Late summer heat is in the air, and the early reports from football training camps have been making their way to eager fans of the NFL; football season is coming! For nearly half a year since the blowout that was Super Bowl XLVIII, supporters of each team have been waiting and waiting for this moment. With the NFL preseason just around the corner, we can thankfully say that it is time for football once again.
Like every other year, unknown questions, blind hope, and a sense of excitement are building around the country. Will the Seattle Seahawks be unstoppable, just as they were towards the end of last season? Will Johnny Manziel or any other rookies take the NFL by storm? Which lousy team will experience the miraculous turnaround to the playoffs that seems to occur every year? These questions will begin to be answered in the weeks ahead.
But first we must endure the preseason games featuring a lone series by our favorite stars before the fringe players and squad hopefuls take the field. While the occasional touchdown bomb by Tom Brady or Aaron Rodgers will excite the fans, we know that these games are completely meaningless. While we did receive a hint about the Seahawks for their 4-0 preseason record in 2013, what can we say about the league’s other 4-0 team, the Washington Redskins?
But while all the roster cuts and occasional injuries will keep fans on their toes all August long, we can welcome back the regular season with open arms in just one month. On September 4th, we will witness the Green Bay Packers playing the Seahawks in a rematch of one of the NFL’s most infamous games: The Fail Mary game. How it will turn out this time around is anyone’s guess, but I’m hopeful that it will be a marvelous spectacle kicking off the great season ahead.
While many mouthwatering fixtures will draw intrigue in the opening months of fall, we know that the NFL season will gradually build in excitement until the incredible winter games of the playoffs, and the eventual celebration of Super Bowl XLIX next February. We certainly don’t know which games will be the most exciting until at least 6 weeks in (though fortunately flexible scheduling should showcase the best games each week), but for a fan of any team, what does it really matter so long as your favorite team is playing?
I could sit here and pick 5 teams I fully expect to contend for the Super Bowl, but what’s the point? Right now, every team sits as equals at 0-0, and their players are roughing it out in the summer training camps, bracing themselves for the tough games ahead, which are certain to test every bit of their strength and perseverance. This is what football is all about, and it has just gotten underway in the most serious manner for every team in the NFL.
And so as preparations are made for the upcoming NFL season, let’s sit back and count down the days until our precious football returns to action and celebrate the growing anticipation of our favorite sport!
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