September 22, 2010

A Few (Belated) Facts About Football

Last week I read a WSJ piece describing South Carolina as a "state of disappointment" when it comes to the passion versus production ratio of our football teams. We rival Texas, Florida and Michigan for filling stadiums and selling tickets, but our ability to win national, and even conference, championships doesn't live up to that level of commitment.

I winced through the article, but the writer has a point. I was more than ready for our Tigers to prove a point last weekend in a much-anticipated meeting with Auburn. Cue SEC/ACC smacktalk.

Saturday night's game very nearly gave me an ulcer. What a rollercoaster ride! I got up at one point during the game to change my clothes and actually wondered if I should refrain. Would it change the team's momentum? Is it bad luck? Should I keep on my orange?

Fact 1: I don't believe in luck, jinxes or superstition.

Fact 2: I have absolutely no bearing on the outcome of any football game, much less one taking place in another state.

Fact 3: Kyle Parker and Dabo Swinney have no idea who I am.

It crossed my mind, but I swapped tops nonetheless.

Mac slept through the injury-filled game, and with every rush of a gurney onto the field I thought of the players' moms. Having a baby really does change the way you look at everything - even college football!

Fact 4: Mac will never play college football. I made that executive decision as the third player was carted off the field.

Sunday morning I broke the news to our boy that his Tigers didn't win.

So the first half was incredible but we didn't pull out a W?

Our long snapper did what?

All in all, I'm very proud of the showing our Tigers made on Saturday. We could (and should) have won, but if nothing else I'm glad we exceeded everyone's expectations.

Coming from an Auburn athletics' perspective, I was intrigued by this analysis.

Fact 5: Jinx or no jinx, next time we're all wearing orange - even our sleeping son. Just in case!


Naturally Caffeinated Family said...

This post cracked me up! You (and Mac :)) are so cute! :)

Perfectly Imperfect said...

So I watched the Clemson game because it's my hubs' team. And he went to bed while I stayed up til the very end and let your boys give me a heart attack! What happened?!?1

Oh well...

That longall is too cute.

Margaret said...

Mac is so cute---I felt the same way about that terrible game, little buddy! And I agree, neither of my boys will play college football. I can't imagine how Kyle Parker's mama must have felt seeing him get hurt like that....

Hopefully we can pull through and finish out the season without any more heart breakers like that one---and my entire family will be wearing orange and crossing all our fingers and toes! :)

Stephanie said...

LOVE Mac's sweet outfit! Needless to say, we were heartbroken about the outcome of the game too.


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