It is Time for Football!
I am a real sports fan. I was an amateur athlete. I played basketball in high school, and later on, when I was in the Army. I was pretty good, and I was disappointed that I did not get a college scholarship offer. I knew that some schools were interested, but I was only 5’11”. One of the scouts who had been encouraging me ﬁnally said, “You need to be bigger or better.” “I can’t justify giving a scholarship to anyone under 6 feet, unless he is a monster”.
While I was in the Army, I was on the basketball, boxing, and football teams. I was stationed in Europe, and playing sports was an exciting way to pass the time. Please don’t fall down laughing, but I was encouraged to try to become a professional boxer. As far as I was concerned, it was not a good idea, for two reasons. The ﬁrst one was that no matter how hard I tried, I don’t think that I would’ve ever been able to get in good enough condition to box for 10 rounds.
Additionally, even when I won my matches, I would often be sore for about a week, although I did not want anyone to know about that, since I wanted to be known as a tough guy. I had a lot of speed, so when I played football, I was either a running back or a wide receiver, and I thought that I was pretty good. Back in those days, we also had to play defense.
Later on in my life, when I was attending USC, I had the opportunity to meet and become friends with many All American Football Players. They were bigger, faster, and tougher than I would have believed any humans could be. I knew that I could have never done that, so I fell in love with watching football, both collegiate and professional.
My idea of a perfect Saturday afternoon is to be at the Los Angeles Coliseum, and to watch USC play UCLA, or any other team. The atmosphere is electric. The band will be playing, and Traveler the USC Mascot will be prancing around the ﬁeld. The famous USC Song Girls will be encouraging the fans to cheer, and to Fight On for Old SC! The weather is always perfect, and when I was a student, USC almost always won! Life was not only good, it was perfect!
I was able to watch Ben Wilson, Willie Brown, Mike Garrett, O.J. Simpson, Lynn Swan Charles White, Ronnie Lott, and so many more. I hoped that those days would never end.
There were great weekends, when UCLA would play on Friday night, USC on Saturday afternoon, and the Rams on Sunday afternoon. How could life have been any better? This year, both UCLA and USC are loaded. In addition, we have both the Rams and the Chargers. At this point, I am unable to make any predictions, except that the Rams should be serious Super Bowl contenders. USC used to be a dominant team each year, but Alabama put a stop to that.
Let the games begin!