The NFL season got underway tonight with a great game between the Saints and Packers. The two teams put 76 points on the board and didn't really show much in the way of defense, until.....the last play.
The Saints trailed 42-34 and made a valiant effort at the end to try and score. The Saints drove the length of the of the field and end up with a pass play in the end zone as time ran out. The pass was incomplete, but a defensive penalty against the Packers gives the Saints one more chance. The game came down to one un-timed down. The Saints elect to run a dive play right up the middle. Green Bay stuffs the middle and stops the running back a half yard short of the goal line.
Victory went to the Packers, 42-34.
For me, the game was just simply exciting. I love watching football, but I don't have a favorite NFL team. In the case of tonight's game, I liked both teams. It was a win-win situation for me. I've even been to Green Bay for a preseason team scrimmage, which was an experience in itself. Lambeau Field is an awesome place.
By the way, would you like to see a Packers game for real? Good luck getting tickets. The stadium is sold out to the point that there is a waiting list for tickets. Packers employees have even put their unborn children on the waiting list to get tickets. Sounds crazy, doesn't it? You better know someone or have some kind of a connection, if you want to see a game in that stadium.
Personally, I have mixed feelings about the NFL and professional sports in general. I like to watch them. However, I really get sick and tired of hearing about which player is the next "highest paid" player in their sport. I realize professional sports is a business, but come on. Is anyone really worth millions of dollars annually to play a game? I mean really!
I understand their careers are much shorter, but it is a career path they chose. Should they make more than any "regular Joe" who works a normal blue or white collar job? I say they probably should but contacts worth millions annually? Come on! No one is worth that kind of money. I don't care who they are.
All I can say is players and team owners are just simply greedy. They are all more worried about the all mighty dollar than going about their business of providing entertainment for those in the public who choose to buy tickets or turn on the television to watch games.
I also started something new tonight in terms of being a football fan. For the first time, I have started a fantasy football team and joined a league. Being "green" in terms of knowing what to do, I opted for the easy route on the NFL.com website. We will see how it goes.
Enjoy the 2011 football season. There will be lots of high school, college, and NFL games to enjoy. I hope its a season full of games like the one between the Packers and Saints tonight. Enjoy your favorite teams.