The word homage is very appropriate for a Sunday, as many people go to church today to pay homage to God. Homage is a public acknowledgment of the submission of one’s self in allegiance to another. Moses went out to meet his father-in-law and bowed in homage and kissed him; and each asked the other of his welfare and they came into the tent. Gideon made an ephod [a sacred, high priest’s garment] of it, and put it in his city of Ophrah, and all Israel paid homage to it there, and it became a snare to Gideon and to his family. David got up, went out of the cave, and called to Saul, “My lord the king!” When Saul looked behind him, David bowed to the ground in homage. Bathsheba bowed down and paid homage to the king, and he asked, “What do you want?” Then King Nebuchadnezzar fell down, paid homage to Daniel, and gave orders to present an offering and incense to him. The magi, three mysterious kings, came to Bethlehem to pay homage to the new born king.
I am not really interested in pre-season football, and I do not participate in fantasy football, but pretty soon I will be paying homage to the gods of football, as the NFL is a gift from God for me. My Dad taught me how to appreciate watching the momentum and emotion of football and I consider this to be the greatest knowledge that he ever passed on to me. The waiting is nearly over and the season will begin on Thursday, September 7 at 8:30 PM, with the Kansas City Chiefs playing the New England Patriots. All my feelings involving pangs of loneliness will soon be satisfied, as I will be watching an exciting touchdown, or perhaps a pummeling sack. When I am watching football, it is almost like I can feel what the players are feeling, like when someone makes a great catch in the end zone, or when I see a great block that stops a first-down conversion. I feel empathy when a player is pain, or when he drops a pass that might have won the game.
I am a New York Giants fan and I never know when a pass thrown by Eli Manning will connect with the outstretched arm of a man named Odell Beckham Jr., who can grip a ball with his five powerful fingers, while running at full speed, and it seems that any ball thrown his way can be his for the taking. I expect the Giants to play well this year, although they are thought to have one of the 8 toughest schedules in the league, as their offense has just started showing signs of life and their defense seems to be already in mid season form. Last season they ended in a wild-card berth and they have not won the NFC East title since 2011. In case you are a Giants fan like me, I posted their schedule below so you can see who they will play each week.
|1||10-Sep||at Dallas||8:30 p.m.|
|3||24-Sep||at Philadelphia||1 p.m.|
|4||1-Oct||at Tampa Bay||4:05 p.m.|
|5||8-Oct||LA Chargers||1 p.m.|
|6||15-Oct||at Denver||8:30 p.m.|
|9||5-Nov||LA Rams||1 p.m.|
|10||12-Nov||at San Francisco||4:25 p.m.*|
|11||19-Nov||Kansas City||1 p.m.|
|12||23-Nov||at Washington||8:30 p.m.|
|13||3-Dec||at Oakland||4:25 p.m.*|
|16||24-Dec||at Arizona||4:25 p.m.*|