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NFL: The best week of the year is upon us, soon to bellowed by the worst.

For the casual sports fan, this is one of the  best times of the year. The NCAA march Madness tournament just ended,  and with that ending comes a plethora of sports for anyone to choose  from  on any given day. First and foremost, baseball is back, early enough  in the season for even the Chicago Cubs fans such as myself to have  some sort of small faith in their team. Secondly, the NHL playoffs are  about to begin, and as we’ve seen the last few seasons, it really is  anyone’s game once the regular season ends (just ask anyone who saw  the L.A. Kings go from eight-seed to world champions last season). Finally  the NBA playoffs are also beginning, with more storylins than they could  have ever anticipated at the beginning of the year. Will Derek Rose  come back for the post-season? Will the Lakers be able to survive without  Kobe? And perhaps most of all, will LeBron and company be able to repeat  as world champions down in Miami?

Yes, the culmination of all different sports coming together for the viewing pleasure of  the United States is a beautiful thing. But did you notice what was  missing from that list above? The biggest event in the NFL off season  is coming up as well, in exactly one week as a matter of fact. And after  the 2013 NFL Draft is over, the long, tedious, tiresome, and downright  dull part of the off season begins for the NFL and it’s fans, the time  between the draft and the first preseason game, the Hall of Fame game.

For the casual NFL fan, this presents no problem whatsoever. So what if there’s no action  after the draft? There are more than enough sports going on right now  to keep the mind occupied from work, school, or whatever else it is  people like to escape from while immersing themselves into the wide  world of professional sports.

For the hardcore NFL fan, however, this presents  the biggest problem that one has to face year in and year out, “What  am I going to do with myself for four whole months while the only coverage the NFL is getting in  the mainstream media, is the occasional video from ESPN with Tim Tebow  doing shirtless laps at Jets camp while the rest of the team actually  practices?”

Normally fans take advantage  of this time to get things ready for summer. Putting the patio furniture outside, staining the back deck, breaking out the grill,  etc… This year, however, it would appear that mother nature is content  on making us suffer even more, with no NFL coverage and weather outside that would make you think it’s  still the middle of March.

If you follow this blog  regularly, then you saw my post last week about Roger Goodell and his  proposal to change the NFL off season calendar, pushing all the events  back so that they are spaced out evenly throughout the off season, and  we no longer have to deal with four months of non-NFL coverage. But alas,  that has not happened yet, and so we are stuck with no football on television  for four months pared with the lie of a Spring that Punxsutawney Phil  promised us would come immediately following his non-shadow seeing return  from hibernation on February 2nd.

So to those of you hardcore  NFL fans who don’t know what to do with themselves when the draft is  over, enjoy this next week. It will be your last of hardcore and continuous  NFL coverage, so take full advantage of mock drafts and “expert”  predictions alike.

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As for you casual NFL fans,  enjoy one of the best sporting weeks of the year. Be sure to catch the  draft, but keep it in picture and picture with one of the other various  sporting events going on during the NFL draft. I’ll see you  on April 25th, for the best draft in all of professional  sports.

WIDE  WORLD OF SPORTS

Professional sports can  be one of the most dividing things in the entire world. As a Chicago  Bears fan in the heart of Packer country, I can tell you I experience this  day in and day out. Blackhawks and Red Wings, Yankees and Red Sox, Bears  and Packers, even Buckeyes and Wolverines, everyone has an enemy when  it comes to the wide world of sports.

Sports are a funny thing, though. You can absolutely despise your opponent on the field, but  once that final whistle blows, it’s all different. In the middle of  the “W” at Camp Randall Stadium after every game, players and coaches  from both teams can be seen taking a knee front and center, saying a  prayer together after the game, and that’s just one example. All across  the world of sports, compassion and friendship is shown each and every  day.

This has never been more  evident than at Yankee Stadium this week, when Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline” was played throughout the PA system, and all of  the fans got up and sang together. “Sweet Caroline” is considered  to be sort of an anthem of the Boston Red Sox, the most hated rival  of the New York Yankees. The Sox play it every single time they play  at home, and if you ask any true blooded Yankee fan what song they hate  most in the world, “Sweet Caroline” would probably be up towards  #1.

In wake of the Boston Marathon  bombings, however, the compassion and friendship seemed like it had  never been stronger. Outside the stadium hung a banner that read “United  We Stand,” with the logos of the two biggest rivals arguably in all  of sports, sitting side by side. It was a display not only of compassion  and companionship, but of brotherhood and bonding, a symbol for the  entire world to see.

Last night, the Boston  Bruins played the game that was originally scheduled for the night of  the Boston Marathon bombings. Due to the events and the lockdown of  the city, the game was postponed. And as if those reasons weren’t enough, think about this: Each  and every member of the Boston Bruins lives in the city of Boston. Before  last night’s game, images of the bombings were shown on the jumbo-tron  at the TD Ameritrade Garden in Boston. Then someone came out for the  national anthem as always, getting ready to sing. What happened after  that, though, was far from normal. The man singing the anthem stopped  right as it was getting going, and the crowd took over for him. In an  amazing display of solidarity, fans put their arms around one another,  pushed through the tears that they had, and sang the anthem for the  United States of America. Together.

It doesn’t matter that  the Bruins lost the game in a shootout, or that the Yankees and Sox  are back to hating each other once again. What matters is that even the most  bitter of rivalries, that dates back hundreds of years, or that the  simplest thing that happens before each and every sporting event in  the country seemed different. It helped. It may not have found the person  responsible for the horrible acts committed, and it may not being back  the people lost in the tragedies, but for one shining moment, it brought  everyone together and proved what we already know about this great country  of ours: In the face of adversity, when everything else is pushed aside  and nothing else matters, we, the citizens of the United States of America, will always be there for one another. Always willing to lend  a helping hand or give a shoulder to cry on. Always wanting to stick  together and be there for one another. And always letting everyone else  know, that in the face of adversity, we will not crumble. We will stand  tall, and we will be united, even if it’s something as small as the  singing of the national anthem.

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Alex Crowe, Assistant Sports Director

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