Football in a month? No way!

July 13, 2009

by Aaron Schultz

It doesn’t really seem possible, but in just over a month high school football teams all across Minnesota will be taking to the practice fields once again.

High school football practice in Minnesota begins Monday, Aug. 17, and not long after that the games begin.

The Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted Lakers kick off their season Thursday, Sept. 3, at home, against Norwood Young America.

Meanwhile, the Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity Bulldogs will open their season on the road Friday, Sept. 4 at Mankato Loyola.

There will also be a slight change to the high school football schedule this year, since the starting date is pushed back a little due to how late Labor Day is.

The final regular season game of the year is typically the Wednesday prior to MEA.

This year, that Wednesday game will now be the second to the last game, with the final regular season game coming the following Tuesday.

Normally, that Tuesday is the opening night for playoff football, but that won’t be the case this year.

I haven’t looked into it enough yet to know exactly how the playoff schedule will run once the regular season is complete, but I will in time for the football previews, which should run sometime at the end of August.

If your itching for football season to get here, the NFL is right around the corner.

The Minnesota Vikings report for training camp in Mankato Friday, July 31.

Wow, in about two weeks we should know if Brett Favre is our new quarterback. I can’t wait.

The first pre-season game for the Vikings is Friday, Aug. 14 at the Indianapolis Colts.

The regular season kicks off for the Vikings Sunday, Sept. 13 at the Cleveland Browns.

Then there is the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers football team.

Their season begins Saturday, Sept. 5 at Syracuse.

That is followed by what all Gopher fans have been waiting to see for a while now, the opening of the new TCF Bank Stadium on the campus of the University of Minnesota.

The Gophers will kick off their new digs Saturday, Sept. 12 against Air Force.

The final leg for my four-legged football stool is fantasy football.

Every year I get very excited for all of my many drafts, and this year is no different.

It is looking like I might be entering yet another league, putting myself into five leagues.

Apparently the four leagues I was in last year just wasn’t enough.

I’m not sure if five leagues is a good idea, but I have never tried that many before, so I’ll just have to wait and see if I can handle it.

Football is fast approaching, and just writing this column has already gotten me a little excited for it to be here.