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Old 01-14-2008   #1
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If you try you can really stretch the off season out so that there is football taking place all year round. You really only have to suffer for a month and a half or so.

Think about it.

The Senior Bowls (Shrine game, East / West game etc.) all start happening in a few weeks. After that the talk about who's moving up the draft boards will start to dominate the football news.

After Those games you watch the Superbowl and then it's a week until waivers and you find out who's getting cut. After that it's only a couple of weeks until the NFL combine in late February!

A week later, Free Agency begins. Your team's roster changes! Thats pretty substantial. You might find yourself with a new Face of the Franchise or something else worth getting excited about!

Two and a half weeks after that and "voluntary club workouts" begin. Some clubs with a very strong sense of TEAM UNITY may have the entire team show up on their own to begin workouts. (one team in particular comes to mind).

Then comes the SUCK. One month of nothing before offer sheets get started and you find out which RFA you may have to worry about. ONE MONTH PEOPLE! During that time the NFL holds it's annual meetings so if you're really hurting you can research some rule changes or discussions about possible rule changes at least.

oh yeah, and the NFL DRAFT is that next week also. but that's no big deal right?

two weeks go by and it's OTA's... football season.

or, if guys jogging around in shorts doesn't count for you, two weeks later it's MINICAMP.

Then comes the second MONTH OF SUCK. Late June until late July it's pretty much dead. Well, free agency ends that week so there will be some football news but after that training camp begins and we're on our way.

It's really only two months and they're not even back to back months!

I hope this helps ya'll get through. It worked miracles for me last year!

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rep your way...I don't know that it will work for me - but it sounds good.
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I know it's not the same, but I used to watch the Arena League a lot.

Of course that was when Houston had a team and they were on tv which is why I had an interest in it. I found out and knew who Kurt Warner was long before his MVP season. So it wasn't much of a surprise to me with him running that Rams offense as successfully as he did, since I'd seen him running that quick release run n gun type stuff for a couple of years for the Iowa Barnstormers in the AFL.

In fact, I believe there's still an Arena team in the area that plays at the Berry Center on Barker-Cypress. I think it was AFL2 or something like that.

And there's also supposed to be some spring league starting up this year and Houston has an entry. I just heard a brief mention of it on the local news some time back so I don't know much about it.
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Its not much of a problem for me. I love watching sports so NBA season will be heating up when NFL season is done, then MLB season so its just a cycle for me. Its all about how excited I am about the next season...and I am pretty excited for the Texans 08 year, I hope they don't let us down.
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And there's also supposed to be some spring league starting up this year and Houston has an entry. I just heard a brief mention of it on the local news some time back so I don't know much about it.
This new league plays between March and June, so that might be a bit of a distraction. At least it will be football in some form with a Houston team. I wouldn't count on it looking very professional its first year however.
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If you try you can really stretch the off season out so that there is football taking place all year round. You really only have to suffer for a month and a half or so.

Think about it.

The Senior Bowls (Shrine game, East / West game etc.) all start happening in a few weeks. After that the talk about who's moving up the draft boards will start to dominate the football news.

After Those games you watch the Superbowl and then it's a week until waivers and you find out who's getting cut. After that it's only a couple of weeks until the NFL combine in late February!

A week later, Free Agency begins. Your team's roster changes! Thats pretty substantial. You might find yourself with a new Face of the Franchise or something else worth getting excited about!

Two and a half weeks after that and "voluntary club workouts" begin. Some clubs with a very strong sense of TEAM UNITY may have the entire team show up on their own to begin workouts. (one team in particular comes to mind).

Then comes the SUCK. One month of nothing before offer sheets get started and you find out which RFA you may have to worry about. ONE MONTH PEOPLE! During that time the NFL holds it's annual meetings so if you're really hurting you can research some rule changes or discussions about possible rule changes at least.

oh yeah, and the NFL DRAFT is that next week also. but that's no big deal right?

two weeks go by and it's OTA's... football season.

or, if guys jogging around in shorts doesn't count for you, two weeks later it's MINICAMP.

Then comes the second MONTH OF SUCK. Late June until late July it's pretty much dead. Well, free agency ends that week so there will be some football news but after that training camp begins and we're on our way.

It's really only two months and they're not even back to back months!

I hope this helps ya'll get through. It worked miracles for me last year!

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Thanks for the glimmer of hope! I'm with you all the way, I will be on these boards every five minutes hoping to see a new article on the most trivial news about the Texans! haha. I'm in Dallas, so I hear NOTHING unless it's on espn.com. I hope everyone stays with us this offseason!!
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Glorious. The Shrine game is gonna be a good one, I think.
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glad to help. it was something that i figured out last season. and i was amazed at how it all flew by. there really is decent news worth reading every week or two and that's all i need. it's a fix. just a bump i know, but it get's us through!
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i have a siimpler guide:

july-april: season, playoffs, FA and draft (+speculation), OTA's, TC, PS
may,june: make up for neglect of personal life, family etc and build up enough credit for next yrs neglect .. and maybe go on a holiday

the only sport i watch apart from the texans are the NBA finals and the EPL
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This is what I do to get my fill of NFL/football during offseason.

Pick up the newest NCAA game, or if low on cash, an old one. Go through the Campus legend mode, and eventually you'll be able to put yourself in the newest draft. Rent/Buy the corresponding Madden game, and play Superstar mode. By the time your in your 2nd season, you'll be in football season again.
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Several people are already complaining about the end of football so I wanted to bump this to give ya'll some fresh perspective on how much football there is left to be "played" this offseason... cheer up! We're just getting started!

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Two words: anti-depressants.

Or is that one hyphenated word?

Screw it.

One word: vodka.
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I know it's not the same, but I used to watch the Arena League a lot.

Of course that was when Houston had a team and they were on tv which is why I had an interest in it. I found out and knew who Kurt Warner was long before his MVP season. So it wasn't much of a surprise to me with him running that Rams offense as successfully as he did, since I'd seen him running that quick release run n gun type stuff for a couple of years for the Iowa Barnstormers in the AFL.

In fact, I believe there's still an Arena team in the area that plays at the Berry Center on Barker-Cypress. I think it was AFL2 or something like that.

And there's also supposed to be some spring league starting up this year and Houston has an entry. I just heard a brief mention of it on the local news some time back so I don't know much about it.

If you are a baseball fan you can also think about the fact that the first Stros spring training is Feb 25th. Players will report in mid Feb.

PLUS, you have my Texas mock drafts to read and think about up until draft day! And then afterward, you will have my 2010 mock draft to think about!!!!
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I'd rather hibernate till training camp...
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In the offseason I shall:

a. write another book

b. get the first book published

c. skate my butt off

d. ask every Dallas Cowboy fan I know what number comes after 5 and laugh like a mad man.
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I did a thread a while back about this but you can also try that NFL rewind on NFL.com. I've watched every texans game this year. Its $20 bucks for the entire season, it seems well worth it at this point.

http://www.nfl.com/gamerewind
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I will get through the offseason by watching college basketball which will take me up to April with the national championship game then, the NFL Draft. I will then watch baseball until the preseason games start. September cannot come fast enough for me.

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1. Thou shalt not watcheth other sports before thy Football.
2. Thou shalt not watcheth Drayton McClain ruin thy Astros.
3. Thou may watcheth thy basketball teams, only when they play other good teams. Blowouts sucketh.
4. Thou may pursue other interests in the offseason, such as things that don't involve watching sports on t.v.
5. Thou must return to the Glory when thy Texans cometh to crush the faces of the wicked.
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