What To Do For The Next Three Months?

With the conclusion of spring practice and the academic year nearing its end, we're on the doorstep of a three-month hiatus, which makes Christmas Eve seem like a forty-yard dash. What does a college football fan do for three months?

How does he or she get their fix?

And what is advised in terms of preparation for the upcoming season?

The summer months are without a doubt the most trying quarter of a football fan's annual lap around the grid iron globe, for we've been without since the turn of the year and our pilot light was rekindled by an intrasquad scrimmage which under normal circumstances would put an insomniac to sleep. Pathetic and embarrassing? Maybe, but a reality without question.

We need the anticipation of a Saturday afternoon grudge match. We need the three hour pre-game consisting of red meat and adult beverages. And we unquestionably need the water-cooler-discussion involving very little knowledge and far too much emotion. These aren't requests of those seeking entertainment, but necessities of addicts of the game.

While others plan vacations around summer holidays like the Fourth of July and Labor Day, we focus on August and September, anticipating the first practice of the new season and that opening day kick-off which is followed shortly by a giant sigh of relief.

In order to make the journey from now to eternity as painless as possible, I suggest you use your time wisely. Concentrate on the needs of those around you as well as the unrealistic goals which you've almost certainly set for your team and their upcoming season.

Which of Oregon State's three quarterbacks is most capable of throwing twenty-plus interceptions?

If and when the Huskies win their next Pac 10 game, who will be on the losing end?

Will USC have a sub-five-star recruit anywhere on their two-deep depth chart?

All valid questions and all worth pondering.

This is not a sprint, it's a marathon. Learn to appreciate the process and the destination will come sooner than you think. Embrace the time away from the game. Play golf, enjoy a day at the beach, spend time with the family. All accepted practice during your NCAA sabbatical, and highly recommended by psychologists everywhere.

Neglect is not a punishable crime in the world of fanaticism, as long as it's done under reasonable terms and conditions. Of which the aforementioned qualify.

This isn't to say there's harm in keeping tabs on the object of your affections. After-all, information regarding recruiting, fundraising, and future scheduling are the prescription medication which allows us functionality during times such as these.

We're going to be okay. We're going to make it. We'll most likely emerge from this abyss stronger and more loyal than ever. Just remember to take it one day at a time and never forget that the CFL is no answer, it's just a sad reminder of how good we've got it.

Good luck…I know I'll need it.

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