Thursday, July 25, 2013
Too much pre-game
After that much-needed rain Monday morning, it felt like fall football weather in the afternoon.
Just this week I started looking over the area high school schedules and even did my first pre-season interview.
Jamborees are just a little more than three weeks away and the regular season four weeks off.
That’s really hard to believe. Where has the summer gone?
But then at the same time, every time I surf my TV channels and see ESPN, the all-sports network is talking football, football and more football – college and the pros.
Last week their so-called experts dissected the Southeastern Conference Media Days, and I do mean dissected, like the teams and the players have never been dissected before.
As much as I love sports, the previews, the predictions, the “big” stories on what seems to be every little thing are way too much for me.
Last week, for instance, the hot topic seemed to be Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M and why he was asked to leave the Manning Passing Academy.
Alabama’s A.J. McCarron was his roommate at the passing academy.
Manziel, without going into detail, admitted he made a mistake and didn’t wake up in time.
McCarron, when asked, said his name is A.J. and that he couldn’t answer questions about Johnny.
The two teams meet September 14 at College Station, Texas. Prior to the Manning Passing Academy, it was already receiving tons of pre-season hype. Now it’s getting even more.
I used to watch a lot of pre-season and pre-game hoopla – too, too much. But now this sports nut would just rather watch the games themselves and not all of them.
There are too many such shows – predicting this and making too much out of that. It’s too much for my brain, and I guess being a bit modest, I already know about as much as they’re telling me. The rest I’d just as soon it be a surprise when the games begin.
I have my favorite play-by-play announcers and commentators. I can do without the rest, but most of the time, I hang with them.
At times last year, I did threaten to turn the volume off some games, and listen to the Ole Miss, or Mississippi State, or Alabama announcers via the radio. After viewing only a bit of the pre-season hype this year by some of the so-called experts, I might just have to follow through with that this year.
I did purchase my annual pre-season magazine – Athlon Sports’ SEC 2013 Preview.
Mississippi State running back LaDarius Perkins and Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace grace the cover.
And there is a question and answer article with Manziel, who seems to be soaking up all the publicity. I have not read that one yet.
I’m enjoying the magazine. It’s filled with information – lots that carries me through, as reference material, once the season actually begins.
Athlon Sports, as every other magazine and TV network and so on, also unveils its Preseason Top 25 and its conference predictions.
I take all those with a grain of salt.
To be honest, just give me high school football on a Friday night and I would be just fine.
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