To capture a football game: live from the press box

By Tommie Robinson
Jonesboro, GA

There are plenty of things that go unnoticed at any football game. You don’t have to be in love with a game to go to one.

If you are curious enough, you can study everything but the game.

Before a recent pre-season game between the New York Jets and the Jacksonville Jaguars in the Meadowlands–my first NFL game–rows and rows of fans barbequed, threw footballs and got drunk in the parking lot.

Entering the press box and looking down at the bright-green field, the first thing I noticed was how the opposing players’ outfits seemed to complement each other: The Jets wore white with green trimming while the Jags wore white and black with blue trimming.

The uniforms weren’t the only beautiful aspect of the stadium’s aesthetics. Also noticeable were the bright flashing lights, the chaotic twirl of a t-shirt as it flew through the air, and the colored variations of the fans’ shirts sprinkled through the stands.

As the game progressed, my eyes slowly drifted away from the actual game and toward the sidelines.

I started noticing minor details about how the game functioned.

How a cameraman was filming the game with a huge camera on a moving platform, which another man pushed almost effortlessly.

How the laws of math and physics played a crucial role in how much force was used in a tackle.

The aerodynamics of the football.

The parabola shape of the football as it is thrown or kicked.

The bending of the huge TVs that are built into the stadium.

The quick reflections of light emitting from the crowd’s phones.

The tremendous amount of energy the stadium uses.

The people who run into the end zone after a touchdown and twirl flags literally twice their size.

The forces of gravity (and force) heavily affecting the players (almost majestically).

There are countless other things you can focus on if you care less about the game.

And if you wanted to know, the Jets won.

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