It seems a little odd to be talking about this on Opening Day, but the Phillies aren’t playing and I am not particularly interested in non-Philadelphia March baseball (Jayson Heyward just went deep! Hand over the pennant!). I think I might be among the least alarmed football fans in the country. I believe they will be playing NFL Football on schedule come the fall. It’s the only solution that makes sense. A lot of people don’t share this refreshing optimism. The doomsday scenario is Sundays without the NFL. Especially after the baseball playoffs this could be incredibly difficult to swallow. The void this creates in Sunday television will be immense. Already we hear some grumblings about what could be plugged into these choice time-slots.
A couple of days back I heard the new Pac-12 (now with more Utah!) would be considering moving some of its games to Sunday if the NFL wasn’t playing games. Moving in college football seems like the most logical solution. Now, I don’t foresee myself getting excited for Oregon/Oregon St. on a Sunday afternoon, but maybe that will do it for some people. I think the degenerate gamblers will be in bed with this idea. You’ll suddenly have a lot more experts on Pac-12 football floating around if that is the only place to get a little taste on Sunday. Saturday does still seem like the best day to hold a college sporting event, though. Are we even going to pretend that anyone cares about playing the day before these guys need to be back in class? I know a small number of games are played during the week, but what’s the projected attendance for a football team to Monday classes after a Sunday road game?
In addition to college football filling in some gaps on Sundays, the legendary Sports Guy rifled off a tweet mentioning that FOX could partner with some high-profile high school programs and bring an NFL level of production to your local football juggernaut. This is a pretty crazy idea. ESPN has shown some high school games in their past featuring premiere match-ups or big-name recruits. I don’t think it’s a real ratings coup for them. I imagine the audience is fiercely regional. I could see areas getting behind their local teams, but unless these high schools start playing a national schedule, how would it really work? Also, can you bet on high school football? I hate to keep bringing it up, but again, let’s not pretend it isn’t a factor. I would like to see your local high school quarterback getting crap for ruining someone’s fantasy team, though.
I guess I am just wondering how desperate everyone will be for football? Would you jump on a college bandwagon? Would you try to figure out what the UFL is and where they actually have teams? Would you take in some Friday Night Lights? I don’t think I have that in me. That’s just the honest truth. If there is no NFL, well then, I think I will just wait for it to come back. I’m such a shill for the league. Sure, I will miss my heated, low-stakes fantasy football and I will need to figure out how to blow some Sunday afternoons, but I’m not so desperate as to force myself into watching something I don’t care about. That’s fraudulent. People will talk themselves into it, though, I’m sure. I’d love to hear if anyone is scouting local high school teams or studying Temple’s schedule.
Quiz of the Day: US Vice Presidents by Letter. Category: 2nd Fiddles. My Score: 13/17.
Hint: Henry Clay not on the list. The man just could not ever catch a break.