How have you spent this first weekend without football?

Mario Tama

It's been a long football season, but with this first weekend of the NFL offseason, we realize it will be some time before football is back. How are you spending your free time?

The San Francisco 49ers season ended with the NFC Championship Game, but whether we liked it or not, there were still two more weeks of football. I caught about ten minutes of the Pro Bowl (the very beginning, and a few Alex Smith snaps), and then watched the Super Bowl in the office. My task for the game was handling gambling coverage of the event, so basically breaking down the various prop bets as they happened.

This weekend however, was the first weekend since July when there was not football to watch. The 2013 season kicked off with the Hall of Fame game, and wrapped with the Super Bowl. The Hall of Fame game is not a pretty affair, and yet it still brings more to the table than the Pro Bowl!

For teams that don't make the Super Bowl, Pro Bowl weekend provides a chance to dip our toe in the water of the offseason. This weekend that is wrapping up is when we cannon ball into the deep end of the offseason. Thankfully things will pick back up with the Combine, free agency and so forth, but for this weekend and next weekend, there is a whole lot of nothing.

With that in mind, how have you spent this first true offseason weekend? I'm sure plenty of folks had to deal with chores and to-do lists. I've tried to do very little except get a whole lot of sleep. Well, that and watch television. I have finally gotten around to watching the three DVR'd episodes of "Sherlock"; well, the first two, I am about to watch the third. And next weekend brings us Season 2 of House of Cards. I am just a little bit excited about that, and will likely spend a good chunk of the weekend blowing throw those episodes.

On the sports front, the Winter Olympics are in full swing, although the whole tape delay nonsense is kind of ridiculous. That, and I'm not really a huge winter sports fan. Beyond that, we've got college basketball right in the thick of conference play, with March Madness just around the corner. And of course, pitchers and catchers are reporting, so baseball is about to get going. I used to be a bigger baseball fan than football fan, but since starting NN, I think I've evolved into a bigger football fan than baseball fan. I still love baseball, but football has nudged into No. 1 for me.

How do you find yourself keeping busy while waiting for football to slowly return?

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