Generally, preseason football is looked at as a kind of pseudofootball. Games that don’t mean anything. Games that rarely feature the “star” players, especially in the early going. But this year it’s different.
This year, preseason football, means that there is football. After the drawn out lockout and last minute deal making, fans were wondering if football would even be on their televisions and in their stadiums this fall. But now that they know it is, fans will be watching in greater numbers than ever. Even the preseason games.
Sure, these games are still the same games as they have always been. A tune up for the season. Rarely featuring your starting players in the early going and concentrating more on rookies and guys who are trying to make the teams. But for fans who wondered if they would see their teams at all this year, it’s still football.
It is still reason to go to the games. It is still reason to turn on the TV. It is still reason to invite your football friends over and have a party. The first preseason games are sure to get some of the highest ratings they have ever received. There will be no backlash of the lockout because no actual games were missed. Football fans are only interested in one thing….there will be football.
The first preseason games will be played in 6 days. Thursday August 11 will start the preseason for football 2011. Ravens/Eagles, Jags/Patriots, Seahawks/Chargers, Broncos/Cowboys, Cardinals/Raiders kick off the preseason on that night. The national televised game will be Seahawks/Chargers. The Seahawks have a lot more questions than the Chargers in terms of personnel no longer being helmed by long time QB Matt Hasselbeck and signing several free agents in the last couple of weeks.
Fans will be watching to see if the Eagles free agent spending spree has immediate dividends. They will be watching to see how Haynesworth and Ochocinco do in Foxboro. They will be watching to see if the Broncos let Tim Tebow play and how he does. They will be watching to see if the Cowboys are still missing something. They will be watching to see if Kevin Kolb can take the Cardinals to the next level. For whatever their reason, football fans will be watching, even the preseason games.
Football fans everywhere have their countdown clocks running. They are set for 6 days from now. Preseason games are not just throwaway games this year….football will be played and the fans will be watching every single game.