Today kicks off my favorite time of the year. September and October are hands-down the two best months of the year for me. College football officially kicks off tomorrow night while old Gray Bread will lead the troops to the Super Dome eight days later. The Yankees are in first place. If that wasn’t enough, five of the six divisions in baseballs are amidst tightly contested races. Finally, FANTASY FOOTBALL is right around the corner. Chalk up a lot of time spent on the couch watching sports, blogging about sports, talking about sports, and ignoring my girlfriend. I’ve been waiting for you all summer, September. Here’s five things I’ll be watching for this month…

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1. Derek Jeter’s hitting: Jeter, a free-agent to be and a .314 career hitter, is having a below-par year. Jeter’s batting average (currently .267) has been plastered everywhere, worrying some Yankee fans. Jeter is a career .327 hitter in September, so I’m expecting to step it up with the Rays breathing down the Yankees’ neck. Jeter, the all-time post-season hits leader (175), is money when the calendar flips to October. A strong September will carry over into October and make fans forget about his first five sub-par months.

2. Darrelle Revis’ contract: I’m not a Jets fan, but if I was, boy I’d be sick of this guy. I understand that he’s one of the best defensive players in the league, but still. C’Mon Darrelle. I’m sure the Jets aren’t low-balling you. Worried about guaranteed money? Get your butt on the field and earn it year-in, year out. D’Brickashaw and Nick Mangold received comfortable contracts, so I have a hard time Jet management is penny pinching. Hell, Mangold is one of the best centers in the league and even showed up to camp this year. He would have been a free agent next year!

Do I think the Jets and Revis come to an agreement before the Jets first game against the Ravens? I do. The Jets just put out some single game tickets on the open market, so you know they are getting desperate. Inking Revis will sure make those tickets sell much faster.

3. The Giants Defense: It’s been well-documented that the Giants D resembled Swiss Cheese last year. However, bringing in Perry Fewell and Antrell Rolle should help sure up the shaky unit. Justin Tuck must take control of this defense and lead by example. Their first game against the run-oriented Carolina Panthers, who embarrassed them 41-9 in Week 16 last year, will be a good test.

4. My Fantasy Team(s): If you know me, you’ll know that I operate a few many fantasy football teams each year. My analysis and research began right after the NFL Draft. Needless to say, I’ve been foaming at the mouth for the last five months, waiting for September 9th. Oh yeah, in-case you have not drafted yet, I really really really like Jahvid Best, Jermichael Finley, Johnny Knox, and Matthew Stafford this year. I believe that Chris Johnson can run for 2,500 yards this year, do you?

5. College Football: College football is a complete crapshoot this year and I love it. If you disagree with me, look at the rankings. BOISE STATE IS RANKED #3. Boise State?! Ok, they play on a blue field and in a bullshit conference. Blow Virgina Tech away by 25 points in Blacksburg on Monday and you’ll grab my attention.

Elsewhere, I don’t think Terrelle Pryor is anything special. I do think the Gators will be fine in the post-Tebow era with John Brantley leading the charge. Mark Ingram is having knee issues already, so will Bama repeat? WHO KNOWS! That’s the beauty of college football this year!

What are you looking forward to this year?