When the final whistle blew in Miami last year, and Alabama was again crowned BCS National Champion, it began a seven-month drought without the two best programs on television: college football and Breaking Bad.
Fortunately, the latter returns to AMC this Sunday for the second half of its final season, drawing to a close the epic saga of Walt, Jesse, Saul and everyone unfortunate enough to know them.
And then, starting on the last weekend of August, for a euphoric five weeks, weekends will air both Breaking Bad and college football in the same 24 hours. That magical run will be the last time new episodes of TV's best series will ever run in conjunction with TV's best sport, which is traumatically sad.
But peering at the future makes makes you miss the present. All we can do at this point is savor the coming month.