I was thinking about what to write about this week and I realized I had a wealth of topics to choose from.

I mean, we could talk about whether women’s tennis players’ tantrums are received and treated differently and unfairly by the sport (and us). We could have talked about how Major League Baseball is really going out of its way to create deep pot holes in the Cubs’ road to a division championship. I could have started writing the obituary for NASCAR at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, or NASCAR as a viable sports entertainment option period.

I also thought about a high school participation article talking about how more than just football is being affected by kids not playing. There are boys tennis and girls golf teams in our area, for example, who either don’t have enough players to formally compete as teams, or barely do.

But I am guilty of writing about a lot of deep and heavy topics, so I am going to try to go the other way today.

I am going to talk about football.

No, not strategies or prospects, or commentary about the game itself … rather a football. The ball itself.

In between composing these sentences, I have a football at my side and I am flipping a football up in the air just about the top of my balding head and catching it just before it hits my keyboard. I am considering it – the shape of it and how unusual it is.

Baseballs, basketballs, golf balls, tennis balls, softballs – all round.

This thing in my hands couldn’t be more not round.

It’s pointed on each end, and it’s four sections are sewn together by thread and what look like shoestrings exposed on one seam.

Drop a baseball or tennis ball straight down 100 times and they will bounce up in the same way (depending on the surface you drop it on and the height you drop it from) all 100 times.

You simply can’t do that with a football. You can drop it and it won’t bounce the same way twice in any of those 100 drops. It might land on a point and bounce away from you. It might bounce and hit you in the shin. It might bounce on its side and bounce 20 feet from you or roll around in a circle and stop at your feet.

Only a baseball bat on a ball can rival its unpredictability.

Only a hockey puck can relate to being so, so, different.

No ball is used in its sport with such diversity. A football is carried, thrown, caught, batted down, wrestled for in the bottom of a pile and kicked.

A round ball is easy to throw. A football isn’t. You have to hold it a certain way, raise it up above your shoulder a certain way, and then released a certain way. Do it right, and it splits the air like a lightning bolt.

Do it wrong, and it wobbles like a duck just after a hunter plugged it with a shot gun from behind a blind.

Speaking of kicking it, one of the most exciting plays in sports is football’s onside kick. That’s a play, generally late in a close game, where the trailing team’s kicker intentionally kicks the ball along the ground. His goal is to make that ball go the required the 10 yards and, in the process, bounce as many times as possible. High bounces, low bounces, a little to the left, or a little to the right. Or, if he does it right, a little bit of all of those.

I love football. It’s just … different.