Manchester grad enjoys a “Super” Experience Taking Adams County patriotism to the state capitol John P Sininger Jo Ann Hayslip Harvey U Schrock Eunice G. Burgess Senior Profile: Kaulen St Michael Cox Racing returns to Brushcreek on April 2 Southern Hills Athletic Conference holds Winter Sports Awards ceremony Adams County provides multiple walking venues Adams County parks are tobacco-free Rhoads Memorial 5K Run/Walk is April 9 Peebles Elem. Staff of the Month Floyd E Maddy Raymond A Holt Derrick Poe Spencer E McFarland Mintie F Rogers Roberta Eylar Big Time Wrestling coming to NAHS Carl Tomlin CTC students help with storm clean-up Opening the door for high-tech jobs Jack R Slyger Thomas Stratton Jr Eastern Lady Warriors headed to Final Four Senior Profile: Logan Rogers Southern Hills Athletic Conference names 2016-17 All-Conference Basketball Teams Winchester PD continues assault on drugs Alonso joins Defender staff Sheriff to set up outpost in Manchester Johnson named OEDA Membership Chairperson Sherman E Young Ruth Jackman ‘Kitten Season’ comes to Ohio Manchester Council votes to disband PD Olde Wayside Inn under new management Two overdose on heroin Senior Profile: Ethan Parrett Adams/Brown Youth League holds postseason tourney Three nights of pain Furious rally falls short, Lady Devils again eliminated in Div. III district finals, 45-42 Oscar Moore Barbara J Finnegan Ohio Senate and House honor Miss Ohio USA Michael Eldridge Frances Towner Thelma R Williamson BREAKING NEWS: Manchester council votes to eliminate police department Before all dogs go to heaven Adaptive Bikes delivered in Adams County Adams County Junior Fair Market Hog Identification plans announced for 2017 Local couple takes ownership of two local businesses Jo Hanson to retire after nearly 50 years in banking Sierra Club, hero or villain? Greyhounds, Devils are runners-up in SHAC Tournaments Harold L Purdin Senior Profile: Jacob Wickerham 98-year old author publishes first book Early March storm packs destructive punch Jeeps rally in second half to end the Peebles season How about some post season awards? Thanks for all the great sports coverage PHS Principal hopes to expand students’ world view When spring becomes a promise Greg Lorenz Clay shoots the lights out, shoots down Greyhounds’ season Senior Profile: Savannah McFarland Devils put up a good fight, but fall to Portsmouth in sectional final, 50-43 Second half comeback sends Lady Devils to district finals for third straight year Butts honored by Southeast District Athletic Board North Adams Elementary holds Random Acts of Kindness Week Chester W Eyre BREAKING NEWS: March makes its entrance with force WUES kicks off Right to Read Week with guest readers WUHS students see Aronoff show on the life of Edgar Allan Poe Local high school seniors winners of Wendy’s Heisman Awards The emotions of a senior year Market Hog Clinic scheduled for March 4 Venture Hawks fall to Scioto County Senior Profile : Colton Thornburg Lady Dragons’ season ends with sectional loss to Lynchburg Devils advance in tourney with convincing win over West Union, will face Portsmouth for sectional title Wenstrup selected as Vice Chairman of House Armed Services Military Personnel Subcommittee Adams County 4-H Shooting Sports to hold fund raiser Linda M Howland Nellie B Hayslip Russell E Bailey Gladys M Perdue Commissioners meet in Columbus with DP&L CEO Tom Raga Missing the Dirtrollers The farms that aren’t forgotten Flora Hilderbran Commissioners to meet with DP&L officials New state graduation requirements called a ‘train wreck’ Catching up with Keller Senior Profile: Justin Knechtly Piketon size is too much for Lady Indians, Peebles falls in sectional finals Greyhounds grab Senior Night win Indians finish regular season riding six-game winning streak

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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