Things To Do During Basketball Season


Dec 30, 2014; Starkville, MS, USA; Mississippi State Bulldogs head coach Rick Ray during the game against the McNeese State Cowboys at Humphrey Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Spruce Derden-USA TODAY Sports

The Men’s Basketball team is a train wreck. If you believed the team was going to turn the corner after last week’s win over Florida State, the travesty that was the game against Tennessee probably dashed those dreams. Based off of most reactions from the fans, many of you have given up on the men’s team having any more success during the 2014-15 season. So if you need something to get you through the month of January and the first two weeks of February when baseball season starts, then you need to go somewhere for ideas. If that’s the case, I am here to help. Here are some things you can do if you don’t want to self inflict yourself with torture with the basketball team.

Watch the Women’s Team
This is the most obvious thing you can do. Our Women’s team just finished up an undefeated nonconference schedule and currently sit in the top 20 of the rankings. Not only is this team good, they are young. The two leading scorers, Victoria Vivians and Morgan William, are both freshmen. They opened the SEC slate with an impressive victory over 19th ranked Georgia. This team is going to be one of the best in the SEC this season, and they should stay that way for a number of years to come. Coach Schaefer could be building a powerhouse in Starkville. Most of their games are played on Thursday and Sunday, so give them some of your time. It’s good to see one basketball team doing well.

Become a fan of an NBA team
I love the Grizzlies. They are really good this year, so they will be getting the majority of my basketball attention this season. It’s nice that I live about 30 minutes away from FedEx Forum, so I can probably go to a few games this season. If you don’t like the Grizzlies, there are plenty of other teams that are fun to watch. Find one you like, and cheer to your heart’s content.

Spend some time with your significant other
If your wife/girlfriend or husband/boyfriend (yes, we have female readers that are the only sports fans in the relationship) isn’t a big football fan, then there is a pretty good chance they might have felt a little neglected during football season with the success the team had. If so, take some time to give that special someone in your life a little TLC. They could probably use it.

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Read a book or two
I love to read, but the football season didn’t present any time for me to dig into a book and give attention to any this season. If you are like me, you might want to catch up on some books you didn’t get a chance to read. First on my list will be Gone Girl. I didn’t see the movie because I want to read the book before I see the movie. If you have any suggestions, please send them my way.

Find a new hobby
Wanted to start that stamp collection? Thinking about trying your hand at bird watching? Sure, those things sound really lame, but at least it’s something to do. The point is try something new. You might find something you never knew you would like, and now you can indulge your new found interest.

Get in shape
I used to be an exercise junkie, but I slacked off big time the past four months. It’s time to fix that. If you don’t want to watch the basketball games and you miss a workout, that might be a good time to get that missed workout in. No better time to get your body in shape like the present, right?

That’s just a few things you can do. There are plenty of other things you can do to occupy your time while the basketball team continues to disappoint and frustrate. If you have other suggestions for people, feel free to throw them down in the comments section.