9/16/2007

Not All Balls Are Round

I went to see my family this morning. Having lived in these parts for over 30 years, my family members are by now avid American football lovers. I don't really understand the game, nor do I have any inclination to learn it after close to 30 years! I only like to observe the joy my family seem to experience with the sport. They watch the game and I watch them, that's how this goes! There was a San Francisco 49'ers game on this morning. There was also a soccer game on in Tehran, which was being broadcast at the same time. Of course I like and understand soccer a lot better, except I only like to watch the National Team games. This morning's game was between Persepolis and Rah Ahan, and while I could understand why some people in my family were wearing red, it was hard to understand why the ones who usually wear blue were also in there making noises! In order not to miss any of the action, two television sets had been set up in my sister's living room and each showed a game which would intermittently receive attention from the small crowd! I sat there and watched for about two hours, as I filled my eyes, my head, and my heart with my family's presence and energy, keeping quiet mostly, letting their sounds and noises envelop me. I was reminded yet again that my family has belonged to two worlds for a long time and the simple exercise of watching a football game on a Sunday morning when you love and care about both worlds, could receive a slightly different approach, though noisy and boisterous just the same! I will share a secret with you (and please don't tell anyone), but if I absolutely had to choose, I would probably choose the Red Team. Something about them feels so down-to-earth and appealing to me, though their football has been atrocious recently! I hope you will still come to see me knowing that secret!

16 comments:

Leva said...

That’s what I found.
First year, you still call your soccer, football and don’t know any thing about NFL calendar or teams. Second year, you may hear about Super Ball, as now you work or study in an American group. Third year, you read more newspapers and listen to more news at radio and watch more TV. So you may sit and watch Super Ball. You may even order a pizza or nacho for early dinner. For Forth year, you think why people call soccer, football! This crazy European with their girlish game! Soccer!
Now it is time to pick your team. Texas Cowboys, 49ers or Seattle Seahawks; depend on your area.

Nazy jan, I watched Super Ball last year and poor Raha- my brother, who was a football player on his high school that time- tried really hard to explaine some rules to me. No success!

I know Vahid is already made his plan to watch this year Super Ball with some of his folks. I may watch it for commercials.

By the way, my favorite morning talk show has started to talk about the league since last week and as I am listening to them, I find about results and I may pick a team very soon. SF49ers is the first choice.

Be good my friend.

Assal said...

Go RED! They sure did have some bad luck today.... Why didn't teemeh melli use this keeper instead of Roudbarian??

....as did my poor RAIDERS!

Siah said...

Faghat "simaan sepahan" :)

I liked shamooshak e noushahr and teraktor saazi too, theirs name was funny at least :) I like it when people use their sense of humor to name their teams

Keep this land grand :)

Nazy said...

Salam Leva Jan: What an interesting observation! I love Super Bowl Sunday because there is so much food around, and we have a "football pool" at work and I have won it on many occasions over the years! That's all!

My sisters and their husbands love the San Francisco '49'ers and the San Diego Chargers and go see all their home games, complete with the clothes and hats and blankets! I find the whole thing really amusing. As for me, I have a National Iranian Football Team T-shirt (well, several) which I put on for every game, and also my Iranian flag which I take with me to shake whenever the team scores a goal! My kids are worse than me! I think all sports are good subjects around which to build unity and to celebrate. The only thing I don't really like is that when Iranian National team has games which air here very early in the morning, my family insists on having Kallh Pacheh, which I don't favor too much!

Be good Leva Jan.

Nazy said...

Hee Hee Assal, the sports fanatic! Remember the games last year, where my sister had chairs set up like a theater, and we were watching the games together? Will there be games like that soon? Just thinking about it makes me happy. I just wished with all the fans all over the world Team-e-Melli would get their acts together and WIN! Be happy azizm and Cheshmet ROSHAN!!

Nazy said...

Siah Jan:

Simaan-e-Sepahan...is that where Nasser Hejazi went for a while? What's happening between Hejazi and Daee now? I heard Daee gave him an earful! The Iranian football scene seems to change so little. When we were kids we had Nasser Hejazi and now I have grown kids and we still have Nasser Hejazi! I know what you mean about Shamooshak--the first time I heard that name I thought it was a joke! I am so gullible!

مانا said...

نازی جان.من در دوران تین-ایجریم خیلی اهل فوتبال بودم.ولی الان به زور یک بازی را نگاه می کنم ولی برای شوجی و خنده با شوهرم در خانه کرکری فوتبالی زیاد داریم.در مورد کارم هم درسته من همکارهای فوق العاده ای دارم.در جلوی میز من توکا می نشیند و در میز کناری من شوهرم.و من عاشق کارم بودم و گاهی 12 ساعت در روز کار می کردم

Nazy said...

Mana Jan. I love "korkori!" It is best when it's done at backgammon (takhteh nard) games, though! I am glad to know that you have taken all your responsibilities seriously, working hard as a professional, and now as a full-time young mother. I hope you have peace, happiness, and success in whatever you set your mind on doing. Be happy azizam.

بانوي جشنواره زمستان said...

تخته نرد رو خيلي دوست دارم ، حتي اگه ساعت ها ادامه پيدا کنه و مخصوصا اگه با کرکري همراه باشه
:D
من دوران کودکي فوتبال رو خيلي دوست داشتم و تا 17-18 سالگي هم چون خودم هم مي تونستم بازي کنم ، از ديدنش هم لذت مي برم ، اما الآن چون هر وقت دلم مي خواد بازي کنم ، مجبورم جلوي خودمو بگيرم ، ديگه از ديدن بازي ديگران هم لذتي نمي برم. اما من عاشق بازي کردن و مسابقه ديدن و رقابتم

Nazy said...

Neda Jan: You know, I didn't learn how to play backgammon until I was in my 20's. When I play now, my oponents tell me that I don't play it very well, but that I enjoy extraordinary "luck" with the game, and this is the "korkori" I keep hearing! Of course, that may very well be true, I tell them, but in the meantime, I enjoy the many things I keep winning! (and this is my "korkori!"). I love the game. Maybe some day you and I will play together. Be happy Neda Jan.

بانوي جشنواره زمستان said...

maybe! I hope that! but U must to know I 'm as same as you in "luck " and I'll be the winner ! so "korkori nakhun " and don't cry babe :DDDDD :)))))
be happy my dear nazy and enjoy with your familly .

Nazy said...

Neda Jan: You've got yourself a deal! May the best woman win! We will do our first game (dastgarmi) over a cup of capuccino!

بانوي جشنواره زمستان said...

I don't undrestand this :"You've got yourself a deal" cause of my bad english!
but sure we'll do it over a cup of capuccino and one of my handmade sweets.:)

jeerjeerak said...

We can't become football buddies then: I'm Blue da ba dee, da ba di!

And thanks Nazy Jan for your kind comment earlier. It made me feel better.

Nazy said...

Neda Jan: It means that you and I have a date to play backgammon! And whoever loses will buy the other a cup of capuccino. You bake? Oh My God! (dooste man, az har angoshtet yek honar mirizeh!). I can't wait to see you Neda Jan. Soon I hope.

Nazy said...

Jeer Jan, I love that song! My kids and I used to dance to it together when it came out a few year ago! Blue or Red, you are my buddy! And you are so welcome my friend.