The NFL announced their schedule the other day and it went mostly unnoticed here at CrabAppleLane. Last yearís disappointing Saints season still lingers here and the team hasnít done much in my eyes to rectify their deficiencies. The Redskins play the Giants in New York on Thursday, September 4 to kickoff the season. The Saints played in the opening game last season and had high expectations going in. That loss took some of the luster off of things and was the beginning of an 0-4 start. They recovered briefly and got to 4-4 but went back into their funk by seasonís end. All said, I think I prefer they stay out of the spotlight for a while. They open the season against NFC South rival, Tampa Bay, in the SuperDome, the site of the dumbest play call of the entire 2007 NFL season. It was a double reverse pitch that was fumbled and recovered by Tampa Bay, allowing the Bucs to go in for the winning score. The NFL has deemed that the Saints are worthy of four showcase games. They have Monday night home games with the Packers and Vikings, a Thursday night tilt with the Bears in Chicago, and a home game with the Chargers in London.
I'm liking the NFC this year. The AFC still has more star power, particularly at QB, but the young, rising stars of the league, like Adrian Peterson, Ryan Grant, Marques Colston, Ernest Graham, Brandon Jacobs, etc ... they're in the NFC. Itís a clichť but in the NFL, probably more than any other professional sport, youth will be served. Thereís no escaping it.
140 days until football season ...
Quote of the Day
I think it's the best job in the world. Where else can you go to play with such big toys?
Blog of the day here.
Quote from said blog: "A lot of people criticized the draft of the Bucs last April but no one is now."