Life Without Football

Written By Matty Goldberg (Edited & Posted by Andy Ruther since Matty doesn’t know how websites work)

It’s Sunday morning and I have the shakes. It is by far the worst Sunday of the year. It’s the first one without football, and I’m not sure what to do with myself. No fantasy roster to set. No parlays to put in. No awful pre-games to watch. What the fuck am I going to do?

Soon the shakes go away, and I come to terms there is no NFL. I am going to go to the dog park with Miss UConn. Oh and then we are going to the farmer’s market to pick out fresh fruit, and she will say something like, “Isn’t this better than Football?”

And I will surely lie, and say, “this is the best Sunday I have ever had.”

It gets better. Instead of watching the primetime game, I will be watching ‘The Walking Dead,’ and then the very non-football ‘Girls.’ (Yes- I love football and the show Girls) Not sure exactly how I will get through the day, but each week it gets a little easier until sports pick up  again for March Madness. But it is this first Sunday that is always the hardest. It leaves me sad, confused and need of some football. Watching the awful, dysfunctional Knicks get blasted by the San Antonio Spurs (Matty mush) ain’t going to cut it.

Anyway, here are my current sports observations. Watching the Thunder play the Golden State last night, it is clear to me that they can just give the Warriors the damn trophy. Oklahoma City is an above average team, and they only lasted eight minutes. Warriors have too many big-time players, and right now I think they take the Cavs in five. I just don’t see this year’s finals being as exciting as last years.

I really don’t understand the arrogance of the new San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan. Sure, he has been one of the best coordinators in the league the past few years, but he has to be completely over his head to think he can call plays and be his own OC. Even psycho Bill Belichick, who at one time was one of the great defensive coordinators, employs bearded freaks like Matt Patricia. For a rookie head coach with a very depleted roster of talent, it looks like there will be a few more tough seasons in San Francisco.

Watching Gonzaga play their only so-called “tough competition” Saint Mary’s last night, I still don’t see them as a top dominant team. Saint Mary’s isn’t terrible, but I don’t see them winning a tournament game. Gonzaga is paced to win, but at times they were sloppy and relied too much on their big guy Przemek Karnowski. Point is, I can easily see Ruther winning his bet against Scabelli or whatever the fuck his name is. Come second round, an eighth seed like Michigan or USC can take down the Zags.

That’s it for now….next week I’ll have a classic story how I ruined my friend’s weeding.

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