Well, welome to the annual abyss.
The Super Bowl is over. I can’t get into college basketball until March. I can’t get excited about the NBA until June. Baseball doesn’t turn me on the way it did when I was a kid. There’s nothing in the sports world for me to get excited about until May 8, the date of the 2014 NFL Draft. From there, it won’t be long until the Hall of Fame game and the kickoff of the pre-season.
46% of Americans say that football is their favorite sport. Why? The NFL asked its fans. Thousands of people submitted essays and videos about why they love football to NFL Films for a chance to go to the Super Bowl. I submitted my entry and amazingly, I received a call from NFL Films! They wanted to come and shoot some video of me watching son’s game! Donovan’s Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Bulldogs were traveling to East Mississippi Community College for a first round playoff game. Missing one of my son’s football games is something I hate to do but I had a speaking engagement on that date. Now, not only would I miss the game, but I’d miss the opportunity for NFL Films to put mics on Donovan and on me for broadcast nationally. We did agree that if Gulf Coast won the game, NFL Films would come to the championship game the following week. Didn’t happen. That was the end of my chance to go to New York.
But I did make a cameo on the big show! “Football America” aired nationally on Fox and on the NFL Network. Millions of Americans saw my 10 second appearance near the beginning of the show. Check it out, and enjoy the whole show. It is a wonderful, heartwarming presentation of stories about what’s great about America’s favorite sport.
Here’s a link to my “almost winning” submission to NFL Films:
Here’s a link to the full program: “Football America.” Enjoy!