Seven Things To Do Without the NFL

Missing from the news that the National Football League is planning for a shortened season is the utter lack of outrage emanating from the general public.

I get that football is king, but this is no monarchy. You won’t lose your head for speaking out against this game, yet, so many fans and media act walk on eggshells.

I blame ESPN.

If this were the National Hockey League, SportsCenter would be running daily NHL Deathwatch 2011 updates,  but since the league acts more like a PR firm for the NFL, we won’t see any real questions being posed any time soon. The station understands how much money they stand to lose if there is no football in 2011. (How’s that for journalistic integrity?) The closer we get to the beginning of training camp, the closer we get to football getting pushed back or canceled.

In light of this, I give you seven things you can do this fall if there is no football on television.

7. Follow the English Premier League. You want passion? Done. You want fanaticism? Here you go. Unparalleled history? Mark it down. If  you get Fox Soccer Channel, they air games most Saturdays and Sundays. The best part is the games only last two hours, so you can watch early and get on with your day. (Did I mention there are ties? I love ties.)

6. Read a book. Here are some suggestions: “The Bad Guys Won”, “Boys Will Be Boys”, and “Columbine”, just to name a few.

5. Prepare your lawn for winter. You can pay somebody to aerate your lawn, but with all of the free time you have, go out and rent an aerator and do it yourself.

4. Start reading DC Comics again. In late August, DC Comics will re-boot their entire universe, going to back to #1 issues for all of their titles. This is an ideal time to get back on that train if you’ve been meaning to.

3. Do that thing you’ve been meaning to do. We all have something that we’ve always wanted to do, whether it’s write a book or clean out the closet. Take the time you would spend watching football to start a project. You’ll be amazed how great you feel when you make a dent in it.

2. Save money. Now that there might be no football, you don’t have to worry about saving up for your fantasy league’s $500 entry fee, nor do you have to fret over having enough money to go to the bar with your boys on Monday nights. May I suggest starting an emergency fund?

1. Just live, man! A lot of people who devote entire Sundays to football, gorging themselves on the game like Homer Simpson at an all-you-can-eat buffet, cannot be bothered to pry themselves away from the TV until the Sunday night game is over. To that I ask, “Why?” What is so compelling about the game that forces you to block 17 Sundays per year? And don’t give me the answer that “it’s football!” That isn’t good enough. Take this free time to go out and explore the world. (And, re-connect with your Football Widow wife.)

I know there are probably more things you can if there is no football this fall. Leave those suggestions in the comments.

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