Last week, I pledged my collegiate football loyalties to the Crimson Tide of the University of Alabama, with the sure and certain belief that their season would implode with the magnitude of a supernova.
Okay, so there was a little snag.
In my defense, last Saturday’s Alabama vs. Duke was only televised on pay-per-view. Not feeling equal to explaining to my husband:
- Why I (of all people) was paying to watch a college football on TV, and
- Why said college football team happened to be ALABAMA
I thought it best to just postpone my loyalties, insofar as watching was concerned, for another week. Maybe I couldn’t watch the game, but I would still be routing for the Tide in my heart. What difference could it make, really?
Yeah, well, we all know how that turned out. Sorry, Duke. That 62-13 really smarts.
So here we are again. Game Day. Ready to start over. Except that today’s match-up is…damn.
Alabama at Arkansas.
Number 1 vs. Number 10. Tide vs. Hogs. Goliath vs. David.
What shall I do? Oh, what shall I do?
As evidenced by fifteen years of Arkansas loyalty, my team of choice always loses if I watch (or listen to) the game. As further evidenced by Alabama’s cruel and unusual crushing of Duke last week, if I don’t watch the game, my team of choice goes on to a landmark victory. So do I watch? Or no?
The fate of the universe rest on this one decision.
Okay, maybe not. It just feels like it.
I would love to watch this game. Almost as much as I would love to be at this game. Walking down the hill from a tailgate, following the surging crowds down Stadium Drive, climbing into the stands to be enveloped in a sea of red-and-white-clad fans.
But I think I’d better not watch.
I don’t want to be haunted by visions of that sea of red-and-white turning on me like a lynch mob because I was solely responsible for a humiliating defeat on our home field when I could, instead, have handed them a decisive victory over the Number 1 team in the country. At least if I don’t watch, it’s harder to hold me accountable.
And that’s all I have to say about that.
Oh, except: ROLL TIDE ROLL. And I mean that. With every fiber of my being.
You missed a great game, two superb teams both fired up and hoping for the W. Alabama won but Arkansas didn’t let the Tide just roll over them.
apparently you should have watched.
Well, I actually kinda did…