Never a bad time to talk football

June, 1, 2012
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One of the most frequent questions I get from people goes something like this: "So what do you do in the offseason?"

It's true the regular season runs from September to January, but I think we all recognize the NFL has become this country's first 12-month professional sports league. How deeply is the NFL embedded in our society? We got our latest example Friday.

Today is June 1, about six weeks after the draft, two months before the start of training camp and 100 or so days until the start of the regular season. On this day, the leader of the free world visited Minnesota to visit Honeywell, do some fundraising and speak on the issue of veteran employment in civil life.

Here is a link to the official transcript of President Barack Obama's remarks.

In his first sentence, Obama extended greetings to those in the suburb of Golden Valley.

His second sentence established that he was in the state of Minnesota.

His third sentence acknowledged Gov. Mark Dayton.

His fourth, fifth and sixth sentences: "On the way over we were talking about making sure the Vikings were staying. Now, that's a hard thing for a Bears fan to do. But I was rooting for the Vikings sticking around here -- and the governor did a great job."

Yes, the Minnesota Vikings' newly approved stadium bill was the first thing the president of the United States mentioned upon arriving in Minnesota. I realize it was a friendly warm-up on an otherwise serious and sobering news day, but still amazing, even if only to me.

That's all I've got. Have a great weekend.

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