Game Time

This time of year, there is always so much excitement surrounding College Football.  My family is big Alabama Football fans since my husband was involved with the University of Alabama.  My daughter has also decided to attend College there.  We have been going to the games either on-campus or other parts of the Country for a few years now.  Both of my daughters are excited about the team each year, and it is so much fun to see them get into the school spirit.  Attending the games is one way we can enjoy some great family fun that everyone looks forward to.

If you have ever been on campus when the teams are getting ready for a home game, you will know the kind of spirit in the air.  From the students getting prepared to go to the game, the pre-game get-togethers, or the tailgating surrounding the stadium, there is a positive buzz in the air that is hard to beat.  Looking around to see everyone sporting their team colors in their clothing to their hair accessories is so much fun and very uplifting.

I just recently attended the Alabama Crimson Tide home football game. Although things were different because of the Pandemic, the spirit was just as strong.  There was a limited amount of fans allowed in the stadium, and there was no permitted tailgating.  Yet, we felt the school's support for the players and the organization everywhere we went. 

I wondered how it would be in a stadium that just went through a significant renovation.  Would there be the excitement, the noise, and the buzz in the air that you feel when you see thousands of fans cheering together for their favorite team?  Well, I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised how seamless things were from the start.  Everyone had their school spirit masks on and were seated apart from others except family members.  I was also pleasantly surprised by how cheering's sound came through so clear and loud even with only 20,000 fans allowed out of 100,000 people that generally participate. 

I missed seeing the cheerleaders on the field as they were positioned up in the stands by the band.  I also missed seeing the marching band on the field, but instead, we saw the virtual band on the big screens.  Everything else was virtual, including the flyover after the National Anthem and the half time entertainment.  But, we still felt very blessed to be at a game and cheer for the players coming out.  It gave a sense of normalcy and optimism that we have all been hoping and praying for. 

Yes, game day is fun, whether you are at home watching your favorite team on television or able to participate in person.  It is a reason to get together as a family or with friends. There is always something special about celebrating the victories and dissecting the losses.  Game days can warm our hearts, lift our spirits, and brighten our days.  They are a part of living my beautifulife, and I look forward to them every year. 


My affirmation for you this week is;

“I am celebrating the game days and cherish the opportunity to cheer on my favorite teams."





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