Photo courtesy Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

Photo courtesy Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

Every action has an equal and opposite reaction.

I know you’ve heard that one before. Maybe it was in school, or maybe it was in a movie, or maybe it was even in a sports blog being used as a loose metaphor. I’m talking about the month of February and the disparity in sports excitement that exists between the beginning of the month and the end of it.

The first week in February every year, we get the Super Bowl, arguably the greatest spectacle the wide world of sports has to offer us. Not only that, but the excitement builds at a steady, steaming freight train of anticipation that picks up speed at the dawn of the new year.

There’s just so much going on. A handful teams are trying to win a championship while many more, having entered the offseason earlier than they’d like to, try to figure out what went wrong. We get great football, big firings, and even bigger hires all at the same time. And that’s just in ONE sport.

This year we had the NHL on a delayed start, which placed all the merriment of the opening of the season directly in the same time frame. Hours before the Harbowl kicked off, there was terrific network hockey on NBC.

Add in the craziness of college basketball, and you had a euphoric time in a sports fan’s life. But just as the Super Bowl passes, a downturn in the frolic inevitably comes. In essence, that pendulum of momentum swings completely the other way.

It’s the late February lull, and it’s a depressing time for us sportsheads.

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

There’s not a whole lot going on. The NFL is done for five months, the NHL and the NBA are playing just run-of-the-mill games, and Spring Training is just BARELY beginning. College basketball’s going on, too, and yes, it can be exciting, but really we’re just looking ahead to the tournaments in March.

Sports, as a business, slows down. So much so that it seems one of the biggest stories going around is a retired player turning 50. Poor Larry the Cable Guy, no one’s talking about him, and he flips to five-zero tomorrow, too.

If that soft news story doesn’t give you your sports fix, might I suggest hard-hitting reports like Roger Goodell giving himself a pay raise or cars crashing during Daytona PRACTICE. Rather go back to MJ, you say? Good, because’s fourth story from the top is about how a rookie lost to the NBA great during a game of pickup basketball. I’m not kidding.

If things get any slower, we’ll be polling athletes on their favorite pizza toppings.

Making things worse, this respite in the current momentousness of sports seems to coincide with the weather. By mid-February the brunt of winter, save for a blizzard named after a tropical fish, is in the rearview but the warmth hasn’t quite yet arrived. The end result is a slushy grey layover of awkwardly uncomfortable weather.

This all came to a head last night in one of the slowest Friday nights of the sports year. The big game to catch at the bar? A celebrity basketball game. Or, if that didn’t strike your fancy, boxing was on national primetime television for the first time since what feels like the Reagan administration.

Like I said, perhaps this is what we get for all the fun we were having just a couple weeks ago. Deserved or not, though, it doesn’t change the fact that it’s a tough pill to swallow.

That’s why I have a message for you non-sports fans. Undoubtedly, there’s a sports fan in your life that you care about. Maybe it’s a friend, maybe it’s someone that’s something more. But whoever they are, please console them during these dark days.

As they go through what I like to call Sports Separation Anxiety Syndrome, go easy on them. The late February lull isn’t for the faint of heart and it’s going to be a few days before he or she is back on their feet.

Well, as sports fans, OFF their feet is more likely.

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