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?

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?

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.


Hall of Fame Process – Should it be changed?

In a few days the newest class of the NFL Hall of Fame will be announced. The list has been reduced from 25 to 15 and Saturday will be shortened to ten then, to five. The committee will vote on each of the five candidates as to whether they should be inducted into the Hall of Fame. The candidate must receive at least 80% of “yes” votes to get in.

My question is this – Does this process need to be changed to either you make or you don’t? You get one shot. Can we let go of the “in by first ballot” stigma and the set number of players to get in and just vote. I mean a player’s stats don’t change. They’re retired!!! Nothing will be different about what the player did the next year or any year that follows. Change the mindset and change the process. Why drag it on and on for players?

What are your thoughts? Keep the process the same or change it to your either a Hall of Fame player or you’re not, simple as that?

Just sitting and waiting for Sunday

It’s always with mixed emotion I anticipate Super Bowl Sunday. Excited for the game as I am for any NFL game, but also sad. Sad because this truly marks the end of football season. The end of football games for six months. The end of knowing exactly what I’d be doing on Sunday afternoon. Sadly, not the end yet for being bummed my team isn’t playing on Sunday. Double drinks are hard to forget. Oh well, maybe next year.

Last Post on my Game Ball – I think

I hate to keep dwelling on the fact I got a game ball after the Bears game against the Los Angeles Rams but I got a game ball! I’m thinking it may be my only game ball so I’m going to milk it for whatever I can. Ok, I know, it was for ALL the fans but I still got a game ball. I did a blog on the digital game ball everyone got to download which was so cool. Then Bears went one step further, a SUPER cool move, and at last Sunday’s game, my REAL game ball was on display! Kudos to you Chicago Bears! Everyone had a chance to get their picture with it (wish I was having a better hair day!). 

I got a game ball!

So excited! I got a game ball! Ok so not exactly. After Sunday night’s victory by the Chicago Bears, Head Coach Matt Nagy gave the game ball to THE FANS!!! Thank you Coach Nagy! The stadium was electric and on their feet (a little too much-see other blogs) screaming and yelling and causing False Starts and wreaking havoc with the Los Angeles Rams offense. Means a lot Coach that you acknowledged the fans for their support and their part in the Bears victory! 

Then on my phone I get notification to go to the Bears app FOR MY DIGITAL GAME BALL!!! Great move on the part of the Bears. Thank you! We could download a picture with it! GO BEARS!!!

Game prep – NY/NJ

For me, it’s always a challenge as the weather gets colder, trying to figure out how many layers do I need? I get cold if its below 80. You’d think after all these years I’d have figured it out, but I haven’t totally. There are so many factors that go into play, temperature, is it windy, rain, snow, dampness? It’s just not easy being me.

Today, I’m in East Rutherford, NJ, as the Bears are playing the Giants. Temperature is warmer than expected for December in NY/NJ. Forecast says it will be 53 at kickoff. That said, the forecast is for possible rain for a portion of the game. That means it’s going to be damp. 

Looks like it’s going to be a four layer day. 

I would much rather sit in snow than rain. 

Go Bears!