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Football Withdrawal

Immediately following Super Bowl and the football highlights on ESPN, I start having withdrawal symptoms.  Gone are my ritual Sunday pre-game shows.  Gone is my commute to the stadium to watch a live NFL game at Bank of America stadium.  And I would be remiss to not mention the end of Thursday, Sunday and Monday night games.  Ugh.  Just the thought of having to wait until next year to experience it all again makes me feel a shot to the heart.
The only thing that curbs the football withdrawal is the coverage of college hoops and the NBA.  However, when those seasons have passed, I’m pulled right back into the football black hole.  I log into NFL.com daily to read about recent team coverage.  But it’s not the same until preseason starts and you get a feel for who’s in and who’s out for different teams.  And then there’s the drama that is always unfolding.  For instance, this preseason was all about Chad Ochocino and Terrell Owens.  I don’t think anyone expected either of them to have stellar seasons.  And with their unsavory pasts, few people were surprised that the two players both went bust on the football radar. 
That was preseason, now it’s time for regular season.  And, alas, the wait is over.  The 2012-2013 has begun and I am having a football moment, complete with chicken wings, celery and a glass of Jack Daniels and Coke.  I’ve just completed my Fantasy Football League, it’s so much fun.  And now I’m ready to catch up on “Around the Horn” and “PTI.”  (Yeah, I watch these shows year round, but they’re much more entertaining during football season).  I meant to watch “First Take,” but went to the mall instead to purchase my Cam Newton jersey (more on that in a minute). 
Anyway, ESPN makes my day, it’s my favorite channel, and I don’t know what I would do without the top play shows of the football games.  I watch Sports Center religiously to catch that segment.  I also love watching all the pre-game shows, flipping back and forth to catch which commentator has the most interesting thing to say about the upcoming games.  
Now that the leaves are changed and the fall weather is coming towards Charlotte, I’m in the football mood.  I have my Cam Newton jersey to wear to all the home games.  The first appearance will be at the Saints-Panthers game on Sept. 16.  I will definitely be in the crowd.  Although I try to attend all Panthers home games, sometimes I can’t.  And that’s where my living room comes in handy.
There’s just something about relaxing in front of the television, watching one game after the next, cheering for your favorite team to make that winning drive.  And when your team isn’t winning, well there’s always solace in the fact that playoffs will soon be around the corner. 
Beverly Vereen: Social Media Editor. Feature Writer. SportsAnalyst. Photographer. Publicist. And a Jack Daniels connoisseur. She graduated from the University of NorthCarolina and is a native of North Carolina. She currently resides in Charlotte. Follow her on twitter @iwritergirl. just click on button.

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John Guarente on Saturday, September 08, 2012 2:22 PM
Bev, this reflects almost 80 percent of the USA I believe.. Soooooo true... Great Column and blog :)Got My fantasy team ready as well, cant wait for tommorow :)
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Go Eagles!
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