Column: Not quite ready yet for Thursday Night Football
Published: Thursday, September 5, 2013
Updated: Thursday, September 5, 2013 00:09
After sitting through countless preseason games and hours of Mark Sanchez analyses, football is finally back.
When the Denver Broncos and Baltimore Ravens kick off tonight in Denver it will wash away months of staring blankly at fantasy football mock drafts and bring home the gorgeous reality that is the NFL.
But for another year, the NFL’s opening game is serving as just another reminder that the country’s most powerful league is slowly taking over every single day in the week.
Not that I am entirely against it, but Thursday Night Football used to be a delicious novelty to enjoy while spending time with family on Thanksgiving. As a Giants fan, I have few memories more pleasant than rooting against the Cowboys with cousins and a stomach full of gravy.
But with Thursday Night Football consistently growing in popularity since its 2006 debut, it feels like only a matter of time before Any Given Sunday turns into Football Every Single Day of the Week.
Not to mention the fact that I nearly always forget to set my fantasy lineup before Thursday night games, the NFL is seeming to ignore the sanctity of Sundays that they created themselves by making football a Sunday event.
For almost a half decade, professional football has been reserved for the end of the week (with one exclamation point after a long Monday). The NFL used to be reserved for the day where your dad was home from work and you could throw the football around in the backyard. Does the NFL even care how tired our dads are going to get from throwing a football every single day of the week?
But like I said, I’m not 100 percent against the idea. From bars looking to capitalize on having something good on television and college kids looking for a distraction from not studying, having a hot football match up to put on is always a good thing.
In some regards, it’s admirable of the NFL. The powerful should always look to get even stronger in our capitalist society. And for the NFL, that means looking to take over every single day of the week. But I’m getting ahead of myself.
If you’ll excuse me, I have to go finalize my fantasy roster. Apparently there is a football game on tonight.