Watching NFL Football Games
Posted: September 27, 2013
I very rarely go out in public to watch NFL football games. In fact, since I built my home in the Village of Lake Hallie, I enjoy watching the NFL Ticket on DirecTV and viewing the games I want to watch without any distractions.
For whatever reason, I decided to watch the early professional football games this past Sunday at a local establishment. I politely asked a young guy who was sitting at a large table if I could sit down next to him to have lunch and a soda. He gestured that it would be fine, but seemed very pre-occupied texting on his cell phone. I quickly realized that he was a Dallas Cowboys fan and had asked the manager of the lounge to put the game against the St. Louis Rams on the television directly in front of us.
I'm not biased towards any fan base, but past experience tells me that Dallas Cowboy fans aren't always the most pleasurable people to be around while watching a game in public.
On the televisions to my left and right were the Green Bay Packers versus the Cincinnati Bengals and Minnesota Vikings against the Cleveland Browns, respectively. Many of the patrons throughout the bar were wearing the jerseys of their favorite teams.
While I ate my hamburger and watched the games, I noticed the Dallas Cowboy fan getting very animated and yelling any time his team did something well on the field. I was slightly embarrassed to be around this guy, for fear that someone would think I was with him. But after a while, I found myself rooting loudly for the St. Louis Rams. Even though it was obvious that the Rams were going to lose the game, I took great pleasure in cheering anytime the Cowboys either turned the ball over or were called for a penalty.
At halftime of the Green Bay Packers' game, I went to another establishment where 95 percent of the crowd was cheering for Green Bay. As the final seconds on the clock expired and the Packers lost to Cincinnati 34-30, most everyone left the tavern. Yet, many of the fans walked out of the bar complaining about the officials or that their team got the short end of the deal.
I have often stated that there are three things a good fan should be able to do when watching a sporting event in public: 1) Tell the person next to you that their player made a good play; 2) Admit that an official may have made a bad call that went in your favor; and 3) Shake hands with the opposing fan whether your team wins or loses.
After last Sunday, I was reminded why I watch NFL football games at home.