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Yes I Cry at Football, is this a problem?

Posted on: January 30, 2008 6:09 am
Edited on: January 30, 2008 6:12 am
 

It's early morning here.  My husband is playing his videogame and I'm perusing the sports stories.  He just happens to look over at me as I'm wiping tears off my face and blowing my nose.  All he goes is "football?" .  I nod and then start laughing.  My husbands favorite line, "gotta love my wife, only person I know that cries over football".  I guess I should feel foolish but I don't, but then, he's the only one who sees me cry.

No, it's not the loss or win of a game that brings me to sobs.  Although regular season losses just leave me feeling down, and post season losses just want to make me get drunk.  I can "man up" with the best of them and accept the loss as a fan, graciously.  Well...ok...I ummm...do grieve at the loss during a playoff game, but I hide in the closet when I do this.

It's the human side of football that often brings me to tears.  A player or a coach that I admire retiring.  Yep I cried when I saw Bettis holding the trophy after his last game of his career.  And yes, I did cry when I read that Bill Cowher was retiring also.  Some tears were shed when I saw the various NFL players pitching in to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina.  At one point, I had to stop watching the NFL Network because there was always something nice that would reduce me to tears...but then again, no one was watching. 

This season I found the waterworks in full force as I followed the story of Buffalo Bills player Kevin Everett's miraculous struggle with a spinal cord injury earlier in the season.  Yes, even when he returned to the stadium for the last game of the season, some tears escaped as I heard and read about it. 

Now this morning, it was Pete Prisco who had me in tears.  No, not his writings, I actually enjoy them, but it was his story on Domenik Hixon and how he'll be playing for Everett in the Superbowl.  "Playing for two", as it's stated in the article.  It was a little heartwrenching to read how that hit by Hixon on Everett and the susequent injury not only haunted him, but inspired Hixon. 

There's a human side to the NFL.  It's not just stats and points and player information.  Not just game plans and Sunday games.  We often feel for the players who get hurt and spurn those who cause those injuries.  Prisco's article shows us the effects that incidents like the Everett injury has on those who cause them. 

Yes I cried.  I cried when Art Rooney passed on, I cried when Terry Bradshaw came back to Pittsburgh, after his self-exile.  Tears were flowing when they showed the 75th All-Star team for the Pittsburgh Steelers.  Yep, the waterworks were turned on quite a bit these past few seasons.  Thanks Pete for flipping that faucet again.  Anyone have a tissue?

Note:  Pete Prisco's article can be found here:   www.sportsline.com/nfl/story/106073
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Comments

Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: January 31, 2008 8:28 am
 

Yes I Cry at Football, is this a problem?

LOL, you've seen that movie too.  Not sure there's much I would want to keep though...lol.



Since: Jan 12, 2007
Posted on: January 31, 2008 8:22 am
 

Yes I Cry at Football, is this a problem?

 But Mom, you can keep what you kill!



Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: January 31, 2008 8:19 am
 

Yes I Cry at Football, is this a problem?

Neil,

You're a nut, but if I recall Leia never did go over to the dark side.  I appreciate your coaxing and for some reason, the Chronicles of Riddick just came to mind...everything will be much better when you accept the ways of the necromongers...lol.

 




Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: January 31, 2008 8:15 am
 

Yes I Cry at Football, is this a problem?

jonyork,

Thank you for your input, nicely said.  That Redskins game definitely was emotional, I'm sure more so if you're a redskins fan.  I always have to catch myself when I see the number of a player on other players jersey's, like they did with Darrent Williams of the Denver Bronco's and for Sean Taylor this year. 




Since: Jan 12, 2007
Posted on: January 31, 2008 8:07 am
 

Yes I Cry at Football, is this a problem?

Dear Princess Leia

Imperial Storm Troopers were one time human, they just lost their way in life, they switched over to the darkside of the force, a bit like I keep telling you that you should do...come on don't we all need do that from time to time! 

The offer of a Patriots sweatshirt and the encylopedia  of life by BB is there for you Mom just step over, it's real easy once you set your mind to it...come on I will hold your hand.

Did you not realise the main reason they wear those helmets was so others could not see them cry...kinda destroys the big bad image don't you think!




Since: Feb 19, 2007
Posted on: January 31, 2008 8:00 am
 

Yes I Cry at Football, is this a problem?

Won't say I cry, but it's usually a matter of winning the battle when I feel myself welling up and that lump shows up in the back of my throat...

How could I have forgotten the U2 thing?

Everett...yup, and another big one for me this year was the Sean Taylor thing, when the defense came out with 10 players because no one started in Sean's place.  I only read about it so I could sit back and say "wow" before going silent in reflection.  Had I actually been watching the game I might not have won the battle.

We're all human and thus vulnerable.  We turn these athletes into something above us in our heads so it's always an impact when we either see them a) as being just as vulnerable as the rest of us or b) showing great display that they know they are not above us.

Just a quick moment, silent thought to those lost and those who never tire of giving themselves....




Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: January 31, 2008 5:17 am
 

Yes I Cry at Football, is this a problem?

Clovdyx,

Ah, I understand now, thanks for the clarification.  Figured with everyone else having a book out, Kraft would have one too.  What a good title that would make for his book, huh?




Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: January 31, 2008 5:15 am
 

Yes I Cry at Football, is this a problem?

Neil,

You're saying....storm troopers are human?  I'll have to go back and watch the whole Star Wars saga to see if that's true.  Just teasing.

As far as the MMM's, they were meant for my ramblings after a weekend of football.  I can see them working for Superbowl Monday, the monday after the Pro-Bowl, the Combine and the Draft.  So, I think I'll leave them to the boards and use the blogs to ramble aimlessly...lol.  Thanks for the encouragement though.

You're right though, the older we get, we do empathize more with the person who is crying.  We also admit to ourselves that we are not infallible nor are we invincible so more things tend to move us.




Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: January 31, 2008 5:05 am
 

Yes I Cry at Football, is this a problem?

Thanks for the info on Joe Andruzzi, I'll have to go read it.  It takes a lot of heart and courage to make friends with someone knowing they're not going to be around.  Do you risk opening up yourself and prepare yourself for the hurt involved when they leave this earth?



Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: January 31, 2008 5:00 am
 

Yes I Cry at Football, is this a problem?

3peater,

I think those of us who've been watching football for quite awhile, remembers Tatum's hit on Stingley.  I think that's why we all catch our breath when we see a player laying on the field after a hard hit, not moving.  I remember in a game, shortly after the one that Everett got hurt, how James Harrison took a hit like the one on Everett.  I think everyone watching that game held their breath, hoping it wasn't going to have the same results.

Yeah, those names of the victims of 9/11 scrolling during the halftime show definitely was moving, what a nice tribute to them.



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