There was a point where I legitimately considered a life without football. The lockout was in full effect, players were doing crazy stuff in the offseason and it seemed like the owners were further than ever from agreeing with the players.
Then came the glorious day when the lockout ended. And honestly, I could not be any happier.
First off, I get to see my favorite team play. I’m a St. Louis Rams fan, and I am really looking forward to seeing my team’s young quarterback develop. Steven Jackson, the star running back of the Rams, might be in the tail end of his career, and I didn’t want to see a year of it go to waste with a lost season.
On top of just seeing my team play, I’m looking forward to all of the fun that just comes with football in general. It’s one of the easiest games in the world to just pick a side and root for, and I love every Sunday of it.
Now this might seem silly, but the part that I’m almost most looking forward to this year is fantasy football. I was really worried that my waiver-wire Wednesdays were not going to be filled with waking up early and trying to get the major players of the previous week.
Fantasy football is one of those games where, when put into perspective, it all seems so trivial, but for some reason you can’t turn away.
Not only is fantasy a game for the competitive, but it’s also a social experience. In most cases, you play with a group of friends, throw some mostly insignificant money into a pot and then proceed to trash talk to your heart’s content for the entire season.
It’s very hard for me to imagine what it would’ve been like without football. I’m glad that I’m not going to have to live through it.