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What to do in the off-season

Unless you count the useless Pro Bowl, football season is now over. Unless you count the useless NFL preseason games, we won't see another real game until September. I complained mightily about the high school season starting too early, but that's been fixed, and I ain't complainin'.

By the way, in case you missed it, the figures are in. College football broke another record in 2005 with the length of its games. The average regular season game lasted three hours, 21 minutes. The bowls averaged three hours, 45 minutes. You read me complaining about this in many columns, and now the proof is in the pudding.

Several remedies to marathon games are being mentioned, but most involve tinkering with the clock rules. There is very little mention of cutting down on the number of TV commercials. There's no need to hope for something that ain't gonna' happen. I could better tolerate the long games if so many didn't start at 0-dark:thirty.

On the subject of game timing, the NFL amuses me with their Super Bowl pregame and halftime timing. They run the teams off an hour before kickoff to provide the overhyped entertainment. How's that for a warmup? Go through your stretching routine, and then sit an hour before starting the game.

Now that we have this void in our lives of no football, I've created a list in no particular order of other things that we can indulge in. I'll just provide the list with no opinion one way or the other, if you can believe that. You decide for yourself what catches your interest.

  • National signing day for college football. Oops, sorry, football season will be over again before that comes around.

  • Wonder if Green Bay Packer quarterback Bret Favre will retire.

  • Wonder if the idiots that vote for the Pro Football Hall of Fame will put Ray Guy in?

    Now that his coach John Madden is in, listen to hear if he will lobby for Ray in his induction speech.

  • Go to church every Sunday morning and every Sunday night.

  • Watch the Winter Olympics in Turin.

  • Go to the atlas and look for Turin.

  • Watch the SEC or ACC basketball tournaments and March Madness.

  • Sit in anticipation of the 2007 Super Bowl halftime show. Have the Stones made it off the stage yet?

  • Go to Thomson High baseball games and watch a legend at work.

  • Guess when the boss at The McDuffie Mirror will get another promotion.

  • Play golf, go fishing or watch the leaves return to the trees.

    Have fun!

    Web posted on Thursday, February 9, 2006

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