Fall may not officially start until September 22nd, but all the unofficial signs are all here. Labor Day has come and gone. Kids around the country are back in school (well sort of). There’s a slight chill in the air that signals, despite one last push of warm weather sometime randomly in this month or the next, that sweater season is coming.
But the biggest sign begins tonight when the NFL kicks off their 2020 season, and much like the rest of the year preceding, there are so many unknowns as to what this football season will look like.
Stadiums will mostly be empty and tailgates will likely stay contained to individual backyards and neighborhood blocks. There will be fewer beer buckets being sold at crowded bars that are filled with the low din of fans cheering or swearing as their teams plays over the stereo surround sound system. Instead, the frustrations and victories will be shared in smaller settings among those closest to us.
Fantasy teams have been thrown together last minute due to the fact that without an offseason and a general curiosity as to whether the season would even get played or not the 2020 season has snuck up on us just like the leaves that are already starting to turn colors and fall off the trees.
Super Soul Sundays
With many fans out of the chance to root for their college teams on Saturdays this year, Sundays will take on even more importance. The passion that may have been split between the two will be instead be funneled all into 4 intense quarters on Sunday afternoons.
We will all wonder collectively if TB12 can make Tompa Bay a SuperBowl contender and prove that he’s not just a “system quarterback”? And on the other end see if Bill Belichick can still lead the Patriots to their 12th consecutive AFC East title? Or do Josh Allen and the Bills finally have their chance to steal it away?
We will hang on Patrick Mahomes every pass and tell our kids that we were there to witness the birth of a potential new perennial powerhouse. Lamar Jackson is still out on his revenge tour to prove that he’s just not a glorified running back while Aaron Rodgers has his own chip on his shoulder after watching his replacement get drafted before any of the offensive weapons he so clearly asked for. And the good looking Jimmy G*….
I’m sorry…..I meant good looking 49ers will try to push through an improved NFC West to return to the promised land.
Some divisions like the NFC South and North are too tough to call until the teams take the field. So maybe, just maybe, Lions fans can look for that elusive division title that they’ve been wishing and praying for since Matt Stafford lined up under center. And that he is so overdue for. Ok, or more realistically hope for a finish in the top 2 of the division and potential NFC Wildcard spot.
Whatever this season may bring there always be a bit of the unexpected. Who knows, the Giants could be decent? But for now grab your favorite cold beer of choice, cuddle up under a cozy blanket, crack open a case of wings, and strap in for another wild ride.
The good news is that your team is undefeated for now at least. It is 2020 after all and it’s only going to go downhill from here on out.
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