Gridiron good times

Published 10:15 pm Friday, September 3, 2010

As Hurricane Earl passed to the east of Virginia on Friday morning, all it left in its wake — we are thankful to be able to say — were damp crops and cooler temperatures. Both of the outcomes were well-timed. Every little bit of rain is important to farmers right now, as many in the area already have lost most, if not all, of this year’s investment to drought.

A slackening of heat is another welcome change for farmers, but the cooler temperatures also herald an important milestone in the year for supporters of local sports and entertainment. It’s high school football season, and few people are happier to be rid of the heat than the young guys who cover themselves in pads and helmets and head out onto dusty fields to run, block and tackle for 60 minutes each Friday.

Something about cooler weather makes the games more enjoyable for fans, as well. People are more sociable when it’s cooler, and the stands are more comfortable when the metal seats aren’t scorching to the touch. And at this time of year, the weather is still warm enough that being outside is more enjoyable than arduous.

High school football is a cherished tradition in the area and can be a good way to meet your neighbors, socialize with others and get some fresh air. The games are inexpensive, entertaining ways to spend a night out each week. And the players will appreciate all the support they can get.

So pick a team to support next week and head out to a game. Whether the summer heat returns for one last blast or not, cold temperatures are not far off, and we’ll all be stuck inside our houses passing around winter colds and flu. Spend some time outside at a football game, and at least you’ll have a few good recent memories to keep you company.