Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Hey, there's football on

One of my favorite things about summer is when you're at a bar.

OK, when you're at a bar outside.

OK, when you're at a bar outside and there's a preseason football game on one of the televisions. It's the "beginning of the end" moment we're all excited about as we move toward fall. I think fall would win in a Gallup Poll of "what's your favorite season" in the midwest. Maybe nationwide (not the insurance company). But maybe that, too.

I'm not the biggest fan of preseason football because it doesn't matter. But it's cool to see in August.

You're standing at a patio and you look up and there's various guys from Ohio University or Mount Union or the like running all over the field on weeknights.

You don't even pay attention to the games. It's just a, "hey, football's on. It's time to be happy."

Without further notice, here's the national TV schedule for preseason games with Browns and Bengals games thrown in there for our readers in central Ohio.

Sunday, Aug. 3 - Indianapolis vs. Washington in Canton, 8 p.m. (NBC)
Thursday, Aug. 7 - New York Jets at Cleveland Browns, 7:30 p.m. (WBNS 10-TV); New Orleans at Arizona, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
Monday, Aug. 11 - Cincinnati at Green Bay, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
Thursday, Aug. 14 - Carolina at Philadelphia, 8 p.m. (FOX)
Friday, Aug. 15 - Oakland at Tennessee, 8 p.m. (FOX)
Sunday, Aug. 17 - Detroit at Cincinnati, 7:35 p.m. (NBC4)
Monday, Aug. 18 - Cleveland at New York Giants, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
Thursday, Aug. 21 - San Francisco at Chicago, 8 p.m. (FOX)
Friday, Aug. 22 - Houston at Dallas, 8 p.m. (CBS)
Saturday, Aug. 23 - Cleveland at Detroit, 4 p.m. (WBNS 10-TV); New Orleans at Cincinnati, 7:35 p.m. (NBC4); Pittsburgh at Minnesota, 8 p.m. (CBS)
Monday, Aug. 25 - Seattle at San Diego, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
Thursday, Aug. 28 - Cincinnati at Indianapolis (NBC4) OR Jacksonville at Washington, 7 p.m. (NBC); Chicago at Cleveland, 7:30 p.m. (WBNS 10-TV)

Regular season kicks off Thursday, Sept. 4.

- Compiled by Art McGregor

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