(Photo: Grand Valley State University Athletics)
A little full disclosure here.
I got married on September 11, 2010.
It was a Saturday and, yes, I did miss a football game I really wanted to see.
But what could be the harm in missing one football game? I figured that I had attended every home game for the previous seven seasons—I was owed this one Saturday away from the stadium.
And it's not like I was marrying some girl who didn't care about football. We actually met in college, and she attended her first college football game on a date with me.
I can miss just this one, right?
Sure, you can DVR the game, but it just isn't the same.
First, you have to avoid talking to almost anyone because your friends just can't keep their big yaps shut long enough for you to get home and watch the game for yourself.
Secondly, if you're taking an immediate and/or extended honeymoon, good luck avoiding any mention of the game—or worse, the standings or rankings (as they will obviously give away the outcome).
So what happened to me?
Turns out I missed my team complete one of the greatest late-game comebacks in program history.
Down 25-24 with a minute remaining in the fourth quarter and the opponent is hanging onto the football in the red zone with a fresh set of downs. With no timeouts left, two knees will end the game.
Rather than take those game-winning knees, the other team scored on the next play, increasing its lead to 31-24 with under a minute left.
Now, the moral for all those who love to run up the score.
The extra point was blocked and returned for two points, cutting the deficit to 31-26.
Without any timeouts, the trailing home team marches down the field in 40 seconds to score a touchdown and two-point conversion with just 10 seconds remaining, securing a 34-31 victory.
While this story could be used to illustrate perseverance (it's not over until it's over), or sportsmanship (running up the score is never a good idea) or just a great come-from-behind story, I'm using it here as a cautionary tale: Don't ever get married on a Saturday in the fall because you never know what you'll miss—so don't!