The Sunday before the Super Bowl is the worst Sunday in TV sports entertainment.
After 17 weeks of NFL football since Labor Day weekend, TVs across America are silenced.
Even if you're not watching the games, the familiar drone of play-by-play and the occasional stop-by to check how you're doing in the football pool make Sundays special.
Yesterday it was Lifetime movies, a DVD of "Monsters, Inc." and, for dad, golf.
But watching Tiger Woods demolish the competition by double-digit strokes does not make for must-see TV. Especially when fairways and greens around here are covered with snow. (Golf on TV is much better when you know you can tee it up.)
So a wintry Sunday came and went with no Jim Nantz, Bill Cowher or Terry Bradshaw. There was no familiar sound of a crunching tackle or the roar of the crowd. There were no bad car commercials to ignore.
The Sunday before the Super Bowl is like split-pea soup without the ham.
According the Guinness Book of World Records, Fuller Field is the oldest baseball diamond to have continuously hosted baseball, which it has done since 1878.
When you consider all of the baseball that's been played and the deep history of the sport, to think that the first organized game on a diamond took place right down the road makes the world seem a whole lot smaller.
So we're driving up to the toll booth on the Massachusetts Turnpike and this trucker in front of us can't make the decision on whether or not to go to a cash booth or the Fast Lane.
There are only two Fast Lanes open, and as there is significant traffic we're committed to the Fast Lane on the right.
So this trucker finally shifts his rig into the Fast Lane, cutting us off to do so. Instead of slowly driving through (this is why Fast Lane exists), he stops. So we sit behind him. After 30 seconds or so, we have to ease back into traffic to get to a cash booth. The Fast Lane on the left is not an option, as it is five lanes over.
After getting a ticket (which means waiting in line to pay instead of driving through Fast Lane once we exit), we look over at the trucker who is still sitting at the Fast Lane booth, stopped.