The dark period is almost over. Tomorrow the sun will shine a little brighter and the birds singing will sound just a little bit sweeter. Tomorrow at 7 PM muscle bound men of enormous size will smash into each other in an attempt to possess an oblong spheroid as many times as possible while in a 10 by 53.3 yard painted piece of turf.
Grown men will paint their faces and wear jerseys with other men’s names on them. The will grill animal flesh and drunk ice-cold beverages made up of fermented barley. Some will invade other cities like a mongol horde just to watch in person, while their warriors compete on Sunday afternoons.
Tomorrow the NFL football season officially begins. The New Orleans Saints will take on the Arizona Cardinals in the Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio. Preseason football will begin and men all across the country can stop pretending they like to watch golf and tennis on television.
It is time to start preparing for fantasy league glory. It is time to clean out the tailgating grill and make sure the cooler has no leaks in it. The start of preseason football means that real NFL football is right around the corner.
Wives and girlfriends are getting ready to lose their men for the fall. Everyone’s attention is about to switch from who the next president is going to be, to who the starting quarterback for the Jets is going to be.
Is Robert Griffin III going to lead the Redskins to the playoffs? Is Andrew Luck going to make Coby Fleener his Dallas Clark? Is Tony Romo ever going to have a running game behind him? All of these questions will be answered, and it all starts tomorrow night.
It is a season of new hope for all football fans. Everyone is undefeated and has an equal chance at winning the Super Bowl. It is time to get excited if you are a football fan, because it all begins tomorrow.
No more staring blankly out your window while counting down the days until the start of training camp. No more feigning interest in your significant others’ latest attempt to redesign the living room.
The real games will not start for another month but that does not matter. People wearing football pads will smash into each other and someone will be keeping the score. On Monday morning you can discuss the game with your coworkers around the water cooler. It is football time, and we all know that is the best time of the year.