Here we are again. Exactly 100 days until the foot meets the ball and the 2014 Football Season officially begins. For those of you who may not be aware, this will be my third year doing The Cardinal Countdown. If you’re not familiar with the countdown or my style of writing, allow myself to introduce…myself. Crap. Allow me to reintroduce myself….my name is Hov. Actually, it’s CardinalStrong and hopefully the last few sentences provide an indication of just how serious I take myself and this blatantly obvious self appointed title of Countdown Guru.
The point of the countdown is to help get through some of the drulls of summer, while at the same time getting to know your Cardinal players a little better. I mean, you can try and fill that Cardinal bird shaped void in your heart with lake trips and weddings this summer, but sometimes you need a little something more to chew on….and that’s why I’m here. You can chew on me.
The unique thing about doing this the last three seasons is that each, in my opinion, appear to be more anticipated than the last. Three years ago we were coming off the Belk Bowl appearance, with a solid team returning and conference championship expectations. Last year, riding high off a Sugar Bowl victory over the Florida Gators the thought of ‘national title contender’ crept into our heads along with a Heisman trophy candidate slangin’ around the ole pigskin. This season, we have the return of ‘Bobby ball’ and the leap to a much more challenging conference in which we just so happen to have the defending National Champion, Florida St., coming back to our house once again on a Thursday night. This is gonna be fun.
Last season I introduced the "Sweet Tweet" section for each player, and I plan to do that again. It provides some personal insight into each player, lightens the mood, and most importantly provides a platform for me to make some type of witty anecdote, pun, or just type something that is utterly ridiculous. It can be a cruel, cruel summer, but I promise not to leave you here on your own…[that was a warning shot, prepare yourself]. Sorry Cards fans, this is the next 100 days of your life. Let’s go…
(Posted this late today because there currently is no #99 on the roster. If you survive the weekend, I'll see you all right back here on Monday)