Why doesn't a teams success dictate prime time scheduling?
I've often asked myself this while watching dallas or oakland on sunday/monday night. Is it really good prime time to shun teams that play genuinely good football, while putting in teams that are perennial jokes? Is the pregame talk about their "storylines" really more juicy to the fan than a good, close, hard hitting football game?
I'd be inclined to say no, but that's just me as a football fan. And by the way, i'm not arguing for more Titans prime time games. We have 4, which means we have some recognition. It's more the undeserving teams that have me mad.
Here are some undeserving recipients of way too many prime time games.
1. Baltimore - 3. Nobody wants to see that unibrow throw 12 passes a game and be heralded as a star rookie. (Had to get the hate out of the way early).
2. Dallas - 6. 6 prime time games. For the 9-7 team that lost 44-6 in their last game. What's worse is that of the 6, there are 2 in November and 2 in December. Really, guys? The whole "Romo can't perform late in the season" thing has been beaten to death, and i can just as easily hear about him not performing while watching a better game.
3. Chicago - 5. Oh i get it. Cutler means they will be a far better team that didn't have an average run game and an aging defense. Right? That story will get worn out on their first Sunday nighter against Green Bay. Maybe they can sign Favre too! (Don't get me wrong. Forte is a stud. But their running game wasn't stellar even with him.)
4. San Diego - 4. This is a terrible slew of games featuring 2 where they will blow out their opposition (Oakland, Denver) and two where they will get blown out (Pittsburgh, Tennessee). The only entertaining one will be the Christmas game.
5. Oakland - 2. Sure it's only 2 games, but it's also Oakland. Id rather see Cincinatti (who has 0 prime time games) play and see what injury Carson Palmer gets next. Why can't we just ban them from prime time until they pass the LIONS in wins for the decade?
Suprisingly, i have no problem with the Thanksgiving day game for the Lions. I don't need compelling football on Thanksgiving, i have too much food in me to get excited.
Agree/Disagree? Think i'm crazy and angry and bored?