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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 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:



Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: January 31, 2008 4:49 am

Yes I Cry at Football, is this a problem?


I haven't actually seen the movie, seen the previews, but not the movie as yet.  I suspect that I'd be sitting there sniffling through it (yes, I cry at sappy movies too).   I'll probaby rent it this weekend.

I can understand how it would effect you, having heard about it from your parents and then attending the school, where I'm sure they're keeping their memories alive. 

Since: Nov 6, 2006
Posted on: January 31, 2008 12:05 am

Yes I Cry at Football, is this a problem?

I haven't yet read "Today, we are ALL Patriots..." perhaps I put that my list of books to read.

It's not a book.  It's part of his speech during the "crowning" celebration immediately after the Super Bowl.  Sorry, should have specified.

Since: Jan 12, 2007
Posted on: January 30, 2008 11:57 pm

Yes I Cry at Football, is this a problem?

Great Blog

I think this puts to rest your comment of not being able to find something meaningful to say during the off season.  Maybe MMM should move to a blog rather than a message board topic. You have great insight.

Crying is a touchy subject for most men but not for me I have been emotional and physically moved to tears on many, many occasions and in front of one or several people, on a sports field and, well many places.  Crying is a human emotion and last time I checked I belong to that group of society (Yes Mom, Pats fans are human too!!)

I think it is a given that people give into tears more and more as we get older and actually appreciate the feelings going through other peoples minds, we empathize a whole a lot more because we understand.

Here's hoping I will not be crying Sunday night around 11 pm but then again I may cry if we win too!!!!



Since: Apr 29, 2007
Posted on: January 30, 2008 9:49 pm

Yes I Cry at Football, is this a problem?

Mom, there is a story about Joe Andruzzi on CNNSI.  I never knew he had cancer.  I did know that while he was a Patriot, he befriended a young man who was well on his way to dying from an untreatable cancer.  It is actually a very good story mixed in with all the drivel reportted on the Superbowl so far.


Since: Dec 23, 2006
Posted on: January 30, 2008 9:01 pm

Yes I Cry at Football, is this a problem?

Great job on the article mom, you do good work. As a young guy I remember Daryl Stingley being taken off the field motionless, first REALLY bad injury I saw and it was a horrifying hit by Tatum. He, of course, was paralyzed for life after that hit.

The U2 perfomance with the names reading behind them, with all the emotion at that time in the is country, I never really loved U2, became a huge fan that day.


Since: Nov 11, 2007
Posted on: January 30, 2008 8:57 pm

Yes I Cry at Football, is this a problem?


Have you seen the movie "We Are Marshall"?   Its about the plane crash that killed pretty much the entire Marshall football team and coaching staff and about how the university and the community pulled together and built the program back up.  There is also a documentary called "ashes to glory" that tells the same story. 

Marshall went from no team in 1970 to winning more games in the 1990's than any other NCAA football program. 

I wasn't born yet at the time at the crash but both my parents had just graduated from there, I have grown up in Huntington WV, and I am a Marshall alum myself so I certainly know the story and many people that were affected by it. 

Anyway, that is one football story that definetly brought tears to my eyes.


Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: January 30, 2008 7:00 pm

Yes I Cry at Football, is this a problem?


I can understand that.  There is still alot of work to be done in New Orleans.  It unfortunately left so many devastated.  So many have not been able to return, or have chose not to.  I know there were quite a few who relocated here to South Carolina.  Thankfully they had families to fall back on.  Imagine those who had no one. 

9/11, when it occurred, left me stunned.  It wasn't until I got behind the sanctity of my own home that I broke down.  I did the same when the Federal Building in Oklahoma City was bombed. 

I was in the Air Force but never was in war, been in situations where I had to shut down emotions so I could do my job.  I'll admit it, you will rarely ever see me cry in public but I will when I'm around people I deeply trust (husband, daughter).  So it's kind of a catch 22 for me.  Because, sometimes, it's really silly things that will bring me to tears.

Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: January 30, 2008 6:48 pm

Yes I Cry at Football, is this a problem?


I'm so sorry for the loss of your friend.  My thoughts are with his family.  It is nice to know that his spirit will live on in the birth of the baby. 

I know what you mean when you talk about your sons season and the sadness of when it's over.  I'm not a person to expose my vulnerabilities and, unless it's a funeral, you won't see me cry in public.  My daughter was in band for the first couple of years of high school.  Her last year, the day of the major state competition, they found out that their german teacher passed away that morning.  When I found out about that, I hid myself in the truck and cried for the kids.  The biggest event of the year for them, something they worked for all season and they had to go out and perform while they grieved. 


Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: January 30, 2008 6:38 pm

Yes I Cry at Football, is this a problem?


Thank you.  How awesome that is that your father not only got his wish, but that you have the memories to look back on.  I'm sure your father has a big smile on his face right now, seeing how well the team he loved is doing.

I don't doubt that there will be many tears shed if the Patriots fail to win the SB after going so far.  All the excitement and anticipation and then a major disappointment.  I remember the year the Steelers went 15-1 in regular season.  Roethlisberger had yet to lose a game and we were keeping our fingers crossed ourselves to have the Steelers QB to be the first rookie QB to go to the Superbowl.  What a major let down it was when the Patriots beat them in the AFCC.  I can imagine the disappointment being 3 fold for Patriots fans, if that should happen.


Since: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: January 30, 2008 5:46 pm

Yes I Cry at Football, is this a problem?

    I do love your articles, mum. 
    With this one, though, I can only admire from a distance, having dysfunctional tear ducts.
    When New Orleans re-opened, my thoughts were of how precious little we had done for the victims there.  And
still have done for that matter.  Following 9/11 my reaction was not being moved to tears, however apropriate
that may have been.
    The individual situations cited by you and several others I find deeply moving, sometimes inspirational.
    I gather from another posting of yours that you were a soldier, and are still sufficiently emotional to find
tears within your repertory.  Congratulations.

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