The hype around the Arizona Cardinals schedule is just absurd
Published: April 20, 2011 @ 8:49am
One thing you should know about me is that I don't like to miss work. It's a trait my father -- that's Mr. Espo to you -- instilled in me as a young kid. He was a firm believer in only missing work for one vacation a year or if you were hospitalized (and that latter was negotiable). Tuesday I broke that rule and it didn't bother me in the least.
That's because Tuesday was the day the NFL tries to generate fake excitement by releasing each team's schedule on a two-hour show that can only be described as the Khloe Kardashian of NFL Network specials (bloated, uninteresting and yet somehow popular). The event took on an extra level of lunacy when you mixed in the fact that, due to the lockout, some of these games may never be played. It's like showing a preview for a new M. Night Shyamalan movie in theaters. Who are they kidding? Everyone knows it will never be seen.
I realize coming out against anything that generates excitement in the NFL is un-American of me. But seriously, we're spending hours on ESPN and the Internet breaking down games that won't take place for months between teams that haven't even signed or drafted any players to fill the holes on their roster.
Great, so the Carolina Panthers open the season in Glendale taking on our hometown Arizona Cardinals. In early April how about we breakdown Carolina's (quarterback to be named later) taking on Arizona's (yet to be signed linebackers). Let's talk about the offense new Panthers coordinator Rob Chudzinski hasn't installed yet against the new defensive schemes Ray Horton hasn't had a chance to teach to his players.
It's the sports version of self gratification. Something that provides a few minutes of meaningless distraction but in the end you're really just screwing yourself because the excitement isn't real.
The only thing I really took away from seeing the Cards schedule is that their value has fallen further in the last two years than house prices. After being a mainstay on National television the past few season -- thanks to Kurt Warner and two division titles --, they won't appear on ESPN, NBC, or the NFL Network in 2011.
It's not really a surprise, they were 5-11 last season, have no quarterback and need defensive help. The only network that shows that kind of crappy product in primetime is MTV who unfortunately, for the Cards, doesn't have a contract with the league.
There are only four other teams, the Bengals, Bills, Panthers and Titans, who are in the same boat. Those four teams combined to go 16-48 last season.
Thanks to the NFL all we really know is that the Arizona Cardinals are suppose to start their season off at home on September 11 and play 15 games after that. Despite all the fake excitement we know nothing more and nothing less. I just wish my dad had instilled the same work ethic in all these NFL players as he did in me. Then we'd know they wouldn't miss any work or at least they'd hate the fact that they were.