A Light at The End of The College Football-Less Tunnel

Damon YoungCorrespondent IIJuly 26, 2009

TUSCALOOSA, AL - NOVEMBER 29:  Wide receiver Julio Jones #8 of the Alabama Crimson Tide leaps over a tackle attempt by safety Zac Etheridge #4 and defensive back Walter McFadden #6 of the Auburn Tigers at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 29, 2008 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Alabama defeated Auburn 36-0.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)

With less than two months to go until the start of the college football season, I’m starting to get excited.

Of course, that just makes the next 40+ days that much more excruciating. How can I pass the time?

There’s Major League Baseball, but I’m a Baltimore Orioles fan and I believe by following them right now, I could be indicted by the government for practicing self-torture.

You can always go to Notre Dame message boards and ridicule their fans for claiming, once again, that THIS is in fact THE year.

If you live in Big 10 country, like I do, well… never mind, that’s just too easy a target.

How about creating an entire college football Saturday in the summer? When your neighbors look at you funny for hanging 10 Alabama flags off your back porch, blaring the sounds of The Million Dollar Band, grilling those Dreamland ribs you had shipped to your home (I plan ahead for my fake Saturdays), you can just tell to them that the Alabama-Auburn game is on later today. Don’t explain; just keep going about your business.

Is your fridge fully stocked with adult beverages? My weapon of choice is Yuengling Lager and guess what Alabama people, this excellent Pennsylvania beer is available in the Heart of Dixie, so what are you waiting for?

Pop in that DVD, sit back, dig into those ribs, and try not to shed a tear as you hear that SEC on CBS music, “ DAAA-DA-DA-DAAA-DA-DA-DA-DAAAAA”.

Now some people, my wife included, would call this behavior insane, but we all know that it’s just being a truly dedicated fan: the kind of fan Nick Saban won’t yell at for any certain bowl game losses.

Besides that, college football is our drug of choice and no amount of recruiting commitment updates, pre-season top 25 polls, YouTube clips, or Lane Kiffin blunders will be enough to quench this summer drought thirst.

You tell me if you don’t stand up and cheer again when you see Greg McElroy throw a perfect 34-yard touchdown strike to Marquis Maze to cap off a 36-0 Iron Bowl victory.

Another great choice would be putting the first half of the Georgia game on repeat. Nothing brings a smile to my face than seeing the looks on UGA fans' faces as their precious blackout becomes a blowout in front of their eyes.

Auburn fans, pop in that '08 Mississippi State game and watch that electrifying 35-yard field goal by Wes Byrum en route to a historical 3-2 victory.

So try it out, have a college football Saturday in the summer. Invite friends over and have a blast. The season is coming and together we can all make it through these difficult times.


The latest in the sports world, emailed daily.