Killing time until college football

Published 10:09 pm Friday, August 28, 2009

When I wake up Saturday morning, I will feel lost. I will have covered high school football action the two previous nights and be left to stare at a gridironless television on Saturday.

The itch will be there. I will be ready to listen to Kirk Herbstreit and Lee Corso in preparation for a day of mediocre college football games. But that itch will have to go unscratched.

The only televised football action Saturday will come in the form of a few meaningless NFL preseason games. In other words, it will feel like a fall Saturday. But it won’t exactly be a fall Saturday. The confusion is almost too much to bear. But I suppose I will persevere.

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However, in order to effectively do so, I will need to find a list of things to do to pass the time. If you are struggling to fill the same void I am, here is a list of things you can do.

I am sure I will begin by feeding the football habit in any way possible. That means waking up bright and early and going to take in the sights and sounds of youth league action.

This morning, three teams of Demopolis youngsters will take to the field at Memorial Stadium for their respective season openers. If you haven’t been to one of these events, you’ve missed much. The “aw” factor will be in full effect in the 9 a.m. opener as players aged 7 and 8 drag run around in pads and helmets that appear almost oversized. It is altogether comical, but maintains a purity and an innocence that is missing at many other levels of the game.

After the two older age groups finish their contests, you’ll still have about half your day left.

So I would recommend lunch somewhere in Demopolis, perhaps with some non-football fan friends who are unlikely to partake in your joy once the pigskin is kicked off the tee next Saturday. After all, this is likely the last time you’ll socialize with these people until after the season.

In the afternoon, you can catch up on yard work or housework or some other menial project you’ve ignored for months on end. For me, I aim to do the dishes and perhaps sweep the floors. I’ll just have to see where the mood takes me.

Saturday night can be filled any number of ways. You could read or channel surf. But you could also head to the movie theater. I think G.I. Joe is playing this weekend. If you’re into mindless action flicks, that one should certainly fit the bill.

Maybe you could have a game night with your family or friends. Those are good to have every now and again and even if you don’t like games or your family or your friends, it is at least remotely possible that they like you. So throw them a bone just this once, especially on a day when you likely don’t have anything better to do anyway.

No matter what you decide to do, make the most of this final Saturday before football season really begins.