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Once Upon A Time
Can you imagine?
Once there were no football games.
Hunting was the sport.
It's That Season!
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.
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