Edson: Why Football Season Can’t Get Here Quickly Enough

The middle of July used to mean baseball season was in full swing.

It still does… but not for Detroit Tigers fans.

While the Tigers are wilting in the warm summer heat and carry one of the worst records in the sport, the Pistons and Red Wings are spending the off-season trying to build competitive teams.

That leaves football.

The truth is, many sports fans in northern Michigan can’t wait for football to return. And we’re talking any kind of football to save our summer.

The good news is that NFL training camps begin soon.

Fantasy football magazines are on the shelves.

College football coaches are gearing up for season openers in late August.

Our area high school football teams begin practice in a month.

I can’t remember a summer where anticipation for the football season was this high.

The question is – what do sports fans do in the next few weeks?

Here are a few suggestions:

Play a game with friends where you pick a Tigers player for the week. Come up with a point season and root for that player. That way, you will feel numb to the mounting team losses.

Do an NFL mock draft every day until the exhibition season starts. Then do two-a-day.

Pick another baseball team to root. No fair taking the Dodgers or Yankees. They aren’t any fun to root for anyway.

Start playing old baseball board games like Strat-O-Matic or APBA. Then pick the 1961, 1968 and 1984 Tigers so at least one Detroit baseball team will make you feel good.

And if none of these suggestions work, just take a month vacation from competitive baseball. Just like the Tigers are doing.

Nick Edson is a retired Hall of Fame columnist and sportswriter. He worked 25 years at the Traverse City Record-Eagle, 18 as sports editor. He is a two-time president of the Associated Press Sports Editors Association and a member of the Michigan Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame.