There are still 156 long, grueling days until the 2010 NFL season officially kicks off with the Vikings visiting the New Orleans Saints in an NFC Championship rematch. (OK so that's not official yet, but the NFL would be crazy to pick any other team on the Saints' schedule.) College and high school football are still months away too.
So what the heck are we supposed to do until then? I know the draft is coming up, but we can only do so many mock drafts that are sure to turn out 95% wrong after the first draft day trade happens. Free agency has been an absolute snooze-fest for the Purple and Gold so far. Of course we can all sit around and wait for Ye Olde Gunslinger to come back, but you and I both know that nothing's happening there until August.
If you want to see some actual football being played in the Minnesota area before Labor Day, I might have just the thing for you. The Minnesota Machine professional women's football team has their home opener this Saturday night at 7:00 PM in St. Paul Central's James Griffin Stadium. And believe me, this ain't no Powder Puff football. This is full-pads, full-contact, wow-I-didn't-know-girls-could-play-like-that football. The Machine are part of the Women's Football Alliance, a 41-team league that covers the entire country.
Now before you start ridiculing me for daring to bring up women's football on a Vikings site, just know that I do have a personal interest in the team. My sister plays for the Machine (she plays CB, WR, P, and K--eat your heart out George Blanda) and I figured I'd give them a bit of free promotion like I did before their season last year. And I'm serious--you'll be surprised at the quality of play. These gals are athletes.
Plus, like I said, it's not like we have a ton of options football-wise these days. So check out the Machine's schedule on their site. Yours truly will be at their home games this season--I got roped into being the announcer for home games, so if anything you should come to hear a Daily Norseman writer fumble over names and sound like a complete dork over a PA system.
Sure, it isn't the Vikes, but it's not too often that you get to spend a nice Spring or Summer evening watching football, right?