Having a hard time with this whole “social distancing” thing? Yeah – us too. Especially when it comes to the lack of sports. So, we here at The Turf thought we’d offer a way to help ease the pain and suffering. While we may not have any of the current sports leagues to watch live, there is PLENTY of archive footage available at our fingertips. We’ve scoured the internet and assembled some of the most iconic, noteworthy and remarkable sporting events we could find. We also found some mundane, run of the mill matches and contests, that seemed banal at first watch. However, at this point, we’ll take anything that resembles sports, right? Each day, we’ll feature one of the contests and provide you a link where you can relive the glory, exhilaration, and thrill from the comfort of your couch.
Today: 2009 NFC Championship Game – Vikings vs. Saints
I know – we’ve gone more than a week in our “Filling the Void” series and haven’t gotten to arguably the most beloved sport in America – until now! It hasn’t been totally painful simply because this isn’t a time of year when we typically have football anyway – apart from the NFL Combine and all of the mock NFL Draft predictions from talking heads across multiple networks and platforms. Of course, we also have NFL Free Agency to keep our minds off of the craziness outside in the world today. But pictures are usually more fun – and this game is worth the watch – for more than just the actual gameplay.
Old Faces In New Places
I think it’s appropriate, given the utter lunacy of this season’s free agency (especially in regards to QBs), that we watch some of the greatest QBs in the game do battle. This matchup pits Brett Favre against Drew Brees. People were still getting used to Favre wearing something other than the yellow and green of Green Bay, even though this was the end of his second season outside of the Frozen Tundra. While Favre was long into the “twilight” of his career (he’d already retired and come back), Brees was just kicking his career into high gear. He led the team to a 13-0 start in the 2009 season, eventually taking the team to the promised land as Champs in Super Bowl XLIV. He was named the game’s MVP.
Questionable Officiating & Rules Changes
Another aspect of this particular game was the officiating. As with virtually any other game (in any sport), there were debatable calls. This game, however, stands out for the impact that so many of those calls had on the result of the game. Just go ahead and Google “2009 NFC Championship Game bad calls” and see what I mean. Additionally – the NFL changed the overtime rules during the offseason. Granted, Vikings fans took little solace in this move. Oh yeah – did I mention that this game would come back to the forefront of people’s minds when “Bountygate” was ultimately uncovered in 2012? So yeah, there’s that too.
Well – those are just some of the things to look out for as you settle in to watch today’s injection of sports to help fill the void. Enjoy!
See You Tomorrow. Stay Safe. Stay Smart. Wash Your Hands.
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