A friend of mine made a prediction for this year's college football season. “Florida will go undefeated and win the national championship so Tim Tebow's speech will be the greatest in the history of college football.”
This would be expected from a Florida fan such as myself, but my friend is a die-hard, purple and gold, Ole Miss hating, LSU fan.
I don't believe he actually thinks that, but it does remind me how close we are to the start of the college football season. It is perhaps my favorite time of year.
College football — especially in this part of the country — transcends gender, race, economic status and a myriad of other social descriptions. People who have nothing in common can discuss college football.
They can talk strategy. They can talk smack. They can talk their hatred for a common team (or coach). Perhaps college football is the “great equalizer.”
The sport of baseball was given similar status in the movie “City Slickers.” Daniel Stern's character, Phil, spoke of the difficulty in the relationship between he and his father.
“No matter how bad it got, we could always talk about baseball,” he said. “That was real.”
As we embark on the 2009-2010 college football season, let us enjoy the games, the rivalries and the talks. They really do mean something.
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