Amid this Fallout Saturation

Only 5 months until pitchers and catchers report.

This guy would probably not agree with my analysis.

I’m more tempted all the time to not have a football blog. Talk about an over-saturated market, man. I’m actually weary of football, at the moment at least. I even found it difficult to get myself to listen to the sports talk shows I steal all my takes from.

The debate about whether or not to build a new stadium for the Vikings seems sort of stupid as the season is happening. A fan base this large and dedicated obviously generates a lot of money. That it interests so many people is not a small deal, except to people who don’t care about it and want to selfishly assume their dislike onto everyone else. As if what they do in their free time is any less superfluous.

The enormity of football makes it pretty tiresome though. Diehards will disagree but it’s totally overkill. Especially if you actively consume sports media. The total domination of football coverage doesn’t subside all season. The baseball postseason and opening of the NBA and NHL seasons are either shoved to the side or ignored completely.

Even more ridiculous is that the sports media is over-saturated with NFL coverage even throughout the off-season. Combines, OTAs, training camps, the draft…the media exploits each for as much coverage as they can get, most of it completely pointless. Yet it’s always important enough to interrupt the seasons of all the other sports.

There is no remedy to this situation. As long as football is the biggest sport in America this over-the-top coverage won’t end anytime soon. I just hope I have the patience to continue writing about it as long as the thou-…hun-…few people who want to read my football takes exist.

Erik Ritland is a journalist and musician from St. Paul, Minnesota. He is a contributor for Minnesota culture blog Curious North and writes frequent Daily Rambles. Ramblin’ On catalogs his writings on culture, music (including his own projects), sports, religion, and many other topics. You can reach him via email here.


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