The 2009-10 NFL season is fast approaching. By late August, many sports fans will abandon their boys of summer in favor of the gridiron greats. Small market teams such as the Twins, A's, Royals, etc. will see their fan base dwindle as they file into football stadiums. Alas, Fantasy Football obsession will once again befuddle wives and infuriate bosses.
A millennium ago, this was not the case. Baseball was "America's Pastime". Unfortunately for MLB, it no longer is. Football has taken that mantle with a swift beating over baseball's head; perhaps with a bat.
The blame can be spread equally in many directions. This is after all the era of Moneyball>, steroids and Jose Canseco; all poisonous, damaging factors.
Ultimately though, the responsibility of lifting the state of baseball above the NFL and every other American sport in an Atlas-like effort falls on Commissioner Bud Selig. Before he retires in 2012, Bud needs to get to the gym; there's a lot of work to do.