set in each game.

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BlossomSB 15 months ago from Victoria, Australia

It's been all about the Melbourne Cup lately here. What other nation has a public holiday for a horse race? Choosing priorities is a wonderful thing! i don't know the statistics, but I'm sure your country would beat ours well and truly over church attendance. Sadly, sport is the national religion for so many people.

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Perspycacious 15 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

BlossomSB - Religious observance and living a religious life have declined in the USA dating back to the abortion decisions which made it legal for a woman to kill her child, even one in the very act of being born by electing to have an abortion, even a late term abortion.

Imagine the number of abortions which had to occur in China when their government said that women could not give live birth to more than just one child. Yet Christ said that "of such is the kingdom of heaven."

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aviannovice 15 months ago from Stillwater, OK

Americans have been sold to the highest bidder.

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teaches12345 14 months ago

America spends more time over sports, especially football, during the fall and winter seasons. I do enjoy an occasional game but I don't let it interfere with my priorities, especially attending church. Good views on this fascination of football.

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Perspycacious 14 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

teaches12345 - The football fascination season is winding down, but extends into the New Year....well into it! I admit that last Saturday saw me glued to the TV and wishing things had turned out better for a fine Iowa team, though not to take anything away from what Michigan State accomplished. Hopefully we can eventually replace Saturday heroes with Sunday Gospel Warriors who see the larger picture of where the "Hail Mary" term originated, and care for our poor and needy with funds that give $120+ for a seat at a bowl game for which a clearer view of the game exists at homes across the country.

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