The Return of the NFL


The NFL gets started for another year tonight.  One of the things I like about the NFL as opposed to the CFL is the way that they promote the shows and the games.  Tonight marks the opening of the season and they turn it into a big celebratory event.  On top of that they give us a match between the Packers and the Saints.  Aaron Rodgers vs Drew Brees.  This has the potential to be a 35-28 game, with lots of footballs flying through the air.

Various sports writers have been making their predictions, most of which will turn out to be wrong. I understand why Gregg Easterbrook aka Tuesday Morning Quarterback (TMQ) always add the caveat to his predictions, “all predictions guaranteed wrong or your money refunded.” Due to the lockout this season seems a little harder to predict and project than many others.

Although having said that, I think this year will more than any recent year be a “usual suspects” kind of year when we look at the teams at the top of the heap.  With a shortened free agency period and a shortened preseason, I think the teams that have the most continuity over last year are the ones that will be closest to the to.  The downside is that teams expecting to make a leap this year might actually fall back leaving them with even more work to do next year.

One of the things I like about the NFL as opposed to the CFL is the way that they promote the shows and the games.  Tonight marks the opening of the season and they turn it into a big celebratory event.  On top of that they give us a match between the Packers and the Saints.  Aaron Rodgers vs Drew Brees.  This has the potential to be a 35-28 game, with lots of footballs flying through the air.

Too be honest, for all that I’m glad the NFL is back, I’m going to be just as interested to see whether or not the NFL is really going to step up and do more to protect players against the dangers of headshots as I am about who will win the Super Bowl.  Given the increasing mass of evidence on the dangers of concussions to players and to any sport overall, (see Crosby, Syd), the NFL really needs to take aggressive action on the issue now.

The NFL, do to the fact that it is the most powerful, successful sports league in North America, needs to use that position of leadership to ensure the long term well being not only of its own players, but also of players at the lower levels of football.  Young players may no longer look up to pros as role models for behaviour, but they still will model their games after the pros they watch.  If those pros model good, safe tackling, eventually the younger players will want to practice it too. (This is not to exonerate their coaches who need to teach proper tackling techniques).

So to answer an oft asked question.  Yes, I am ready for some football.  Exciting, hard-hitting and hopefully safe-hitting football.

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