The National Football League had its chance for 2012 season opener with a bang. League schedulers had a no-brainer on their hands and they proceeded to fumble the snap.
They could have set the schedule to open the season (this year on a Wednesday) featuring the past two Super Bowl-winning teams, the Green Bay Packers vs. the New York Giants, a game that would feature arguably the two best quarterbacks in the league and pit the David (Packers) against the Goliath (Giants) when it comes to overall market share.
But no. What does the league do? Just when the league is poised to land a game that would bring together two teams that have faced off in epic playoff battles twice in the past five years, they book the Cowboys.
Yes, money does talk and so does that loudmouth, arrogant moneybags himself, Jerry Jones. This has his fingerprints all over it and given that Commissioner Roger Goodell is deep in Jones’s pocket, this game seemed inevitable – even though Packers vs. Giants was the sentimental choice.
Giants vs. Cowboys is so 20th century and 27 seconds ago. The league must have seen that.
But that doesn’t matter. Now we can all slumber in our loungers watching Tony Romo screw up another game and Eli Manning marching his team down the field to a winning score. We can all slumber with visions of Packers running for touchdowns and Lambeau Leaps dancing in our heads. We won’t have to worry about how to spend the following 12 days before another Packers game when we should all be engrained with the seven-day football itch.
We would have all loved to get juiced for the prime time appearance that could have featured the Packers and Giants, but we must wait for another day.
That’s OK. Instead we’ll be able to get in a bit of shuteye between Tony Romo miscues.