Oh happy day!…Training camp

I thought it would never get here.  I am now officially off suicide watch since the agreement was reached. No, it is not the agreement about the Nation’s debt ceiling.  I couldn’t bear to go through the fall and dark days of winter without it. .. The NFL.

 These lazy hot days of summer and lull in professional sports, forces us to turn to alternatives.  You might say what about baseball, well as we all know, the pennant race doesn’t really start for another few weeks.  In the mean time, we have had to resorted to things like the Coney Island hot dog eating contest, Wimbledon, competitive swimming, women’s soccer, X games and golf without Tiger (though Rory was a good substitute).  Reruns of the Real Housewives of New Jersey are a good substitute for banter weight boxing and steel cage matches…anything to get our fix. 

As congress stumbles, spars and mud slings over the debt ceiling (they might want to take a few lessons from Roger Goodell and company, granted it took them forever), we are more interested in the latest on the free agency and various NFL team’s trade strategies as they trade up or down in some cases on an hourly basis.

 We can’t help but check ESPN q 15 mins to find out what new drama is unfolding.  One over lying theme is that the bad boys, the drama makers, as usual, are the ones that get the most press. No doubt, Belichick will have his hands full to say the least starting with the trade of Haynesworth who was nothing but trouble for the Redskins (both on and off the field), looking for a home in New England….well, first he has to pass the conditioning test, which he managed to flunk in DC last year on more than one occasion.  Ochochinco…when not on reality TV with TO or showing us his footwork (DWTS) on and off the field will try to show us that he can still muster a productive season.  Speaking of TO, I am sure we have not heard the last of him.  He will manage to turn up somewhere…He is like the Waldo of the NFL.  Oh wait a minute that is Brett.

 It is also interesting how we as sports fans are very forgiving.  If you’re an exceptional athlete with pure natural talent, get in trouble with the law, and pay your debt to society, you’ll find your way back into the NFL and likely in a starting position.  Case in point..The Eagles’s slick trade of Kolb sealing the fate of Vick as the undisputed starter. Plaxico Burress, the gun totting receiver, likely will sign with his old team the Steelers (reunited with Hines Ward and Randle El) or if notNew Yorkis interested.  Vince Young.. Does he really want to play? Ask Jeff Fisher. He will back up Mike Vick…  The new bad boys of Broad Street.

 And then there is Peyton.  The antithesis..  How rare to see an unselfish athlete when it comes to salaries or play for that matter. Though when you are making that much what is a few million among friends.  If we can believe what he says (and no reason to question), he asked for less money in order to free up funds to re-sign some of his fellow players. Admirable gesture by a team player.  He wants to play and comes ready to win.

 Soon we can stop that channel flipping; there will be scrimmaging and pre-season before we know it.  The scrabble to construct our fantasy football teams is upon us.  We will soon be obsessing over our line ups each week.  Smash Mouth Diva strategizing on ways to beat The Man Show..

 With this insufferable heat, watching clips of training camps is like a cool summer breeze.  We can get some respite from this heat by just thinking of images of the frozen tundra of Green Bay or the Steel City with their rabid fans waving those terrible towels as they exhale smoke in the frigid night air.  Relief is in sight..…I am no longer on one to one watch…Football is here…It will be cool soon.

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