The NFL makes life almost normal almost again

The year 2020 has been a strange ride on the Wild Mouse.

We’ve braced ourselves through Covid and carnage, wild fires, wild debates about masks, more than 100 days of wild protests and arrests, George Floyd, a parade of hurricanes, attacks on our elections, misinformation, lies and mistrust of our government officials.

When does this ride stop?

Maybe it didn’t stop last weekend. But didn’t the world almost feel normal with the return of the NFL? Didn’t it feel like 2019 again as Detroit fans bitched about the Detroit Lions blowing another game under Matty Patty and New England continuing to win with a new quarterback?

Didn’t it feel good to see your blood boil and have thousands of others come to your rescue? The NFL might be different this season, but it has made us sane.

There are few if any fans in the stands. Tom Brady is in Tampa and Cam Newton in New England. Ndamukong Suh is with his fourth team and Adrian Peterson his fifth in Detroit of all places. Washington has a team with no name. And Lions fans are calling their teams names that cannot be printed in a family newspaper.

But I can mention them here.

Fucking Lions.

However, Green Bay and Aaron Rodgers still looks good, the Kansas City Chiefs look dominate and the New York Jets look like one of the worst teams in NFL history.

The game is back. The games look normal. Our betting slips are being padded again. And life feels normal again — almost.

They are playing basketball and hockey in bubbles. And an abbreviated baseball season winds down. But there is nothing like the NFL being back.

College football is back. But Texas State and UTSA do not make the blood boil. For college football to resonate you need the bands booming and the cheer leaders prancing and fans cheering.

The NFL simply needs a football, two goal posts and 11 on 11 to work.

You also need the big boys playing in college football. There is no Big Ten just yet which means no Ohio State, Michigan or Michigan State. Heck, we don’t even get Iowa (And I hope the great Alan Lee is not reading this) or even Purdue.

This isn’t to say the NFL is the straw that stirs the drink. However, it goes a long way in making our cocktails potent and delicious. Life is a little bit more like life when we hear the Monday Night Football theme music, the cracking of pads and the annual refrain of Same Ol’ Lions.

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Published by terryfoster8

I am a 58 year old retired sports journalist, husband and father of two living outside of Detroit in search of his next big adventure in life.

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