The doldrums are upon us. By this time now, Husker fans are trying to remain sane while counting down the days til the doors to Memorial Stadium are opened once again. Truly, a momentous task to do.
Husker football news is sparse at best, save for the occasional new recruiting piece, another preseason poll, or coach interview.
Just how does one make it to September 1st, which right now seems an eternity away.
Believe or not, there are ways to kill the time between now and the kickoff of the 2012 Husker football season.
One way to pass the time is to pick up a preseason magazine and see what the "experts" predict.
You can brush up on projected starters, get a recap from last season, and see where the Huskers are picked to finish in the conference and what bowl game they will end up in.
Some people are skeptical to buy these magazines because they don't want to waste money on a magazine that is only relevant until the season starts.
But the preseason magazine also has another, albeit unintended, use. It's fun to have a chuckle at the magazine's expense after the season ends, seeing where they picked each team to finish.
So go down to your local grocery store or gas station and pick one up today.
I know what you're thinking. "What does college baseball have to do with Husker football?" And the answer is absolutely nothing. But what else are you going to do in the meantime?
The College World Series is an event everyone should experience at least one time in their life. The atmosphere is similar to that of a big-time football game. Fans pack TD Ameritrade Park for the week-long tournament to enjoy America's favorite past time.
At the very least the CWS is about an hour from Lincoln, so Husker fans (at least those in Lincoln) don't have to drop too much money on gas. So head up to Omaha, root for the underdog (aka Stony Brook), and do some tailgating.
Some people pride themselves on their tailgates. The best way to be a great tailgater is to practice.
Summer is an excellent time to learn new recipes for the grill, build up an alcohol tolerance, or simply purchase the latest and greatest tailgate machine.
So what are you waiting for? Grab the spatula, crack a cold one, and throw the burgers and brats on the grill, and at the same time take pride in the knowledge that you'll be the talk of the tailgate (if you do it right).
Want another way to chase away the football offseason blues? Load up the car and take the family on a Clark Griswold-style vacation.
Be it the sunny beaches of Florida or the snowy mountains in Colorado, just get away from work and the Husker countdowns on local media outlets.
Go fishing, golfing, or on a cross-country road trip and when you get back Husker football will be that much closer.
"How can I watch football if it hasn't started yet?" Not to worry. There are always replays of games on multiple networks (or a DVR) and the NFL preseason kicks off on August 5th.
While it might not be the most exciting, at least it's football and there's less than a month til the season starts.
So there you have it Husker fans. Do these things and the summertime blues should be over a little faster.