I just couldn't help myself. After boycotting the National Football League and the National Basketball Association for four months I found myself drawn back to the world of professional sports as January rolled around.

After all, the first month of the year is usually cold and dreary and reruns abound on television. It just didn't seem right not watching some playoff football action on the weekends. Frankly, I was also disappointed with college football and the Arkansas Razorbacks in particular. It seems all four of the wheels fell off the Hogs' wagon in the second half of their regular season ender at Missouri.

I just couldn't help myself. After boycotting the National Football League and the National Basketball Association for four months I found myself drawn back to the world of professional sports as January rolled around.

After all, the first month of the year is usually cold and dreary and reruns abound on television. It just didn't seem right not watching some playoff football action on the weekends. Frankly, I was also disappointed with college football and the Arkansas Razorbacks in particular. It seems all four of the wheels fell off the Hogs' wagon in the second half of their regular season ender at Missouri.

The Hogs entered the contest an upbeat 7-4, looking like they were ready to take on whoever they were matched up with in their designated bowl assignment. The Missouri Tigers were a miserable 3-8 and perhaps the worst team in the Southeastern Conference.

Whether it was overconfidence or simply an inspired Tiger football squad, the Hogs managed to blow a 3-touchdown advantage when the offensive engine sputtered and the defense folded like the proverbial road map. To put it bluntly, it was an overall miserable performance.

Fast forward to the Belk Bowl. As Yogi Berra once said, "It's like Deja Vu all over again." Arkansas jumped all over the Virginia Tech Hokies as Gunsmoke's Festus often said, "like ugly on an ape." The Razorbacks looked like a completely different team in the second half. They couldn't muster any offense and the defense looked like a bunch of matadors at a bullfight.

Particularly upsetting was the apparent lack of discipline on the squad. One player was arrested for shoplifting from the bowl sponsor's store, which had given the players a $450 gift card to shop there. Before the game ended one of the Arkansas players was ejected for spitting on a Virginia Tech opponent.

How low can you go? Enough is enough.

I temporarily boycotted pro football and pro basketball because I objected to some political leanings being permitted into the sports arena. Somehow, it seems that sports should be one place where political ideologies should be neutral. I quickly learned there are problems wherever people and/or athletes are involved.

At this point, I must also confess that I lost interest in college football because of the extreme length of the games. The Belk Bowl lasted over 4 and 1/2 agonizing hours. I also admit that I very quickly got sick and tired of Alabama fans believing that the Crimson Tide has an inherent right to the national championship trophy.

Maybe the last laugh was on me. I calculated that the NFL playoffs would be more exciting than Alabama running roughshod over Clemson. Well, it turns out the Tigers ripped the trophy out of the arrogant Crimson Tide hands in a 35-31 championship thriller. Meanwhile with the exception of Sunday's Green Bay-Dallas nail-biter and the Kansas City-Pittsburgh cliff-hanger, the NFL playoffs have been a bust.

The jury is still out on basketball. The Razorbacks got off to their usually hot start beating a handful of cupcakes and creampuffs and then finding it difficult to get into the win column as the Southeastern Conference schedule opened. Meanwhile, the Memphis Grizzlies are off to another good start in the regular season but predictably are finding it quite difficult to win enough to get a high seeding when playoff time rolls around.

Who knows, I may eventually get burned out on sports in any form except baseball. Only in baseball can a team with a century long loser's image, like the Chicago Cubs, win a World Series championship. However, that means there's still hope for the Arizona Cardinals, the Cleveland Indians and the Sacramento Kings. These professional sports franchises have gone 69, 68 and 65 years respectively without a championship title.