9 AM? What are you, crazy? Trust me folks, I don't like this any more than you do, but the consensus is almost always to start this game earlier so people can "spend time with their families" and other nonsense. I don't quite understand the appeal, but that's how it'll work (unless there's significant push for a schedule change, which might happen).
So come on out and enjoy a non-contact holiday sport. Pre-working-off all those calories that you'll be gorging later is a good idea, trust me.