“An atheist is a man who watches a Notre Dame – Southern Methodist University game and doesn’t care who wins.”

I woke to a cold morning with a dusting of snow and a whitish grey sky. The breeze is ever so slight. Only the tips of the brown leaves sway. Snow sits on the oak and pine branches and covers all but the tall grass in the backyard. I think the day is pretty in its own way, even without the sun. Goldfinches and nuthatches are at the feeders. I don’t know where my chickadees have gone.

Gracie, Fern and Maddie are having their morning naps. Gracie went out for a short time and came running back inside as if she were being chased. She had spit on her forehead, always a sign she had run around the yard with her mouth open and her tongue hanging. Gracie does yard loops and runs around three or four times without stopping. My yard is big so she is always panting when the loops are done.

My big plans for today are to water the plants and go to the dump. Later I’ll watch the Puppy Bowl, one of my favorite Super Bowl Sunday events. Usually my friends and I get together for the game, but I’m still on the mend so I’ll stay home. I won’t even get dressed in outside clothes. The dump has no dress code.

My father spent every Sunday of football season watching a game, usually by himself. None of us were interested. He’d sit in the living room, eat snacks and yell and jump off the couch when something really good or really bad happened. We were usually in the kitchen. He’d come out to get something else to eat or drink and give us an update. We’d commiserate when his team was losing and give encouraging sounds, but we didn’t really care. Once in a while he’d yell to us about some play, and we’d go in the living for a minute or two and check out the TV. Most of the time I had no idea what he was talking about. Football, other than knowing a few basics, was a foreign language to me. I know a lot more now, even about some plays, the jobs of the different positions and special teams, but I still need my football to English dictionary.

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16 Comments on ““An atheist is a man who watches a Notre Dame – Southern Methodist University game and doesn’t care who wins.””

  1. Hedley Says:

    Once in a while a really special athlete emerges, and his name is Gareth Bale. another stunning goal today for Tottenham. 10 minutes left and fingers are crossed.
    There is football and then there is gridiron football. The passion of my football will never leave. This is my team and it will never change through good times and bad and in the case of Tottenham years of mediocrity. But it doesn’t matter, support is not about being a glory chaser. My family were originally Muswell Hill (billys), my Grandfather supported Spurs, I support Spurs – We are what we are.
    Come On You Spurs = COYS

    • Hedley Says:

      And win on the road they did. Solid in 4th and within a point of third place Chelsea. COYS

      • katry Says:

        MDH,
        They seem to be having a far better year this than last!!

      • Hedley Says:

        Kat, they are playing well under AVB (Andre Villas Boas), this time last year they were managed by Harry Redknapp and had a swoon in form when Redknapp was being considered for the England national team job.
        They are playing fast attacking ball and are a pleasure to watch.

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      I totally understand loyalty to a team. For years I followed my Red Sox as they often sat in the cellar. I’d go on the day of a game and get a great seat and sit with what seemed to be only a few close friends strewn about the stadium. Last year was another of those years. I will now and forever be a Sox fan.

  2. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    No outside errands for me today except to sweep the snow off the walkway and I’ve already done that. I am dressed. Peapod came yesterday so the grocery shopping is done. I even got some treats for Super Bowl which I don’t watch but, hey, it’s the thought that counts. 🙂 Go Ravens!
    Like I know what I’m talking about. 😀

    It’s cold and grey up here, too. There are light showers of snow now and then but there’s just a dusting on the ground. It’s a good day to stay indoors and make some soup.

    Enjoy the day and the game.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      You have convinced me to shop Peapod. I so hate grocery shopping and having to lug in all the bundles. It takes 2 trips if I load myself down and 3 if I use some sense.

      Hey, you do know what you’re talking about-Go Ravens it is! They are our team for the game!!

      You have good day too!! That soup sounds great!!

  3. olof1 Says:

    A wonderful day here, sunny, no wind and around 32F. To bad winter can be like this all the time.

    They showed handball on tv today and that is probably the most boring sport there is 🙂 🙂 🙂 Another channel showed a long distance cross country ski competition and that is probably the second most boring thing to watch 🙂 🙂

    I did find a tulip bulb on the ground today so I brought it in and planted it in a pot, so I’ll most possibly have a flowering tulip in my kitchen window in a month or so.

    Both Sune and Hector tried to eat a couple of voles today, I’m surprised over how hard Sune tried to keep the vole when I tried to take it away´from him 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      Some winter days are just lovely, sunny and warm by comparison. You deserve a couple! We had some this week. It was lovely!!

      I think watching bowling is ben more boring. My parents used to watch it every Saturday. We have candlepin bowling here, small balls, which is what they watched

      That would be lovely-a tulip!

      Gracie would have wanted her piece!!

      Have a wonderful evening!

  4. Bob Says:

    At least the second half of the game was not a blow out. It turned out to be close because the power outage changed the momentum temporarily in favor of SF. I didn’t care who won the Super Bowl, but it’s a great event which was played in one of the great cities in the world. I also don’t care about Tottingham or English futbol which is a very minor event played in some suburb of London 🙂

    • Kat Says:

      Bob,
      The beginning seemed all Baltimore so I was glad it got so close. I have no interest in other than the Patriots, but I watched a lot of this game and it turned out to be a good one.

      I’m not so sure I’d call New Orleans one of the great cities of the world, one of the most interesting in so many ways including culturally but not one of the greatest.

      In Ghana they are rabid about the Black Stars, their national team. I can’t think of too many people here who care or even notice, but Ghanaians who live in the US follow their team as rabidly as if they were in Ghana.

      People bring their allegiances with them and follow their home teams no matter were they are. My dad used to buy USA International when we traveled so he could keep up with the scores.

      It makes perfect sense not to care about teams for which you have no allegiance. Tonight’s game wasn’t enough to have my whole attention.


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