Tim’s Take: Football break allows chance to catch up with other sports

OK, I am going to be frank for a minute: I do not know what to do for the next two weeks. No TCU football for two weeks? After Thursday night’s performance, that might be a good thing – but that’s beside the point.

There has to be something to distract everyone from the 24-hour, vomit-inducing coverage of the Boston Red Sox’s return to the World Series, the New England Patriots’ run toward an undefeated season and the thought of Ohio State and Boston College at No. 1 and No. 2 in the BCS standings, respectively.

Though the Barney-Soulja Boy video on YouTube is a great source of distraction for anyone like me, there has to be something else to drown out Joe Buck’s lovefest with Curt Schilling’s bloody sock and video packages on Bill Belichick’s sweatshirt.

Unfortunately, TCU football, as inconsistent as it has been, cannot even distract me right now. At 4-4 and hopes of a conference championship all but gone, Horned Frogs Nation might have a hard time coming to terms with playing at a half-full Amon Carter Stadium on New Year’s Eve in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl.

Look at it this way: Any bowl game with one less word in its title compared with San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl has to be somewhat of an improvement. Try to convince yourself of that; It’s fun.

So with TCU football taking a break for the time being, there has to be something else for me to write about, right?

After reading stories ranging from President Bush asking – in his best Dr. Evil voice, mind you – for an additional $42.3 billion for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to Kid Rock’s arrest at a Waffle House, one story rose above the rest.

Chuck Norris is pledging his support to Mike Huckabee’s campaign for the Republican presidential nomination.

I really wish I could have been in the room to see Huckabee high-five his staff when he was informed of Walker Texas Ranger’s support.

Something tells me the number of Huckabee supporters doubled when the news broke – he is now approaching the magic number of 50.

If we don’t start seeing slogans relating to Huckabee’s stance on national security that read “When the Boogeyman goes to sleep every night, he checks his closet for Mike Huckabee,” I am going to be thoroughly disappointed.

So with no football, now is the time to get informed or reacquaint yourself with other proud athletic programs TCU has to offer such as Richard Sybesma’s swimming and diving teams, Dan Abdalla’s soccer team and Karen Monez’s rifle team – all of which have home contests this week. You might learn something.

Go ahead and “Crank Dat Soulja Boy.” It is going to be alright.