Yesterday I watched a little CURE Bowl, and thoroughly enjoyed the win by Troy. Bowl Season is fun, it is a chance to see some football that you otherwise wouldn’t, and in some cases, it is a time to root against some programs.
I think the twitter response was some good-natured chuckles, but there are some folks who really get upset at rooting against conference-mates. I understand the thinking — that the rest of the programs need to do well so your program can be perceived higher. Like most things, that can get taken to an extreme and in the case of college football, it is just not as fun.
It is okay to root against rivals. Do it. I promise you will have a good time.
As the FCS playoffs started, I had to switch to movie night with my wife. We watched Love, Actually a movie that was a sneaky hit and then suddenly a holiday classic. I never hated it, and thought it was funny — probably mostly because of the British humor there that is a little different — but it has become a staple of our holiday rotation. Here is that list, in no particular order:
- It’s a Wonderful Life
- Love, Actually
- The Family Man
- Christmas in Connecticut
- White Christmas
- Arthur Christmas
- The Santa Clause
- The Christmas Chronicles
- A Christmas Story
- Die Hard
- Christmas With the Kranks
Some that we used to watch but not really anymore or maybe only one part of the family watches:
- Home Alone
- Jingle All The Way
- How the Grinch Stole Christmas
- While You Were Sleeping
- Charlie Brown Christmas
There are some years where I really want to watch like It’s a Wonderful Life and others where I use mostly go through the motions because of an unofficial tradition. A new favorite is Arthur Christmas, which interestingly features Bill Nighy, a guy who is in two of these movies. Also, I didn’t hate the Christmas Chronicles, either.
My wife doesn’t like the Hallmark movies, so I am saved by that fact. My mother and sister-in-law are fans so if we all get together for Christmastime she has to watch one of those under-acted, over-sold “films”. When I was a kid I found It’s a Wonderful Life boring, and it was only this year that my kids thought Home Alone was worth watching.
This year we have mixed them into the week, but in other years we have just spent like a whole weekend binging. I recommend you do both.