July is a tough month for college sports--for quite a few reasons. First and foremost, football is still two months away from kickoff in Tallahassee.
Most people refer to that time as "the dog days of summer," but I take a different approach to naming that dreaded month. Instead, I often refer to July as simply "The Wait."
That's right. I wait, and wait, and wait, then maybe go grab a Chick Fil A sandwich, hang out with family, and then wait some more. Sure, I'm still a huge golf fan and it's great to be able to play a few rounds and even watch the British Open from the Old Course at St. Andrews.
But there's nothing--and I mean NOTHING--going on from when the College World Series ends in late June and college football season begins in early September. If you're a college sports fanatic like me, you can sympathize with my summer issues.
But then, like an oasis in a dry desert of my summer college football life came ACC Football Kickoff. It was my chance to finally get a sneak preview of football season. We actually got to talk about football again! Hallelujah!
Players were there, coaches were there, the big wigs from the bowls were there, and even your own Seminoles.com crew was there. It was the first taste of what's to come in September. You could tell it's actually close, instead of just hearing and reading about teams.
Now I know we're at the point in time when football season never really ends. There's always some kind of college football news on television or online, but nothing really tangible comes out. No one has any pads on, there are no actual practices occurring, and most importantly, games are a few months away.
But not anymore!
All that summer speculation finally turned into reality at the Kickoff in Greensboro, N.C. We got to hear from 24 players and 12 coaches. And we even got to catch up with former Florida State quarterback Danny Kanell, who's doing color commentating for ESPNU now. (He's excited for the 2010 'Noles, by the way.)
It was just what the doctor ordered this past weekend: a refreshing remembrance that football is just around the corner.
As if every Seminole fan needed a reminder, our 'Noles kick off the season against Samford in Tallahassee on September 4th.
But what's different about August as opposed to July? Just remember, fall practice starts on Thursday. Now it's time to really start getting geared up.
And if you're like me, it's time to REALLY begin the waiting game. 36 days and counting...