For the past 2 years, the NCAA’s playoff schedule has hijacked NYE

Umm, excuse me, NCAA officials? I’ve you’ve got a sec between now and Monday’s championship game, I’ve got a question for you: Is this whole college football playoffs on New Year’s Eve going to become a thing?

If so, you need to tell me.

I’ve already forfeited New Year’s Eve celebrations in 2021 and 2022 to football. Should I go ahead and plan to spend every Dec. 31 from here on out with my iPad and endless rounds of Solitaire while the men in my life yell at the television?

If I start preparing now, maybe in 11 months, I’ll have come to terms with giving up one of my favorite holidays. After all, it’s been a good run.

I’ve had memorable celebrations going all the way back to when I was a kid, when Mama and Daddy let us stay up past midnight.

In 1978, Lisa Jane Boyd and I had a sleepover and went to see “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” with Peter Frampton and Barry Gibb at the old Delta Theater. After falling in love with the music from the movie, I went out and bought the double-album soundtrack with the Bee Gees, Aerosmith, Alice Cooper, Billy Preston and Earth, Wind & Fire. Years later, I scored a copy of the album by that other Sgt. Pepper’s band.

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