This is an article about the NFL season starting so late. This is exactly what happens to an average college student at a state school from the time your parents drop you off at the dorm to the time you see them at Thanksgiving break. And it captures the difference between freshman year and sophomore year.
“For the 2011 season? Everything basically started on July 26 … and I mean, EVERYTHING. For a team without any continuity from 2010, you’d think this experience would be like moving into a college dorm freshman year — those first few weeks are going to fly by, you’re going to make a few mistakes, you might be a little homesick, you’ll make at least one friend whom you’ll drop by October once you realize he or she sucks, you’ll definitely get too drunk at least twice, and by Thanksgiving weekend, you’ll look back and be happy you survived without failing out or running out of money. For the teams with continuity, you’d think it would be more like sophomore year: Yeah, there are some new faces on the floor, but you know your friends, know where to go, and know what to do. It’s a different level of confidence. It just is.”
— Bill Simmons… culture genius