Pat Benson: Fall Wedding Rules For The Football Minded

Saturday, November 16, 2019
Pat Benson
Pat Benson

Alright guys, huddle up. I’m here today to talk about something serious. Weddings on Saturdays during football season – (audible groans and murmurs). I know I know, none of us want to argue about this, but it’s an issue we have to address. Just last Saturday, I was the latest casualty in the wedding war on football. While most of you were staring in awe at your big screen television during the Alabama/LSU game, I was out of town doing the electric slide at a reception with very little Wi-Fi.

Don’t get me wrong, it was a beautiful ceremony and I’m thankful to the newlyweds and their families for making room for me. But if you know me, then you know I can be petulant and moody when I’m out of my comfort zone. My girlfriend, who is a saint, was having to juggle maid of honor responsibilities and my fragile demeanor. With each event, she was moving me around with extreme care as if she were the guard in charge of transporting Hannibal Lecter.

As the heralded “Game of the Century” progressed, I was scaling the walls of the barn like the spider in Charlotte’s Web trying to get my phone to update the score. My dad (and best friend) was rapidly texting me after each score while trying to play it off as “just another game” so as to protect my feelings.

But even after that big game concluded, I wanted to see the rest of the action taking place on the gridiron. Meanwhile the DJ at the reception was dutifully doing his job of keeping the party rocking. Cupids shuffle, Cha-Cha slide, The Git Up – back to back to back. I was staring him down like Kobe did Coach Mike Brown at the moment he decided he was going to have him fired.

So we’re at an impasse. We can put our foot down on fall weddings (if we like sleeping on the couch), we can work on a compromise, or I can just grow up and deal with these situations like an adult (not enough therapy in the world). Therefore, I want to put forward a tentative framework of rules for all men to abide by when planning fall weddings:

1.      Cupcake Saturday is our preferred date (I recommend checking the schedule months in advance).

2.      Conference Play is the cutoff date.

3.      If you are unable to follow rules #1 and #2, then multiple televisions must be within vision at the rehearsal, reception, et al.

4.      Early start times. The PAC12 has been experimenting with early start times, we can do the same thing.

5.      Pace of play. Like baseball, wedding and receptions go on too long. Let’s condense the events. Aunt Delilah doesn’t need to be on the dance floor that long anyway.

Let me know what rules you would add, modify or remove. Think of this as the Camp David Accords between men and women on fall Saturdays, and I’m your Jimmy Carter. It’s a tenuous situation, but we can work together to find common ground and peace.

--

Pat Benson has been a sideline reporter, P.A. announcer, and radio personality. Tweet him @Pat_Benson_Jr.


Overton Overtakes Madden For Night #2 Of Southern Nationals In Virginia

PHOTOS: CFC Soccer Returns To Finley Stadium

Madden Tops McDowell Wins Southern Nationals Opener In Maryville; Weaver And Lil' Overton Get Crossville Victories


Wythe, VA (7/11/20) --- "Big Sexy" Brandon Overton (# 76) of Evans, Ga., raced past early leader and Friday night's winner Chris Madden on a lap 20 restart to go on and win night #2 of the 10 ... (click for more)

The Chattanooga Football Club returned to Finley Stadium Saturday, playing the Georgia Revolution for the NISA Independent Cup. The match was played without fans in the stadium. (click for more)

Chris "Smokey" Madden (# 44) of Gray Court, SC didn't miss a beat switching teams in mid-season just two weeks ago, winning Friday's Southern Nationals mini series opener at Smoky Mountain Speedway ... (click for more)



Sports

Overton Overtakes Madden For Night #2 Of Southern Nationals In Virginia

Wythe, VA (7/11/20) --- "Big Sexy" Brandon Overton (# 76) of Evans, Ga., raced past early leader and Friday night's winner Chris Madden on a lap 20 restart to go on and win night #2 of the 10 race Southern Nationals mini-series Saturday at Wythe (VA) Raceway. Rolling along the outside the Wells Motorsports "AllStar Concrete, Overton Crossfit" sponsored team passed Ross Bailes, ... (click for more)

PHOTOS: CFC Soccer Returns To Finley Stadium

The Chattanooga Football Club returned to Finley Stadium Saturday, playing the Georgia Revolution for the NISA Independent Cup. The match was played without fans in the stadium. (click for more)

Breaking News

Hamilton County Has Highest Number Yet Of Coronavirus Patients In Hospital; Tennessee Has 3,314 New Cases - A New Record For 1 Day

There are 74 coronavirus patients in Chattanooga hospitals - a new one-day high, Health Department officials said on Monday. Of that group, 39 are from Hamilton County. However, the number of Intensive Care Unit patients with the virus dropped to 15. Hamilton County had 52 new cases of coronavirus, but deaths remain at 38, officials said on Monday. The local case total is ... (click for more)

Dalton Municipal Court Suspends In-Person Sessions Due To Rise In COVID Cases

The City of Dalton’s Municipal Court is suspending in person court appearances through at least Aug. 12 in response to the recent increase in COVID-19 cases in Whitfield County and the northwest Georgia region. Payments for fines can still be made online or in person at the window in the Public Works building at 532 N. Elm Street. There will be no in person Municipal Court ... (click for more)

Opinion

Mayors And Legislators Have Demonstrated Bold Leadership In Mandating Masks

The Honorable Jim Coppinger The Honorable Andy Berke The Honorable members of the Hamilton County, TN legislative delegation: Sen. Todd Gardenhire and Bo Watson; Rep. Mike Carter, Yusuf Hakeem, Patsy Hazelwood, Esther Helton, and Robin Smith Dear Mayors, Senators, and Representatives: Thank you for your bold leadership! As healthcare leaders on the front lines of the ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: B.B., Jesus Loves You

Minutes after I learned one of my very earliest friends, B.B. Branton, died early Sunday morning, another friend sent me an email that just fit the moment perfectly. When I was growing up, our back yard butted up against the Brantons' backyard, so B.B. and I were quite sure we started out as playpen partners and were close ever since. Both of our fathers were from Mississippi - ... (click for more)