It’s mid August, the kids are getting ready to go back to school,businesses are readying to get back to a normal schedules, and football training camps are coming to a close.

In just a few short weeks, the high school, college, and professional games begin!

All the training and preparation, all the two-a-day practices, up downs, gassers etc will now be replaced with Friday Night Lights, College Gameday, and Sunday Countdown.

It really hits home for Michelle and I, as each of our boys are intimately involved each weekend on a team and we will spend most of the fall traveling to and watching them coach or play the beloved game of football.

Love this time of year!

The off season (hard to believe the last game was Feb 2nd?) was filled with lots of stories.

Just look at the headlines, from the Ray Rice arrest, to the Pouncey brothers night club brawl, to Andre Johnson’s tantrums, to the Redskins’ name controversy, and to Aaron Hernandez.

In spite of the fact that events like the draft and the scouting combined and the announcement of the schedule pull huge TV ratings, the bulk of the NFL offseason news is misery.

With that I bring you the Johnny Manziel story.

Good or bad, it has been entertaining to watch this 21-year old millionaire live life to the fullest.

While Browns coach Mike Pettine insisted that Johnny Manziel’s off-the-field activity will “be a non-story”, it really was, in fact, “the” story!

The photos posted of Manziel in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Texas, and Mexico this offseason seemed to reflect badly on him, his team, and the NFL.

Why?

Do you remember what you were doing when you were 21?

Now add to that a ton of talent and a multi-million dollar contract and ask yourself what would you be doing?

“It was something that was a hot topic for the offseason just because of who he is,” Pettine said.

“It’s a very unique thing.”

Or is it?

They say history repeats itself and this case is no different.

I give you Joe Namath.

Joseph William “Joe” Namath, nicknamed “Broadway Joe” or “Joe Willie”.

Namath burst on to football scene during the 1960s and 1970s and embraced the bachelor lifestyle.

That together with the playing in NY, created unprecedented press coverage.

One of his teammates, John Dockery, was quoted as saying:

“He was a guy that came along and broke a lot of the conventions.He was like a rebel with a cause. It was like traveling with a rock star.He just was a magnet. Wow!”

Sound familiar?

I urge you to read this story from ESPN Classic and judge for yourself.

http://espn.go.com/classic/biography/s/namath_joe.html

I think you will agree, the more things change, the more they stay the same.

Regardless, just like back in the 60’s and 70’s, looks like everyone is ready for some football!

And that’s what Nudelberg says!