Holy Wednesday night football, Batman!
Yes, as we look toward the opening game of the 2012 season, a contest that many are betting will pit the Green Bay Packers against the defending World Champion New York Giants, we all had our calendars marked for Thursday, Sept. 6.
Hold on because it’s been changed to Wednesday, Sept. 5 … yes, that’s right … a Wednesday. What are all the church groups going to say about that?
The opening matchup hasn’t been announced yet, but in addition to hosting the Packers this coming season, the Giants are also set to host the Saints, Buccaneers, Browns, and Steelers. I guess an opener against the Saints or the Steelers might be just as enticing as one against the Packers, but given the Giants’ win over the Packers in the Divisional Playoffs last season, it certainly makes for better theater.
Well, break out the flip calendar, your smart phone, iCal or whatever you use to keep track of those important dates and scratch that original date for the opener … and it’s not even March, for cripes sake.
Yes, the NFL did the right thing by looking ahead with the calendar scheduling and noticed that the night they had penciled in for the opener conflicted with President Barack Obama’s speech at the Democratic National Convention.
Remember last year when there was the big hubbub over the NFL opener between the Packers and Saints and a speech by the president? I guess they are attempting to head off any kind of embarrassing situation this season. Can’t blame them. It is, after all, an election year.
But one has to wonder … could there be a bit of jealousy here? After all, the prez is a Bears fan … just saying.