Football season is over, now what?

Chris Hummer

The Super Bowl capped off this Sunday and the New York Giants are world champions. Now football fans everywhere are panicking and wondering, what am I supposed to watch until football starts up again in August?

Well calm down NFL fanatics, here is a list of great sporting events, month by month, you can check out to hold you over until opening kickoff 2012.

Feb. 6-12 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am

This event marks the return of the world’s most famous — or infamous, depending on who you talk to — athlete Tiger Woods to the PGA tour. Woods will be looking for his first tour victory since 2009. The event also features celebrities Bill Murray, Ray Romano and Aaron Rodgers.

Feb. 24-26
NBA All-Star Weekend

The lockout couldn’t prevent an NBA season from happening, and as a result sports fans still get to watch the most entertaining All-Star game in professional sports. Plus you get to see Blake Griffin dunk, reason enough to tune in right there.

College Basketball (that’s all you need next month)

March Madness! There are conference championship tournaments, bubble teams, upsets, bracket competitions, bracket busters, Cinderella stories and enough basketball a day to make a person call in sick more than a few times. What more could a fan want?

March 28-29
MLB opening day

One of the purest days in all of sports as 32 teams open up their 162 game marathon. Every team has a clean slate, fans still believe their team has a chance — yes, even Cubs fans — and they come out in droves. Opening day is something every sports fan should experience at least once.

April 2-8 Masters Tournament

Perhaps the classiest event in all of sports, the Masters is the golf’s most prestigious major and is always good for a weekend of father-son bonding. Expect Woods and up-and-comers like Rory McIlroy to battle it out for the Green Jacket.

April 26-28 NFL Draft

Alright NFL fans, by this point I know you’re going through serious football withdrawals, which is why the NFL has scheduled its annual draft extravaganza in late April. Tune in to see who your favorite team drafts to help alter the course of the franchise forever.

April 28
NBA playoffs start

Can LeBron James finally win a ring? Can Kobe Bryant win his fifth? Will the Mavericks repeat or was their run just a fluke? These are just a few of the storylines that will be a part of the NBA playoffs this year. The playoffs feature the highest level of basketball played all season and is definitely worth anyone’s time. Yes, even you Clippers fans — you actually have a shot for once.

July 25-Aug. 12
Summer Olympic Games in London

Almost every country in the world comes together every four years for the Olympic Games, and luckily for sports fans, the London games are finally here.

National pride will be on the line, and sports fans have a wide variety of events for their entertainment, whether it’s basketball or power walking, there is something for everyone.

You have the opportunity to watch world class athletes like Usain Bolt and Michael Phelps do what they do best, compete. And if nothing else, any fan can tune in to root on the red, white and blue — I can already hear the USA chants from here.

Printed on Thursday, February 9, 2012 as: Plenty of exciting sporting events still to come this year