In high school, I would get together with my buddies and watch NFL football, because that what you watched. Not the CFL (Canadian football) or soccer. Those weren’t the cool ones.

What about wrestling?
Oh, wrestling, of course. That was cool.
Hockey?
Yup.

My favorite team was the Washington Redskins, now renamed as the Commanders. Why where they my favorite? I have no idea. The only players I can remember (without looking it up) are Theismann and Riggins. I think we all had a different team, so that made for much teenage trash talk (not very good and laced with profanity).

I haven’t watched a complete NFL regular season game since . . . well a long time. I can’t remember when my allegiance switched to the CFL, but I do remember despising the Edmonton Eskimos, now renamed the Elks, because they kept winning the Grey Cup year after year.

I do watch the Super Bowl, in recent years, hopefully to watch Tom Brady lose (not often), or to see what tricks Patrick Mahomes can pull off. The halftime show is usually worth sitting through a few hours. In the past, it was a time to get together with friends and try to outdo the food from the year before. It may return to that someday.

If you haven’t made the connection, I’m rootin’ for Cincinnati this year.

Why?
Why not?
Who are they playing?
The other team.
I’ll take them.
You’re on.

-Leon

Leon Stevens is a multi-genre author, composer, guitarist, songwriter, and an artist, with a Bachelor of Music and Education. He published his first book of poetry, Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and Pictures in January 2020, followed by a book of original classical guitar compositions, Journeys, and a short story collection of science fiction/post-apocalyptic tales called The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories. His newest publications are the novella, The View from Here, which is a continuation of one of his short stories, and a new collection of poetry titled, A Wonder of Words.

Book Two the The View from Here trilogy is now available: The Second View

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