Yay? I mean, honestly if you wanted to know who your team would be playing this year, you could look it up on the NFL web site, or hell even on Wikipedia. The only thing you didn’t know was what time and if you were getting a non-Sunday game out of the deal.
How is this such a big deal in the world of sports? I don’t get it. It’s the release of the schedule for god’s sake, it’s not the start of the season. At the end of the day, you now have a more organized list of your team’s opponents, and that’s pretty much it. How dumb is that?
And yet, ESPN, NFL Network, Sports Illustrated and all the other hangers-on are out there acting as though we’re about to be gifted the lost scriptures or something. Please.
Next up in the NFL’s year-round coverage of anything but the actual game of football will be the 2012 NFL Draft. This has become an event unto itself over the years. All major sports host a draft of their own to acquire and distribute new young talent throughout their respective leagues, and yet, only the NFL has managed to turn theirs into a big deal.
We rent out Radio City Music Hall, we have LIVE television coverage spanning the entire four days this mess takes, and we have analysts at the ready to discuss and dissect every decision made as it’s made and for weeks after it’s been made. This is just proof that we need a Spring league for the NFL, something tangible to keep our sportscasters busy.
If I have to hear one more human interest story about Tony Romo’s golf game or “random player x does something random in his downtime” I think I might lose my goddamned mind.