In Between Time

Preseason NFL notwithstanding, we're currently in one of the two breaks in my sports/activity calendar. As I'm sure I've mentioned, my four seasons are football, basketball, lacrosse, and drum corps. On either side of drum corps season are where the two breaks lie, and we currently sit in the most painful of all--the break before football season begins.

Oh sure, I speak of preseason NFL as though we've got a relationship, but it really just happens to be in the right place at the right time.

Let's talk DCI. Megan and I ended up heading to Big Loud & Live to see quarterfinals in theaters while were up in Delaware. I'm an extremely proud Crown fan because the home team pulled down a silver medal, as well as a brass trophy. Highest score and placement for the corps, and they were the first new medal winner in 20 years! Change is coming, and it's wearing a cream uniform.

And I'd be absolutely remiss if I didn't mention the Blue Devils' feat. After both the A and B corps rode high in 2008 to lose in finals, they both went undefeated this entire season and brought home championships. Congratulations to the only Blue Devils I don't mind rooting for.

Troopers' return to Finals also made for a momentous occasion this year. I don't know what it is about America's Corps, but they've got that je ne sais quoi that had me pulling for them despite not being a drum corps fan for long enough to have a nostalgic attachment.

One final note on electronics. Yes, I spent over a year bitching about them. But after having seen them for the first season of their use, I can say: They're not entirely abhorrent. I still believe that they fall into the category of things that I wouldn't miss if they were to go away tomorrow, and I long for the day that a corps goes "retro" and does an "unplugged" show. But they're here to stay and judging from the first season, in most cases I can live with them.

On to football! Preseason football is a strange beast to me. On the one hand, I recognize that any football is good football, and after a long drought, I always think that I'll find interest in the preseason because it's all that's there. But every year rolls around and I find I still couldn't care less. The Eagles have played twice already and I haven't watched either game, though that could bode well for my sanity, if I were foolish enough to extrapolate chances of success during the season from their preseason performance.

Speaking of which, I'm involved in a wager with two of my co-workers and fellow football fans--a Panthers fan and a Cowboys fan. I won't go into details (it's a little bit Fight Club) but let's just say the stakes are high, could conceivably land me in a compromising position, and I hope that both teams lose every single game. I know they play each other, but they've got plenty of time to figure out how they can both lose (insert joke about teams who tie here). And I will actually be in the house when the Eagles play the Panthers down in Charlotte--got my tickets a few weeks ago via StubHub.

I'm quite excited for the coming college football season, even though it looks like a regular season Bulls game isn't in the cards for me. I'm going to take this opportunity to make an extremely bold prediction: USF will win the Big East and play in a BCS bowl. Where do I come to this conclusion, you may ask? Is it because it's Grothe and Selvie's senior season? Do I think Leavitt's got the boys prepared amazingly this year? Do I think the Big East is down as a whole? Actually, the justification for this conclusion comes down to this: Murphy's Law. See, I'm getting married in June of 2010, and as such, every penny of my disposable income is going to the wedding fund. Making it to the game would be a serious hardship on me, moreso than it would be in other years. And that's precisely why I think it's going to happen. Still, I'd gladly take a conference championship even if I can't go, and I'd more than likely try my damndest to make my way down there.

Finally, Major League Lacrosse. It's not televised enough for me to follow it seriously, but several UMBC alums--most notably Mundorf and Westervelt--have been kicking ass and taking names. I'm at work today for Welcome Week here at UNCG, but I'm about to turn on the MLL semifinals featuring them both with the Denver Outlaws in just a minute.