ED-itorial: Time has come to eliminate NFL’s preseason games
You know the football is bad when one of the NFL’s mega TV partners, one that pays almost $2 billion per year to televise Monday night games calls out the bogus preseason.
I almost fell off the treadmill working out Friday morning when ESPN’s headline wondered if the preseason was “obsolete.”
Can I get an Amen?
Thursday night, out of concern for field conditions, the Packers and Raiders played on an 80-yard field in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
On the same night, Panthers quarterback Cam Newton apparently escaped serious injury when he rolled his ankle in a loss to the Patriots.
Carolina came perilously close to losing their franchise player in a meaningless game.
Last Sunday, when the Saints and Chargers played in a preseason game on t eh West Coast, CBS announcer Ian Eagle did a great job setting up the accomplishments of Saints quarterback Drew Brees and Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers.
The presentation was complete with graphics. A very nice touch, indeed. Only problem is, neither quarterback took a snap in the game.
Brees is supposed to play Saturday night against the Jets. However, in the Not For Long league, Brees won’t be on the field very long either. Last preseason he threw a total of nine preseason passes.
Want to gauge how little do these games matter? Can you, without using Google, name the Saints’ two leading rushers in the 2018 preseason? If you can, you are an absolute pigskin genius.
In the Saints/Chargers game, New Orleans quarterback Taysom Hill played very well in the second half against the bottom of the Chargers defensive roster. Suddenly, according to thousands of black and gold offensive coordinators, Hill is the answer if somehow, something kept Brees out of games that count.
Here’s all you need to know about the preseason – The Rams started the fake slate 0-2 while the Raiders were 3-0.
The league might actually be thankful Antonio Brown continues to generate strange headlines. The enormously talented and mercurial wide receiver refused to practice without wearing his old helmet, a model now outlawed by the NFL.
Will Brown play this season? It’s a silly question, considering he would forfeit millions of dollars otherwise.
In the silly season, there are few questions that center on reality to answer.
I hear all the time that preseason is so important to the final eight to ten guys trying to make a team’s roster.
Of course it is. Just don’t ask the fans to pay regular season prices for unwatchable football.
Several years ago, my radio partner Ken Trahan and I were doing Saints preseason games on radio as subs for Jim Henderson and Archie Manning, who were handling the TV. broadcast
It was the last preseason game.
During warmups, the Chiefs public relations rep came into the press box and gave us an extensive list of who would not play that night.
The reason why, we asked?
“Astroturf,” he deadpanned.
Wake me up when September begins.
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Ed is a New Orleans native, born at Baptist Hospital. He graduated Rummel High School, class of 1975, and subsequently graduated from Loyola University. Ed started in TV in 1977 as first sports intern at WVUE Channel 8. He became Sports Director at KPLC TV Channel 7 in Lake Charles in 1980. In 1982 he was hired as sports reporter…