It’s a brisk Saturday morning. The sun peeps through the curtains, there’s a scent of fresh coffee from a pot your roommate put on, and the birds are chirping… except those aren’t birds. That is the sound of diehard LSU football fans shotgunning a beer at 11:00am in the morning. As you look at your phone, you realize just what type of Saturday it is… GAMEDAY!
You jump out of bed and run out of your room into the kitchen as your roommates pop open the first champagne bottle to pour in a barely filled glass with orange juice in almost perfect timing as Doses and Mimosas begins to play by Cherub. You start getting ready with your girls and plan matching blue jeans and tiger print top. You take one last group picture before heading to Tiger Stadium… a.k.a Death Valley!
As you get your ticket checked and find your seats, you find yourself in a crowd of thousands of strangers coming together with one common factor. Football. Except how many people actually understand the rules of football?
I for one don’t know a single thing. I mean besides the obvious that there’s a ball that needs to get to one end of the field. Which end though? I have no clue. Honestly I don’t know football. Like at all. I cheer when people cheer, I boo when people boo, and I stand and chant the songs. So what do the untrained football fans do when the players are actually playing? Well let’s just say my eyes would rather follow a floating condom in the sky wondering who in the world had
the crazy idea and how long it would float for. It’s not that I don’t have respect for what they do. It’s that I have so much respect for them that my brain cannot physically comprehend the intensity of the sport. For the past six years, every football game I have gone to, I have tried my darn hardest to understand the rules of the game, even had my football friends try and explain it to me.
Now you might ask yourself why after all these years, I still go to football games even though I have minimal knowledge of the game and I can answer that question easily. It’s the same for all of us football dummies. The environment. The atmosphere. The people. I’ll say it again:
The environment. The atmosphere. The people.
One could argue that is why football is so popular. Football Saturday’s are a way for us college students to come together after a long week of sitting in classrooms and studying for exams to just relax and for lack of better words, be goofy! Who doesn’t love an awesome excuse to have
fun on a Saturday? And whether it’s a morning or a night game, the traditions of tailgating and a full day of partying can ONLYbe acceptable on one day and one day only… GAMEDAY!