Mom had three daughters who never could learn to throw. Eventually we did grow and could beat Mom to the mailbox. We liked to watch ice skating on television. Two of us married guys who were not big sports fans and our children have not grown up to the sound of the crowds roaring on the tv and their mother yelling at the quarterback, or tight end, or blocker.
They didn't even know what a first down was until a couple of years ago when Boise State University went to the Fiesta Bowl and I turned the television to Fox to watch the game, being a BSU alum. Some kids came upstairs from the basement lair to see what was going on, a couple came in from outdoors to see Mom (me) watching a football game and wondering what happened to their mother. I told them to come in and watch for Uncle Jim and Aunt Paula on tv (they're huge Boise State fans and were in Phoenix for the Fiesta Bowl). As we watched, I explained some basics of the game. And what a game it was, the best college football game ever played.
Watching football games still isn't a normal activity in our household, but now and then I will watch one if there's a compelling reason. This year DH and I watched the Rose Bowl as the Oregon Ducks were playing. They lost, but it was a good game. And tonight we're actually having a family football fest! Son Geoff is bringing a friend over and we're going to be watching BSU once again in the Fiesta Bowl. I'm not expecting the same fireworks of the 2007 game, but we're going to have a good time and maybe even do a little yelling and cheering.
It'll sound like home.