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Start Those Engines Or Something Like That
by Ernie Williams
Well football fans, the season may be over but there is still stuff going on in the world of The NFL.
This past weekend, the Pro-Bowl took place. For some inane reason, the NFL decided to play the game on Saturday night, leaving most football fans, who suddenly found themselves without a game to watch on Sunday, wondering what the hell happened.
I spend the entire day on Sunday doing chores around the house, trying to keep busy and keep my mind off the fact that there was no football game that day. It was not easy to do. All day long there was this annoying feeling that something was missing. I could not put my finger on it, until around 3 PM, I realized what it was: football.
That was the time when I would normally have been watching football.
I need to get something to fill the football void, or I’m just going to spend every Sunday doing chores. And that would fully hella suck.
Or course, as the weeks continue on, things will get easier, especially when there are things to distract us from the fact that football is missing from our lives.
For example, this weekend, there’s the Daytona 500, the Superbowl of NASCAR racing.
I’ll let you in on a little secret (ok, maybe it’s not much of a secret). This may come as a surprise, but I like NASCAR.
Try not to be shocked but it is true. I am one of those people that like to watch cars go around in circles and yes, I do consider racing a sport and drivers to be athletes, so don’t bother wasting your time trying to convince me otherwise.
A little further down the line, there will be baseball. I started switching into baseball mode this week, and now that spring training has started I pulled the Sox cap off the bedpost…
Lets close things out with some recent goings on in the NFL. Even though the games are over, there is still stuff going on.
The big thing to happen recently has been the firing of San Diego Chargers Head Coach Marty Schottenheimer. After The Chargers were defeated by The Patriots in the AFC Divisional Playoffs, Shottzie’s status in San Diego looked to be in doubt. Immediately after the game, it looked like his job might have been on the line, but then several weeks passed and there was no change. Marty’s job looked to be safe. Till now…
Last weekend in the Pro-Bowl, we learned that it’s not always a good idea to actually play in the game, as New Orleans Saints’ QB Drew Brees found out when he injured the elbow on his non-throwing arm. The chance of injury to a player is one of the reasons that I find the NFL Pro-Bowl to be somewhat lame, (besides the fact that it’s really just a big popularity contest.)
To me, playing in the Pro-Bowl is not worth the risk. The Pro-Bowl is about as meaningless of a football game as there possibly is. Why take a chance of some freak accident happening and ruining your career for nothing? Not worth it.
This past Pro-Bowl, The Patriots had only one player represented. Was I unhappy about that? Hell no! Less chance of one of our guys getting hurt for nothing.
If players were smart, they’d accept the honor of being selected to the Pro-Bowl and then find some excuse not to play, like maybe telling the coaches they were on the beach got a really, really bad sunburn and now they can’t wear their pads, or maybe telling them the helmet they packed was too small and does not fit their head. Say that the Hawaiian hula girls are too distracting... Anything! Just don’t play in the game because The Pro-Bowl is not worth the chance of getting hurt.
Alright, that’s it for this week. Feel free to tell me who you’re rooting for in the Daytona 500 on Sunday. Or just try to name a driver besides Dale Jr.