There is a sweet little old lady who gets her hair done at the salon where I go to get mine done. We had a chance to chat a few weekends ago when I was in there and our conversation gravitated towards football. She leaned over to me and said, “Do you know how I answer the phone when I’m watching a Bama game?” I shook my head and she replied, “Roll-tide-roll-make-this-quick!”
Anyone who knows me knows never ever EVER to call during a Bama game, but if some poor unfortunate soul ever did, I may just have to apply her tactic! ;)
I thought of her this morning when I ran across Cheryl Wray’s post: “Momma’s Rules” for Watching Bama Games at Home
1. Once the game begins, all conversation will be focused solely on the game. If you choose to talk about anything else, you will be sent to another room.
2. During commercials, you have a quick respite to go to the bathroom, replenish your snack plate, or talk about games other than the current game being watched. Once the game is back on, however, you must be in your seat and attentive once again.
3. There will be no blocking the view of the television simply because you need to show me how well you do ballet.
4. If you decide to talk about boys, you must go to another room (this applies only to the preteen and teenage girls in my home).
5. You will attend the game properly attired. Ideally, you need to wear an Alabama shirt. If you do not have one, you can wear a generic red shirt. If you do not have one of these shirts, one will be provided for you.
6. You will bring appropriate game-day snacks. Chips and rotel dip, buffalo wings, pizza, rice krispy treats, chocolate cake are all fine with me. (Who am I kidding? Any food is good football food! Want to bring storebought? Fine. Want to bring gourmet? Bring it on.)
7. You have permission to scream mercilessly at the referees. You also have permission to laugh and mock the other team and coaches. You have permission to wring your hands over Alabama’s performance, but you will never yell “They suck.” My home is a hate-free environment and we will support our team no matter what (This applies primarily to my husband Gary, who gets completely disgusted the moment we commit our first fumble.)
8. You will listen to my incessant comments and commentary about the team’s playing during the game. I know everyone on the roster, have studied their stats, and know a bunch about the other team as well. You will bow to my intelligence (and keep your mouth shut if you don’t).
9. You will yell “Rolllllll Tiiiiiiiiiide” on every kickoff, and at other random moments throughout the game.
10. You will not (never, ever) ask such questions as, “What does holding mean?” or “Why did they get two points for that tackle in the end zone?” or “What’s a cornerback?” while the game is taking place. During a game is not the appropriate time to learn about football. (If, however, you have a sincere desire to understand the fine points of the game, I will be happy to answer reasonable questions during commercials.)
11. If you are a teenage daughter and would love to have a curfew extended, keys to the car, or some extra cash in your pocket, cheering alongside me with unabashed enthusiasm is a great start!
12. If you are a preteen, talking about how “hot” our team’s quarterback is (although he is quite the cutie) does not qualify as “educated football discussion.”
13. If you are a four-year-old, do not ask “When is this game going to be over?” repeatedly.
14. You are permitted to perform “happy dances” after touchdowns have been scored. I appreciate exuberance!
15. You will understand why I close my eyes and cover my face if we are behind with under two minutes to go; you will understand why I actually leave the room if we are trying to score to win within the last thirty seconds. If you don’t understand, you will get over it anyway.