I Miss Football

“A school without football is in danger of deteriorating into a medieval study hall.” -Vince Lombardi

I discovered this weekend that I really, really miss football. The real football, not that soccer shit that they have over here in Europe. It’s difficult, if not impossible, to find American football games in the Netherlands. There are a few bars that have the games, though usually whatever is on ESPN international. And you can stream it illegally, but the video quality is often spotty. So, since I’ve been here, I’ve watched almost zero football.

Until NFL Game Pass became available in the Netherlands for free.

I’d describe myself as a football fan but not a fanatic. When I lived in the US, I’d watch most games, but I wouldn’t be too upset if I missed the occasional one. While I was disappointed I didn’t get to watch much football here, I didn’t think it was really an issue.

Until Sunday.

This past Sunday was my first day with Game Pass. You can watch whatever game you want, including split screen, if you want to watch two. Due to the time difference, games start here at 7PM. After spending most of the day being productive, I settled in on the couch to watch the Bills/Browns game and realized just how much I’d been missing. Three hours later, my Eagles started and I hadn’t moved.

The refs were utterly incompetent, the Eagles lost badly, but laying around on the couch and watching football was pretty much the best thing ever. It felt like home.

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