Clemson Football will open its season on Labor Day Monday against the Duke Blue Devils, and I am excited to watch the first game of the new season.
I am not excited that it is on Labor Day Monday.
I used to love that. Monday Night Football isn’t what it used to be, but when I was growing up it was a big deal. A college game on Labor Day Monday didn’t happen all the time, so when there was a college game, it was a lot of fun.
On the occasion that it was Clemson, I was thrilled. The first game of the 2007 season was on Labor Day Monday. The Tigers hosted the No. 19 Florida State Seminoles. It was Monday Night Football in Death Valley, and it was awesome. Clemson won 24-18.
Today, I am over Labor Day games. This is the second year in a row Clemson has opened on Labor Day evening. Everyone else in college football gets to open on Saturday, with a handful of exceptions that start Thursday or Friday.
At least the fans of Thursday and Friday teams get to watch their teams early. The fans of Saturday teams get to enjoy the first Saturday of the season.
The fans of teams that play on Labor Day evening must wait forever. I know it’s not forever but that’s how it feels.
Clemson Football fans deserve a break from the Labor Day games
If I hear fans comment on this subject, they are almost always fatigued with the Labor Day games. I know some of you will put this in the ‘old man yells at cloud’ category, but I don’t get the impression I’m on an island.
When the game starts on September 4th, I will just be happy that Clemson Football is back and I get to watch, but this is the last time I want to see the Tigers on Labor Day Monday.
I want Clemson games on Saturdays. If you need to put the Tigers on a Thursday occasionally to create inventory, I’m fine with that if we don’t have to play on Monday anymore.