Three of the greatest baseball players of my lifetime were inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday.
It’s almost August, the traditional time to be scoreboard watching as baseball’s regular season boils down to pennant races and battles for wild-card playoff spots.
And, heck, my favorite baseball team is actually contending this year.
But all I can think about is football.
The Houston Texans and the rest of the National Football League’s teams started training camps last week, and even though it’s still 38 days before the NFL’s season opener, all I can think about is football.
I can’t help it. To me, football is the greatest sport ever.
In a perfect world, I’d be able to watch an NFL or college game on Thursday, high school football on Friday night, college football all day Saturday, more NFL all day Sunday and into Sunday night and more NFL football on Monday night.
As a matter of fact, there’s actually more football than that. ESPN tends to show college football matchups on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, beginning with an exciting battle on Aug. 27 between Abilene Christian and Georgia State on ESPNU.
The reality is, however, that I’m busy on Friday nights helping The Galveston Daily News deliver the best high school football coverage in the county.
My wife, who will gladly sit and watch a football game with me on Sundays in its entirety, has absolutely no desire to watch a second game, and could really care less that there are other NFL teams besides the one that we root for that play on Monday and Thursday nights.
Another reason I love the NFL is fantasy football.
I played my first season of fantasy football in 1992, and have played almost every year since, missing two or three.
I only play in one league per season, and six of the 10 owners in my current league have been together since 1999.
On draft day, which is really the best day of the fantasy football season, we always gather at my buddy Gabe Tafolla’s house — first in Uvalde for several years, and then in San Antonio when he and his family moved there.
Draft day is almost like a reunion — a chance to see friends you may not have seen in a year, a chance to talk smack about the previous season’s winners and losers, and a chance to talk football with some of your best friends.
So, while it was exciting to watch my favorite basketball team win its fifth NBA championship, and while I’ll continue to follow the plight of my favorite MLB team, and even the MLB playoffs and World Series, football season is officially here, and I couldn’t be happier.