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It's Time for some Real Football Now

The anticipation for this upcoming football season has been the most maddening it's been in recent memory. You can make the case that there have been other years when there was more excitement for a season to start, but this one's been frustrating, due to this year's role of preseason. This has been the year where I actually sat around and not only watched preseason games, but watched them well into the second half, and while it serves as a sign that the season is right around the corner, it really makes me wish the season would just start right now.

There’s only so much preseason a football fan can take. For starters, you’re not going to be able to see the first-team the entire game, and if you’re lucky, you might be able to catch them for a half. Sure, it gives you a chance to see everybody play, but you also see players battling to make the team that may not even be there when the season starts. There’s only so much that I wanna see of players who are more than likely to find themselves on the practice squad or the waiver wire, as opposed to being on a team on opening weekend. After a while, the desire to see Ray Lewis tackle somebody, or Randy Moss beat someone for a TD, and Adrian Peterson truck someone down the field takes precedence over three guys who I have little-to-no idea about who they are.

The injury bug is even worse. Personally, it's bitten my Cowboys more than I’d care to see. We’ve seen two offensive lineman get hurt, as well as our back-up tight end. It wouldn’t be far-fetched to see instances from other fans about their favorite team suffering key injuries right now as well. Anytime a starter gets hurt during preseason, it’s one of the more frustrating sights, because you know it doesn’t have to happen. It’s just preseason! With all the cats looking to make a team, the last thing you want to see is someone you’re counting on to get hurt and have to miss time. Shoot, as much as I loved seeing Eli Manning get yulled on about a week or so ago, the fact that it was in the preseason wasn’t ideal at all.

On top of these two factors, there’s also the hardcore, straight-to-the-point, 100% truth: preseason’s just boring. It’s boring as hell, and after two games, there’s really not much else for me to see. Sure, it’s selfish on my part, but I’d rather us hurry up and get on with the real stuff. As I said earlier, I’m a Cowboys fan. Due to my anticipation for football season, I’ve watched all three Cow preseason games. The Cows haven’t been able to move the ball worth a damn the entire time, and honestly, this is something I wouldn’t have noticed in year’s past, simply because I barely watched preseason football at all. Sure, there are some fans who can say “calm down; it’s just preseason,” but if preseason is a precursor to what lies ahead, then my ‘Boys are gonna be in a world of trouble this season, at least offensively.

September 9th can’t get here soon enough. On that night, we’ll get to see Lorenzo Favre and the Vikings square off against Drew Brees and the Saints, and it’ll be in a game where everyone is playing, and the stakes are high. Even though it’s right around the corner, it still seems so far away. Once it gets here, plenty of fans will be more than thrilled, but until then, we just have to find a way to ride this thing out.

Be easy.
-K. Masenda
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