American Football Season Kicks Off

Fans of college and professional football rejoice. The season of football is upon us. If you enjoy watching football from the privacy of your home over a beer and some bean dip or if you like to cheer on your team in person, it’s your time of year. An ordinary day becomes an all-day festival of football.

The atmosphere at an American football game is different than you’ll find in a stadium anywhere else. And, news about collegiate and professional football players rivals the day’s top stories in viewership. Football fans feel a kinship with their favorite teams and players that runs deep.

Here are some popular quotes to get you in the mood for football season:

“Football is, after all, a wonderful way to get rid of your aggressions without going to jail for it.” – Heywood Hale Brown

“Most football players are temperamental.  That’s 90 percent temper and 10 percent mental.” – Doug Plank

“You have to play this game like somebody just hit your mother with a two-by-four.” – Dan Birdwell

“American football makes rugby look like a Tupperware party.” – Sue Lawley, 1985

“Football is not a contact sport.  It’s a collision sport.  Dancing is a good example of a contact sport.” – Duffy Daugherty

“Baseball is what we were.  Football is what we have become.” – Mary McGrory

“Football is not a game but a religion, a metaphysical island of fundamental truth in a highly verbalized, disguised society, a throwback of 30,000 generations of anthropological time.” – Arnold Mandell

“There are several differences between a football game and a revolution.  For one thing, a football game usually lasts longer and the participants wear uniforms.  Also, there are usually more casualties in a football game.  The object of the game is to move a ball past the other team’s goal line.  This counts as six points.  No points are given for lacerations, contusions, or abrasions, but then no points are deducted, either.  Kicking is very important in football.  In fact, some of the more enthusiastic players even kick the ball, occasionally.” – Alfred Hitchcock

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