From rival to on your roster

It happens. Not often, but it happens. It’s free agency time and your team has just signed someone from the team you “hate” the most, your arch rival. Or, one of your team’s players does the unthinkable, signs with that arch rival. Is one better than the other? That could depend on who that player is perhaps.

If that player has been a nemesis for two games a year, is it easier to now cheer for that player cause well, at least they’re not going to beat you? Or, if it’s a player you like, good for your team, but for one reason or the other, he’s gone and now will be the opponent, is that worse?

For me, signing a rival will probably depend on the player and how they’ve played a factor in beating my team. Most players are in a sense “neutral” opponents. They’re your rival but no big deal. Then, there are those few that stand out and you just cringe at the mention of their name because of how they always seem to have that break-out game against you.

What are your thoughts?

Prime Time – Double Time

In anxious anticipation of the release of the 2019 schedule, many fans are wondering how many prime time games will their team have this year. The better the team, the more prime time games will be scheduled. For example, the Bears won the NFC North division, are celebrating their 100th season, and are always a big ratings draw, thus, more than likely they will have minimally four, if not the maximum of five, prime time games.

I did a quick look at last year’s prime time schedule and was surprised how many times a team that played in prime time did double time. This meaning, played in prime time two weeks in a row. It happened at least 12 times. A team played Sunday night then the next Monday night, or the team played two Sunday or Thursday nights in a row, or played Thursday night and the next Sunday or Monday night. You get the point.

I just found it interesting and made me ponder why would the NFL schedule so many repeat teams? What are your thoughts?