High School Football Games Every Friday night Wilson’s very own John Gurski Stadium is packed with fans as if it was the Super Bowl. Starting at 7pm, the Wilson High School football team took the field and starts to destroy the visiting team. Just in the first quarter the Bulldogs already have two touchdowns. Touchdown after touchdown, the Bulldogs lead the game twenty one to zero.
Students, alumni, families, and fans experience a rush of excitement when NCAA football season starts. The start of the season symbolizes the end of summer and the start of the fall semester. Many gather at tailgating parties to cheer on their favorite team as they compete during an epic gridiron battle. Traditionally beer and other alcoholic beverages have accompanied tailgating events. But since most stadiums have banned alcohol in the past many have chosen to consume large amounts of alcohol before entering the stadium.
Football is obviously an integral part of our nation’s identity. It’s the one sport that absolutely dominates the weekend, whether it be college football on Saturday, or professional on Sunday. However in some places in this country, the game of football is all that a community has. Award winning journalist and author H.G. Bissinger described in great detail such a community in his 1990 non-fiction book “Friday Night Lights.” Throughout the entirety of the book, we learned about what life was life in Odessa, Texas during the 1980’s.
To fully appreciate the accomplishments of the Kilgore College Rangerettes, one must first delve into their background and foundation. The Rangerettes are linked to dance because their routine is considered a choreographed dance. The Rangerettes' involvement in football is quintessential to their origin. Lastly, the Rangerettes' evoke Texas pride with their uniforms designed to represent the Texas flag. Under close inspection, three East Texan cultures can be extrapolated from the Rangerettes: football, dance and Texas pride.
Every year parents and students of local schools can come and enjoy seeing kids of their community playing football, which could make a player's future bright, and a grandparent proud. However, some would argue to say high school football is too dangerous to keep around. Kids and adults are then forced to take a side on the issue for the good of the school and the safety of the children. However, it seems too important to let go. Considering the college scholarships that can be provided, the countless generations of players in certain families, and the homecoming activities would be pointless without it. Football is important to the high school experience and different family’s history around the world.
Throughout the nineteenth century events played out time and time again in college football that would end up having a sweeping significance on American culture. Issues such as racism and women having a larger part in the sports world were dealt with. Business and the art of cheating through one’s sports team were seen as growing rapidly in the football world and obviously having a vast effect on how American business would end up carrying itself. College football and all of its antics would end up not only transforming the American culture then, but everything that was decided on then would set the tone for college football and how it operates now and American culture and the system is handled today.
In Texas, football is a way of life; people eat, sleep and breathe it. Specifically for the people of Odessa, Texas this is very true. The book Friday Night Lights follows the 1988 Permian High School football team as they made their run for the State Championship. This type of culture that puts football and, everyone involved in it, on a pedestal creates no room for anything besides football to succeed in a town like Odessa. In 1988, when this took place, gender, class and race all mattered a great deal.
The crowd for basketball and football are very different. At a basketball game there is a larger, more attractive student section than there is at a football game. The student section at basketball games are also more active than they are at football games. At football games there are more outside community members that come to support the team, so what a football game lacks in school support they gain in community support.
If American Football is an art, then its athletes paint with blood. This should surprise no one; the gridiron plays host to modernity’s most violent sport. In this unforgiving environment, it is all to common for former stars to flare out with career-ending injuries. As I kicked off my research on the National Football League (NFL), I intended to report on these injuries.
College football is getting to be as popular as professional football. In some areas of the country, college football is a lot more popular than NFL football. In Nebraska for example, Memorial stadium in Lincoln becomes the state 's third largest city on home football game days. The stadium becomes a sea of red as fans dress in the team colors in support of the Cornhuskers.
From what I can remember, football has become a Sunday ritual in my family since I was a kid. Growing up in the Northeast, we lived a couple hours from Shea Stadium in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, Queens, New York. Being the playing ground for the New York Jets 1964 to 1983, now the New York Jets play at MetLife Stadium, in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Living so close to the stadium and having family members like my Dad, Uncles, and Grandfather take the train or a boat over to watch Joe Namath play was an experience I wish I could have been a part of. Football has become so popular in America, that they have a day dedicated to watching your favorite team play their hardest versus one of the other thirty-one teams in the league.
The sun illuminates countless all-American names, with the occasional Coke or Papa John’s sponsor signs. The play clock ticks down to zero, and the stadium is finally filled to maximum capacity. Kickoff commences, players scramble across the field, and suddenly the only problems in the world hinge on if the Nike plastered football is past the downs marker. There are the elite suites high above the stadium cloaked in shade, but the majority are cramped and blisteringly hot. We are all united as one, cheering our team to victory, and thriving on the culture that is modern day sports.
“The quarterback hands the ball off to the running back, the running back runs up the field, faking right, dodging left, running right through the other team’s defense. He’s going, going…GONE! TOUCHDOWN!!” Agh, good ole football, America’s favorite pastime. Especially, at James Madison University where their Dukes are 7-1!
Before the 1920’s, football was overshadowed by baseball and it’s rising superstars, which largely gained popularity through the use of media. When analyzing the rise of college football in America, it is no surprise that media had the same impact on it’s growth in popularity. Media was a key reason why Americans became interested in college football. Most people could not afford, nor could they find transportation to get to the Saturday college football games. With the introduction of the radio and the press, people now had a way to be informed with what was happening in the world of sports.
“TOUCHDOWN” is the only word a quarterback wants to hear and the only thing he wants to see during a game of football. Being a quarterback is probably one of the most difficult positions in the game of football. It requires strength, accuracy, speed, and good football intelligence. Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota were the top two overall picks in the 2015 NFL draft. They both had a great college run as the best college quarterbacks in the country. During their college games it was really hard to tell who the better quarterback was, but after they joined the NFL it became very clear. Mariota has shown to be more NFL ready than Winston by his athleticism and his higher football intelligence.