By Jeff Robinson
At the risk of sounding like one who has missed the real meaning of Christmas, I have to admit that one of my favorite aspects of the holiday season is the presence of myriads of important (or pseudo-important if your team, as did beloved Georgia Bulldogs, wound up in a non-BCS Bowl despite an 11-2 record and winning the SEC East, not that I’m bitter about it or anything. . . .) football games. The NFL season is wrapping up and the playoffs are looming, but, best of all for me, college teams with at least six victories are playing bowl games (the rightness and wrongness of which are highly debatable).
For me, it is an important marker on the annual calendar: the end of college football buries the last vestiges of autumn and gives way to the cold, gloom of winter (read: I would prefer to boycott winter). Friends have teased that in the Robinson household there are three annual seasons instead of four: baseball season, football season and basketball season. Indeed, this lies close to the truth.
In recent years, my sons have begun to watch games with me and it has forced me to think through this pursuit in terms of “how to” and “how much.” So, here is one father’s guide to navigating the bowl games (or NFL contests if you prefer the well-salaried tackle footballers) over the next few days:
(Jeff Robinson is editor of Gender Blog. He serves as pastor of preaching and pastoral vision at Philadelphia Baptist Church in Birmingham, AL, the heart of SEC football country.)
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