It shouldn’t even be a conflict – an archery tournament versus the Super Bowl. While I don’t play football I love the game and did play for six years. Had I not raced bicycles and made the choice to focus on racing when I was 18 I’d have played football longer. I wouldn’t have played at one of the big colleges, but I’d have played.
I don’t regret the choice to stop playing football irrespective of being scouted and having talks with a few colleges during high school. Cycling was my choice and it took me further in sport than football might have done.
Cycling took me to World Championships and made me a member of a USA Team. I still ride. But, my competitive ‘fix’ comes from archery.
Sometimes at archery tournaments or while practicing with others I find that should the topic of football arise there’s a smaller group of fans than one might find in a bar on a Saturday or Sunday during the football season. So, it comes as little surprise to me that a major archery event in Georgia has been scheduled on top of the Super Bowl. Heck, the past two tournaments here have been held in conflict with UGA games.
During the University Georgia Football game overlaps with Georgia archery a couple of friends and I managed to get the tournaments in before rushing to a bar to watch the college game. After the game we made it back to the tournaments in time for the awards.
The next archery State Champion, the one on February 2nd, is a minor problem. Picking the morning (0900) shooting line I’ll have plenty of time to make the drive home before game time. Those poor souls that love football who travel further and pick the afternoon (1300) shooting line will miss the televised game, have to record it hoping they don’t hear the score before watching, or listen on the radio. That is unless they stay in a hotel overnight.
Super Bowl Sunday is typically a full day event for my family. This year I’ll have to hold back on the pre-game festivities at least until I’ve shot my 60 arrows from 18-meters. As far as hanging around for any award I might earn – I’ll find it later in the event I place in the top 3.