Enough With The NFL Already!
While I am a crazy college football fanatic, I also consider myself a fan of the NFL.
I watch the regular season, the playoffs, the Super Bowl, and I even sit down with friends to watch the NFL Draft every April.
The NFL is easily the most popular professional sports league in the United States and deservedly so. However, I believe that all good things must come to an end eventually, and the NFL is no exception.
Each and every year, I become burned out on the NFL because of its extensive media coverage both during the season and in the months in between.
Granted, professional football does have a large fan base that burns with the anxiety of each team's offseason transactions. The offseason is crucial in every sport, but sometimes, the media coverage can be enough to drive even a die-hard NFLer crazy.
One example is ESPN Radio's morning talk show Mike and Mike in the Morning.
Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic make a great radio pair and I used to listen to the show's podcast on a daily basis. While they discuss a variety of sports topics on the show, the NFL is often prioritized, regardless of the time of year.
Recently, I cancelled my subscription because every other segment was either an interview with John Clayton or Chris Mortensen confirming Brett Favre's retirement.
With all due respect to the guys in Bristol, I just simply do not care that much.
In addition, the NFL Network televised the NFL Scouting Combine last week, where analysts broke down the necessity of the combine and its impact on the draft.
Admittedly, the combine is very important for prospective NFL rookies and teams with high draft picks, but is it necessary to broadcast the event to the entire nation?
No thanks. I'll watch some college basketball.
Yes, the NFL offseason is exciting, but the sports world has many other exciting options at hand.
For one, Spring Training has begun for MLB teams and the tri-annual World Baseball Classic is about to be played. Also, I don't know about you, but I want to know the names of the other 103 players who tested positive for steroids back in 2003.
The NBA also has a lot to offer as many teams in the Eastern and Western Conferences battle for crucial playoff seeding and home-court advantage.
By the way, was I the only person who watched the nail-biting Kobe vs. Shaq showdown Sunday?
In addition, in case you haven't noticed, it's March and lot of college teams still remain on the tournament bubble, hoping to punch their ticket to the Big Dance. Go ahead and start crunching stats for your office tournament pool—I know I am!
Aside from baseball and basketball, NASCAR has kicked into gear and there has already been a race-changing wreck by Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Brian Vickers at the Daytona 500.
The NHL season is also heating up as it begins to hit its stretch run with several teams still gunning for the chance to hoist Lord Stanley's Cup. If that's not enough, superstar Sidney Crosby continues to amaze hockey fans and Martin Brodeur is on the brink of NHL history for career wins and shutouts by a goalie.
So, while Matt Cassel's trade to the Kansas City Chiefs is a big deal, it doesn't warrant hours of discussion by ESPN, Fox Sports, etc. And frankly, the budding Jay Cutler saga does not intrigue me all that much.
I just don't want to open the sports section of the newspaper and read about Tom Brady's ACL injury every day.
I do not intend to rub the NFL or its fans the wrong way at all with my opinion; I genuinely enjoy the NFL and do not mind reasonable coverage of it. I just want to hear more about baseball and basketball in the spring and the summer. Then, I can gorge myself on college and pro football for the fall and winter months.
It is important that we play the field—excuse the pun—and take a break from every sport sooner or later.
It just makes each one that much more enjoyable.
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