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Sunday Football - The True Meaning Of Life
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Sunday Football  -  The True Meaning Of Life

So, here we are. Another Sunday morning. Early. Quiet. Wife and daughter still sleeping. Not me though. Can’t sleep. Why? Football, of course. Sunday football. Eagles on TV…….

Someone once asked me if there is a purpose to life. A reason for the insanity of trudging through the years of working your tail off just to see your youth slip away. Of course, my response was….well, you do it for your family. Raising your children and providing for them a better life than you had. Easy response. Meant it, too!

Oh, I’m sure there are many other reasons to ponder. But, for me, this question deserves thought and discussion only at the proper time. Like, say, the ‘off season’. Let’s face it. I’m an Eagles fan. As any true sports fan knows, in particular, football fans, the true purpose of life is Sunday football.

Think about it. How did you feel on your wedding day? When your first child arrived? Got that big raise? Feelings you can’t describe, right? Doesn’t get much better than that, right? OK….your team scores a touchdown! Sacks the opposing quarterback for a 15 yard loss! Wins the game in the final seconds after a 90 yard, eat up the clock, touchdown drive! In the moment, how do you feel? Way beyond description! Am I right?! C’mon, be honest….Right?!

You’re bursting with excitement. High fiving complete strangers. Oh man, you think. ‘This is it! This is what life is all about! This is the TRUE meaning! What else is there?!

Oh yeah, that ‘family’ thing. Wife wakes up. “What do you want for breakfast”, she asks. “The Eagles are on TV today”, I reply. Sternly, she says, “What in the world does that got to do with breakfast?” “Huh? Oh, OK”, I reply. She says, “OK what!” Darn, what was the question? Oh, yeah. Something about breakfast. “Yeah, breakfast sounds OK.” Either I answered the question, or she gave up asking. Not sure. Time to check the computer for last minute updates and predictions for the game. I smell cooking. Guess my answer was OK.

My daughter wakes up. I tell her ‘good morning’. I get some kind of ‘grunt’ in acknowledgment. Mornings are not good for teenage zombies, I guess.

Time to eat breakfast. I have a couple hours to kill before kickoff. The wife asks, “What are we doing today?” “The Eagles are on TV today”, I reply, again. “What’s that got to do with anything”, she asks. Oh, that’s right, I’m married to a non sports fan. I need to elaborate. “I am watching the Eagles game today, honey.” I say it like I’m asking for permission. Years of marriage teaches you how to do that.

As I am looking at the online sports sites, my daughter asks me what we are doing today. “The Eagles are on TV today”, I reply. It seems that’s my answer to everything today. She says, “What has that got to do with anything?” Teenagers! They couldn’t possibly understand the true meaning of life!


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