Every single year, I do the same thing. I sit around the entire month of March, exhausted, overwhelmed and secretly waiting for college basketball season to end. It’s not that I don’t love the sport (I love it as much as anything on this planet not named “Mila Kunis”), but when you write about college football and college basketball like I do, by mid-March, you’re just burned out. You just want to be able to relax on a Saturday afternoon, go to bed early on a weeknight, or heck, maybe even just read a book. If anything, you really just want to shut your brain off for a while and do anything other talk about, think about or write about sports. I’m not complaining, because I love what I do. But by mid-March I am drained.
So secretly, I wait for college basketball to be done, half-excited to have free time, half-depressed that the season is over… and then one day, poof, it’s done. Season over. Cut down the nets. Cue ‘One Shining Moment.’ And voilà, my workload decreases exponentially. All the anxiety and exhaustion of the last few months disappears, and is instead replaced by a new reality: What the heck am I going to do until September?
As I’ve said many times, of all the sports, college football and college basketball are far and away my favorite two. Sure, I’ll watch the NBA Playoffs or MLB regular season, and even flip on tennis or golf. But I don’t follow them like I do college hoops and football. In those sports, I’m a writer, a columnist, someone who tries to have opinions on everything. In the NBA, golf and baseball? Most of my thoughts boil down to sure “Hmm, C.C. Sabathia sure looks fatter than he did last year” or “Gee, I wonder if Tiger Woods is back to hanging out with those Olive Garden waitresses again.” Again, I like those sports. I wouldn’t say I love them though.
Which is why at this time last year I decided I needed to make a change. I couldn’t be sad that college basketball was over, but instead needed to embrace my newfound free time. That’s why a week after the Final Four, I decided to write down the things I wanted to accomplish in the off-season, a “Spring Cleaning” list if you will.
Some of the goals were absurd, some unrealistic, and some actually happened, as effortlessly as an Anthony Davis blocked shot into the fifth row of the stands. The point is though, that I did have a list, and it gave me the structure I needed in the off-season.
So what’s on my off-season to-do list in 2012?
Let’s take a look.