Lions and Cowboys and no Bengals, thankfully Senior Profile: Tyler Horsley North Adams sweeps Manchester Cheer Championships Indians face tough test in first pre-season scrimmage Senior Profile: Abby Faulkner Seas reflects on second state tournament experience NA’s Harper signs to continue hoops career at Rio Grande Hendrickson named Assistant Coach of the Year in Division III girls soccer Take the hint, it’s Thanksgiving time again Small Business Saturday in Adams County Art Council’s newest production will have you ‘laughing through your tears’ North Adams students working to help the homeless Grateful Richard A Graham #SawyerStrong Billy L Smalley Wenstrup announces re-election campaign Delta Dental provides two local schools with new drinking fountains Ernie McFarland honored by Ohio Bankers League Veterans Day parade, ceremony held in West Union Adams County schools celebrate Veterans Day Being the change November: As Mr. Seas it Protecting Ohio seniors from rising healthcare costs It’s November-have some soup and pie SHAC Boys Preview is Nov. 24 at Peebles June Hall Alice B Himes Claudia U Mitchell TRAFFIC ALERT: SR 41 restrictions set for Saturday Jewell Foster Senior Profile: Nicholas Fish SHAC Girls Preview set for Nov. 17 Senior Profile: Lakyn Hupp Again, Lady Devils ousted in district finals ‘Lighting the Serpent’ event is being discontinued Voters favor incumbents at the ballot Arts Council dedicates Buzzardroost Rock mural Heroes in disguise Fighting for future generations in OH2 A few puffs of smoke, and a happy ending Lois Wilson Helen M Hesler Jerry L Dickson Ohio’s Traditional Deer-Gun Hunting Season begins Nov. 27 WWII veteran honored in banner raising ceremony Veteran of three wars honored for volunteer work Charlotte Evans Jason A Barr Why we celebrate Manchester man killed in single-car accident Adams County Election Results – 2017 Hubert Knauff To keep or not to keep Time again for the changing of the seasons November proclaimed as Adoption Recognition and Recruitment Month Local business is seven decades old and counting Local student gets Nashville call Senior Profile: Gabe Grooms Lady Indians fall in districts Quest For The Cup complete for Dragons Meeting a true sports hero WU’s McCarty named District Player of the Year With regional run, Pennywitt completes memorable career West Union eighth grade volleyball finishes as SHAC runner-up Senior Profile: Tray Brand Greyhounds drop home finale, finish at 4-6 Lady Devils fall in district semis Devils go down in district finals Matt Seas headed back to State XC Meet Senior Profile: Charlee Louden Lady Indians ousted in sectional final Lady Devils down Minford 4-1 in district semis North Adams volleyball claims fourth consecutive sectional crown Senior Profile: Brooklyn Howlett Afterschool fun begins at NAES Wearing it pink in October Kenneth L Austin Jay E Minnich Reuben E Hershberger Bobby L Williams 18 years just isn’t long enough Emotional, historic, and victorious Taking action against addiction Utilities commission approves DP&L electric security plan What matters and what doesn’t Oh dear, is that a deer? Junior Gaffin Charlotte J Thatcher Matthew D Miller Megan R Phillips Ralph M Swearingen Linda C Ackley Robert Ralston Shelly Seaman Increased access to treatment, Improving economic opportunity keys to combating Ohio’s Opioid Crisis Seas siblings are again SHAC Cross-Country Champions Lady Hounds cruise to sectional victory Senior Profile: Alyssa Hoskins 101 and another sectional championship

Football, not back quite yet…

Woo hoo! Football is back!

Well, not really. It’s just the preseason, but for some reason people really get excited about seeing the only players you’ll see during the 16 games that actually mean something play a couple of snaps and then stand around on the sideline for the remaining 53 minutes of the game.

I get it that people love football. It’s a staple of autumn. High school on Friday nights, college ball all day Saturday, then NFL on Sundays and Mondays.

But why in the world are you excited to see the guys on your team who are about to have their careers ended in just a few days when they’re asked to turn their playbooks in play the guys on their team who are about to have their careers ended in just a few days when they’re asked to turn their playbooks in.

It’s not like college where you might be interested in seeing a group of incoming freshmen play. It’s the NFL. The average career only last about three years in the league anyway. You either perform immediately, or you get cut.

So why do you care about which guy might barely make the team and help serve Gatorade to the starters the rest of the year?

Football isn’t really back. If you don’t care about the outcomes of the games, (and God help you if you do) then football isn’t back yet for a few more weeks. Just hold your horses and watch some baseball or soccer until then.

Don’t confuse this as me saying there shouldn’t be preseason football games, there should. But please, I don’t need to see preseason hype talk all over social media and my sports television stations. There’s nothing to break down. The sample sizes you’re seeing from the starters are far too small to take anything meaningful away from.

In the Green Bay – New England game Aaron Rodgers went 11-for-17 with 117 yards, no touchdowns and was sacked twice. Nobody thinks anything of such a average performance. Because we know Rodgers is great. So why the hype?

Oh! But Jameis Winston had an awful first preseason game. The number one overall pick went 9-for-19 for 131 yards and an interception. What’s the first thing you see about the game on ESPN.com? That Winston had a “rocky” debut.

That’s it! Winston is cursed! He’s awful! He threw 19 passes, which is all we need to see in this day and age where we need constant stimuli. Never mind, Montana or Marino ever having a game where they went 9-for-19.

Just calm down everyone. Your real games will be here soon enough.

Reach Charles Grove at 937-544-2391, cgrove@civitasmedia.com or @WUDefender on Twitter.

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