No Football: Black Six Weeks of Sports Are Near

Zachary WishnovContributor IMay 11, 2009

PHILADELPHIA - MAY 1: Wide receiver Jeremy Maclin #18 of the Philadelphia Eagles runs during minicamp practice at the NovaCare Complex on May 1, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)

In the post-draft mini camp, newly acquired draft pick Jeremy Maclin, made a splash today, catching almost every ball thrown to him. He was also as quick as the brown fox that jumped over the lazy dog. Shame I won't read or hear anything about football for the next couple of months.

The NBA playoffs are the last stretch. After the Cleveland Cavalier's errr...a team wins the NBA championship, there are approximately six weeks of pure nothingness.

This nothingness consists of boring baseball with no hitters and scores of 1-0. This nothingness consists of hearing about more players on steroids, thus making the sport utterly useless and dreadful to love.

This nothingness is because of the lack of no fun sports on TV and the lack of football news.

Until training camp, I hear silence. The Vikings will still try and get Brett Favre to come out of retirement for the sixth time, Terrell Owens will be doing crunches in his driveway, and people will begin asking questions about how good their team truly is.

The problem is...this is old news.

Football players are off until the start of training camp. They lift weights and get in shape for the season, but never touch a football. This lack of news shuts down football season once again and leaves the avid football fan with a boring taste in their mouths.

The Black Six Weeks of Sports is a common phrase in my household and my friends. My father coined it during the time when baseball ruled (a sport my family grew accustomed to never watching).

Football is what makes me happy and depressed. It drives my emotions and keeps me from being bored. 

For at least 17 weeks, I am glued to the TV on Sundays, and am always logged into my fantasy page for updates and point totals.

I am watching every NBA playoff game because I know when it's over, there is no sports for me for six weeks until football training camp begins.

The black six weeks are coming, and you must prepare with plenty of old football footage, NFL preview magazines, and a lot of alcohol to make you forget the sports blackout.

Until the black six weeks of sports are done, Jeremy Maclin, Donovan McNabb, LeSean McCoy, Brian Westbrook, and DeSean Jackson news will not exist.

There is one good thing about the black six weeks of sports though...It is a countdown...the final countdown to when football begins again.

May God have mercy on your souls until that time comes. Good luck.