Increasingly, my sports calendar revolves around the NFL. I grew up playing baseball, but I can't get into the MLB like I used to because of the lack of spending parity. The NBA regular season doesn't mean much, and I grew up in Texas so I don't get into hockey either. There are many reasons for the popularity of football; every game in the regular season matters, they turn Sundays into an event, and every team has as much chance of winning the Super Bowl as any other. That popularity is in jeopardy, but this isn't a lockout speech so I'll save that for another day.
The problem with loving football so much is that you have to find entertainment in the offseason. Some people get into the sports I was just discussing. Some people have other hobbies that keep them entertained. I personally get into the draft and all the events that lead up to it. Whatever your preference is, you have to have something to tide you over until next August when training camp
hopefully begins. To see how people entertain themselves, as well as more draft links from the Senior Bowl if that is your cup of tea, follow the jump.
Arian Foster and Vonta Leach are entertaining themselves in Hawaii preparing to play in the Pro Bowl. Here's a video that shows how grueling a process it is for Foster.
The regular season isn't over for all Texans fans. As Alan Burge writes, the Bull's Eye Tailgaters will be competing in the Bing National Tailgating Championship at the Super Bowl. They're a great representation of the city and Texans fans. Good luck, guys.
John McClain of the Chronicle entertains himself by prognosticating who the Texans will pick in the first round. Daniel Charles shares why he feels McClain's rationale that the Texans will select Von Miller is all wrong.
Speaking of guessing who the eleventh pick will be, Stephanie Stradley gave all of her Twitter followers 140 characters to tell her who the Texans should take and why, and compiled those results.
Now onto my entertainment, the Senior Bowl. Here are the practice reports:
Wes Bunting/National Football Post.
Tony Pauline/Draft Insider (North).
Joe Everett/NFL Draft Bible.
Shane Hallam/Draft Countdown (North).
Adam Caplan/Fox Sports.
Patrick/Texans Tribune (North I South).
There were also a couple of position specific notes:
Tony Pauline writes why the Cowboys probably won't take USC Tackle Tyron Smith and what teams like Nevada QB Colin Kaepernick.
Wes Bunting breaks down what he's seen from the quarterbacks at the Senior Bowl.
Rob Rang reports that VT corner back Rashad Carmichael has a high ankle sprain and will not play in the game.
Matt Bowen of the National Football Post ranks the safeties at the Senior Bowl according to his opinion.
Dan at Mocking the Draft details the wide receivers at the Senior Bowl and explains why there is not that much separation between some of them.