As the calendar has turned to February and the Super Bowl, my mind has naturally started to gravitate to all sports post NFL. NHL Hockey, NRL Rugby, a resuscitated XFL (how long will that last?), and of course MLS Soccer! Even though I looked at the MLS schedule when it first came out, I still cant get over the fact that this year the season will be starting in the last week of Feb!! I still remember when this league first started in 1996. In the early years we would start in April! As time passed and the league became more established that April starting date eventually became a March starting date--first late March, then mid March, then early March, and now the last week of Feb! As the league continues to expand (I can easily see the league growing to anywhere between 32-36 teams before it stops) and the league schedule needs to accommodate more total games, we may reach a point where realistically we may have to begin the season somewhere in mid Feb-- which to me is absolutely mind blowing. At that point we may very well and truly be playing winter ball. Heck, even when starting in March we have had a few early season cold days and snow days over the years! I hope MLS has those flourescent orange and flourescent yellow balls ready!!