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A Guide To Dealing With The NFL Offseason

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So, Super Bowl XLIV is done. Now, what does an NFL fan do with their time? Don’t get me wrong, the NFL has plenty of issues that will draw attention during the offseason (combine, draft, CBA, annual Favre retirement, etc.). However, we need to find different ways to take our NFL energy and transfer it into to other areas for a few months. Thus, JMRA is here to offer 10 suggestions on how to handle your newly acquired down time.

1. Immerse yourself in pop culture.

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Although the Jersey Shore is over, you have more than enough time to go out and purchase the Season 1 DVD. Truly, it was a goldmine for MTV. My favorite words/phrases from the show include “creep mode”, “one shot kid”, and “the robbery”. Seriously, you will not regret throwing hours of your life away watching this show. Television gold.

In other pop culture news, pay attention to your celebrities. Take the recent example of John Mayer, who is verbal napalm these days. Whether he’s talking about his sex life with Jessica Simpson, his preference in women or other habits, he’s liable to say something dumb at any moment.

2. Pay attention to baseball.

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The Philadelphia Phillies enter 2010 as defending two-time National League Champions and a year and a half removed from winning the World Series. Roy Halladay takes over for Cliff Lee as the team’s ace on the hill. Life is good for Phillies fans.

Granted, life is not that good these days for most baseball teams unless you’re a fan of the Phillies, Yankees, or Red Sox. However, baseball means slightly warmer weather and an opportunity to relax.

Thus, get out to your local ballpark once April hits.

3. Check out the NBA. Seriously.

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This Sunday marks the NBA All-Star game in Dallas, where close to 100,000 people are set to watch the Association’s midseason all-star spectacle at JerryWorld. It’s a good time to be a fan of the NBA. CP3. LBJ. Durant. Black Mamba. Superman. The league is finally blossoming with a ton of stars once again.

Coincidentally, I work with people who swear that do not nor do they plan on watching the NBA at any point in time. They would much rather watch the NHL than the NBA.

Why’s that? Being able to relate to the players? That can’t be it at all. Seriously, if Sidney Crosby walked by the average person in the street, it’s a 50-50 proposition on whether he would recognized. The WWE’s John Cena is far more recognizable than any NHL star but I digress.

Once more, we are on track for a Kobe/LeBron showdown in the Finals, which would be tremendous.

4. Pick up a new television show; preferably not Lost.

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I watch Lost but if you haven’t picked it up by now, just wait until this season ends and start watching seasons on DVD. If you’re on the east coast these days, stay away from dramas. The mix of lousy weather and depressing TV is, well, depressing.

A comedy weapon of choice is CBS’ How I Met Your Mother. It’s a funny show with one simple premise; one guy laying out the path towards meeting his future wife. If you don’t care about that, you should care about Cobie Smulders.

5. Start working on your March Madness brackets.

Amazingly, we are a month away from March Madness. A drop in work productivity, rise in days sick and office pools are to come. Think Kansas, Syracuse or Kentucky to win the national title. There is not a clear cut favorite this year though.

6. Keep your eye on the whole CBA business.

One alarming NFL offseason note remains a lack of a collective bargaining agreement for the NFL past the 2010 season. Assuming no deal is struck prior to March, it will mean an uncapped year in 2010. That will clearly impact next season and the concept of a “level playing field” for teams financially. You will see who are the haves and have nots pretty easily.

7. Pick up a new hobby.

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Reading books is a solid favorite. Learning how to cook works as well. For anyone on the east coast, shoveling is all the rage.

8. Read the 2010 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.

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As noted yesterday, Brooklyn Decker is on the cover of Sports Illustrated’s 2010 Swimsuit Issue. Decker is not alone though. She brought last year’s cover girl Bar Refaeli and a host of others along for the ride.

9. Watch old wrestling videos on You Tube

Although the WWE owns nearly the entire wrestling video tape library, things keep popping up on You Tube. Search for your favorite wrestlers and the let good times roll. If you hate wrestling, just substitute your favorite music act.

10. If you’re in the New Orleans area, just keep the party going.

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The Saints might redefine the phrase “Super Bowl hangover” in the upcoming weeks and months. If you’re a Saints fan though, you’ve waited this long. Keep partying and partying some more. Just go a little easy on those Hurricanes.

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