Banging the Doldrums: A New Series

April 14, 2012; Denver, CO, USA; A general view of empty seats during a rain delay before the game between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-US PRESSWIRE

Hey guys, we’re in the dead of the proverbial sports winter right now, that stretch where nothing outside of baseball is happening in the sports world, and even baseball is beginning to drag as it heads towards it All-Star break.

Football hasn’t actually been played in months, but unlike any of the other major sports leagues the NFL, despite playing the shortest season, has stretched its relevance the furthest around the calendar. Baseball plays 162 games, in the NBA and NHL it’s 82, football plays just 16 but is relevant for about 45 of the 52 weeks in the year.

Thanks to the NFL draft, the off-season has become a second season all its own, and our collective attention spans stay with the league well into May, possibly June. It’s masterfully done, especially considering one of the major critiques of the NFL’s counterparts is that their seasons last too long, take up too much time.

That people legitimately want more NFL, even more off-season access to NFL, is nothing short of amazing.

Unfortunately we’re in the one part of the calendar the NFL doesn’t sufficiently occupy, where players have broken their last OTA’s and minicamps and will head off for their last bit of vacation before the real heavy lifting begins next month. This is is literally the only part of the year where the NFL has nothing going to market us outside of speculation and analysts flapping their gums. It’s why there’s a ton of top 10 lists and it’s when they start discussing fantasy football.

We’re in the sports dead zone.

The NBA and NHL both ended their seasons in the past couple weeks as well, so there’s not even other options. You can watch baseball, a celebration of Title IX on ESPN or mothball yourself until the Olympics start in a couple weeks.

Or you could stop by an read our new daily Banging the Doldrums series, a tangential look at sports-related topics that aren’t necessarily Bucs-driven, but should keep you entertained until Sportscenter is able to be more than just an extended cut of Baseball Tonight…

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