COLUMN: We’ve waited all summer

·2 min read

Football is back.

We’ve waited all summer for this.

Once again, we will take to the fields to tailgate. Lose our lungs on the third down. Check the Wi-Fi on Saturday morning to make sure we’re ready for the day. Sneak that one earbud in so we can listen to the game on the radio at a wedding we didn’t want to attend.

We’ll step outside as the sun is setting and smell the fall smoke in the air. See those leaves falling from the trees. We’ll hear those drumlines marching through campus. We’ll listen to a drunk friend explain why his favorite team is about to pull off the upset of the century.

We’ll get our hopes up just to be let down again. Or maybe, our expectations will be met, and we’ll make the memories of a lifetime.

We’ll sit down and forget about what else is going on in the world. For a few hours, we’ll never be alone, because there’s thousands, maybe millions, watching the same game, rooting for the same team.

For three hours, our family won’t be determined by who we share blood with, but by the colors we wear. We will see things we’ve never seen before. Spectacular plays and thrilling comebacks.

But for all the moments that shock and surprise us, we’ll still have our traditions. Things we’ve seen a hundred times before but still leave us in awe every time.

Maybe, that’s what makes this sport what it is. The intensity never gets old. We return to the same places expecting the same thing and yet, we never grow tired.

Whether it’s a tiger who roams in Baton Rouge, an eagle who flies in Auburn, or a Bulldog that patrols the sideline in Athens.

Metallica will blare in Blacksburg, Virginia. Students in Wisconsin will jump around and cowbells will ring out in Mississippi.

Legends will be made. New eras will begin and some will come to an end.

No matter how we consume this sport or which transitions we embrace, it’s back. So, friends, once again, let’s get together. Let’s go on this joy ride that is the college football season. Feel all of it, victory or heartbreak.

We’ve waited all summer for this. Now, it’s here.

List

LSU vs. Florida State: Who has the matchup edge?

Contact/Follow us @LSUTigersWire on Twitter, and like our page on Facebook to follow ongoing coverage of Louisiana State news, notes, and opinions.

Story originally appeared on LSU Tigers Wire