Week One as we know it in the 2009 NFL campaign is upon us, players. Can you stand it? A big, fat delicious smorgasbord of games come Sunday and Monday.
So I picked up my USA Today paper to get the “official” lines for (one of) the pool/s I’m in. It’s Friday and its PURPLE and pouring down rain but man what an incredible day to be mulling over some football picks. Tell me this isn’t as good as Christmas morning, I dare you!
USA Today sports guru, Danny Sheridan has the line on the Ravens winning the dance: 25 to 1. Those sound like good odds? Whatev, Danny boy. I’m okay with that. The defending champs, Pittsburgh is set at 7 to 1. The top dog, of course, the New England Patriots- 4 to1. And with Tom Brady back it comes as no surprise.
That’s the thing about prognostication in the NFL, besides being so damn fun, the league has helped itself as far as giving all teams the same chance for a shot (MLB please take note). Unless your team is the Detroit Lions, 1,000,000 to 1, sorry Lions fans but…you never know~ do you? (sometimes you just know)
Anyway, I’m guessing millions of fanatics pour over the NFL games each and every week, researching and studying trying to come up with the sweetest of sweets- the upset special. With the right mix of ‘knowledge’ and luck you could pick it- each week seems to have at least one upset special, right?
We are inundated with stats and info and we still can’t get enough. We love this game. How many people play fantasy football now? How many off-the-record pools go on? Survivor leagues? The NFL is definitely ripe fruit for the prognosticating.
But at the end of the day, these guys are all ballers for a reason. Once they step on that field, who knows how things will shake out. That’s why they call them upsets and why they play the game. Certainly why we tune in.
So take a deep look into those enchanting games- all of them… pontificate. They’re back, baby. Celebrate. And come Sunday, bring your ‘A’ game, Ravens fans. 2009 is going to be even better than 2008. I got a good feeling about this.