It’s time to come out of hibernation |

It’s time to come out of hibernation

Casper's CornerJeff CaspersenGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

At last, sports salvation is upon us.No more hourly updates on the Michael Vick dog-fighting saga. No more sleep-inducing NBA Finals games to snooze through. No more counting out the five-second intervals between cycling doping allegations. No more boring NFL preseason games.No wonder I started following NASCAR and NBA summer league basketball during the dog days.It’s been a summer of boredom on the sports front, and let me be the first to welcome the fall months and all that’s ahead. We were treated to a fantastic NFL opening day on Sunday, with everything from a miraculous last-second field goal by Jason Elam to top the Bills, to a Sunday night shootout, with eight touchdown passes spread between little Manning and Tony “I Want a Contract Extension” Romo.

Perhaps only Mike Shanahan has the guts to set up for a last-second field goal without making any effort to stop the clock. He better have sprung for several rounds of beers at the airport in Buffalo last night, because the margin of error between goat and hero was razor thin, and that offensive unit spared him a week of baaaa-ing and eating whatever the heck goats eat. Hay, tin cans? I don’t know. But September and October aren’t NFL exclusive.This is where the baseball season takes a turn for the exciting. Playoff races litter the National League landscape.Six teams are within five games of the Wild Card (including – gasp – the Rockies in a rare dance with success), while the Brewers, Cubs and Cards are fighting to give away the NL Central.And perhaps the September storyline with which I’m most enamored: the fall from football grace of Michigan or Notre Dame. Go Appalachian State! I guess I’m somewhat of a hater of the football-factory schools, and I’ll always root for the demise of a Big 10 team that doesn’t go by the name Indiana. It gets even better. Because Michigan and Notre Dame square off this weekend, at least one will be 0-3 at weekend’s end. Tell me that a month ago and I’d have called you crazy. Might as well enjoy it while they’re down, because you can’t count on either program to be down for long.So, after a long, boring summer, milk these eventful months while we have them. In no time, we’ll be back to suffering through sleep-inducing NBA Finals and Stanley Cup showdowns, or mindlessly tuning in to over-coverage of the latest sports scandal.Contact Jeff Caspersen: 384-9123

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