The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year*

It’s back, dudes!

It’s finally back!

Last night, football games that matter finally got played and my life finally began to play in Technicolor© once more.

To say I love college football would be a bit of an understatement.

There’s a line in the original Matrix movie where Morpheus is introducing Neo to what’s laughingly called “the real world,” and, apparently without a trace of irony, is using a computer simulation to do that thing.

Anyway.

Morpheus spreads his arms out wide and says to Neo, “Welcome. . . to the desert of the real.”

That line there? With the visual of a craggy cliff, with roiling lightning-sparked clouds, and nothing growing as far as the eye can see? Yeah. That’s life without college football.

But now that desert has received rain. It’s flowering. The season stretches out before us with a million different variations, a quadrillion alternate possibilities. Who will win what? How will the new additions to the various conferences do in their new homes? Who’s going to pull away in the race for the Heisman Trophy?

All those questions and more will be answered in the next three months. It’s such a short time into which is packed so very much goodness.

I can’t wait.

*Possibly not THE most wonderful time. There’s also college football bowl season, the first weekend of the college basketball tournament. I have a tendency to grant superlatives a bit more often than, perhaps, I should.
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