It's that season again. This is a short and simple message to you readers who may not be that "into" sports and are wondering what all the fuss has been about since 2013 started.
During these last few weekends of football, testosterone and yelling have filled the Maui air (and especially this coming weekend) leading up to the Super Bowl--the most important and exciting games in professional football.
Without a doubt, these games are the most entertaining and most-watched games of the NFL season. They are probably the major reason why fans love the sport so much--offering proof once again that "America's Sport" is truly football, having replaced baseball in that category many years ago.
and Another Thing…
This weekend, the final four games begin: the games where there is no next time and no playoff bonus money if you don't win. The only silver lining is that losing players get an early start on the golf courses in South Florida, where they can think about those games they lost and what "could have been," while replaying a different outcome in their heads over and over for the next 188 days.
If you're not into football, please be forgiving when you catch your dinner guest looking at scores on his iPhone every 15 minutes, and when that quiet Sunday brunch you planned to spend with your loved one on the lanai is interrupted by loud whooping sounds from the next door neighbor's house.
Be forgiving when you see women wearing Green Bay Packer's cheese hats and kids with Texas bullhorn henna tattoos walking down the street. Smile knowingly as you can't help but notice the pot-bellied guy with Patriots red, white and blue painted on his face standing in line next to you at the ABC store holding chips, hamburger buns and a cooler full of Coors Light.
It will be over shortly.
All football-loving eyes are looking at this coming weekend knowing that Sunday, Feb. 3, lies beyond and savoring the knowledge that the road to the Super Bowl is arguably even more exciting than the Big Show itself!
This opinion column is written by Charles Laquidara, who has lived on Maui for over 11 years. He worked at WBCN radio in Boston for 30 years as the morning-drive host of a show called "The Big Mattress" and is occasionally heard on Mana'o Radio here on-island. Email firstname.lastname@example.org