It is a rough time of year, It's cold out there is still snow in the forecast and there is still plenty of winter left. The "holiday season" is in the rearview mirror and after Saturday night the football season for all practical purposes is as well. Overall it was an excellent season I have a lot of memories from this season, I remember the beginning of the season feeling like the Vikings didn't have a chance because I didn't feel like they improved much. I was wrong, way wrong. I even got to go to a couple games this season and watch them play in person. I think deep down I really thought this was the year for the Bears, I don't know why I have been on the Jay Cutler bandwagon but just because he isn't flashy and happy enough for everyone in my eyes does not make him a bad guy or a bad quarterback. I thought with their additions they would be the team winning the division this season, turns out they didn't even make the playoffs. The packers were the "sexy" pick this season coming off the 15-1 season a year ago and not making any major changes other than using an entire draft to bring in defensive players a lot of the experts had the packers picked to go to the super bowl this season. While they fell short of the super bowl that doesn't mean they had a bad season.
Looking ahead already to next season, seeing that this season isn't even completely over yet it is hard to tell. It is the depressing time of the season because all you hear about and all you know is about the players that are probably leaving. It looks like Greg Jennings will be gone for sure, Donald Driver has probably played his last game as a packer, and Jermichael Finley seems to have finally worn out his welcome in Green Bay. The part we don't know about though is the additions to the team, and for the most part we won't know what they do for months yet, so we are stuck with the loss to the 49ERS and losing these key players. The only positive about this time of year is that there is 2 weeks of football left before it leaves us for the spring and summer.
Not all is lost though, the bucks are playing good basketball, they are currently the 8th seed with the NBA season just short of being half over. They have very little wiggle room but they do have a 4 game lead on the next team that could knock them out of that seed. The badger basketball team certainly is not as good this season as they have been in the past and with the big ten being possibly the best conference in college basketball that is not a good combo for bucky fans. They did have a huge game on Saturday afternoon when they drilled a ranked Illinois team, and I am guessing tournament time they will get in the big dance, that is what it's all about. And finally the NHL is coming back this weekend, not sure what kind of following the NHL has around here, but I know that as much as I want to ignore it and am angry about the lockout this weekend there is going to be as much hockey on my TV as I can find. And if winter sports aren't your thing, pitchers and catchers report in 27 days. The seasons are changing.