Let’s just throw in Hard Knocks there. Wasn’t the whole off-season Hard Knocks? I don’t remember an off-season for any sport as ridiculous as the one the NFL just endured. The NHL went on strike and lost a season and that was more normal than what happened here. I am glad that they can get down to actually playing football now. It will kind of distract everyone (including the media) from the stuff they really want to cover.
It’s finally here people. Gambling season…..I mean, um, NFL season. Millions of people will now lose all sense of productivity on Sundays from now until late January. Most conversations probably go like this:
“Honey, can you mow the lawn please?”
“Fuck that noise. FOOTBAW is on!”
That’s if you are married or in a relationship. If not, the work just piles up and you feel shitty about it later on. But not during. Oh no. Your eyes are glued to the TV. I will say this though (and the same thing goes for college football to an extent). When my kids are with me, I watch less football (live). So my PVR goes somewhat crazy but that’s what it’s there for (I guess).
Anyway, enough with the rambling, on to the schedule for week 1!
|1:00||Indianapolis at Buffalo||CBS (Golden Horseshoe, GTA, Peterborough, Kingston, Belleville, Cornwall, Quebec, Eastern Canada)/CTV (Toronto, Kitchener)|
|1:00||Kansas City at Houston||CBS (BC, Alberta, Northern Ontario, Western Ontario, K-W/Cambridge, Guelph, Ottawa/Gatineau)|
|1:00||Green Bay at Chicago||FOX (Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Northwestern Ontario, Northern Ontario, Belleville, Cornwall, Quebec, Eastern Canada)/CTV (Saskatchewan, Winnipeg, Northern Ontario, Ottawa)|
|1:00||Carolina at Jacksonville||No TV|
|1:00||Cleveland at NY Jets||CTV (Montreal, Atlantic)|
|1:00||Miami at Washington||CBS (Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Northwestern Ontario)/TSN2|
|1:00||Seattle at St. Louis||FOX (BC, Alberta)/CTV (Vancouver, Alberta)|
|4:05||Detroit at San Diego||FOX (Western Ontario, K/W-Cambridge, Guelph, Ottawa/Gatineau)|
|4:05||New Orleans at Arizona||FOX (Golden Horseshoe, GTA, Peterborough, Kingston)/CTV2 (Vancouver, Alberta, Windsor, London, Toronto, Ottawa)|
|4:25||Cincinnati at Oakland||No TV|
|4:25||Baltimore at Denver||CBS (all of Canada)/CTV (all of Canada)/CTV2 (Atlantic)|
|4:25||Tennessee at Tampa Bay||No TV|
|8:20||NY Giants at Dallas||NBC/TSN1/TSN3/TSN4/TSN5|
|7:10||Philadelphia at Atlanta||TSN1/TSN3/TSN4/TSN5|
|10:20||Minnesota at San Francisco||TSN1/TSN3/TSN4/TSN5|
Hey only three games will not appear in Canada (unless you have RedZone which sounds like it’s much tougher to get this season for some reason). That’s pretty good considering most weeks it’s anywhere from 5-7 games we can’t receive here. Hell, some viewers will even get Cleveland and the Jets. As you can see, Baltimore and Denver basically are monopolizing the late afternoon slot which makes sense considering the craptastic games going up against it. The early offerings are good and varied and nice for people who don’t have Sunday Ticket/RedZone. I, for one, don’t subscribe to either. Don’t get me wrong, when I watched the free preview of RedZone last year it was fantastic. But I have to draw the line somewhere and with $100 going to college football viewing for the season, I balk at RedZone or Sunday Ticket. Also it helps when I have a free weekend since I think I would feel like I had a major hangover if all I did all weekend was watch football (I should know, I have tried it before).
Straight Outta Vegas…North
I implore you all again. Don’t take these picks as good picks. They’re mine and, therefore, shitty. My hope is that one day my picks will somehow win a share of the ProLine NFL Pools prize. I’m not holding my breath. Here we go:
Indianapolis over Buffalo
Kansas City over Houston
Green Bay over Chicago (big since Chicago looks like it will be terrible this season)
Carolina over Jacksonville
NY Jets over Cleveland
Miami over Washington
Seattle over St. Louis
Detroit over San Diego (upset pick of the week I guess)
Arizona over New Orleans
Cincinnati over Oakland
Denver over Baltimore
Tampa Bay over Tennessee
Dallas over NY Giants
Philadelphia over Atlanta
Minnesota over San Francisco
For college fans, tonight there is one game on the specialty pack and then a crapload of games tomorrow. We are now into the time of year where football (college or pro) is on the majority of the days through to New Year’s Day. Thank god. This off-season seemed to go on forever (thanks to Tom Brady, Robert Kraft, Roger “Shitbag” Goodell, and problems with balls).
Update: Forgot to mention this but I found out this morning that there is a Sunday Ticket preview on this weekend for Fibe customers (and probably for Satellite and Rogers customers as well).