Racial strife in Missouri, beheaded American journalists in the Middle East, a crisis on our southern border, the Ebola virus spreading like wildfire, Robin Williams’ suicide, Ice Bucket Challenges, presidential scandals du jour - in the Information Overload Age, it’s enough to make your head swim.
Who couldn’t use a diversion?
Maybe your beloved baseball team is already mathematically eliminated from the post-season and October’s not even really in sight yet, so you’ve tucked that rally cap back and placed it on the shelf for the rest of the year.
The basketball season has been over (mercifully) for a couple of months - and hockey, too. Uh, when is hockey season anyway?
The World Cup provided some entertainment for sports junkies and the culture curious for a few weeks this summer, but soccer will fade back into its niche until another four years.
What’s an armchair quarterback to do in the waning days of summer? Hell, must-see-TV in general is in a lull as “Breaking Bad” and “True Blood” are no more and new seasons of “The Walking Dead,” “Game of Thrones” and “Scandal” are a ways off.
While our nation sits on the precipice of yet another war (or two, or three) - there’s another battle brewing, pitting man against man, front line vs. front line, aggression, sneak attacks, bombs, the quest to invade enemy territory.
Yes indeed, it is once again football season - with high school, college and pro gridiron games filling up our social calendars and TV-viewing plans.
And let’s face it, we love some war. And football, basically, is war - a tactical scrum, a battle in the trenches, if you will.
There will be blood.
“There is a long tradition of likening football to war, from paeans to the "generalship" of quarterbacks in the 1890s to the "wars in the trenches" of the modern game,” wrote Michael Oriard, in a 2009 article for online magazine Slate.com. “While coaches and sportswriters have adopted military language over the years, the military has sometimes adopted football terminology, as in Operation Goalpost and Operation Varsity in World War II and Vietnam's Operation Linebacker.”
Well buck up there, Sgt. Beach Bum, you can claim boredom no more as college football gets an official kick in the too-tight pants tonight with a full slate of televised games (including the South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Texas A&M), as well as Friday night and Saturday, too, and the big boys of the NFL finish out one more week of pre-season before strapping it on in earnest with Sept. 4’s match-up of defending Super Bowl champs, the Seattle Seahawks, and the tradition-laden Green Bay Packers. Locally, it’s Friday Night Lights as high school action gets into the swing of things, and our clawin’ Chanticleers of Conway, aka Coastal Carolina University, gets its 2014-15 campaign started with an in-state contest against The Citadel on Saturday.
In order to get you pumped up for another pulsating plethora of pigskin, we’ve huddled up and put our heads together - and also reached out to readers and the social media stratosphere - to compile the following list of reasons why we’re glad, thankful, appreciative, stoked, etc. that once again, the referee’s whistle signifies that it’s football season - the way God intended.
With the 49th Super Bowl slated for Feb. 1 on the horizon, we’ve drummed up 49 reasons why, in no particular order, the 2014-15 football season is a godsend.
Now get out there and execute the game plan!