Ah, the classic problem of what to do when football season has ended. For a lot of sports fans this is the time of the year when we die a little inside. The NFL draft is over, March Madness is in the rearview mirror and major league baseball is 80 games away from any threat of real drama. Well Iím here to get you through another offseason of football blues with my top five hometown things to occupy your time until football season starts back up.

Roller Derby

I said it last year and Iím going to say it again, if you havenít checked out the local Rogue Roller Girls derby team, you are doing yourself a disservice. This is a combination of NASCAR speed, football power and ballet grace all on a pair of roller skates.† The Rogue Roller Girls† lace up the skates for a bout against Kill Devil Derby, Saturday, at the Eutaw Round-a-Bout, at 880 Elm St. in Fayetteville.

Tickets are $10 for ages 16 and over; $6 for ages 8 to 15; and free for those ages 7 and under.

Doors will open at 4:30 p.m., with a 5 p.m. start.

SwampDogs baseball

There are few sports in which the athletes lay it on the line every game like minor league baseball. Most minor league baseball clubs are farm teams that develop young talent for major league teams and SwampDogs are no different. Every player on the team has hopes of someday playing in the big leagues and knows that every swing, pitch and catch is on display for scouts. If thatís not enough to warrant a little attention during this sports lull, baseball games are also a great Family experience. It doesnít get better than hotdogs and baseball during summer nights.

Fayetteville Commandos Football

If high-flying offense and football in the summer is your cup of tea, then the Fayetteville Commandos semi-pro football team might be what the doctor order. Look, I get it. Football season is over and you have worn out the play button on your Blu-ray watching Rudy, Remember the Titans and The Blindside. The first step is admitting you have a problem, but the next is going out and satisfying your thirst for football. The Commandos are in the middle of the season and will capture a playoff birth this year. This season has the potential to be a championship one and that in itself is enough to make the Commandos a worthwhile attraction.

Sports fans who love football know there isnít any real magical cure that is going to take away the yearning for football season to start, but fortunately Fayetteville has some homemade remedies to help past the time.

Take heed.