Aphabe-Thursday sponsored by Ms. Jenny at Jenny Matlock..."off on my tangent." Today we are studying the letter "F" as in FAN.
I am a Houston Texan's FAN. Years ago, I was a Houston Oiler's FAN. I watched the games, yelled and screamed when everyone else did, and occasionally attended a game at the old Astrodome. Then the Houston Oilers moved to Tennessee and became the Tennessee Titans. Houston was left without a football team.
Thanks to Mr. Bob McNair the Houston Texans came into being in 2002. I have to admit that I never completely understood football and when the Texans offered Football 101 classes for women I went. I got the general idea, but decided I needed more in depth study and bought the Idiot's Guide To Football by Joe Theismann. I bought it at a used bookstore so it wasn't the most up to date copy, but how could I go wrong reading a book written by a New Jersey boy and former NFL quarterback? That dog eared book is an important part of my life during football season.
I've come a long way, but when Marc Vandermeer (the voice of the Houston Texans on Sports Radio 610) and Andre Ware review plays I'm always amazed at what they see compared to what I see. How in the world do they see so much in a 15-20 second play? I've learned a lot, but I still have a long way to go. However, the knowledge that I now have makes the game so much more enjoyable for me.
I've come to love football. I don't paint my face with the team colors or wear crazy costumes to the game. I don't boo the opposing team. I applaud them. After all, it wouldn't be much of a game if the other team didn't show up. Although I like to see my team win I still enjoy the game even if they lose. After all, it's only a game. I guess I'm a more laid back FAN than most.
I sit in my seat until the very end of the game. There have been times when there weren't too many of us left in the stadium (the 2013 season was a good example of that), but I've paid for the entire game and they don't give partial refunds if you leave early. Why leave anyway? I'm a Houston Texans FAN all the time...win or lose.
I'm proud of my Texans. I believe our team owner has certain standards. There are players out there that would probably never wear a Texans uniform no matter how good they play. Yes, I think Mr. McNair really wants to win, but not at any cost.
The season is almost over. I try to remain optimistic, but our chances of going to the Super Bowl are pretty slim. Our quarterbacks have been falling like flies.
That's OK. There are more important things than winning a football game. Yes, Houston Texans FANS...you heard what I said. I just want to see Texans Offensive Tackle David Quessenberry win his game...the game of life. In June he was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. You can watch the video and read about his progress here. The team had a fund raiser and sold shirts that said, "Texans for DQ." My son and I committed to wearing those shirts to every game this season. His diagnosis hit close to home for us. It took a few years, but my son successfully defeated his opponent...Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Now it's David's turn. When I watched the video I cried. So much of what David said I had heard my son say. My heart went out to his mother too. I have a pretty good idea of what she's going through.
Cancer certainly does not discriminate.
This FAN wants a big win. I want to see a healthy David Quessenberry take the field next football season. For now that's the most important win for this Houston Texans FAN.
Now head over to Jenny's blog for a list of this week's participants.