The weather here has taken a decidedly cooler turn. I’m not sure if that’s just temporary or if we’re entering autumn. Such thoughts in August would be unheard of in Houston–and even in northern Virginia–but I suppose it is possible. Either way, the onset of cooler weather always means one thing to me: it’s football season!
Although professional games don’t begin until next weekend, this weekend marks the start of the season for the NCAA. My fighting Rice Owls won their season opener last night against conference rival SMU in very decisive fashion. I’m sorry I couldn’t have been there as the home opener each year is always quite a spectacle.
I can’t believe it’s been over 10 years now since I last played football. Real football, I mean–none of this sissy flag variety. The grueling two-a-days in August heat causing players to drop like flies and require intraveinous water/electrolytes, the smell of freshly cut grass, the competition on the field for starting positions, the resultant camaraderie off the field, the crack of helmet on helmet and pads on pads, the roar of the crowd, etc, etc. The football field was a great place to learn about teamwork, leadership, strategy, discipline, performance in clutch situations, and how to accomplish goals despite daunting obstacles (UT!).
I will miss the football season here in Lausanne but at least I can follow my teams thanks to the Web. Go Rice! Hail to the Redskins! And, of course, Go TJHSST Colonials!