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College football 2012: welcome, and enjoy

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It’s here, you guys.

Okay, almost here. You’re going to have to wait a tad longer until South Carolina and Vanderbilt kickoff at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN. But congratulations on being patient. It’s been a long eight months and I don’t know how many days since Alabama hoisted the Coaches’ Trophy in New Orleans, signifying not only the Crimson Tide’s second BCS championship in three years, but the end of the 2011-12 college football season.

What’s happened between then and now hasn’t been easy for anybody.

Oh, who are we kidding? It’s sucked.

It used to be that summer was meant for player arrests (which it still is), and more recently, conference realignment rumors (which there still are). Instead, the Jerry Sandusky trial, Freeh report and subsequent NCAA action against Penn State dominated sports talk.

We know many of you didn’t look forward to hearing about the Penn State mess on a daily basis, but it was without a doubt the biggest sports-related story of the year. One without winners, without a good ending.

The arrival of Hurricane Isaac is also rude evidence that there are things in this world bigger than football. As we all enjoy an exciting college football weekend, maybe take a moment or two to keep those in the Gulf States in your thoughts. They’re dealing with far greater problems than a fan whose team is trailing in the fourth quarter.

Sandusky, Isaac… in their own ways, they serve as reminders that football is just a game.

But it is a game we love, and today is a day for celebrating. It’s a time for sitting in your favorite chair (or your favorite bar) with a cold one and enjoying what we hope brings you to this site often.

For one night — one of many to come — we can just watch football.

Or, perhaps you’re not interested in any games tonight because you’re waiting for your favorite team to play this weekend. That’s groovy too. Wherever you watch, whenever you watch, however you watch, why you watch – we don’t care. We’re just glad you chose to spend time with us.

Enjoy the games, everyone.  We’ll talk with you soon.

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7 Responses to “College football 2012: welcome, and enjoy”
  1. ancientcougar says: Aug 30, 2012 7:06 PM

    Best “Play of the Day”.

  2. emeraldcityfan says: Aug 30, 2012 8:46 PM

    Looking forward to see Mike Leach’s first game as Wazzu’s head coach tonight. Should be a fun ride. Go Cougs and here’s to a great college football season!

  3. indywvu says: Aug 30, 2012 9:55 PM

    You stolded my thunder, emeraldcityfan! I’m excited to see what they can do. They are almost 2 TD dogs I see…interesting…

  4. raysfan1 says: Aug 30, 2012 10:35 PM

    All of the extraneous excrement also crowded out some of the preseason previews.

  5. sportsdrenched says: Aug 31, 2012 9:41 AM

    I actually skipped last night for some minor league baseball. However, there are 18 hours of games tomorrow. And that’s the great thing about college football. There’s more than you could possibly get to on a Saturday, but there’s only 14 of those Saturdays…so don’t waste them.

  6. dmvtransplant says: Aug 31, 2012 11:53 AM

    For some of us the only sport we look forward to is College Football season it’s the best 4-5 months of the year.

  7. tigersgeaux says: Sep 1, 2012 9:10 PM


    This gives some of us a pleasant distraction from the difficulty we are facing daily here in south Louisiana. All our LSU tickets for tonights game was purchased with a premimum donation included from some good fans in Baton Rouge, so it is a blessing for my family and relatives and friends all to gather at my house tonight and watch the LSU game on ESPNU.

    I am so glad college football season has begun that if it weren’t for this hurricane and flooding, I would be giddy!

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