But college football truly is like nothing else.
From start to finish Saturdays in the fall are like some natural drug that can deliver an invigorating high. Standing on the field of an SEC stadium on a cool, sunny day in October and watching that massive coliseum fill to the brim with passionate and ravenous fans is captivating.
Then the game kicks off and takes that emotion to another level. The bands, the students, the mascots and most importantly the compelling theater and competition Each summer we count down to the season.
In particular, we anticipate LSU football. As a kid I used to daydream about the games ahead while cutting grass or doing whatever summertime chores I was partaking in during those sweaty days. I thought about the new LSU players and how well they would perform.
I wondered how many games the Tigers would win. And for some silly reason I was consumed with attendance at Tiger Stadium. To me, empty seats in Death Valley amounted to some sort of melodramatic tragedy.
And now another season of LSU football is upon us. I often joke that we can't wait for year to begin and then we immediately complain about anything and everything shortly after the opening kickoff.
It's too hot, the kicker can't reach the end zone, the piped in music is too loud, the concessions are lousy, Mike The Tiger doesn't come to the stadium anymore, tailgating isn't what it used to be, Kirk Herbstreit is out to get us, CBS hates us This LSU season has the potential to deliver even more griping and angst than usual, if you believe the preseason talk.
And that LSU team was coming off a disastrous campaign that included the firing of Gerry Dinardo. The Tigers schedule is murder - four opponents are currently ranked in the Top LSU faces No. The Tigers also host No. LSU fired Les Miles four games into the season because they felt the program was slipping further and further away from being elite.
Winning games a season was no longer acceptable. Now I hear many people say "I hope we can go this year. As Ed Orgeron enters his second year as LSU's full-time head coach, many big questions are swirling and most of them surround the offensive side of the ball. The Matt Canada experiment was an epic waste.
Did having Canada as the Tigers' offensive coordinator help the Tigers win a game or two more last season? Maybe, maybe not, I can't really say.
I'm really tempted to tell you LSU would've done just as well, if not better, had Steve Ensminger remained the offensive coordinator after the season. I'm not saying Canada is a bad coach, but he obviously has an issue getting along with people, now at his seventh different school since Harmony at the workplace shouldn't be underestimated in this case.
LSU should be entering the second year of someone's offensive system, not implementing yet another scheme. Canada represents more buyout money floating under the purple and gold bridge.
LSU unfortunately has gotten really good at paying certain people tons of money to do nothing.
Most individuals who get fired at their jobs receive a two week severance and are then told to get the hell out. For whatever reason, many fired college coaches get insanely rich to hang out and chill. A few months ago I had never heard of Joe Burrow.
Chances are you hadn't either. Now he's LSU's starting quarterback and fans are looking to Burrow to be a savior. The Ohio State graduate transfer still hasn't done a single interview with the local media.
I can't recall not interviewing an LSU starting quarterback entering the season opener. This isn't criticizing anyone, just speaking to the great mystery surrounding the Tigers' new signal caller who has thrown less than 30 career collegiate passes. Who is this guy?
No jokes, no boasting, just busting his butt running sprints during the dog days of summer, hitting the weights, throwing with teammates and digesting as much film as possible.
Ensminger, a former LSU quarterback, has said he looks forward to throwing the ball and on more than one occasion has made it clear the strength of the offense is the wide receivers. Will Burrow be hitting highly heralded freshman targets like Ja'Marr Chase and Terrace Alexander for big yardage this season?
What about the latest Jefferson, Justin, who made that one-handed stab and went yards for a score in the Spring Game? Burrow could be running for his life if the LSU offensive line doesn't settle in and help produce some semblance of a rushing attack.
At least not yet. God bless Nick Brossette, who deserves some good things to finally happy to him this season as a senior. Clyde Edwards-Helaire is a low to the ground runner with some power. But the leading rusher this season before all is said and done could be true freshman Chris Curry from Florida.
None of these backs have been described as a "home run threat", but collectively perhaps they can give the Tigers what they need to keep defenses honest and to help the play-action passing game thrive. Despite that, Riley feels like this defense can be better than that one.
That was the same defense that held Alabama scoreless through three quarters and shut down Louisville Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Lamar Jackson to zero touchdowns in The Citrus Bowl.
Highly compensated and equally respected defensive coordinator Dave Aranda is entering his third year at LSU and the feeling is Aranda will have some nice surprises for opposing offenses this season.
The Tigers believe they have enough personnel to mix and match, while Aranda implements many more disguising schemes to utilize that personnel. Along with the insanely talented White is sophomore cornerback Greedy Williams.