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11/6/2013 7:59:00 AM
From the Lips of Lions
Couch fan defends TV football habit
By Wil Williams

I was flabbergasted the other day when my wife and I received an invitation to attend a barbecue. We appreciated the gesture, but the alleged barbecue was scheduled for Sunday, squarely in the middle of the three or four football games the NFL had thoughtfully prepared for me that day.

Of course, notable American contributions to world society include advances in medicine, Skeeter Davis, and a democratic approach to self-governance, but folks, let's be painfully honest, one of our absolutely greatest boons to mankind was the invention of American football.

It startles me when I realize that some folks actually spend their Sunday afternoons during the season NOT watching professional football. I suppose Robert Frost and John Keats could be considered visionary writers, but even they never experienced the delicate poetry of a couple of sweating 300-pound guards rumbling around right end, guiding their running back to a hallowed first down.

Okay, okay, one could alternately spend nine hours on Sunday doing good deeds for others, but listen: as a woefully averaged-sized American, I think an athlete over 6'5Ф and 250 pounds is fun to watch, eh, doing things. In fact, I had always planned to be one. Such an athlete, that is.

I'm a member of the Chino Valley Lions Club where we really like sports. You know the Lions. They benefit the sight and hearing-challenged, school and youth programs and a wide variety of other community interests. Please join us at 7 a.m. any Tuesday morning at the Checkered Apron, 1120 S. State Rt. 89. We'll even buy your first breakfast. Be a positive force in your community. Be a Chino Valley Lion. For more information, call Director of Membership Ron Milburn at 928-636-1327.

Wil Williams is a columnist for the Chino Valley Review. To comment on his column, email him at: wilaugust46@gmail.com.

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