While springtime is a wonderful time to be in Boston, it is still a little rough for most of us that can’t get enough of football season. The months of August-through-January is chock full of NFL action, but once Super Bowl Sunday is over and done with, we are left with nothing for six months.
With the Patriots losing Super Bowl LII back in February, the Boston-area is still obsessed with football even with the success of our three other professional sports franchises. News stories have been running rampant all winter out of Foxboro. Why was Malcolm Butler benched in the Super Bowl? Is Gronk coming back to the Patriots this season? Is Tom Brady coming back (I SURE AS HELL HOPE SO)? What happened with the Josh McDaniels situation?
But with the latest story that indeed Gronkowski and Brady will be Patriots in 2018, we have hit a lull of football talk in New England. We are smack-dab in the middle of the dearth of pigskin action, with opening night over 130 days away! Here are a few ways we are handling our need for NFL football in Boston.
- SBS Flag Football – What better way to alleviate any football-related anxiety than to run around and catch passes on a sunny spring day. SBS has flag football leagues running all spring, with a 10-team league starting this Sunday at Dilboy Stadium, to leagues that are still open for registration at MIT, Cleveland Circle, and Assembly Row in Somerville! Get some of the friends together and get on the gridiron for the next seven weeks!
- Watch the NFL Draft – On Thursday night, the NFL Draft commences with coverage of the first round at 8:00 p.m. The draft continues on Friday and Saturday with rounds two-to-seven, but the first round is must-see-TV. For this first time since 2012, the Patriots hold two first-round picks, 23rd, and 31st, with the potential to move up and draft higher in the draft.
- Start a fantasy football league – It is never to early to get a league going. Grab nine or 11 of your friends and make your league today! To ensure that you can talk about football all year long, make sure you make your league a dynasty, or a keeper league, where the players you draft are yours for a while. Trade talks for the league will be ongoing 365 days a year!
- Watch the NFL Network – There is always something on NFL Network. Whether you want all the latest league-wide news with NFL Total Access every weekday morning or want some nostalgia and want to watch their Top Ten lists on Saturday afternoon. If you want all football, all the time; the NFL Network is the network for you.
- Paper football – When the going gets tough, the tough get going. Maybe a fellow colleague at your job is going through the same withdrawals as you. Time for the two of you to fold up a piece of paper in the break room and play a game on your lunch.