North Adams High School holds annual Homecoming ceremonies Six workers injured in power plant explosion Commissioners hold proclamation ceremony for 4-H Week Senior Profile: Shyanne Tucker Coach Young Classic is Saturday at NAHS Helen Kerr Anna L DeMint The garden that got us through the winter months Virginia L Fricker JV Devils top Northwest 51-34 Senior Profile: Caitlin Young North Adams moves to 7-5 with 16-point Homecoming win over Northwest Held to a higher standard Claudia J Purtee Shaylee E Prewitt Questions still linger in Stuart explosion Richard Holsinger J Ruth Madden Frank E Swayne Robert Bechdolt Sara D Hatfield Barbara Goodwin Jeffrey Frederick Grace E Myers Johnny A Sullender Sr. Senator Joe Uecker sworn-in for second term Wenstrup sworn in for third term in House Ronald L Chochard Patrick P Clift Samuel W Freeland Senior Profile: Casey Mullenix Lady Dragons win ugly, taking Classic consolation game over Manchester, 48-45 Greyhounds roll by West Union to take Classic consolation game, 82-58 History made as Ward takes oath of office Peter A Bennington Tangela R King McDonald’s Classic crowns 2016 champions MVP Arey leads Peebles to McDonald’s Classic title, Indians outlast North Adams 82-76 in double overtime thriller Lady Devils get Classic three-peat, make it 10 of 11, 14 titles for Coach Davis Senior Profile: Raegan Dick Teaching students the power of giving Kids at Children’s Home gifted with shopping spree Marion Liming Dorothy Huff John R Murphy Michael L McAninch Rita Rogers Edward L Combs Ronald W Staggs Mary H Grooms Gladys Wilson Donald Barnhill Monda Van Vorren Deborah Spires Senior Profile: Andre Wolke Indians pull away in second half, get past Manchester 71-58 in Classic semis On home floor, Lady Indians move to Classic title game North Adams handles West Union, Devils move to Classic finals with 68-53 victory Lady Devils roll into Classic championship Beth E Rowley Leatrice Lewis Senior Profile: Justin Aldridge Mary Helterbridle Wanda Huffman PES Performing Arts entertains at Hometown Christmas Adams County Manor sends holiday wishes Peebles Lions Club hosts Christmas breakfast Elusive Elf on a Shelf makes a return visit to PES Santas in blue spread Christmas cheer in a very special way Senior Profile: Aubrey McFarland WUHS holds Hall of Fame induction ceremonies WUHS Academic Team has undefeated season Serving those who served their country From Pearl Harbor to ‘America’s Got Talent’, 93-year-old WWII vet is still going strong Yester Years brings a touch of old to the new Merry Christmas to you all North Adams Elementary announces Spelling Bee winners Peebles High School hosts Homecoming ceremonies Children in need receive gifts at PES Adams County Manor holds annual Door Decorating Contest WUHS celebrates with numerous Christmas activities Halftime lead quickly vanishes, Dragons fall to Northwest 73-62 in Saturday night non-conference match up Tammy S Scott Oscar Hilterbrandt Neil R Swayne Beulah M Daniels McDonald’s Classic begins Dec. 27 Letters to Santa Senior Profile: Tyler Swearingen Leadership Adams donates to local outreach programs North Adams student/athletes are part of Holiday Sharing Event Senior Profile: Kylie Lucas West Union Elementary holds Academic Fair on Dec. 2 WUES holds annual Spelling Bee NAHS Art students help out the Humane Society Peebles Elementary announces Spelling Bee winners CTC FCCLA / Culinary Arts class holds Cancer Awareness Drive Amen receives Distinguished Service Award ‘Tis the season for family-past, present, and future MHS Computer Class aces MOS Exam

The never ending drama

Even though there was a college football game last Saturday between Montana and North Dakota State (which was fantastic by the way), this Saturday marks the start for most other teams in college football and I couldn’t be more excited.

Even better, college football won’t be overshadowed by the NFL this Sunday since their regular season doesn’t start yet. We get to have a weekend of football and not be inundated with constant fantasy updates and worrying about ball pressure PSI or which NFL star was arrested this week.

The NFL is just getting to be too much for me. Most of the news stories aren’t even related to football. You’ve got the Tom Brady/NFL legal drama, the Greg Hardy situation where he was alleged to have strangled his girlfriend while threatening to kill her, the Ray Rice video, the Adrian Peterson saga, what Johnny Manziel is doing to “mature” and this is all after Michael Sam has been cut from the league, so we’re not talking about the culture of a NFL locker room anymore.

The second news headline on the NFL section right now on ESPN.com is about Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III and whether or not he “liked” a picture on Instagram that took a shot at his own team. That’s what the “Worldwide Leader in Sports” is making millions discussing.

And yet, the NFL is more popular than ever. Tom Brady’s jersey sales have never been higher. NFL ratings are through the roofs, preseason attendance is high, and NFL games seem to be played every day of the week now except Friday.

So here’s the conclusion I derive from that. The NFL is the equivalent of the soap operas your wife watches. It’s pretty much exactly the same thing, and you eat it up just like she does.

There’s months of NFL Draft drama about who teams are going to pair themselves up with, just like the decision that’s been played out on every soap opera ever about which guy the damsel in distress should choose to be with, even though most of the times it never works out for both parties in both the soap opera or the NFL team. But then it gets even juicer because then you get to watch the breakup.

Tim Tebow is the polarizing new character that speaks his mind and has a ton of confidence, despite being pretty much inept at everything he tries to do, but that doesn’t stop him, and it doesn’t stop you from watching either.

Bill Belichick is the grumpy old rich man who is angry he’s not getting what he wants and is feeling unfairly treated from an outside source ,even though he has a history of cheating.

And yet, come Week One, you’re going to grab some food, drinks and sit down with your buddies in front of the television mesmerized by what the next chapter is going to be. How does Jameis Winston perform in Tampa? Does he perform poorly and get booed? What does Tony Romo finally do this season? You can’t wait to find out. Just make sure you don’t miss it and have to watch the mini-version of the game online to get caught up so you don’t have any spoilers.

Reach Charles Grove at 937-544-2391 or cgrove@civitasmedia.com.

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