At last, at long last, football is back. It’s back in many ways. The NFL is returning, but more importantly, college football and high school football are back as well. As a result, my weekends are going to have a lot more time in front of the TV. Granted, the fact that the Premier League is here too may mean that some games and the pregame show College Gameday may not be on my radar because I have to choose what to watch and my mom will tell me to pick something, but either way, football is back, and I’m happy.
Now let’s talk about the teams I’m following. First, my college team, the Ohio State Buckeyes. I’ve been a fan since I was introduced to them by Mr. George and Mrs. Polovick in middle school, and I haven’t really looked back since. I even have the school’s fight song and alma mater on my phone (yes, the Ohio State Marching Band has stuff for sale on the iTunes store). As for the team on the field, I think we have a good chance to go all the way to the College Football Playoff, which should be a given any season. The only thing I have to say is that our non-conference slate is really week aside from Oklahoma and I’ll admit the Big Ten isn’t as easy as it seems with Penn State and Michigan on the schedule and the fact that the Big Ten title game could very well have a really good Wisconsin team. But that’s kind of the beauty of college football: the unpredictability. And if we get into the playoff…here’s hoping that the Buckeye Battle Cry plays instead of getting curb stomped in a shootout. It’s gonna be a fun season.
And for high school, it’s my alma mater, the La Quinta Blackhawks. While La Quinta, California may not be anywhere near the high school hotbeds of Texas, Florida, or Western Pennsylvania, I always get excited to see how my alma mater does on the field. Every Saturday, one of the first things I do is go on to KESQ’s website and watch their Best Local Sports Show to see how the Blackhawks did, along with the other schools in the Coachella Valey, particularly my dad’s Indio Rajahs. I really hope they find out a way to stream games in that little part of Souhern California, because I swear to God I will tune in any chance I get, time difference be damned.
Are you ready for some football? I know I am.