We are not avid football watchers, but have been doing a bit more of it since we have a DVR and can record the game and watch when it is more convenient, and fast-forward through the commercials, bringing viewing time more in line with our interest levels.
I have watched football since I was a teenager. It wasn’t hard to figure out that my father was sitting on the couch watching games (enthusiastically) and my mother was doing all the horrid household chores. Not that my father didn’t do stuff–and he might be working on a repair or something while watching the game, but clearly this was better than what my mother could find for me to do, so I started sitting down with him to watch, usually with my hand sewing. I learned all the rules of the NFL because he loved answering questions; the game is much more interesting if you know the rules. His team was the 49ers. He grew up in the Bay Area and it was, at that time, the closest NFL team to where we lived, so it made sense. He died before they won their first Superbowl, but that’s another story.
So I got into the habit of watching games and sewing. When I moved out of the house, I just kept it up. So I was that rare girl who watched football, but wasn’t otherwise at all interested in sports. It was exciting when Seattle got a team. It allowed me to form an alliance with a team that was part of the community I lived in. I followed certain players (this was waaaayyy before the internet, so you just read about them in the papers); I had also developed preferences and dislike for certain other teams.
Free agency kind of spoiled everything for me. Because I really liked certain players, as they moved to other teams, and it became more difficult to follow who was playing where (perhaps my life was also becoming more complicated?), I kind of quit watching and then I didn’t know any of the players, so I generally felt less interested.
Superbowl Sunday Knits
So I’m not a huge fan any more, but we always watch the Superbowl, and in fact usually start watching at the beginning of the playoffs. For me it is just good knitting time, and since I’ve been trying not to work on Sundays, there is really no reason not to watch if I have the time. This year we went into the playoffs with two teams to root for–the 49ers and the Seahawks. Just minutes before the Seahawks won the game against the Packers I believe I said to Mitch that the game had been a big f*&#ing waste of time. Okay, I was wrong on that one! Mitch talked me into Championship Game hot dogs, and we’ll have them again today.
If you aren’t a football fan, the photos are of the Devil’s Tower Cowl I made over the previous two evenings. I will be giving the pattern for that cowl, using super bulky yarn, and Esperance, using sport and fingering, to all those who subscribe to Bust Your $tash. I had such a great time working Devil’s Tower which I did on size 13 needles, and finishing it off with a scrumptious hank of Ozark Handspun. Two skeins are no longer in stash! The Cowl has been soaked and is now drying on a towel. I’m off to hopefully finish another project during the game!