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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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Charles Grove

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