Football fans, rejoice!
The National Football League delivered a worthy Hall of Fame Game Sunday night that officially brought back America’s favorite sport for the first time since early February.
The six-month wait time seems worth it now as teams continue to line up for pre-season games during the entire month of August.
It’s only the beginning, too. High school football will begin a week later than 2013 as Davis County high schools gear up for their first set of games on Friday, Aug. 22.
The following Saturday, Aug. 30, college football fans will get the first glimpse of their favorite college teams as networks across the U.S. will carry games featuring teams from Alabama, Notre Dame and Utah to teams like Army, Georgia Southern and even Montana.
Football fans can now rejoice for the next six months as games will be everywhere on television on nearly every day of the week.
Who wouldn’t want to have it this way? The NFL as we now know has games on Sunday, Monday and Thursday nearly every week.
College games are still held Saturday’s but has recently stretched itself out to playing Wednesday, Thursday (on rare occasions) and sometimes Fridays as well.
High School games are currently featured Fridays only (unless there’s a school holiday involved) and a couple of local TV channels have taken to airing those games on television too.
In short, there are very few days during the week where there isn’t a football game on somewhere, and that’s just fine by me.
So if you love football as much as I do, here are all the days you have to watch or go to a football game, including which level will or could be on TV during any given week.
Monday: NFL Monday Night Football. Thursday: NFL Thursday Night Football or a college game. Friday: high school football (sometimes on TV, sometimes not). Saturday: college football; you can pick just about any sports channel here and find a college football game, or go to a football game. The options for Utah are endless when it comes to the college ranks.
That leaves Tuesdays and Wednesdays as your “football free” zone, where until late-October baseball can be substituted.
If you don’t like baseball, there are plenty of other options to fill your time with.
Basketball will run its usual summer leagues until that season starts, soccer is seemingly a year-round sport with games played on different levels pretty much daily, and there are lots of different leagues people can participate in.
Me? I’ll be taking up a Wednesday night bowling league with a few friends to fill the void.
Bring on the football! I can’t wait to get the season underway at the high school level.
I hope you share the same enthusiasm I have for one of the best sports in America today.