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Midweek Musings - How Do You Get Through the Long Off Season?

The winter months can seem like some of the longest

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We’re not far away from the second official signing day for the 2019 football recruiting class, and then as far as football goes, there won’t be any major stories until spring practices start up.

Sure, we may see another player or two transfer, and a couple videos from winter workouts here and there, but by and large, the dog days for college football are nearly upon us.

How do you get through the long off season?

Penn State is lucky in that it has a couple competitive winter sports. Wrestling and hockey are both highly ranked teams, and are fun to watch or keep track of. Most other colleges are watching their basketball team with hopes to go dancing in March, but that’s never been Penn State’s forte.

But, say you’re not big into hockey or wrestling. What occupies your time? Aside from being the dead period for football, it’s also that dreary time of year where it’s cold, gray, and precipitating more often than not.

Personally, I’m a big fan of skiing. I only just learned in 2012 or so, and will never be a double black diamond kind of guy, but I can navigate blues just fine. Of course, I’m a much bigger fan of warm weather, so while the stretch of the off season from the Blue/White Game to preseason is a long one as well (with just baseball to watch, yuck), I can usually find myriad ways to fill my days, and before I know it, we’re gearing up for the first game of the season.

So tell me - in the long, cold, dark days of winter, with nary a real football article to be found, how do you fill your time?