This seems to have overwhelmed the United States, as it does each year. I noticed that Green Bay, which pleases me. I like the less-loudmouthed team to win. Those guys must endure a harsher winter and less nightlife.
I am not a fan of football. I have tried to watch, but it bores me. I played hockey, which is an exciting, fast-paced game. Players do not stand around and talk about the next move.
I played hockey from a young age. I played on a school team in junior high school and on a league team. When I was sent to private school, I had to drop the league play. Upon turning at school, I learned that I would have to play three sport: one each season. Hockey in the winter was a no-brainer. I was faced with the choice of football or soccer. I had not played either, beyond flag football in gym class. My brother had played football in high school, but been forced to take up soccer due to injuries incurred. My choice of soccer during my first day at private school was made easy: I had a pair of soccer shoes from my brother; football shoes would cost money. My choice of spring season sport was easy after the first two: I joined my friends at lacrosse...at which I excelled on into college. By the way, I had a roommate, whose father owned a professional football team. People were less rabid in those days.
I used to think that football players were tough (okay, they are, sort of) until I witnessed Australian Rules football. Those guys are crazy. They play without the protective gear required for the US version. I have been told by knowledgeable Australians that rugby is even tougher. Aussie Rules looks more brutal to me.
I have watched football games, either at home or at my college fraternity house. I usually read a book concurrently (remember what I said about standing around and discussing). There is rather little action, considering how long the game lasts. I guess it's needed so spectators can fetch food and drink or use restrooms, and not be concerned about missing anything.
I do not criticize football fans any more than I criticize fans of any past time. People are allowed to waste their time however they choose. It's just that hockey is a better game (even if there are various levels of play, but that's another post...)
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.