Ryan, Sowards lead Lady Indians to easy win in season opener, 57-36 over Felicity Senior Profile: Wes Hayslip Justice off to hot start at VSU County boys’ squads on display in annual SHAC Preview Night ‘Operation Christmas Child’ collects 1,707 shoe boxes for needy children Two animal cruelty cases investigated in Adams County DP&L considers closing power-generating plants in county Holiday spirit makes an early appearance in Adams County Chester A Mann Jeffrey A Daley Sr Michael G Tincher DAR sponsors Good Citizen Award Ohio’s young hunters harvest nearly 6,000 deer during Youth Gun Season Senior Profile: Kayle Thomas Helen N Hiestand Rev Walter R Egnor Sr Betty Beam Jamie L Corrill Jeffrey L Heppard Edsel L Massey Jr It is time to stop and take time to give thanks on a special day Another year to be very thankful for Senior Profile: Savannah McCoy McCoy signs to continue golf career at SSU North Adams hosts SHAC Girls Preview DAR commemorates 50th anniversary of Vietnam War Historical Society honors veterans Star Wars routine leads Fancy Free Cloggers to ‘America’s Got Talent’ A Day at the Opera Eagle Creek draws community to Thanksgiving celebration Ward ekes out victory over Worley in county commissioner race Mary A Garman Ronald L Palmer Joseph S McClanahan II Emma O Hayslip Devils slip by Georgetown in Foundation Game Hupp, Hunter, Wolke named OSSCA Second Team All-State Senior Profile: Kain Turner Lady Devils romp in Foundation Game Oh, those aromas coming from Mom’s kitchen What Became My Biggest Project Deer gun season set to begin ‘Trees to Textbooks’ shares revenues with local schools and communities BREAKING NEWS Winchester’s Baxter wins Miss Ohio USA 2017 pageant Genny Elkins Pauline S Stevenson Donald E Lewis Sr Charlotte R Seaman Ruth Prater Bennie Skaggs Gertrude Swayne West Union High School hosts impressive Veterans Day ceremonies Peebles Elementary hosts ceremony to honor local veterans Duke Energy exits Killen and Stuart Plants GE Aviation hosts annual Veterans Day celebration Senior Profile: Logan Gordley Jeffrey A Brown Sr Peebles Library welcomes local author and survivor on Nov. 19 Homer C Eldridge Robert W Schomberg One Commissioner race too close to call in unofficial count Voters approve majority of county levies on Tuesday’s election ballot NAES Sixth Graders practice the democratic process Honoring one who gave the ‘last full measure of devotion’ Overcoming adversity, veteran of Iraq War opens local business Senior Profile: Ben Figgins Senior Profile: Macy Mullenix SHAC Basketball Previews are set for Nov. 18 and 25 Trio of local golfers finish careers with trip to the highest level of high school competition Peebles sophomore Jenny Seas finishes sixth in OHSAA state cross-country meet Upset win sends Trump to the White House ACRMC awarded plaque for 50 years of service Peebles Elementary releases Honor Roll for First Nine Week Grading Period BREAKING ELECTION NEWS! Senior Profile: Jordyn Kell Orlie H Kirker Military homecoming at NAES Second half spells doom as Greyhounds fall to Hillcrest 42-12 in finale Senior Profile: Sarah McFarland WU’s Horton will continue golf career at SSU Lady Devils’ season ends in heartbreak with 3-2 loss in District championship battle Christine R. Ritchey Operation Christmas Child begins Nov. 14 Mental Health levy on tomorrow’s ballot Wanda L. Nixon David Rogers Robert “Bobby” Leonard Keneth Waters Commissioner Worley seeks re-election Republican challenger vies for Commissioner’s seat Charles Cooper Thelma J White Kayleigh L Crothers AEP Ohio employees support Breast Cancer Awareness Month WUHS holds annual Beta Club and Honor Society inductions When Saturday mornings belonged to the kids of the house Senior Profile: Gloria Purdin Green-White Night, OHSAA Meeting at WUHS on Nov. 9
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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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