Schedule – Anxious Anticipation

After the combines, the next big event is the release of the schedule for the upcoming season. I anxiously await it being released as I’m sure many other fans do. How many prime time games will we have? How many Thursday night games? When is our bye week? Any holiday games? So many variables! If you travel to games, it signifies the beginning of checking airfare, deciding to book or not to book. What hotels are in the area? Near the stadium? Need a car? How much vacation time will I need to use? Will this game be flexed? So much to think about! But as someone who travels to games, so much fun! I love it!

I looked at last year’s schedule, in particular the prime time games, and found some interesting scheduling. At least I thought it was interesting. Stay tuned to read what I found.

Salary cap or no salary cap?

Someone I know posted a question on Facebook asking, should the NFL have a hard salary cap or should it be open ended? Should teams be able to pay players whatever they want? As much of a headache I’m sure it is for teams and for fans when players can’t be re-signed because of it, there should be a salary cap. If there’s no salary cap, salaries will get out of control and teams with a bigger market and more money have an unfair advantage. I personally am a big fan of an attempt at parity. Every team and fan should always feel they have a chance to win it all. Many players already make a ridiculous amount of money to, well, play a game. No cap, no common sense on how much players make. Ultimately it could be the fans that suffer as someone will have to pay for the large salaries.

Thoughts? Should the NFL keep the salary cap or let it be a free for all?

I can do that job – Flag wave maker

I can do that job – Flag wave maker. This was at one of the away games I attended. The flag was “waving” during the National Anthem. What qualifications are needed to help make our flag “wave:” Not have a fear of closed in areas, not being too tall as to have your head be the wave maker, ability to raise arms and gently poke the flag.

Heard a little rumor

I heard a rumor that the 2019 season, which is also not only the NFL’s 100th season, but the 100th season for the Chicago Bears, will kick off in Chicago with the Bears taking on their arch rival Green Bay Packers. This is also the oldest rivalry in the NFL. Typically in recent years, the Super Bowl champs kick off the season on Thursday night. It only makes sense though the charter franchise of the NFL would kick off the 100th season. Sometimes rules are meant to be broken.

Fans of the New England Patriots may disagree. Would the NFL have done this if the Rams had won? Did they figure since the Patriots have won six Super Bowls in the last 18 years, they’d be ok giving up the spotlight in the season opener? Or was this decided before the Super Bowl was played and the NFL is actually getting it right?

I think this is the right thing to do. Several years ago the rumor was the NFL was considering opening the 100th season in China. What? That would have been one of the stupidest moves they’d made. Full disclosure, I’m a Bears fan who’ll be waiting all off season for that Thursday night.