I kept myself busy this week, but something was missing.
I'm suffering from playoff football withdrawal. It's the first time in my professional journalism career that I don't have a chance to cover football in the off-season.
I talked to a couple of the seniors this week who only play football and they had similar sentiments.
It's just not the same.
So I'm begging the guys who are returning to the gridiron as Bulldogs next year to hit the weight room, study film and put a Steamboat Springs Sailor's Anchor on a punching bag so they can start building up aggression.
I'll even give them a free slogan to use for inspiration.
How about, "Back to old ticks in '06?"
Here's some more incentive to start a new playoff streak next year.
If the Colorado High School Activities Association sticks with the plan it has now for football realignment, Class 3A is losing three of its top four teams next year. Northridge, the Tri-Valley champs, Florence and Niwot will all change divisions next year. Moffat County fans should recognize the other two teams. Florence and Niwot ended the Bulldogs' playoffs seasons in respective seasons.
Next year the CHSAA has proposed Florence move down to 2A and the other two to move up to 4A.
Those moves should only solidify the Western Slope League as the best league in Class 3A. The WSL will remain unchanged if the proposal is approved.
The moves of those three teams won't make it any easier for the Bulldogs in the regular season, but once they're in the playoffs, the path to the trophy may be easier.
That's a year away though.
Now we all have to sit through the next three weeks with nothing to anticipate. Sure, I can go hang out at practice for the winter seasons. Ho hum.
Hockey is starting up and should be exciting, but it's not playoff football.
I guess I'll pass time by thinking back to some of the better plays of the '05 season.
Maybe I can borrow some tape of the season from the coaches. It could be entertaining to watch the three interceptions returned for touchdowns against Glenwood again. Cass Thompson's 80-yard touchdown catch against Battle Mountain would be entertaining. The entire Steamboat game until the last minute is probably worth watching.
It will work for only so long though.
If the Sailors beat Harrison and Eagle Valley stops the pass of Cherokee Trail this week, the two WSL teams will meet in Steamboat next week. I might go watch, but it's not the same. It's not the Boys in Blue.
I guess this all goes back to my selfishness that I wrote about last week. I'm especially ignoring the fact that the seniors who gave their all for four years are the real ones struggling here.
I'll stop. My petty desire to cover a playoff game really pales in comparison to the prospect that competitive football is no more.
Good job seniors, the community is still proud. If you see an underclassmen in the hall, tell them how it feels. Maybe it will inspire them to get back to playoffs.
Me and my selfishness would appreciate it.