And what’s not to love about football season?
There’s the Friday nights in large cities and small towns across the nation where the community comes together as one to cheer on its local team.
There’s sitting next to someone who you might otherwise not see for most of the year.
There’s the hot dogs and hamburgers and nachos and peanuts and cold drinks and so on.
There’s the sound of the high school bands playing the fight song and all the other music they’ve spent most of the summer learning.
There’s the cheerleaders who’ve worked just as hard to make sure they can get the crowd pumped up for the game.
There’s the student section, where even the most mild-mannered kids will let loose to cheer on their team.
And there’s the football.
Perhaps no other sport can bring out the best (and, sadly, sometimes the worst) in the fans who attend the games.
But you have to love the game where so many kids work so hard and spend so much time practicing to be the best and to represent their school and their city or town in the best way they can.
And that’s just the high schools. I won’t even get into the college game (other than to say Roll Tide!).
I know last night’s and tonight’s games are just jamborees, but it’s still football. Practice games or not, it’s still football.
I — and my wife Jennifer — have been waiting all summer for this, and we both are excited to be able to finally say we’re going to a football game tonight.
If you love the game as much as we do — and I believe most of you do — then go out and support your favorite high school, either at the jamborees or next week when the regular season begins.
The kids — the football players and the cheerleaders and those in the band — deserve your support.
The Jasper Fire Department began selling T-shirts this week as a fundraiser for breast cancer awareness.
Breast cancer has — in one way or another — affected almost everyone, either by a family member who was stricken with the horrible disease or by a friend or co-worker who has been diagnosed with it.
A dear friend and co-worker lost her daughter not long ago to breast cancer, so I can say it has affected me, too.
If you have a chance, go by the Jasper Fire Department and buy one of the shirts to support this worthwhile cause. Short-sleeve shirts are $15; long-sleeve shirts are $20.
I would appreciate it, and I know the firefighters and anyone who’s been affected by breast cancer would, too.
Ron Harris is the managing editor of the Daily Mountain Eagle. He can be reached at (205) 221-2840 or by email at email@example.com.