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The Football Addict: How to Cope

Every football fan/addict wants one thing… More Football!!!!!

As the regular season gets under way, we get our fill with so many games going on at once, and depending on your TV provider, some are fortunate to be able to watch them all.

PlaymakersWhat about after the final whistle blows? Where do football fans go once the confetti drops at the big game? After the end of the season, we are fortunate enough to be able to talk about the game for a while, and then what the next year has in store. But once everything is said and done, there is a serious lull for football fans. Myself, I also enjoy baseball, so I’m pretty much covered year round.

But what about those that have no desire to see anything other than a pigskin? Where do they turn? It used to be that you were left with serious withdrawals. The letdown of it all, making you disheartened with everything going on in your world.

Addiction is no laughing matter, but football would be an addiction that I don’t think most people would mind. You’re not randomly twitching; you won’t get hassled by the police, and all of your teeth stay in your head.

How do we cope with the lack of football? Simple, we turn to football “related” programming. I use the “” because some of the shows are barely what you would call related.

Here are my top football related programs to help get you through the off season.

1. Playmakers: Simply put, an amazing show. It originally aired on ESPN to serious ratings. Due to the controversial nature of the show it was given the axe.

2. Remember the Titans: Enough said, if you haven’t seen or heard of this movie, you have been living under a rock.

The-League3. The League: This is where the term “related” versus related comes in to play. The show originally aired on FX, but they have moved it to their sister station FXX. The show centers around a group of fantasy football players and the various antics that occur. While there is very little football, there are still the occasional reference and discussions either about the league or how the game of football relates to life. If you need a low-level football fix, this is the show for you.

These shows and a movie, will more than likely be good enough to get you through.

(Protip: watch all of these shows repeatedly, eventually you will get sick of football long enough to survive the off-season until preseason starts.)

Why the NFL’s biggest problem may its own popularity

The saying goes that “any news is good news”.  But when that news becomes players, coaches and owners having legal of health issue in the offseason, could the NFL’s biggest problem be its own popularity?

It has become a widely accepted opinion that football is now the most popular sport in the United States.  Naturally, that means that news outlets are willing to publish anything that has to do with the sport.  Unfortunately, that means that things that wouldn’t interest the public (like personal issues, family problems, etc.) become important topics simply because of the popularity of the individuals involved.

NFL MoneyWhen you add in the fact that by percentage, the NFL has more personnel in legal trouble than any other professional sports league, the NFL has a problem that could be the downfall of the whole league.

The other problem is that players aren’t the only people getting in trouble.  Coaches and even the occasional owner have gotten in the news for all the wrong reasons.  When those in charge and in leadership positions aren’t proving that they deserve to have people look up to them, the league as a whole has an issue that they need to address.

While it would take an additional level of off-the-field drama to truely affect the popularity of the league, there is a spark that could turn into a fire of epic proportions if not addressed soon.  It remains to be seen what direction this issue could take the league.  Because if it’s dealt with the right way, the NFL has the opportunity to be at the top of the sports heap for decades to come.

NBA will never be as popular as the NFL

The NBA will never be as popular as the NFL for several reasons. The biggest reason is that the NFL is king in America. Even if pro football is being a little over shown as Mark Cuban suggests I don’t think the NBA will get close to them in terms of attendance and ratings.

The NFL has true parity and a team in last place in a division can get first place a year later and be Super Bowl contenders. Due the revenue sharing the NFL knows all its small market teams can contend. The NBA is geared towards letting the big market teams win most of the time.

nfldraftVince McMahon of the WWE should really be the NBA Commissioner because it is more sports entertainment these days than a sport. The big stars get the call from the officials and its clear that the ref’s help the teams advance in the playoffs that draw the most fan support.

The NFL draft is a huge ratings boon in itself with millions of football fans studying potential rookies and reading mock drafts. Millions watch the NFL draft on primetime television. The NBA draft is a joke with a lottery to ensure teams don’t tank but they do anyway. The lottery is clearly rigged or else there would a better method of conducting the lottery picks.

While I concede the NBA has the beat athletes in the world they will never be as popular as the NFL Because not enough real sports fans can take the NBA seriously until some major changes are made.