On the eve of Thanksgiving weekend, I thought I'd share what I am thankful for in sports.
Football - I really enjoy it at this point in the season for both college and pro. In the NFL, this is where the rubber hits the road and teams separate themselves and begin the move towards the playoffs. How you look in Week 1 doesn't matter as much as how you look when Thanksgiving comes along. In college, a lions share of the great rivalries take place this time of year and things start to take shape for conference championships.
College Basketball - With the early season tournaments, it's fun to have college hoops on TV just about any time of day. It provides some very attractive non-conference matchups and some upset opportunities for some of the smaller conferences to take down some of the big boys. It gets me thinking about how much I love March Madness, especially the first two full days (not the play-in games that precede it), when the great upsets or near upsets happen. I so much want to see a #16 seed take down a #1 seed for the very first time.
Multiple Sports Networks - While ESPN commands the universe in sports television, I love having the additional offerings that CBS, NBC and Fox have provided. I've grown tired and weary of ESPN with their arrogance and self promoting. It is nice to have other outlets to get sports news and play by play coverage and I hope they continue to grow. I don't think any of one of them will become as big as ESPN but together, they might bring ESPN down a notch or two.
I am also thankful for this new blog I am doing and I appreciate you taking time to read my posts. I'm very near to launching my podcast to which I will let you know about. I would also appreciate a follow on Twitter @jeffallen_88. Feel free to share this with your friends who might think will enjoy my content.
Personally, I am also thankful for my loving wife, our furry four-legged children, and my wonderful family and friends. I hope you have many blessings that you are thankful for this holiday season.
Next week - I'll share some of my pet peeves in sports.
Jeff Allen worked in Sportstalk radio in Orlando from 1983 to 1996. most notably as the Program and Sports Director at WGTO in the early 90's, anchoring morning sports reports and various sportstalk shows. Now, after many years, Jeff is deciding to have some fun again to share sports opinions through this blog, on Twitter @jeffallen_88 and with his podcast available on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, SoundCloud and TuneIn.