Allow me to borrow, and slightly edit, a line from the great Christopher Walken and the infamous Saturday Night Live "Cowbell" skit.
"Guess what?! I got a fever! And the only prescription, is more football!"
Football is here, folks.
Just like in years past, Faulkner County will have its fair share of intriguing matchups throughout the fall at the high school and college levels.
I'll be assisting David McCollum, our sports guru, with coverage of football this fall, so naturally, I spent the weekend combing over the schedules of all the county high school and college teams. Needless to say, my excitement level is piqued.
On the high school front, Conway will welcome the likes of Bryant, Russellville, Fort Smith Southside and Greenwood, and is expected to be a player for another 7A Central championship.
Greenbrier, coming off an undefeated 2012 regular season and conference championship, will also have quite a few interesting games with matchups against Texarkana, Benton, Morrilton and Alma. Of course, Greenbrier and Vilonia will meet Nov. 7 in arguably the best football rivalry in Faulkner County.
That might be the one I'm excited about the most after hearing so much about the rivalry over the years, but not being able to experience it firsthand.
Vilonia also has an intriguing matchup against Shiloh Christian on Oct. 4, and Mayflower vs. Harding Academy on Oct. 25 has the makings of a good one.
And that's just some of the notable high school matchups.
At the college level, UCA will be going for its third straight Football Championship Subdivision Playoff appearance while defending its Southland Conference championship of 2012. In the process, fans will see games against McNeese State and Stephen F. Austin.
Without a doubt, the most anticipated game is the season finale on Nov. 23 when the Bears welcome co-conference champion, the Sam Houston State Bearkats, to Estes Stadium. If all goes according to plan, the game could have serious implications in the conference championship race.
Finally, you have the return of Hendrix football for the first time in 53 years. Excitement for the return of gridiron action at Hendrix is high among fans, and it should be interesting to watch as the season progresses.
The first game is Sept. 7, and fans will have five other chances to see Hendrix in Conway.
With all that said, get ready, because we're only a few days away from the start of the best time of the year — football season.