NFL Lockout: Top 5 Ways to Entertain Yourself in Case Games are Missed
If there is indeed a God or some higher being, than our prayers and wishes will be granted, and there will indeed be a 2011 NFL season.
BUT, things don't always turn out the way we want and expect (see also: 2011 NCAA Final Four), and so we have to make the best of things. There is almost always a replacement to something: fake Rolex's, iPhones from Japan—whatever it is, there's an alternative.
And by no means is there a lack of quality entertainment to distract you from the sorrow of a lost NFL season.
Ah, the good ol' American sport.
Nothing screams, "US of A" more than driving fast in a continuous circle. You have everything that our country is based on: beer, women and cars. Maybe throw in an apple pie stand or two, and we're set.
Seriously though, NASCAR was one of the fastest growing sports as recently as 2006, but then due to lack of interest, a long season and domination by a one Jimmie Johnson, everybody above the Bible Belt stopped tuning in. It may be turning around this season though with 20 year-old Trevor Bayne's Daytona 500 win.
Interest may be peaking once more, especially if there is a lockout.
Do it for Dale.
It seems almost blasphemous putting the "other" football on this list, but hey, the sport is pretty damn entertaining (0-0 scores non-withstanding).
The world's sport has been rising in popularity among Americans lately, and what better time to watch it when the greatest sport in America is out of commission?
MLS soccer will be going on until late October if you want to support el futbol on the home front. Or if you want to dive headfirst into the action, the UEFA Europa League kicks off in late June and doesn't end until May 2012, giving you more than enough games to choose from until they figure out the CBA. You can admire the intelligence and athleticism of the game, while also having fun trying to pronounce the names of the players (Zlatan Ibrahimovic anyone?).
America's pastime, the sport of our forefathers, pass me some peanuts and cracker jacks, etc. You get the point.
When football season starts, baseball season is heating up, heading toward the World Series in October. While the average attention span finds it hard to handle watching an entire game, this is when players actually start to mean business, and things start to get interesting.
For me, I tend to ignore baseball as a whole until the postseason starts. I then quickly figure out which team annoys me the least, then proceed to root for them. You can call it "bandwagoning," I call it a "no-strings attached" relationship.
2. UFL/College/High School Football
The simplest, yet most preferable alternative.
Why go through the trouble of replacing football when you have three alternatives to football right in front of you?
The NCAA is going to be thrilled if there's no season. Can you imagine their ratings? It's going to be like living with a bunch of crack addicts and being the only dealer in the town.
Yes, I compared football to crack, and really, is it that wrong?
But I digress. College has always had more entertaining storylines than the NFL, such as will he be able to translate to the pro game, will they really be able to pull off the upset, is his dad earning $5,000 for every touchdown he scores—so many questions, so little answers.
High school football, in my opinion, is the most emotional and purest form of football out there. Most of these kids will never have the chance to play a sport, any sport, again after their high school careers, and they give it their all on the field every Friday. It's not as intense as "Friday Night Lights", but hey, you can't have it all. The tickets go by cheap, and if you're lucky enough to be living in a football town, then you're truly missing out if you aren't in attendance.
As for the UFL, why not? Contrary to popular belief, this is still entertaining football, and while it's only broadcast on HDNet, Versus and online, slowly but surely the league is gaining fans. It's a last-ditch effort for some to become football stars, and once again, it's football.
1. Pray and Beg for an NFL Season
...like you weren't going to do it anyway.