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From the sidelines: Meanwhile in those ‘other’ sports
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Shane Gillet
Shane Gillet

Kick off to high school football is already old news.

Week Three of that season is already upon us, and many college football teams started their respective seasons this past Saturday.

With the National Football League getting its season underway Thursday night, all the talk of the drafts and preseason play and roster cuts is now over.

Which means there’s nothing else to watch on TV or to attend to but football from now until early February.  

I mean, what else could there possibly be going on in the world of sports besides football from high school to the professional leagues?

Well, let’s have a look.

Today, Sept. 4, shows a bunch of soccer games in the state just as the first half of region play is about to wrap up and teams are beginning to jockey for a spot in the playoffs.

There aren’t any games in Major League Soccer, but a match between Real Salt Lake and FC Dallas kicks off Saturday as our own team still battles for a playoff spot.

Then there’s this one sport called Major League Baseball. You know, the one that starts in March and doesn’t end until mid-to-late October, or until approximately half of the NFL season has come and gone?

There’s still an entire month’s worth of baseball games until the postseason begins, and watching the races develop into something more still has me tuning in to watch my favorite team as much as I can.

So what am I getting at, exactly? That just because football season has started across the country that we’re adept to paying attention to football and only football from now to February, and that all of the other sports out there in the world will undoubtedly take a back seat the phenomenon that is football as a whole?

Um ... yes, yes I am.

Football is the one and only sport almost every American celebrates like a national holiday. Back when I was young and the season started on Sunday, the celebration mechanic of it was down played by the fact that people went to church, held barbecues for something other than the beginning of the season, and then sat down to watch a couple games before going to sleep.

As the past couple of seasons have now kicked off Thursday, the beginning of football has taken to the forefront of sport as a whole. “Look at me,” it says, without any regard to the other sports happening across the country.

Yes I love football and I’m excited it’s back, but it hasn’t been the only thing I’ve thought about since the last game was played in February.

In the time between that game and the start of high school football I’ve seen the Summer Olympics, the World Cup, the Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game, all four of the Major’s on the PGA Tour, the beginning of baseball season, the end of high school sports, and so on.

There is and always will be something to follow while football is still going, and there will also be other sports to follow long after the football season on all levels comes to a close.

What I’m asking sports fans to do is this: celebrate the fact that football has begun, but don’t forget all the other action that’s starting to wind down.

If you do, you might miss something pretty incredible. 


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