Maybe, women in The West are different? I've always heard tales of "football widows" but that just hasn't been the case in my life.
For me, my love of football actually started in middle school in the '60s. I didn't even know the rules, but it was one heckuva a social event to attend high school and college football games in Boulder, CO. My mom thought it was "good clean fun" so she was happy to let me go to games with my girlfriends. On my first "date" in 7th grade, I met him a block from his house and we walked to a CU Buffaloes game!
In the late '70s, after my dad and his "new" wife bought season tickets to the "new" Denver Broncos, it quickly became a family tradition to spend game days tailgating behind the South Stands of old Mile High Stadium in their motorhome. Sharing football, food and fun with family, plus the entire tailgate "neighborhood", was an all day event!
By the mid '80s my son was old enough to join the festivities! It was a magical time that generated many lasting memories, not just with his dad and I, but grandparents, aunts, uncles and extended family. My son turned out to be an offensive lineman in high school and college so I had even more games at which to cheer!
As time moved on, my father passed away, the motorhome sold and my son and I shared the final game at Mile High Stadium before he moved away to begin his adult life ... teaching high school and coaching football (another new team for me to enjoy!).
Fast forward to 2014. My fiancé is also a Bronco fan, but he would rather watch on TV because he loves football and wants to take in as many games as possible! So, I attend Bronco games with my women friends! Deja vu? I now take the bus to Sports Authority Field at Mile High and join many wonderful women who attend the games. And, yep, my seats are still in the South Stands, the bus parks on the south side, so I can always recall the family times and how my love of the Broncos began!
As we go into week 7 of the 2014 football, season to my coaching buddies remember that your words have power. If you call a kid a meathead or get in his face about something, remember to grab them after practice and explain to them the reason for that. If you need a kid to give you something that they are not giving you show them what you need, don't just assume that they understand because you see it clear as day.
To me the game of football is...
my name is Michael ray. I entered my pee wee football team as a group but am not sure if you guys have the entry. I got an email that confirmed that u got it and said I would receive and email once it was approved, but that was a week ago. I wanted to enter my daughter in the contest as an individual but she just turned 10, and I wasn't sure if she could be entered, so I just entered the team. she is a quarterback and she is good. she already has 10 td passes this season. she was featured on HLN News Now with Mike Galanos. She loves football. she grew up cheering for her brother, but she really wanted to play. so this year I let her. Anyways, I tried resubmitting the video I used for our team entry and a separate video for her entry, but it wont allow me to attach a file that size.maybe you can get the videos from our facebook pages. I am posting them on my timeline. As far as what football means to her, she says its her favorite thing to do with her family and at school. if she isn't watching it, he is playing it. Michael T. Ray( daughter is Jordyn D. Ray)