Saturday, September 28, 2013

The NFL : Our National Language

In my travels this past week, I've been a lot of different places and encountered a lot of different people.  All walks of life, all income brackets, all education levels, many races.  

And it struck me sitting alone at dinner one night and eavesdropping on a couple of conversations of the one thing - the one common thing - that binds us.

It's not our country, although is should be.  Unfortuantely, politics has completely poisoned that well.  No, it is far simpler than that.

It is pro football.  It is the one thing over which complete strangers can ignite a conversation that can carry on for hours.  Be it the local team, the team one followed as a kid, the crazy co-worker's game day antics, or performance of the fantasy football team, everybody has a story, and everybody has a perspective.

And this is not just applicable to men.  Not anymore.

No matter where you go, no matter who you encounter, if you're in the confines of this beautiful land, odds are good that if you ask a stranger what they thought of the Monday Night Football game last night, you'll be off and running on a conversation.

The NFL has done a fantastic job of ingraining themselves into our culture.  Let's hope they can do a better job of protecting their players so that we can continue this happy ride.

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