In the past, I've written extensively on how the anticipation for a new NFL season is kind of like Christmas Eve...or Hanukkah Eve for my Jewish readers...or Ramadan Eve for my Muslim readers...although I don't know if they look forward to a month of fasting or not...
At any rate, NFL season is one of my favorite times of year since I both really like watching football, and enjoy covering it, as well. Before I go too far, I'm happy to announce that I'll be writing a weekly column for CBSSports 920 and insideSTL.com this fall, and appearing as a guest on a show here and there (namely "Prime Time with Joe Roderick") in anticipation of another visit to cover Super Bowl media week in 2015.
Now, this doesn't mean that I'll be at Rams practice every day, like I was back in 2011. Frankly, I think it's best for everyone if I'm not out there daily--much like this year, that 2011 season started out with the blinding glare of optimism for the hometown 53, and ended in a bloodbath of awful football and cornerback injuries, with Steve Spagnuolo on his knees screaming at the heavens "WHYYYYYYY?!? WHHYYYYYYY!?" like Nancy Kerrigan. Jim Thomas is already the best insider the station could hope for--he's one of the best football reporters in the biz. I don't think there's anything I could really add to the excellent job he already does covering the team day-to-day with class, wisdom, and insight.
What I can do that JT doesn't have the luxury of doing, though, is attend the odd practice or two, watch the games, and comment on what I see from afar
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of these days...
(I'm not so sure about that, but we'll save that column for another day...)
Besides, since I'm trying to follow the Mike Matheny blueprint to a T, I've accepted a gig as an assistant coach for the John Burroughs Bombers "C" football coaching staff. Hey, if Mike can make the jump, and Jeff Fisher decides to retire after an improbable Super Bowl run...
Well...I would say stranger things have happened, but outside of a Whoopi Goldberg movie, that's just not the case.
Between coaching, writing Rams columns, appearing as a guest on the radio from time-to-time, and my freelance business, I'm booked pretty solid for the fall. But hey, you wanted me to get back to football, SO HERE YOU GO! All football, all the time, baby!
Of course, I kid--so far, coaching has been great, and I always look forward to covering the Rams, despite my love / hate / anger / frustration / utter despair / mourning / "What the hell happened this year?" / winter of discontent / undue hope after the draft / love roller coaster I've been on with this team over the past five seasons or so.
But I just thought I'd pass this along to you all so that you know to check out insideSTL for my column every Monday, and to prepare yourselves for some hot takes this fall over the airwaves.
Hope this is as good of news for you all as it is for me, and I look forward to my "Year of Football" and the