26 March 2007

Are you ready for some football?

It may be only March, and the baseball season hasn’t even started yet, but, just as we almost forgot, the NFL dangled a little carrot over our heads today by announcing the first batch of games for the 2007 season:

Sept. 6 – Thu. – Saints at Colts – NBC – 8:30 p.m. (ET)

Sept. 9 – Sun. – Bears at Chargers – FOX – 4:15 p.m.
Sept. 9 – Sun. – Giants at Cowboys – NBC – 8:15 p.m.

Sept. 10 – Mon. – Ravens at Bengals – ESPN – 7 p.m.
Sept. 10 – Mon. – Cardinals at 49ers – ESPN – 10:15 p.m.

With the announcement of some of these games, I almost wish they were five days away and not five months. Every single one of these games has some level of intrigue to it. It will be interesting to see how the Saints go into this season as a favorite to win the tough NFC South, while the Peyton Manning goes into this season having already won the big one. Ron Rivera gets to face the team that fired him as the top team from each conference during the regular season square off in San Diego. And the three remaining games all comprise of teams that will be fighting against each other with legitimate chances at division titles. Yes, I actually would not be surprised if either Arizona or San Francisco walk away with the NFC West.

But what’s most amazing about this is how year-round football has become in America. There has never been more off season football (both college and pro) coverage than there has been this winter, I think due to the demise of Hockey and the cultural marginalization of the NBA.

In some ways, September cannot come soon enough.