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I’m ready for some football

Published: Thursday, August 14th, 2014

 

I can’t tell you how giddy I was to watch the Hall of Fame Game when it was played last week in Canton, Ohio. Even though football is pretty much a year-around event anymore with the draft, combine, OTAs, etc., the first preseason game truly signals to me that football season is upon us. Six months after the Seattle Seahawks raised the Lombardi Trophy, it’s NFL time again, and Iâ��couldn’t be happier.
And it’s not just the NFLâ��that is getting things underway. All across the nation, college teams are beginning their fall camps and high school teams are beginning as well. It’s the time of year when every team is filled with hope, thinking it’s a contender for its respective championship. Yes, even my Oakland Raiders have hope in early August.
Locally, there are lots of questions people are asking about Custer’s prospects. I get asked frequently (as I do with all the sports teams here), “How do you think they are going to do this year?” Iâ��certainly believe the team will be solid again this year, but there is a glaring question that needs to be addressed—who is going to play quarterback?
I have asked that question to three of the coaches on the team and a couple of the returning players. There hasn’t been a consensus, and I know the team has tried a few players in that role during summer activities.
One thing is certain—the team will need to find a capable player to fill the role the departed Chase Glazier filled for three years, even if it’s just to take snaps and hand the ball off. Iâ��expect Custer to run, run and run some more, considering the athletes they return at running back, the size they have on the line and the lack of experience they will have at quarterback. It will be interesting to see how it plays out.
As far as the National Football League is concerned, I’m not deluded enough to believe my Raiders are going to do much of anything this season, although I do think they will be improved (how can they not be?). The AFCâ��West will be the Broncos’ for the taking again, so they can once again shine on the national stage like they did in the Super Bowl. Ha. Overall, I think it’s the Seahawks and the 49ers again this year to see who wins it all. That is a fun rivalry to watch, even if you aren’t a fan of either team.
Perhaps what I’m most excited about when it comes to football this year, however, is the prospect of college football finally settling things on the field, rather than through computers and formulas nobody understands. For the first time this season, NCAA FBSâ��football will crown a champion through a playoff system in which the top four teams at the end of the season will play to determine a true champion. How beautiful is that? It’s a shame it has taken so long to get to this point.
Florida State opens the season as the No. 1 team in the land fresh off a national championship a year ago. Over the course of the year we learned that FSU�can play with the big boys in the SEC and that Heisman winning quarterback Jameis Winston likes crab legs.
Two other teams that everyone seems to agree have a good shot at making the four team playoff are Oregon (who my Wyoming Cowboys get to travel to and get slaughtered early in the season) out of the Pac-12 and Oklahoma out of the Big 12. The Oklahoma bandwagon has fired up mostly because of the way it manhandled Alabama in the bowl season a year ago.
As for the other team that will make the playoff, your guess is as good as any. Will it be a second SECâ��team? Will it be Ohio State or Michigan State? Will there be a dark horse Cinderella? Only time will tell. The good thing is, we get to find out soon. Football season is here, and I can’t wait for kickoff.

I can’t tell you how giddy I was to watch the Hall of Fame Game when it was played last week in Canton, Ohio. Even though football is pretty much a year-around event anymore with the draft, combine, OTAs, etc., the first preseason game truly signals to me that football season is upon us. Six months after the Seattle Seahawks raised the Lombardi Trophy, it’s NFL time again, and Iâ��couldn’t be happier.

And it’s not just the NFLâ��that is getting things underway. All across the nation, college teams are beginning their fall camps and high school teams are beginning as well. It’s the time of year when every team is filled with hope, thinking it’s a contender for its respective championship. Yes, even my Oakland Raiders have hope in early August.

Locally, there are lots of questions people are asking about Custer’s prospects. I get asked frequently (as I do with all the sports teams here), “How do you think they are going to do this year?” Iâ��certainly believe the team will be solid again this year, but there is a glaring question that needs to be addressed—who is going to play quarterback?

I have asked that question to three of the coaches on the team and a couple of the returning players. There hasn’t been a consensus, and I know the team has tried a few players in that role during summer activities.

One thing is certain—the team will need to find a capable player to fill the role the departed Chase Glazier filled for three years, even if it’s just to take snaps and hand the ball off. Iâ��expect Custer to run, run and run some more, considering the athletes they return at running back, the size they have on the line and the lack of experience they will have at quarterback. It will be interesting to see how it plays out.

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