I watched the Pittsburgh Steelers, Cleveland Browns professional football game on the televisions at Armand’s in Little Italy yesterday afternoon. It was a glorious, warm and sunny afternoon. I sat at the bar with several other customers. Everyone was into the game.
For fans of The Steelers Nation, the first game of the new season is always a big deal. The first game of a new season is a big deal for the fans of all National Football League teams. Fans have been known to come to blows because they support opposing teams.
I wonder why this is.
I’m not the Steelers fan that I use to be, but I enjoy watching or listening to professional football and I like The Steelers better than any other team; but I’m not emotionally invested in the team. After all we’re watching rich men play a brutal game. I admire anyone who becomes rich through some talent and I admire people who thrive in a brutal environment. I just can’t become emotionally invested in the players or the game. I’m invested in other things. I’m invested in writers and writing. I’m invested in blogging. I’m invested in karaoke as performance art.
Still, these millionaires and the game they play serve a deep need of the society we live in. What professional football teams do is obviously more than just mindless entertainment for the public. Just look at how seriously many fans take professional football. (The media doesn’t count. It has vested financial interests in the success of the NFL.)
Well, The Steelers won their opener against The Browns (although the way the team won did not satisfy the true believers of their fan base). And all is well with The Steelers Nation until the next game.
Hello hello hello, all my fans of flash fiction who live all over the world! Guy Hogan is my name and blogging is my game. It’s going to be another sunny, warm day in Pittsburgh. Explore the site. I’ve already changed the two featured posts on the front page so check out the front page before you leave. I change the two featured posts every day.
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This is the Old Soldier reporting for the PittsburghFlashFiction, a blog of commentary, local interests, pop culture and sex as art and entertainment.
A Vietnam Veteran