EXTRA, EXTRA - WE'RE GEARING UP FOR THE FOOTBALL SEASON - NFL AND NCAA QUICK-HITTER DITTIES BELOW ... PLUS OUR BASEBALL WEEKEND NEWS/NOTES TOO

Can you really believe it?

The National Football League kicks off its 2017 Preseason sked in two weeks (that's Thursday, August 3rd) when the Dallas Cowboys battle the Arizona Cardinals in the annual Hall of Fame Game ... and we're trusting the league that the field in Canton will be in a playable condition, right?

One week later it's a case of "everyone into the pool" as all 32 NFL teams will play a Preseason Week 1 game between…