In North Texas, we have four seasons: winter, spring, summer and football.
When the calendar curls up and reveals the first weekend in September, we start marking time by Friday nights under the lights, Saturday afternoons on campus and Sundays — all day — in front of the flat-screen. (Or at a sold-out Cowboys game.)
This season is our favorite for so many reasons — and not because it means the end of triple-digit temperatures, because it doesn’t.
We love football season for the heart-pounding action and the hoodies, the traditions and the turbo tailgaters, the cheerleaders and the chance, however slight, that our team might win it all.
The leaves don’t change color much here, but ours is a season filled with grace and beauty just the same: the way the marching band’s instruments sparkle in the sun on a September afternoon, the way a perfect spiral hangs in the air en route to a go-ahead touchdown. The snap of a perfectly grilled sausage made in a parking lot, or that first icy-cold gulp of beer at the sports bar.
For all these reasons, and more, we celebrate your arrival, football season. And ask: What took you so long?
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