Finally, I’m ready for some football
I know it’s been football season for several months now, but the weather just now finally feels like it.
With fall in the air and all five leaves on the ground, the stage is set for for the end of football season.
Although I’ve only seen one Sunday worth of professional football, I’ve been to more live football games this year than ever before. And besides, watching pro football seems like such a waste of time since we all know the Chicago Bears are going to win the Super Bowl.
But this has been a truly unique football year for me. While my friends are spouting off statistics for the Detroit Lions and Michigan Wolverines, I find myself wrapped up in statistics for the Truckee Wolverines.
Not only has my football season been unique in this aspect, but I have also fallen in love with another side of football. No, not drinking beer and sitting in a hot tub watching the games, I’ve always loved that. I’m referring to the age-old game of football we Americans call “soccer.”
Soccer has been the most exciting part of football season for me, since it’s a fairly new concept for this boy. I love learning the rules, watching the crazy footwork and seeing yellow cards fly in the air like confetti.
There is so much about soccer I never knew. I was oblivious to the fact that soccer is an extremely physical sport. Some of the hardest hits I’ve seen all year have come from two non-padded bodies colliding at full speed as the ball they so desperately desired slowly rolled out of bounds.
Truckee is most definitely a football town, since Webster’s defines football as “An inflated ball to be kicked in sport.” The varsity and junior varsity football teams have an unbeaten record; while both the boys’ and girls’ varsity soccer teams sit tied for first place in their divisions.
So as the cool fall air evolves into our winter frost, I wish the nine football teams (varsity, junior varsity, freshman American football and boys’ and girls’ varsity and junior varsity soccer) in our area the best of luck in finishing out their respective seasons.
Daniel Savickas is sports and outdoors writer for the Sierra Sun. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or 587-6061.
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