Keeping Up with Your Favorite Teams

Bleacher ReportCorrespondent IDecember 17, 2009

CALGARY, CANADA - OCTOBER 31: Justin Abdelkader #8 of the Detroit Red Wings talks with a linesman during a break in game action against the Calgary Flames on October 31, 2009 at the Pengrowth Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The Red Wings defeated the Flames 3-1. (Photo by Dale MacMillan/Getty Images)
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NASCAR season is from February to November.


Baseball season is from March to October.


Hockey season is from October to June.


It's hard to keep up with all three of my favorite sports and the events that occur in each when you mix in the seasons overlapping, the length of the seasons, the amount of games, and life in general.


So when I was recently watching a Red Wings game and had absolutely no clue who the guy in the goal was, I felt like a failure of a fan. I'm used to Conklin in the goal when Osgood is off. Who is this Howard guy?


I went to my resident Red Wings expert and he explained Conklin went to the Blues in the offseason.


Earlier in the spring I was thoroughly confused seeing Jason Giambi on the Rockies. I had just figured out he was on the A's. Granted, these aren't two of my teams, but Giambi is a former Yankee, so I usually know these things.


It took me a while to learn how to spell Teixeira, so he better not leave anytime soon.


Here's my issue.


The hockey offseason is when NASCAR is gearing up for the Chase for the Championship and the Yankees are usually heading towards the World Series.


I don't watch basketball or football, so we're safe there. But it's still a hectic time.


Before I know it, testing is on SPEED TV, I actually watch football playoffs and the Super Bowl, spring training starts, and the cycle begins all over again.


Does it make me a bad fan or a “fair weather” fan as it is sometimes called, if I don't know who's on third or in goal come game time?


It also doesn't help that I live in a city with no sports team and a confusing newspaper to navigate. I learn more at the sports bar in an hour than I do reading the local paper.


So, I made a promise to myself to start keeping up with my favorite teams a bit better.


What happened on the first day?


Matsui went to the Angels, Damon reportedly was in talks with the Mets, Swisher was in a possible trade, and my head nearly exploded.


And each time I actually sit to watch the Red Wings play, someone gets hurt and they bring someone from Kalamazoo or Grand Rapids that I've never heard of up to replace him.


By the time I figure out how to spell Abdelkader right on the first try, he'll probably break his ankle or something.


NASCAR is in the offseason, which is when all the trading and switching happens. Crew Chief Steve Addington was fired from calling the shots for Kyle Busch and hired to lead his brother Kurt Busch.


Jaime McMurray will drive for his former boss Chip Gnassi in the No. 1 with his most recent sponsor Crown Royal switching over to his now-former teammate, Matt Kenseth, still in the No. 17, whose former sponsor DeWalt, left him after a decade.


Before I know it, Chris Osgood will be catching for the Yankees, Derek Jeter will be driving for Hendrick Motorsports, and Brad Keselowski will be playing for the Red Wings.


Actually, come to think of it, that's kind of the coolest thought ever.


Any takers?