Did that pesky alarm wake you up Monday morning?
Monday was the first day of September, Labor Day.
A day to take a step back from the daily grind. A day to relax.
The day is observed on the first Monday in September and originated in 1882.
The day was created by the Central Labor Union (New York City) as a "day off for the working citizens."
Congress made Labor Day a federal holiday only 12 years later.
Most of the time, schools are not in session during Labor Day.
Almost all business take the day off. Labor Day, incidentally, is usually thought of as the end of summer.
Labor Day also marks the annual Jerry Lewis Telethon.
However, there's something else about Labor Day that makes the day and the weekend quite exciting.
The beginning of football.
Although NFL games don't officially start until Thursday this year, any football fanatic had this weekend marked on their calendar.
The NCAA football season officially kicked off this weekend and Indiana University fans can rejoice knowing the Hoosiers trounced Western Kentucky, 31-13, in the season opener.
Notre Dame and Purdue fans also realize their squads are only a few days away from the start of the 2008 campaign.
Colts fans must be chomping at the bit realizing Indy faces the Chicago Bears in the first game at Lucas Oil Stadium Sunday evening.
And the start of the NFL season officially begins Thursday, when Washington Redskins travel to New York to take on the football Giants, the reigning Super Bowl champions.
And my Vikings? Well, they'll face the Brett Favre-less Green Bay Packers in the first game of a Monday twinbill, which also features Denver at Oakland.
Sorry, I got sidetracked. I keep forgetting most people just aren't interested in Minnesota.
But hopefully you are interested in the beginning of the football season.
Here's to lazing on the couch on Sundays, checking out the games!