Call me a hater. Label me a spoilsport. Whatever you prefer just know that I’m 100% correct in saying there is nothing more pointless than debating the NFL schedule in April. That doesn’t mean I’m not excited about today’s announcement. That doesn’t mean I won’t wonder how the Raiders will fare against their competition. It just means that there is no reason at all for ESPN to have a three hour special to discuss games that at this point have no meaning at all.
Every year we go through this same song and dance where the starved sports media beats to death a debate based on the same logic you’d apply to a game of Madden.
I’m pretty sure NBC was banking heavily on Drew Brees and Peyton manning dueling it out on Sunday Night last season. Instead they got the Colts getting crushed and Sean Peyton eating a hot dog. Made for some great returns on Monday’s ratings report, I’m sure. It also made for plenty of wasted breath in April when the talking heads saw this tantalizing matchup on the schedule.
As I recall there weren’t many circling the Packers-Lions’ Week 17 clash as the best game on the schedule for the NFL finale. No, most were selling us the fools gold of Cowboys-Giants instead. There was less drama in that game than a porn script.
Correct me if I’m wrong but wasn’t Kevin Kolb supposed to giftwrap the NFC West for Arizona. How’d that turn out? I’m guessing as well as the predictions of the Cowboys being Super Bowl contenders or the San Diego Chargers being a playoff team.
Every year it’s the same teams, same names and same games that are dissected before a single player is drafted and most mini camps have barely gotten under way. I’m all for excitement and anticipation but we all know what happens when you start counting those chickens before they hatch.
So yes, expect JBB to cover the schedule. But don’t expect any analysis other than planning the best weekends for this L.A. native to make his annual trips to the Bay. I do play fantasy football but I don’t exist in a fantasy football world. I’ll leave that to the paid professionals that clearly know much more than I do about analysis of teams that aren’t even down to their 53-man rosters yet.