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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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Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: January 30, 2008 5:26 pm
 

Yes I Cry at Football, is this a problem?

I don't think it is ever a problem.

I think people cry about stuff they really care about. It's kind of funny that you post this now, as I am quite reflective. A young man who worked for me 6 years ago, died in an auto accident Sunday night. He was an Indiana State Trooper. He was involved in a pursuit, and he lost control of his car. He hit a tree and died instantly. All he ever wanted to be in his life was an Indiana State Trooper. He began living his dream last July. So.......

I cried at the Colts' parade and Super Bowl celebration last year. I cried when James Bailey dropped the Hail Mary that would have beaten Pittsburgh to go the the Super Bowl twelve years ago. I cried when the Bears won the SB in 85/86 because I knew how happy it made my dad.

My son played the Babe Ruth Baseball version of the 'Little League World Series' in '95. His team finished 2nd in the nation. Upon arriving back in our home town, (we played in Abbeville, LA.), the kids were greeted by nearly 1000 admirers. I cried uncontrollably virtually the entire time the ceremony was going on.....Several friends said not to cry. It wasn't so bad finishing 2nd. I wasn't crying because we lost. I was crying because it was over. The winning meant little at that point. The thrills these young men provided us, the journey itself, was over. And I was sad about that.

But, that is the process of life. Things end and other things begin. Daniel...the young trooper who died, will be laid to rest Friday. His older brother, who also worked for me, and his wife will  have their first child in April. His name was to be Nicholas David....but now will be Nicholas Daniel. He will carry the name proudly, and have to hear how great of an uncle he had from those of us who loved him. The circle of life will go on.

You  know if things in life really matter if they are worth crying over. I wish all of you much to cry about. That will mean that you have a life full of love and togetherness.

Take care.




Since: Aug 7, 2007
Posted on: January 30, 2008 4:56 pm
 

Yes I Cry at Football, is this a problem?

Nice blog as usual Mom...

I must say, if the Patriots lose Sunday, I will let a flood loose that will have Tsunamis seeking therapy due to inferiority complexes.

Kidding aside, this season for the Pats has had that effect on me. My father and I attended Pats' games since 1974 and during all those years of futility, I can always remember him saying "I just want to see them win ONE Super Bowl before I die."

Well, he got his wish......he passed away from cancer in August of 2004, but not before seeing the Patriots win not one, but two Super Bowls. He was always a sharp dresser but when he was interred, we decided that his devotion to the Patriots required that we dress him not in a suit, but instead in the gear of the team he loved so much. I can only imagine the look on St Peter's face when he arrived at the Pearly Gates wearing a leather Patriots jacket and two Super Bowl hats....lol

Anyway, throughout this incredible season, I have had several moments of deep reflection on how much my father would have loved seeing this potentially historical event unfold.

Peace!



 



Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: January 30, 2008 1:59 pm
 

Yes I Cry at Football, is this a problem?

Redoverred,

I can only imagine the feeling of entering the Superdome once it was fixed.  I know the eyes of the country was on that game.  It's a slow process and unfortunately, so much has been lost with Nola, but it will be back to it's old splendor,  no doubt. 




Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: January 30, 2008 1:49 pm
 

Yes I Cry at Football, is this a problem?

Badger,

There are quite a few stories about players in the NFL and alot of selfless acts.  Pat Tillman's story and his death brought tears to the eyes of football and non-football fans alike.  Thankfully, the local media tends to do very good stories on the works or background of the players. 

I remember the news stories of Tamba Hali and his struggles.  Awhile back Curtis Martin did an interview on basically how football changed his course in life.  I think though, for me, the most moving story was the induction of Walter Payton into the hall of fame.  Anytime I see anything about Sweetness, I still well up. 

 




Since: Jun 29, 2007
Posted on: January 30, 2008 1:48 pm
 

Yes I Cry at Football, is this a problem?

I can't even think about the first game back in the Superdome without crying.  That whole game was magical.  Every time I would gain control of myself something else would happen.  I was crying for joy but I was crying for hope too.  I worked in Nola for three years and even at this point I'm still not sure where some of my old friends are.  Others are doing well in other cities but Nola is still struggling.  I was hoping the Saints would continue to do well this year so more stories would run on the rebuilding.  It is rough down there and I miss it everyday.  My husband is back working there now and Carnival is going strong though it still isn't the same.  Yet.


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Since: Jan 24, 2007
Posted on: January 30, 2008 1:27 pm
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Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: January 30, 2008 1:02 pm
 

Yes I Cry at Football, is this a problem?

Keith,

I know that there are some plays that are just beautiful.  I remember the game that Brett Favre played and won right after the death of his father.  Very moving.  My husband was happy that Favre won the game for his dad but still laughed at me when he saw tears running down my face.

Thanks for the compliment Keith, it's appreciated (though I thinking there are quite a few better then mine). 




Since: Apr 26, 2007
Posted on: January 30, 2008 12:45 pm
 

Yes I Cry at Football, is this a problem?

I think the only time ive cried watching football was this season. It was Monday night In Denver With Green bay and the Broncos going to OT, and the first play from scrimmmage was Brett Favre 82 yards to Greg Jennings. Vintage Favre there.

On another note, This may just be the best blog ive read since they started a few weeks ago. These are the types of things that the blog exists for.




Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: January 30, 2008 9:10 am
 

Yes I Cry at Football, is this a problem?

I'm not too big of a man to admit that stuff.  I don't cry very often, but I can man up to it.

Clovdyx,

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



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