Saturday, September 20, 2008


We had a lot of fun at the folk festival today but the crowd was thin. The guy that put it on was really disappointed. I pointed out something to him that he didn't understand. I told him one of the biggest factors for the slack attendance was that both Alabama and Auburn were playing key football games today. He was born and raised in California and not accustomed to competing with sports.
I explained it to him this way - the south is a strange and wonderful place. After the Civil War, the south was set back a hundred years. In those lean years, the south did not have much to crow about. We were dead last in all the statistics -live expectancy, income, infant mortality, etc.
One thing that we are good at is football. There are so many people that have a personal connection to the outcome of a sporting event. If your team wins, your on top of the world. If they lose, it can be really tough. So, right or wrong, a little bit of our self worth is invested in our football teams.
He shook his head in disbelief. I think he thought I was pulling his leg. I know I would have a hard time proving it, but , but I believe this to be true. That's what I believe until someone proves me wrong.

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