If I ever needed to present myself with an example of why I have such a blessed life, all I have to do is review the way I spent last Saturday.
Life can be challenging for all of us, but every now and then we all need to take a step back and have some private time. I did that a week ago, and my Saturday was spent immersed in the world of college football.
I enjoy the sport immensely, and I do not entirely understand why. That is okay because we do not have to understand why we feel so passionately about certain things. If we feel that way, there is nothing wrong with that.
I started last Saturday watching ESPN’s Gameday program. The program was a little unusual because they broadcasted the show from
Knoxville on the ’s
campus. Within the campus, the show originated from University of Tennessee
which was nostalgic for me because that is where I attended a number of classes
when I went to school there. It looked like a lot of fun, and I regretted not
making the trip up there. Circle Park
On the bright side, I did get to watch a lot of games. Since I am a Southeastern Conference guy, I focused most of my attention on those games. I began my day by watching two games: Vanderbilt vs. Presbyterian and
vs. Louisiana-Monroe. Auburn
I often hear many
fans in this
area talk about how they root for Vanderbilt 11 games a year, then cheer for
the Volunteers when those teams play. I am not one of those people. I consider
Vanderbilt one of University
of Tennessee ’s
main rivals, and I never want to see them win. Ever. Tennessee
A good Saturday for me is when
wins and Vanderbilt loses. As for
last Saturday, the Commodores were playing a lightweight opponent and won
easily. We’ll see how they do the rest of the year, but on November 17 I look
forward to when the Volunteers come to Tennessee . Nashville
After tuning out the Vandy game, I caught the tail end of the
Auburn game. Sometimes the best games to
watch are the ones where a person does not have an emotional investment, and
the Auburn game fit into that category. The
Tigers had Louisiana-Monroe beat but lost the lead late in the game, which sent
the game into overtime.
lived dangerously but they won. Auburn
After that game, I took a small break while preparing myself for the big game on my football watching agenda.
was scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. so I ran whatever errands I had to do to get
ready for that. Florida
Of course, this game is where my afternoon of extravagance took a turn for the worse. Despite playing well for two-and-a-half quarters, the Volunteers faded late in the game and got pummeled. What was that I wrote about a good Saturday being when
wins and Vanderbilt loses? Well, I guess that did not happen. However, as I
watched the final games of the evening, I must admit it was a good day. Tennessee
I mean, we live in a world where
is ranked number one, and that is
not a reality I enjoy, but there are less pleasurable ways to spend a Saturday.
Simple pleasures are often the best pleasures in life, and college football is
one of those things that fills that role for me. Alabama
We all need recreation, because if we do not have it, then we become more likely to start climbing the walls. And I do not know about you, but I have climbed enough walls in my life.