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On The Fence

Bobby Leach "The Rooster" | 9/9/2015, 9:50 a.m.
With Labor Day in the shadows, I personally am looking forward to what I deem as an even bigger holiday, ...
Bobby Leach

With Labor Day in the shadows, I personally am looking forward to what I deem as an even bigger holiday, the start of the NFL season which ironically kick off tonight (Thursday) and runs through the Monday Night Football game. Week 1 in the NFL for me is like wrapping 5 annual holidays into one great weekend.

For football fans, the weekend is treated in many cases no different than any other calendar holiday in terms of excitement. We spend much of the week shopping for tasty grilling meats, stocking our cooler with the beverage of choice and of course making sure all of my weekend chores are done before Sunday morning. All in all, the preparation is really not much different than preparing for a Thanksgiving holiday gathering.

I’m sure there are more than a few that would disagree with me on this notion but make no mistake, I am not in the minority of sport fans who would likely agree. Throw out the fact that I think the Bears will have a dismal season and spend most of it looking at future draft charts, the excitement building in my household will increase with each passing day as we close in on Sunday.

This year I invested in a television package that allows me to watch every game and even record those I choose to watch later. The investment hardly seems warranted for non-football fans who would rather spend Sunday doing anything but watching a football game but the thought of watching football all week via recorded games means that my easy chair will get a ton of use this year.

Regardless of where you will be spending your Sunday afternoons, it’s hard to deny that the NFL has become the premier television event week in and week out for sport fans. So without further delay, let me wish all of you a very wonderful football weekend and for you Bear fans, I offer a prayer that your coming headache will fade away once the Cubs win the World Series!