By Mark Hopper
One of the fun things that happens at this time of year is college football. The season has gone by so quickly and there is already a lot of talk about which teams will qualify to play in the post-season bowl games.
There is something about college football that appeals to me. College football is full of tradition. Teams have their school colors and their school mascot. Stadiums are filled with fans wearing t-shirts and sweatshirts proudly proclaiming their loyalty and support.
College football games usually include large marching bands that perform during halftime. These bands add to the energy and pageantry to the game. All through the game, the bands continue to play music and their school’s fight song to inspire their team and their fans.
Many years ago, my wife and I attended a college football game with some friends in Texas. We had tickets in the student section. The atmosphere was electric. We were excited to go to a game at this university which was well-known for its football program. But, what we didn’t realize was that the people in the student section don’t sit down. They stand throughout the game!
Since we stood during the whole game, I wondered why we bought a ticket with a specific seat assignment? I must admit it was fun to be in the student section, but I was pretty tired by the end of the game.
Another tradition at this university was throwing the cheer leaders into the fountain if their football team won the game. If they win, the cheerleaders got wet!
Here in Southern California we have a number colleges and universities. Several have nationally recognized football programs. You often see the names or logos of these schools on t-shirts and bumper stickers. Many alumni proudly promote their school on the license plate frames on their cars and trucks.
Since most college football games are played on Saturday, there is often a lot of talk on the church patio on Sunday about the games the day before. If your favorite team college team won on Saturday, you are glad to share the news with your friends on Sunday. But, if your team lost on Saturday, you are more likely to talk about the weather than football!
I don’t know if there are any football fans in your family. But, I suspect there are some college football fans in your neighborhood. Please be patient with them if they seem to get carried away with enthusiasm this time of year. At the same time, if you are an avid college football fan, enjoy the moment. The season will soon be over!
Pastor Mark Hopper
Efree Church of Diamond Bar
3255 South Diamond Bar Blvd
Sunday Services: 9:00 & 10:45 AM