The football season is upon us. The Seahawks won their first pre-season game last night, but there’s still a long road ahead, especially for those of us who don’t follow the sport but live with someone who does.

Football is back! And for many people, this is an amazing thing that deserves to be celebrated. But for someone like me, it’s just a reminder that I’m about to live through six months of it being the focus of nearly everything in my house.

I married a die-hard Seahawks fan; I knew going into the relationship that football season is sacred. And it’s not that I hate the sport – in fact, I really enjoy watching it and rooting for the Seahawks. (I’m even going to my first game this year!)

But every August, I get the same feeling: “Ugh, ANOTHER football season is starting. Didn’t the last one just end?!” This year I decided to really pinpoint what it is about football that irritates me.

  1. I think the season is too long with too much emphasis on each game. Yes, I know other sport seasons are just as long, but there are SIGNIFICANTLY more games in other sports, making it less critical to watch every one. This year’s football season has 16 regular-season games, four pre-season games, and up to four post-season games (not counting the pro-bowl). That’s a maximum of 24 games for the Seahawks, compared to more than 180 games for the Mariners’ regular and post-season. Because there are so many baseball games, missing a few isn’t a big deal. But in many football-fan households (including mine), missing a game means you might miss something major that completely changes the make-up of the rest of the season.
  2. There is no reason 60 minutes of playing time should take nearly four hours to complete. NO REASON! That’s one of the things I love about soccer – a 90-minute game takes less than 2 hours, including half-time and stoppage time.
  3. There are too many rules (I’m told there are a few new ones this year too). This is definitely part of the reason behind problem #2.
  4. It’s frustrating to plan your week/weekend around when the Seahawks (or other teams) play (tied to problem #1). Games take-up most of Sunday. And Monday night. And Thursday night. And sometimes Saturday. If you only follow one team, you don’t necessarily have ALL those, but how many football fans really turn down opportunities to watch other games? In my house, Sundays mean football all day. Unless the Seahawks have a bye-week, or play a different day. In that case, my husband has football on unless I’ve managed to wrangle him away from the TV for a couple hours.
  5. Fans take the game too seriously, my husband included. Watching games involve lots of yelling at the TV (as if the referees can hear you), getting mad if your team loses, and celebrating a bit too much if your team wins. This is also goes hand-in-hand with problem #4.
  6. Many players think too highly of themselves. Sure, they’re good at a physical sport, and that’s cool, but do they really need to earn millions of dollars and live like they’re above the law?

And that’s only talking about the NFL. If you are truly a football-fanatic (or live with one), you also follow college games, which only make the whole situation worse.

Around the middle of November I’ll get excited for the season and rooting for the ‘Hawks, who are poised to have an amazing year (assuming they don’t choke). But until then, I’ll be wishing the season would hurry up and finish already.

Sasha Kemble

Sasha may be the shyest social person you’ll ever meet. She joined Verity in 2009, with a couple years in the Credit Union Movement already tucked under her belt (amidst coffee-making and bagel-slinging, running a non-profit, and trying her hand at farming). 

An eternal optimist (except, you know, when she’s not), she enjoys exploring her surroundings and having adventures with friends; yoga, running, reading, writing, and good food. Though not a remarkable cook, she is nonetheless a sincere one and admits she’d be better if there were three more hours in every day. When not doing one of the many activities mentioned in the previous two sentences, she counts herself lucky to be peacefully at home, cuddling with her partner and their cat.

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