2013-10-04 / Columnists

Slice of Life

By Beth Hanning

Football, Sunday, NFL, Fantasy Football, and the Jets. These words used to instill fear in this football widow. For years I knew not to ask my husband to attend events that would occur right in the middle of the day. He would be furious if we were invited somewhere on a Sunday during football season and there were no televisions available. I eventually got used to doing my own thing on Sundays and did look forward to the week the Jets had a bye. That would be a sort of holiday; we would do the required fall, family activities: apple or pumpkin picking with a hay ride. This year: the above mentioned words instill no fear. Football is awful this year.

For years I have seen my husband tortured as a Jets fan. I almost feel bad for him when he gets excited about a strong start because I feel deep down he will get disappointed. The saddest year was when the Jets signed Brett Favre. He actually told me after Favre was signed in August that if the Jets went to the Superbowl he was going to attend. I simply smiled and said, “Of course you have to go.” The season was going pretty well with the Jets having a solid record of 8 wins and 3 losses. I was actually nervous how we were going to swing a trip to Tampa, Florida. However, disappointment arrived on cue with the Jets losing their last four out of five games. The last game they lost was to the Miami Dolphins who had picked up the quarterback they let go: Chad Pennington. I did not know what the exact script would be, but I had a feeling there would be no trip to Tampa that year. (Sorry fellas.)

2009 and 2010 were two years the flights to the Super Bowl were almost booked. Then both years the team lost on John’s favorite day of the year: AFC/NFC Championship Sunday.

This has been the oddest year of all. I actually have gotten used to my solitary Sundays: shopping, and maybe some lunch with the ladies. However, football in New York is awful and to make matters worse the Yankees did not make the playoffs for only the second time in 19 years. There were years in the past where the fall would be a difficult patch in the marriage due to football and baseball overlapping.

Now my husband John is not only a Jets fan, but a football fan. He enjoys a good matchup between most teams. It was very peculiar having my husband home immediately after the Jets game this past Sunday. I feel that no winning teams plus no exciting games plus me not watching The Good Wife equals life.

Have a good week everyone. I hope the Jets and the Giants win this week.

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