BCS National Championship Game – January 2007
As the daughter of a football coach, I’ve watched as many hours of football as any man. Probably more.
My Friday nights were spent decked out in school colors in the bleachers as a child and in a cheerleading uniform on the sidelines as a teenager. Saturdays were ALL football ALL the time. Thanksgiving meant turkey, Florida v. FSU and Bama v. Auburn.
As an adult, I broke free of my Dad’s SEC allegiance and found myself among NFL fans. He watched on Saturdays, I watched on Sundays, and together we watched the conversation lag. Oh, I was with him at the National Championship in 2007 to watch his Gators upset the Buckeyes and our voices rose together throughout that magical night in Arizona chanting, “IT’S GREAT TO BE A FLORIDA GATOR!” But as the face-paint wore off, our football connection did, too.
These days, however, Dad and I’ve got something to talk about once again. Every Sunday, Dad calls to ask, “how’s your team doing?” No, I’m not coaching Little League. Nor am I making strides towards our family joke, I mean “goal” of becoming Olympic Curlers – hey, it could still happen! No, dear ol’ Dad is inquiring after his daughter’s spectacular and theatrical debut in Fantasy Football! That’s right. I’m not just playing in one League. I’m the only girl in TWO male dominated Leagues! My team names: Woman Among Boys and Da Girlz (as in, Da Bears).
So, why the fuss? People play Fantasy Football every year without any input from Dad. Why would he be exceptionally interested in my Fantasy Football endeavors? Because his little girl is kicking serious butt! Each week, I report my standings and break-out players to him and I can hear the smile and the pride in his response. This week, I happily reported that I’m in first place, clinching the playoffs in one League and steadily moving up the ranks in the other. What can I say? I am my father’s daughter after all. And he once again proudly claims, “Football is in your blood, Jody-girl.”
Thanks, Dad! It may be great to be a Florida Gator, but it’s even greater to be your little girl. Talk to ya’ on Sunday!