October dreaming

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

OK ... so I know that back when we were freezing in February, I wished for 100-degree days. And while I don't think we've actually hit the century mark here in Carroll County yet this summer, I can now officially say I've had my fill of the heat.

Yes, I'm the guy who's never satisfied with the weather. It's too cold or it's too hot, approximately 10 months out of the year.

Right now, I'm longing for those other two months. Usually those months are October and April, and October is my favorite. The air is crisp, cool but not cold, the leaves are beginning to change and most importantly, there is football.

High school football. College football. Pro football. Thursday night. Friday night. All day and all night Saturday and Sunday. Monday night. It's a bonanza of football, and I can't get enough.

Everyone has their preferences when it comes to football. Some people are high school football fans; others prefer the college game and still others are pro football fans. I fall into the last category. I love a good high school or college football game as much as the next guy, but my favorite sport in the world is NFL football.

I don't root for a particular NFL team. I was a huge Dallas Cowboys fan growing up. I still remember watching the Cowboys lose in the NFC Championship Game three consecutive years. Then, of course, the franchise fell on hard times and I abandoned them like a true fair-weather fan. I moved on to the Denver Broncos, and although there were some tough times (embarrassing Super Bowl losses to the Washington Redskins and the San Francisco 49ers), ultimately the Broncos won two Super Bowls. Then John Elway retired, and the Broncos became another also-ran. So, yeah, not a Broncos fan anymore. Cut me some slack -- I have stuck with the Chicago Cubs for more than 30 years.

Of course, the Broncos have Peyton Manning now, and they made it to the Super Bowl a couple of years ago. Honestly, I'm not a particular fan of Manning's. It might be unfair, but his record in the postseason is astonishingly poor for an elite quarterback. Certainly, he has been a victim of circumstances more than once, but I just can't get behind the Broncos again.

So, I don't have a team, but I still love the game. One reason is the parity of today's NFL. The old adage about "any given Sunday" is true now more than ever. Big comebacks are not uncommon in the NFL, and neither are games decided in the last couple of minutes. Even for someone like me, who doesn't watch a lot of television, it's not difficult at all to find myself camped in front of the big screen for nine hours on a Sunday.

So, while the sun continues to beat down on us, I'm dreaming of October. And football. And maybe a big bowl of chili.

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Scott Loftis is managing editor of the Carroll County News. His email address is CarrollCountyNews@cox-internet.com.