Facebook – a growing marketplace for local entrepreneurs When kids know best Giving some love to those dog days Junior Fair BBQ again a big success Beulah B James Senior Profile: Josie Myers Lady Indians place second at Ohio Classic in Hillsboro MVCA dominates Greyhounds in 45-0 triumph For Lady Devils, SHAC streak goes to 55 matches 9/11: Sixteen years later Gertrude Gibson Defender Bowl coming Sept. 16 Joyce A Walker Virginia R Young Senior Profile: Abby Campton West Union hosts 2017 Dragon Run New gridiron history begins for Peebles Trout, fire, and blueberry fields forever Senior Profile: Baylee Justice Lady Devils win SHAC thriller at Eastern Brown From Blue Creek to the Beaneaters Tough loss for Greyhounds in season opener Turning tragedy into hope What we learn from failure Absolutely had to get the wrinkles out Frances S Kidder Leo Trotter 41st Bentonville Festival set to begin Sept. 8 Winchester celebrates its history during three-day street fair Cruisefest returning to streets of Peebles Blue Creek- a community in transition honors its history and heritage Cuteness Galore – Winchester Homecoming Festival Baby Show Ronnie L Day Cast your vote for the Adams County Fairgrounds Nelson E Atkinson Ryan L Colvin Richard Tackett William L Tadlock Penny Pollard Wendell Beasley West Union soccer drops pair at Mason County Lady Indians go down in straight sets Senior Profile: Michael Gill Senior Profile: Katie Sandlin Royals dominate in big win over North Adams Dragons continue County Cup domination Archaeology Day returns to Serpent Mound Hourglass Quilt Square is back up again Manchester family hosts International Guests History, farming, and family- the bedrock of Cherry Fork’s community Bus drivers, emergency responders prepare for coming school year Working up a real good sweat What’s behind the motive? Rondal R Bailey Jr Thelma J Yates She’s all grown up now Scott A Yeager Soccer talent on display at 2017 SHAC preview Baseball community mourns the loss of Gene Bennett Winchester Homecoming Festival is Aug 25-27 Eleanor P Tumbleson Felicity man killed in Ohio River boating accident WUHS golfers take Portsmouth Invitational It was pretty cold that day Volleyball kicks off with SHAC Preview Night Young awarded Women’s Western Golf Foundation Scholarship One Mistake Senator Portman visits GE Test Facility in Peebles Adams County school districts facing some major challenges for the coming year Family, friends, and roots: the ties that bind residents of one Adams County village What is your strength? Just the chance to take a look back Ronnie L Wolford Dale J Marshall Herbert Purvis Great American Solar Eclipse coming Aug. 21 BREAKING NEWS: West Union wins fifth consecutive County Cup Wallace B Boden John L Fletcher Lady Indians golfers learning the links North Adams, West Union golfers open 2017 seasons This Labor Day, ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ Blanton announces candicacy for Court of Appeals Local student attends Congress of Future Medical Leaders MHS welcomes new principal Made in America When it feels like you’re spinning plates Bonfires and “building” a farm Lady Devils looking to take that next step 50 years of Bengal memories Ag Society delivers donation to Dragonfly Foundation Young Memorial Scholarship awarded to a pair of local seniors ‘Musical passion is in his blood’ Naylor named NAHS Principal Boldman retiring after 17 years as Homeless Shelter director Manchester concludes another River Days celebration Drug Treatment vs. Prison James R Brown Bobby Lawler Jr Adams County man charged with killing estranged girlfriend

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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