One of my favorite autumn pastimes is to spend several hours on Sunday afternoons in sports bars that offer the full package of NFL games. These cozy establishments are the last havens in America where one can find casual camaraderie that extends across generational lines.
On a recent visit to one of these taverns, I was drawn into a conversation with a group of recent college graduates and, as was often the case on such occasions, the conversation ventured into topics beyond the realm of football. (Most of the pilgrims who frequent these Sunday services have mastered the art of indulging in verbal digressions while maintaining a steely focus on the games they’re watching.) (more…)