Anyone remember the commercial from an office supply store where children are glum while parents are excited because it’s back to school time? The song sings in the background, "It’s the most wonderful time of the year," while the parents get the supplies needed for school.
Remember the feeling on Christmas morning when you are a child? Getting that one toy you drooled over in the catalog for 6 months? Yes, I’m dating myself. When I was a child we had catalogs, not Google.
That feeling of pure exhilaration is back — football season is here.
Dodge City Community College is on the field getting ready for the season opener. That first game comes just 2 weeks away as the Conquistadors host Highland Community College on Aug. 24 at 6 p.m. at Memorial Stadium.
That’s right, folks, meaningful football games in just 2 weeks.
Meanwhile the high school football teams — along with other prep sports cross country, boy’s soccer, volleyball, girl’s golf and girl’s tennis — around the area get practicing on Monday.
Division I athletics began practicing recently and most newspapers have beat reporters for the teams, so finding out information about your favorite college football program at the highest level shouldn’t be hard.
In fact, the Miami Hurricanes are expected to have a stellar defense and great skill players, but the coaching staff is looking for a starting quarterback. See, I know how to use Google, not just a catalog.
The Hall of Fame preseason game kicked off the preseason for NFL teams. Camps opened weeks ago and a full slate of NFL preseason games take place tonight.
Miami Dolphins starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill is lost for the season with a knee injury and the team signed Jay Cutler to the team. See, another example of using not only Google, but Twitter as well.
My wife hates this time of year. I devour everything football all day long. I’m watching ESPN and NFL Network constantly, I’m reading stories from newspapers covering my favorite teams, I’m reading tweets from beat writers. I search for the times NFL Network is showing the Dolphins’ preseason game and either watch it or DVR it. (Notice I said DVR, not "tape" it. Who said I’m not technologically advanced? OK, my kids do, but still.)
This shouldn’t be a surprise for anyone. After all, I take vacation every year to watch the NFL Draft. I was excited during Dodge City Days because I finally discovered who made the mango-habanero chicken wings at the contest a couple of years ago, making it possible for me to get some (right, Prime on the Nine?) for college game days.
I have more team apparel than I should. I get an extended package of college and NFL games to watch each year on Direct TV. My children used to joke they "lost me" for a few months as I covered prep games on Friday night and dove into televised games on Saturday and Sundays.
My wife complains every Saturday during football season because there are college games on from 11 a.m. to past midnight. She gets mad and states I will regret it if I even consider watching San Diego State hosting Hawaii at 11 p.m.
But I do.
I’m hopeful the Conquistadors can continue to improve and reach another bowl game. I’m interested to see if the Red Demons continue to ground-and-pound or if the offense goes back to a wide open style. I want to see if Spearville reloads after reaching the state semifinals four years in a row. I believe South Gray and Cimarron both could have deep playoff runs this season.
One of the best things I did was leave Nebraska and Arkansas. I’m a little over the top when it comes to my football teams, but fans of the Cornhuskers and Razorbacks are just plain nuts. Unfortunately, my son-in-law is a Husker fan, but I can tolerate him.
But if I ever live in a state where people scream "Woo, pig, sooie" over and over again, just shoot me and put me in a Miami Dolphins casket. I saw one in a catalog, er, I mean Google. Dang it!
Roger Bluhm is the managing editor of the Dodge City Daily Globe. Follow him on Twitter @roger_dcglobe or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.