Monday, April 13, 2009

2009 NFL Schedule

The schedule for the entire 2009 season of NFL football gets released tomorrow on an exiting, prime-time television event. 

From the moment it is released online, till about 32 minutes later, it will bring tremendous joy and interest to an otherwise dull Tuesday evening.  On the 33rd minute after it’s release, everything will return to Normal, and I will casually glance at it now and then until the first week of September. 

The most exciting thing for me however, is tracking down that elusive yet achievable double header weekend, where I can drive south from my Canadian home to catch a game on Sunday afternoon, then find a Monday nighter on the way back, between Sunday’s location and my home. 

On a blustery Sunday in December, 2007, I watched the Titans play KC, then hit up a Vikes/ Bears game on Monday.  Heaven on earth my friends.

Life is too short not to drop stacks of cash on sporting events.  

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

The Sad Truth

If I have a flaw in my game (by game, I mean my fanatical love of the NFL) it is that I watch a minimal amount to college ball and only really get to know the players heading into the draft at the combine.  This becomes an issue, because I rely solely on draft boards and mock drafts to tell me who is good at what position.  I have little first hand knowledge from watching a player on the field.  The exception is the top players who play for highly ranked college teams, who are always on TV and play in the bowl games.  If you play for Notre Dame, SCU, LSU or Florida, I’ve seen you play ball.  If you play for Notre Dame, not only have I seen you play ball, but I’ve also seen your coach get hit in his knee hit from the side, buckling it 45 degrees sideways, making me mildly sick to my stomach.  Watch that gross S*&T here.

So now here we are less than a month from the draft.  I know who should be in round I, I know their names, their position, I don’t care, but I know what school they are from, I know if they were caught smoking weed in college, if they stole their roommates shoes, I know if they hate wearing condoms, by the number of children they have fathered and I know how good they are at standardized testing, and how fast they run the 40.  I don’t know if they made a slick one handed catch in the endzone in their JR year, If they aver yell at their coach on the sideline, or if they can pull away from safeties in the middle of the field on a run.  I can read that stuff, but it’s not the same as knowing because you have seen it. 

Because I gather my info from mock drafts and news reports, I basically only hear whose blowing it and slipping down the board.  As far as mock drafts go, I’m 90% sure that everyone who does them just copied the last guys order, because they all look the same.  Somehow on draft day, nearly everyone will be wrong.  In fact in some years, the guy who was picked to go #1 overall sank back to the end of the round.

But, I am stuck with this information.  I will wait patiently until draft day, than I will watch, bored to death, while teams pick their man and I will wait until next season starts to see how these players who I have been thinking about for the past month, actually play the game.  That is my punishment for not finding enough disposable time on Saturdays during the fall to watch 6 hours of football.

I am not content with this situation and I will attempt to amend it next year.  Mark my words.  

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Cutler to the Bears

Jay Cuter was traded to the Chicago Bears today.  In return the Broncos get QB Kyle Chandler, head football coach on NBC's Friday Night Lights, first round picks in 2009 and 2010, Lovie Smith's daughter's hand in marriage, the bears third round pick in 2009, hot dog with all the fixins (we're talking fried onions, relish, ketchup, mustard, some chili and a slice of cheese right up on top there) and a brand new pair of Reebok sneekaz.

The Bears will receive a fifth rounder in '09 from the Broncos, QB Jay Cutler and an Upper Deck, Eric Lindros rookie card.  

UPDATE:  It is QB Kyle Orton heading to Denver, not Friday Night Lights star Kyle Chandler.  My bad.