Football: It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

By Doug Halberstadt
Sports Columnist

In about two weeks, my primary sports focus will turn to my favorite game of them all, football. I will be working high school games on Friday nights. My Saturdays are typically reserved for college games, and the professionals monopolize my Sundays, Monday nights and a Thursday every now and then.

I sincerely love this time of year. I get a great deal of pleasure writing my weekly football picks column for the pros. I’m excited to be back on the sidelines as part of WIFR-23’s commitment to providing the community with a local sports program. It’s enriching to know that these high school coaches and athletes will once again be recognized for all of their hard work, commitment, dedication and efforts.

Making preparations and researching players for my fantasy team provides me with an opportunity to look at all of the teams in the NFL, not just my team. It has actually given me an appreciation for several different organizations around the league.

I enjoy watching the NFL games at home in my living room, where I can truly concentrate on the action and watch replays from each camera angle. I’m not ashamed to admit that I prefer my solitude over going to a game or even attending a game-watching party. The only exception to that rule might be the Super Bowl.

When it comes to the college game, I am the complete opposite. I’d much rather be at the game or joining a group of friends at a local establishment to cheer on our favorite team than sitting at home in front of the TV. For me, the college football experience is as much about the social aspect of the day as it is the actual game.

I know it’s difficult for many people around me to understand how seriously I take the football season. Not everyone shares my passion for this sport. To those people I may ignore or not give my full attention to between now and February, I’ll apologize in advance.

I know there are several of you reading this who are as fervent of a football fan as I am. I’m also confident you’re able to completely understand each and every emotion that accompanies this time of year. If it’s of any help at all, feel free to show your family and friends this column and prove to them we are not alone in our love of the game and the joy it brings every year when August finally makes way for September.

Are you ready for some FOOTBALL?” I am!

Doug Halberstadt can be reached via e-mail at

Posted Aug. 19, 2014

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