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Guide for Life after Football

It ended with a bang followed by a whimper. The seconds ticked down to a nail biting ending. Afterwards the victors danced and sang while the losers cursed whomever they felt made the biggest mistake; but mere minutes later it was done. The massive media storm quickly became a vacuum that went from 24-7 coverage of Gronk's ankle to The View and The Voice. Suddenly it was all over. There is no more football.

So what the hell do we do now?

It's February and the fantasy leagues are done for months until camps open again, the playoff fever has died, and all that is left is spending our winnings from illegal gambling on the game (or chasing the Peyton Manning story like it is the cure for cancer).

Do we turn on the NBA? Oh I don't think so. They scorned us with the delayed season, much more so than the NFL. Plus everyone keeps getting hurt and all that missed time has made for some ugly games. Who needs it?

Are we doomed to watch re-runs of the World Series of Poker on ESPN 2 or surf around to watch competitive darts on ESPN 8 "The Ocho"? Speaking of Ocho, does anyone know when Ochocinco's new reality show will start? You know, the one where you actually see him on camera doing something (unlike his year spent with the Pats - 16 catches really?).

No worries men, the crack staff at Manwall has made of list of alternatives to get you through to the summer. We got your back.

1.     Hockey - If you have never really followed the sport now is a great time to try it out. While not as crazy up-tempo as basketball, it is way better than soccer plus they throw down regularly and the ice girls are ridiculously hot.

2.     March Madness - After you get through Valentine's Day you have a few weeks to start boning up on all things college hoops. The NCAA tourney is starting soon and bracketology can be a full time hobby plus a chance for big money.

3.     Elder Scroll V: Skyrim - Usually we shy away from recommending video games, but this epic adventure will easily divert all of your attention for months. This is one of those awesome games that sucks you in and doesn't let go.

4.     Arena Football - I mean if you are realllllyyyy missing it you can always watch T.O. tear it up with his Arena Team the Allen Wranglers starting in a few weeks. It is fast paced but I am guessing the fantasy league sucks.

5.     MMA Action - You can't go wrong watching guys beat the crap out of each other. Usually there is UFC action every month and with the new TV deal for Fox we can expect more matches on Fox and FX for free.

6.     Poker Night - This is an easy transition for fantasy football fanatics. Instead of gathering for 4 to 8 hours every Sunday in the mancave to watch 6 games simultaneously just gather for 4 to 8 hours every Sunday in the mancave and play some poker. If money is a problem then set a cap on the buy-in and play for pride.

7.     Golf - It is still winter in most of the country but it is never too early to get ready for Spring and Summer on the links. Get out your clubs and give them a good clean up, revisit Golf Digest, make a wish list for places to play this year, and maybe start hitting the range on the weekend if the weather is decent.

8.     Madden 2012 - If you still can't find anything to get your fix then boot up some Madden 2012 and replay the entire 2011 NFL schedule. That is a little sick and twisted but a guy's gotta do what a guy's gotta do some days.