Sep 28, 2016 4:18 AM GMT
Art_Deco saidI've never totally understood football. This "3rd and 20" or whatever is a mystery to me. But then I don't want to know.
When I was in a Prep school band we used to out onto the field, and form our school letter to march it up and down. And back in the stands we'd play the appropriate stuff and lead chants as the Band Director told us. But I really hadn't the slightest idea what it was all about.
Today sometimes our friends (often lesbians) will invite us over to watch a weekend football game. I still don't know what's happening. Although I can understand a touchdown, a good goal kick, and a completed pass; the rest of it eludes me.
But I'm happy to cheer my head off when I hear my companions doing it, and wave my beer around (I usually avoid beer), though I'm really not always sure why we're all happy. It's bonding & camaraderie to me, the game merely a vehicle for it.
My husband loves to tell a marvelous anecdote, from years before I met him. The members of a gay & lesbian chorus (which he co-founded) had gathered at someone's home to watch the Superbowl.
And contrary to the usual straight model, the lesbian women were all in the living room watching the game, while the gay men were all in the kitchen preparing food. And nobody screams like lesbians at a football game.
So some critical touchdown happened, and the girls were just shrieking. The guys in the kitchen heard this, and thought maybe something bad had happened. One of them, the chorus Board Chairman as it happened, went into the living room to check.
"Is everything OK?" he asked. "Or did some footbally thing happen?"
Well, not only did the girls double over in hysterical laughter at that, but so did the guys in the kitchen who could overhear it. A guy taking some hot hors d'oeuvres out of the oven at that moment almost spilled them all over the floor laughing until someone steadied him.
"Some footbally thing" became a legend in the chorus.