Football, jeans and falling leaves: Nothing beats fall

Fall is the best season. You could disagree, but only if you insist on being wrong.

To celebrate the beginning of autumn this week, here are just three reasons it is the king of seasons in Ohio:

1. Weather.

Some people don’t like the change in seasons, but I do. Memories of winter’s cold make summer’s heat more bearable (for a while at least).

“But spring is also not too hot or too cold,” you might say. True, but spring weather in Ohio tends to be less predictable, and those yucky, wet and/or unseasonably cool days feel worse because they are a reminder summer still isn’t here.

Spring is the cruel temptress of seasons while fall offers respite from the summer heat and the opportunity to wear jeans and a t-shirt outdoors without the burden of a jacket. And on those occasional hot days that still peak through? A reminder of what you did last summer (and not in the creepy book/movie way).

2. The end of baseball season.

No matter where you live, baseball season ends in the fall. This can be good news for teams at both ends of the spectrum. This year in southwest Ohio, it’s time for the Reds to be put out of their misery, but the end of one disappointing season just means it’s time to look ahead to next year when you can hope more of those prospects they’ve acquired in recent years can begin to blossom. Fire up the hot stove.

3. Football.

This is really No. 1, but we didn’t want to be too predictable.

Football is America’s sport, and it is at its best in the fall when high school, college and the NFL are all in full swing. Nowhere is it more widely embraced than Ohio, where we have two pro teams (and the Hall of Fame), the top college team of the Associated Press poll ear and over 700 high school squads, including powerhouses from muddy river to murky lake.

And as spring is to baseball, early fall is to football. In September and October, there is still time to dream about championships as the seasons take their unique forms. Those won’t be decided until winter, though, so fall is still the time to sit back and enjoy the games.

We could go on, but there’s great weather to get out and soak up.

What are your favorite things about fall?

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