Well, well,well ... guess who is back to bring the written word and hopefully give you something worth reading? Here we go...
It's all about the season isn't it? To me, this is the best time of the year as we build momentum toward the holidays and at one point or another get to watch all three major sports, the new FedEx Cup and NASCAR chase. It makes for interesting TV watching.
The sun starts setting a little earlier and with school starting for the kids, Lord knows the focus changes a little in terms of family time spent together. (In my house, anyway). So now we prepare for the unknown that is the Packers, live and die with Ned Yost and the Brewers with every pitch and at bats having meaning and purpose, and get ready for the revamped and hopefully healthy Bucks.
The Badgers football and basketball programs have National Champion aspirations as does Marquette, and I haven't forgot about high school sports and the following and passions they create. All of this plus the unknown of everyday life helps to make this my favorite time of the year.
My advice to the casual sports fan is to enjoy the experiences created by your favorite teams and your favorite players, enjoy the community experiences at the stadium, arena, sports bar or place you congregate. For you hardcore fans, live and die with every pitch, snap, lap, serve, kick, shot or putt.
Remember though, life is too short to stay in the downs, so enjoy the ups more.
Steve Haywood is the host of That Being Said, which airs weeknights at 6 p.m. on Milwaukees ESPN Radio 1510 Days / 1290 Nights. A lifelong Milwaukee resident, Steve has been working on the radio since 1996 and also is executive producer of Sports Perspectives on MATA Community Media.
After graduating from Milwaukee Tech High School in 1985, Haywood attended college at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where he graduated in 1991.
He has covered a number of major events, including the Major League Baseball All-Star Game in 2002 and the NBA All-Star Game in 2003.
Haywood, 39, is married with two kids, a dumb cat and a dog described as a real curmudgeon.