In most high schools around the country, football is THE fall sport. The sport with the players, the cheerleaders, the band and the spectators all with a part to play. Yes, I've gone to my share of football games even though I'm not particularly fond of football.
As a teenager, I went because there were boys at the game. What young teenage girl does not want to be noticed by a boy? I went to games in college for the same reason. Now, I don't have to worry about football because it is not a sport played at my local high school. If you every get to Alaska, football is found only in Anchorage, Juneau, Fairbanks, and all the way up in Barrow, the northern most city.
Can you imagine, football in a town of around 4500 people with a summer high in the 50's and whose first snowfall usually hits in early September. The season consists of 4 home games. Imagine, four games are played in Barrow. Only four home games but that includes the home coming game. Football is so popular, there is a booster club and the whole twon comes out to support their team.
Imagine having polar bears watching practice from behind the fenced field. Yes they have polar bears up there. Imagine having regular practice when its freezing. Imagine having to fly out a few hours to play or have your opposing team fly in because there is no other way to get there. Is there a marching band? I don't know. I do know the town of Barrow loves their high school football season.