2018-08-08 / Sports

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Summer is departing – but for good reason
BRANDON POPE

Summertime can be a nice reprieve for people such as myself. Don’t get me wrong, I love my job, but during the school year it can be a bit taxing to say the least. That’s why I enjoy the summer months, but if it must give way to something, I’m glad it’s football season.

I’ve been addicted to football – on basically all levels – since I was about four years old. During the off-season, I get my fix by occasionally watching Arena Football or Canadian Football, and believe it or not, I’m one of the few people looking forward to the return of the XFL.

But of course, the best time of year for football is the fall with high school, college and pro ball all happening at the same time. It often makes for some enjoyable weekends for myself.

They can start off rough, though. I’ve always enjoyed high school football, but it keeps us in the office past midnight on Fridays. Once we get caught up with our work on a Friday night, I often feel as if I may fall asleep at my desk as we await pages to proofread before sending them off to the press.

Once I get in my car, I blare the radio quite loudly to wake myself back up because I have about a half hour drive back to my home in Flint. By the time I get home, I’m so wide awake that I can’t fall asleep for hours, so I often find myself trying to catch highlights of the high school games that I wasn’t assigned to cover that night.

After finally getting some shuteye, I often have to force myself awake for College Game Day as my brother and I prepare to watch every college game we possibly can from noon until about 2 a.m. when the late west coast games come to a close.

That’s really my favorite part of the weekend – relaxation, football, food and a few brews. Obviously, I enjoy watching the National Football League on Sundays, but unless you have RedZone or Sunday Ticket, which I don’t, you’re limited to only one or two games at a time.

With college ball, I have the ability to watch nearly every game in the nation throughout an entire day. I really don’t even have to deal with commercials. If one occurs, I just flip it to the next game.

Even though we have to let the summer depart, football season is worth it. It will contain my attention on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays for the next several months and give me a reason to keep on pushing even as the weather inevitably gets worse.

With high school kicking off in a couple of weeks, we have to start prepping ourselves for those late Fridays soon. It shouldn’t be a problem for me as I’m a bit of a night owl.

This has been a great summer and has flown by, but I’m ready for some gridiron action.

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