This is the time of year that many people, including seniors, go crazy over football. The season that started last year is nearly over, and although we may not cheer for all the teams to win, we do love to watch the games and yell at the TV our encouragements, frustrations and advice.
Now, I know very well that the players can't hear my screams at the TV any more than they could hear me if I was at the game. It just feels good, helps lower my blood pressure and I do have a better view of the game over my TV than the players or coaches have on the field.
My repeated words, sometimes three times in a row, seem to work many times and thus I continue to utter them. "Run, run, run! Stop him, stop him, stop him!" How silly they seem as I type them now, but I just have to help my teams as much as I can. They even have a commercial now that shows people engaging in bizarre football rituals and it states something like, 'It's only weird if it doesn't work.' Now those are my sentiments exactly.
I'm not into the bowl games, college games or high school football, but put the NFL on the TV and I'm hooked. I watch every move and wonder sometimes about the officials' calls. They used to call 'intentional grounding' a lot, but so far this season, I've only heard it called once. I just don't think a quarterback being chased down by the defense can legally throw the ball out of the playing field when no one from his team is within 10 yards of his throw.
What I do miss about not working at a regular job anymore is the baseball and football pools. They were so much fun and I did win quite a few of them. The only problem with them is that you have to cheer for the team and the score that you have in your square instead of the team that you really want to win the game.
Watching a close game in which I had yelled myself almost hoarse, and got so frustrated at my team that I walked out of the room while the game was still on, I got to thinking about that great record that Andy Griffith had done so many years ago about football.
As soon as the game on TV was over, I went to my stash of old albums and started searching for his record. At long last I found it and played it just to relive those great memories I had of how funny it was. It wasn't as funny as I had remembered it to be, but was still most enjoyable.
Griffith portrays a southern country preacher that has no knowledge of what football is and gets caught up in a crowd of people that push him along as they go to the game. The recording was done in 1953 and sold almost 850,000 copies between two releases by two different record companies. "What It Was, Was Football" was the best selling comedy album of all time. The popularity of this skit got Griffith an appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1954 and the rest is history.
Andy entertained us for years playing many different roles to perfection on the variety of shows he starred in on TV. We lost him last year at age 86 to a heart attack, but his memory lives on in reruns on many TV channels.
A native of Minnesota, Carol Olson grew up in South Dakota and Walnut Creek and now lives in Pittsburg. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.