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Doug Wolter: Sports TV to watch after the football season

These are the dark days of winter. Football almost over, and baseball still a ways off. What can we watch on TV?

Doug Wolter
Doug Wolter

For the first time in months, I had no football to watch on Sunday.

It was, as you might have guessed, depressing. Oh, I could have watched the Pro Bowl, but are you serious??? I heard on Monday that there were half a dozen interceptions thrown by quarterbacks and the defenses behaved like matadors waving red capes. I still don’t know why they play that game, if you can call it a game.

I’m not watching the Chinese Propaganda Olympics, either.

If you’re like me and you’re going to miss football on weekends for the next several months, and you’re wondering when and if there will be a major league baseball season, I shall recommend to you some other television options to pass the time.

  • Bowling. I hear it’s coming back to ESPN, and it’s actually not bad. It’s relaxing. I usually fall asleep after about 20 minutes of it. But it’s more spirited than it was in the old days. Producers encourage the competitors to be more obnoxious while bowling, which is apparently enjoyed by fans. But I have yet to see one of them purposely drop a 16-pound ball on an opponent’s foot.
  • Old NFL games on the NFL network. I like to watch them sometimes, just to pass the time. They repeat a lot of Super Bowls. I tend to ignore the Super Bowls that the New England Patriots participate in (for obvious reasons), but the others are worthwhile. Sometimes, I’ve actually forgotten who won ‘em, so I’m surprised at the ending.
  • NBA basketball. The season is still going on. If you’re into that sort of thing.
  • Old baseball games on the MLB network. Problem is, in my Dish guide they spoil the ending by telling you what happened in the game. What’s the point of that?
  • Battlebots on the Discovery channel. I love those fighting bots. You never know what’s going to happen. They’re in the middle of the 2022 season right now, and I’d describe it as kind of like helmet-to-helmet hits in football, but without the penalties.
  • NCAA basketball March Madness. It’s coming on March 15. Much more fun when you fill out a bracket.
  • The NFL draft on April 28. It’s the time to dream, as if your favorite team is going to stumble upon the missing piece.
  • Masters golf. Yes, it’s the big one. Hold on. It’s coming on April 4. Sit there in front of your TV set, pretend you’re standing in that lush green environment and be thankful you made it through the dark days of winter.

Doug Wolter joined the Worthington Globe in December of 1983 as a sports reporter. He later became sports editor, and then news editor and managing editor. In 2006 he moved to Mankato with his wife, Sandy, and served as an editor at the Mankato Free Press. In 2013 he and Sandy returned to Worthington to take up the job of sports editor at The Globe, and they have been in Worthington since.

Doug can be reached at dwolter@dglobe.com.
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