For all of this obsession, bordering on religion, borrowing from more than 100 years of lore, it's the players themselves who matter the most. Who make the game. To many of us among the afflicted millions, the football player is the best athlete to know and spend time with. He learns more about personal pride, teamwork, dedication, determination and sacrifice than any other athlete. And by the very nature of the physical and mental game he plays, it only stands to reason that he must know more about the joys of winning and the agonies of defeat than any other men of games.
In my own unreason on the subject, I bow to no one. Give me, any old time, the 14th consecutive fumbled punt in the mud between, say, Clarion State and Lock Haven State, or the 47th incomplete pass between Baylor and SMU. rather than Babe Ruth pointing to the center-field fence.
So stirs the mind; so hastens the step. Autumn comes and I require a stadium fix for the next dozen Saturdays. Somewhere. Anywhere.