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America’s New National Holiday: An Official End to SummerNFL


Labor Day has always been the symbolic end of summer. The last barbeque day of the season celebrates the American worker and closes out vacations; it also signals back to school for the kids and the return to full work weeks for many. But I say….NO!!!!

The official end of summer kicks off with the newest American holiday…a new football season. Gone are the honey-do lists and all of the weekend projects, replaced by pigskin, played by both professionals and “amateurs” in Washington, DC and the state of Washington.

College begins a week earlier, but the real excitement starts with that first Sunday kickoff. Although the NFL has managed to east-orange-churchjpg-96d3e9e5e705cc02_largetake over prime time TV on Thursday, Sunday is still the day of celebration to rejoice as the church folk say….can I get an Amen. So tell the ministers you are on a sabbatical, but you will return. You will see them in February because you are now a temporary member of the Hope My Team Wins on Sunday Worship Center.

Now, that may have been a little bit over the top for some of your tastes, but I just wanted to stress how religious, myself included, many of us have become about football. Most football fans have a favorite team, participate in fantasy football leagues, gamble and play office pools; football has become pretty consuming. And if I continue down this road this piece could become more substantive, but I choose to keep it light, because, well, it is the holiday season and if you’re reading this I am certain I will see you at service.

P.S. I am certain many of you will still make it to sunrise service in de house of da lawd!!!!

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