By Jan Boston Sellers
Football season kicked off officially last week, and as happy as a lot of us are about this, there is one select group of business people who are ecstatic.
Network television executives love football season. Why is that? Ratings, ratings, ratings. Even the National Football League’s pre-season games easily pummeled the opposition with every single professional or college football game trumping their opponents on other channels in the same time slot. Surprised? I am not.
If you aren’t a football lover, you may be somewhat taken aback. But even those less than interested football watchers, must admit one thing: compared to a lot of what is on television now, why wouldn’t a good ole college or professional football game be a better option? But that entire aside, I think there are a lot of reasons why televised football is such a viewer grabber:
1. It sure beats “Keeping up with the Kardashians.”
2. The 24-hour news gets depressing.
3. It gives us a chance to join our friends in cheering for our favorite team.
4. The sheer athleticism of it. A 50-yard pass? A 99-yard touchdown return? A long field goal? It just doesn’t get much better.
5. Families can watch football together without worrying about a Miley Cyrus dance routine. Okay, there was that “wardrobe malfunction” several years ago in the Super Bowl. But, hey, most of the time, other than some illegal hits on the field or an occasional expletive captured by the camera, it is a pretty family friendly evening.
6. Cable television’s mega hit “Duck Dynasty” only airs new episodes on Wednesday nights.
7. I mean how many Law and Orders can we watch really?
8. The food: chili, hot dogs, chips and etc. are all great game time viewing foods.
9. It gives you a reason to yell at the television… or the referees.
10. Because it is football. Enough said.
Speaking of football, Cumberland County’s high schools will go head to head on the gridiron as the Cumberland County High School Jets take on the Stone Memorial Panthers. The two across the county teams will play at CCHS this Friday night. Kickoff will be at 7 p.m. SMHS students will be celebrating their homecoming activities next week on their respective campuses.
The United Fund’s 47th annual kick-off is next Wednesday, Sept. 11 on the Cumberland County Courthouse lawn from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Tickets are $6 and include a Big Boy’s Barbeque Stuffed Baked Potato and a homemade dessert. So drop by the courthouse and pick up your lunch or make a donation to the United Fund.
United Fund of Cumberland County sponsors a host of agencies including Avalon Center, Boy Scouts, TAD Center, Azalea Gardens, LBJ&C Foster grandparents and Head Start programs, Fair Park Senior Center, Senior Living Foundation, UCHRA, Oakmont Gardens, Bread of Life, Crab Orchard Care Center, Habitat for Humanity, The Arc, Creative Compassion, Cumberland Adult Reading Council, Good Samaritans, Peavine Care Center, Second Harvest, Crossville Housing Resident Council, Saint Alphonsus Community Services, The Place of Refuge, Imagination Library, 4C’s, House of Hope, Cumberland County 4-H, Youth Achievement Foundation, Kids on the Rise, Youth Center, Young Marines, Rescue Squad, Cardiac Pulmonary Rehab, Christian Counseling Center, National Alliance on Mental Illness, Rural Health Clinic of the Cumberlands, Exchange Club/Stephens Center, Visually Impaired Support Group and Tennessee Poison Control.