Friday, August 31, 2007

Life's hard at the top

It is through sheer will power alone that I have managed to wait until now to talk about football. I didn't want to bore the non-fans out there to death, but the game starts tomorrow and really, if you're a non-fan, nothing can save you now.

We are SO ready for the first game. I really believe we have a fantastic team that can win a lot of games for us. The one person I worry about, ironically, is Darren McFadden. For those of you poor souls who don't know, he is our rock star running back who was the runner up for the Heisman last year, and lead contender for it this year.
Poor Darren is really in an unenviable position if you think about it. Basically, two things could happen for him this season. He could not perform as well as anticipated--if this happens, he gets slammed in the media, his NFL value goes down, and he loses the Heisman. Or he could be brilliant--tear up the field, win everything, get a gazillion dollar pro contract. In which case people will just say, Yep! It's what we expected. Big whoop. How unfortunate! Short of ending world hunger in the next 4 months, Darren's hype has ensured that he will at best meet expectations. That's a tough place for a kid (and these guys ARE still kids) to be in. Still, he seems to have a good head on his shoulders, so I'm sure he can handle it. And no matter what, he'll still be a gazillionaire, so life won't be that bad.

It's an action packed weekend for the AMEN family--well, the grown up half of it anyway. THe game is Saturday night, and Matt and I are leaving Sunday morning for a two day trip to Branson to celebrate our anniversary. We're using our full day there to--wait for it--go to White Water. We love water parks, and we figure it's our only chance for the next 15 years to go without spending the majority of our time in the kiddie pool. I can't wait! I'll tell you all about it as soon as we return. Happy Labor Day, and GO HOGS!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I am so psyched about this season too! I think it'll be great, even if we only do as well as we did last year. I do have to disagree with you a little. I think if McFadden does win the Heisman (please God let him win it!), it won't be a "big whoop" moment. I think people will go nuts, the likes of which we haven't seen since the '93-94 basketball season. I'm most impressed by how humble he is, and how he keeps saying, it's not just me, it's the whole team. Which is so true, because if the team doesn't step up, that'll hurt his chances to get the opportunity to perform well.

Have fun in Branson!