Ah, the summertime. Sunshine, no school, baseball.
Who am I kidding? Give me some college football.
Don't even ask me how many days are left until it starts. I stopped counting for fear my head was going to explode. "Why the rush?" You ask. Well, let me tell you.
I love college football. As a team, I love the Red Sox more, but as a sport nothing can beat college football.
I love that you are sure Team A will win in a landslide. Why even bother to watch, right? Wrong. Next thing you know, Team B pulls off a two-overtime upset and you spend the next week saying, "Should've watched that."
I love waking up on Saturday morning (on the West coast), turning on the TV, and watching two teams play their hearts out. In August.
I love the sound of 100,000 fans screaming at the top of their lungs during 3rd-and-2. Even if it's through the TV.
I love hearing "The Buckeye Battle Cry," "Fight On," "Boomer Sooner," "War Eagle," and every other fight song after a team scores a touchdown.
I love seeing Beanie run, Harvin catch, Maualuga tackle, and Crabtree return.
I love fourth down gambles.
I love seeing the kicker nail the game-winning field goal. Twice.
I love that every game matters.
I love the Pac-10. And the Big Ten, the SEC, the Big 12, and all the other conferences.
I love that the BCS is so flawed. It keeps it interesting.
I love College Gameday.
I love having my friends over and cheering on our favourite team. Or whatever other team we decide to cheer for.
I love circus catches, broken tackles, and jukes. But I love interceptions, bone-jarring tackles, and sacks even more.
I love when a referee makes the wrong decision, just to be shown on the JumboTron making the wrong call and then he is mercilessly booed by the home crowd.
I love the Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party, the Big Game, the Red River Showdown, and the Iron Bowl. But most especially the Army-Navy game.
I love the Commander in Chief's Trophy, the Victory Bell, the Egg Bowl, the Stanford Axe.
I really love the Spread Offense.
I love seeing 20-year-olds put under great pressure and succeed.
I love the Heisman Trophy and all the history that follows it.
I love seeing massive upsets.
I love when the crowd storms the field after said upsets.
I love BCS busters.
I love that "The games you remember, you play in November."
I love hearing the local broadcasters call a touchdown.
I love the bowl games.
I love New Year's Day.
I love the title game. No matter who plays in it.
I love that every new season brings new possibilities, new upsets, new favorites, new underdogs, and a different experience altogether.
I love college football.