When I tell people how much football I watch on a regular weekend they always seem a little shocked.
In Response I decided to keep track of how much football I watch and see what the total is.
I started with the Thursday night games which included the NFL and only one NCAA game.
Unfortunately, I was stuck in class to miss the start of both games. I did get an unintentional assist from a friend who was providing updates on the Patriots game which started at 8:30 p.m.
By the time I got home #5 Clemson was winning big and the Patriots and Texans game was near the end of the first half. The game was a blowout but I watched just in case something happened until 11:30 p.m. when it was officially over.
Friday night started at seven with a game on a grey field, so thanks Eastern Michigan for making my eyes hurt. Eventually a rivalry game started at eight between TCU and SMU to provide meaningful football to watch. Then at nine I began to get excited for the start of #24 Utah and USC. But instead of watching that I had to go to work, ruining a second night of football.
I made up for the last two nights with 17 straight hours of football Saturday.
At nine a.m. I started with College Gameday to preview everything. The show also always manages to produce an emotional piece that makes my room really dusty causing my eyes get watery.
Once the actual games started at noon I got to begin my binge of nothing but football. The biggest game between #8 Michigan State and #11 Wisconsin was close until Wisconsin scored on a Spartans fumble. To bad I missed that while throwing out the garbage because I had been so lucky up to that point in the weekend that it needed to be balanced out.
Most of the rest of the day was spent flipping between three and four streams at a time trying to consume as much as possible. Around eight p.m. I finally got the joy of watching overtime the first overtime of the weekend.
By 11 p.m. I had seen so much overtime football that I was willing to skip some, although It was Buffalo and Army so I doubt I missed much. By the end of the night eight games had gone to overtime including one that went to four which was enough novelty to get me excited again.
There were some wild endings, go watch the last 10 seconds of #18 LSU-Auburn and stare confused at your laptop the way I did. By 2 a.m. the final game between Air Force and Utah State mercifully ended allowing me to finally get some sleep.
Sunday’s begins with NFL Countdown at 11 a.m. By one it is time to watch pro version which loses some atmosphere from the crowd but makes up for it with skill. There was a bunch of good games to watch but I decided to watch the Bills game because I like the idea of torturing myself and watching my team get destroyed.
I don’t know if it was some kind of reward for watching all this football but the Bills played well and ended up blowing out Arizona which provided more energy than injecting caffeine into my blood.
As an extra bonus I got to watch the rare NFL overtime game. The excitement was quickly gone when I realized I would have to watch the Browns and Dolphins attempt to play football.
The Sunday night game was a blowout but also the first game I watched start to finish which was a strange feeling after two days of constant switching between games. The game ended around 11:40 p.m. giving me almost another 13 hours of football.
The Monday night game was the grand finale of the weekend with an explosive game between the Saints and Falcons. Including the pre-game show I got to consume another five and a half hours of beautiful football to finally end the weekend.
In total I consumed around 39 hours of football between Thursday and Monday night, who knew watching football could be a full-time job? Is that a healthy amount of time to spend on any hobby, probably not but it’s not like I had anything important to do. Now for the next two days I have to rush to do all my assignments so I can start watching all over again Thursday night.