Football’s back, and that means …

NFL: New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins

By Ray Hamill

Don’t look now, but there are only 251 games remaining in the NFL season. Doesn’t time fly by?

Thus far, though, I have to say it’s been an exciting season, with no team currently sitting more than a game out of first place in their respective division (with the exception of the Bengals, surprise, surprise), and everything still to play for.

Having football back is great for many reasons. After all, football is about far more than just football. It’s about more than just the games. It’s about the tradition.

It’s about tailgating with friends, $10 hot dogs, $50 parking, and talking endless amounts of smack.

It’s about lines, the over-under, betting with friends, and talking endless amounts of smack.

It’s about cheerleaders, choreographed celebrations, emotional highs and lows, and talking endless amounts of smack.

It’s about fantasy football, crucial game-day decisions, clever team names, and talking endless amounts of smack.

It’s about the passing of summer, shorter days, colder nights, the fast-approaching holidays, and talking endless amounts of smack.

It’s about spending your Sundays lounging on your couch and not feeling even remotely guilty about it, or hanging out in a bar watching ten games at once, and talking endless amounts of smack.

It’s about Chris Berman stumblin’ and bumblin’ his way through highlights, the passion of Gruden on Monday Night Football, the all-knowing Monday morning quarterbacks, and talking endless amounts of smack.

It’s about watching the soon-to-be Las Vegas Raiders lead the league in penalties, watching the Browns lead the league in futility, the Cowboys lead the league in arrests, the Patriots lead the league in cheating, Roger Goodell lead the league in boos, and talking endless amounts of smack.

Yes indeed, folks, football’s back. Only 250 games until the Super Bowl. Enjoy it while you can.

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