Can I Get a Hail Mary?

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As we head into the third week of the NFL season, my emotions are mixed. I love football. Pro, college, high school or pee-wee, I love it all. As a kid, it meant back to school, a change of season, and hopes renewed (often, quickly dashed) for my favorite home team.

It seemed pure back then. Maybe it was, or maybe I’m spinning it with euphoric recall and nostalgic denial.

But I want it back.

I don’t want to hear about protests and counter protests. I’m sad that the sport I once played, and still enjoy watching, has become almost synonymous with brain disease. The genie is out of the bottle, I guess. I’m just chasing dust with a butterfly net.

But I want it back.

My son and I head back to the old stomping grounds every year, to take in a Philadelphia Eagles game. (Did you hear they won the Super Bowl?)

It’s our tradition, and I get to visit with family and sometimes a few childhood friends. But most of all, it’s to sit in the stands with 50,000 or so like-minded fanatics.

We scream out our cheers and boos, high-five and hug total strangers, and generally act like total idiots for several hours. Then we all pile back into our cars and scream at each other as we navigate the congested roads leaving the stadium, always spent, and hopefully satiated from a victory.

There will come a time when the tradition will end. The sport has become so polarizing that kids aren’t playing as much as they used to. Politics has added its pesticide to the brew. I’m getting older and so is my kid. Like they say, “Father Time is undefeated.” But just like at the game, I’m always hoping for a “Hail Mary,” no matter how improbable. Did you see that game last week?


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Chris Prickett
Former contractor, former home inspector and funny guy, Chris Prickett is owner and designated broker of Prickett Realty. A New Jersey native, Prickett has been a top-producing REALTOR® in North Phoenix over the past decade. He has been a columnist since 2005. Over the Prickett Fence is published weekly by In&Out Publications.
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Chris Prickett

Former contractor, former home inspector and funny guy, Chris Prickett is owner and designated broker of Prickett Realty. A New Jersey native, Prickett has been a top-producing REALTOR® in North Phoenix over the past decade. He has been a columnist since 2005. Over the Prickett Fence is published weekly by In&Out Publications.

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