As the NFL kicks off, I got to thinking, is it possible to equally love more than one sport? Or will one always take center ice? Of course, your heart is big enough to love two things equally, but that’s reserved for kids, dogs, flavors of ice cream, etc. Loving two different sports equally, is that even possible? Obviously, I can’t speak for the rest of the sports loving nation out there, but as much as I love my hometown teams and my heart holds a soft spot for football and lacrosse; hockey holds the key to my heart.
While Sunday is reserved for football, it’s a sport that fills the void when any NHL team isn’t gracing the ice. But rest assured that the days where the Bruins and Patriots overlap, the Bruins will win out every time. Luckily, the NHL rarely plays on Sunday and the NFL rarely plays on any other day of the week, Monday nights excluded. Football and hockey, two sports that are a perfect collaboration for the everyday fans viewing schedule. Perhaps it isn’t a coincidence that the two superior sports run in the same circle of fans.
The two leagues make it easy to be the recipient of equal love, but just because it’s easy doesn’t mean that the average fan will dole out equal pieces of their heart. With the impending possibility of an NHL lockout looming, football has taken on a new level of love in my heart. While I’ve watched the games religiously before, I’m no bandwagon fan. I’ve found myself ridden with more questions about the game and a heightened interest in everything on the field. While I’d love to be a versatile fan and supporter of the NFL, it just isn’t that easy. As the two sports run parallel in terms of season, perhaps the NHL will follow in the NFL’s cleats and come to a deal at the last minute. It’s a hope for any hockey fan left counting the days until doomsday.
Moral of the story, hockey is always at the forecheck of my mind. While the NHL may lockout of my viewing schedule, hockey certainly won’t be locking out of my heart; but the NFL may be breaking in.