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I swore to myself that I would ignore the HYPE this summer.

Deep down I know thereıs no point in worrying about football season until it gets here. I believe that there is no need for worrying or speculating about football until the games are played.

I love football season but donıt want to make it get here too soon just by reading and talking about it 24/7 during July.

Football season doesnıt officially start anyway until the first injury occurs on your favorite team.

Granted, the first one is likely to strike during preseason practice or scrimmages. This is all the more reason to ignore the HYPE. One serious injury to a key player and all the prognostication goes for naught.

Preseason predictions account only for teams at full speed and assume no injuries, ridiculous.

When I get e-mails from fellow fans asking me about the season, I politely tell them I am avoiding the HYPE.

³Iıll see you at the game in September,² will be my reply. Thereıs no need to get too worked up this early. That energy can be better used come kickoff.

All of my subscriptions to the various internet chat boxes, recruiting services and scoop sites have expired without me renewing them.

I learned a long time ago that you can believe very little of what you read on the internet anyway. Why buy the HYPE?

The two preseason football magazines that I find in my bathroom tell me that my favorite college team will positively win nine games with the remaining two being toss-ups.

These magazines also report that my team will start the season ranked anywhere from first to fifth in the nation. Thatıs exactly what I mean by HYPE.

When you drive by my house and see the flag of my favorite team flying from the front porch, you will know that I am primed for the season.

As a rule I put the flag up around Aug. 1, but I may challenge myself this year. I may try to wait a week later before unfurling the flag.

If I do that every year, by the time Iım 50 years old my flag wonıt come out until the day of the first game. Then I can say that Iım too old to worry about the HYPE at all.

Regardless of the predictions about my team, regardless of what I read and donıt read, one thing is for certain: No matter how old I get or when I do hang that flag, itıll be the same color as always.

That will never change. And that folks, is not just a bunch of HYPE!



Web posted on Thursday, July 22, 2004


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