June 7, 2020

NFL Football on the Horizon

By Chaplain Mike

I consider myself a fairly typical American sports fan. I can’t afford to be a season ticket holder, but I love going to games when I can, and enjoy watching on TV. I generally follow all the big events like everyone else—World Series, the weekly college and pro football games, the golf majors, Super Bowl, Final Four, and the playoffs in the major sports.

In my opinion, the best sport by far to watch on television is football. (That’s American football, for our international readers.) Football is a weekly festive celebration in American culture. With a passion pastors wish their congregants had for Sunday worship, people across the land prepare all week to root for their favorites players and teams and to watch the games that have come to define our weekends.

This week, NFL training camps opened, and the hype has begun.

Your Internet Monk writers think that such a significant cultural phenomenon ought to receive some attention from us. So, at the end of this first week of camp, we thought it would be good to post a piece that contains our unique forecast of everything football fans have to look forward to in 2010-11. Here is a preview of what the NFL will treat football fans to this year—the highs, the lows, the drama, the routine, the unexpected, the obvious observations, the subtle insights.

We present the official IM guide to all you need to know to prepare you for the upcoming season—

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Oh, and Peyton Manning will throw some touchdown passes.

Enjoy.

Comments

  1. I had ONE place to go where I didn’t have to see/hear/read about Favre. Radio is out. ESPN is out. Heck, even talking to some of my friends is out. But Imonk, oh, sweet imonk…I could come here and read intelligent conversation and not have to concern myself with Brett’s fake indecision, rumors or will he or won’t he, or his big bad sore ankle.

    My one last sactuary is gone. Thanks a lot.

  2. you know your post was a tad subtle, so I’m going out on a limb here and guessing that MAYBE you’ve had enough of news flashes from Hattiesburg, MS. I’m waiting for Ed Werder to ask Brett one more pointed question about the $$$, and hope that they get into it. Werder is maybe 160 soaking wet. I think Brett would like to mix him with squirrel and feed him to his hounds.

  3. One of the huge benefits of not having cable TV is that I manage to avoid the hypESPN machine. I dodged the T.O. stuff, the Tiger Woods stuff, the Lebron nonsense and the annual Brett Favre watch.

    To be fair, one downside is that there are very few sporting events broadcast on network stations anymore – especially my favorite sport, baseball. (I’m sure the rest of my family doesn’t mind).

    • I’m right there with you about baseball. And if you can’t be at the game, for me baseball is best experienced over the radio. On our drive to Vermont yesterday, listened to the entire Yankees-Red Sox game. The best.

  4. There may be pastimes in America duller than football, but so far I haven’t encountered them. Reading the label on a can of soup, reviewing last year’s tax return, or cleaning out the car’s glove compartment — these are all relatively sparkling opportunities for enlightenment and entertainment, compared to the task of watching heavily-padded millionaires thud into each other while chasing an oblong ball.

    I think I speak for the crowd — of women!!

    Heather

    P.S. I am definitely not going to ask who Brett Favre is, because no doubt five dozen folks of the male persuasion would be delighted to tell me. Please, gentlemen, let me continue my hitherto unshaken fantasy that he is the current ambassador to Australia.

  5. Two words on why I no longer follow the NFL with any intensity:
    Korey. Stringer.

    Three words on why I’m glad I no longer follow the NFL with any intensity:
    BrettFarve. BrettFarve. BrettFarve.

    Now, when’s the US friendly against Brasil?

  6. Clay Knick says

    Brett who? 🙂 I’d love for him to come back and have another season like he did last year. So much fun to watch.

  7. David Cornwell says

    Off your main subject a little, but the Colts are back to Anderson University this year for training. My granddaughter, who lives just up the road from me, will be in her 2nd year at Anderson. She and her friends are not happy with the situation. They cannot move back into their rooms until the Colts move out. She wants the rooms fumigated and repaired before she moves back in.

    • “repaired”……….I’m afraid to ask…..come to think of it “fumigated” is a little scarey also…

      Greg R

      • David Cornwell says

        You have to remember that this is the opinion of a college sophomore! But Anderson is costing her mom and dad an arm and leg, so they expect things to be right.

        • only an arm and leg ???? from what I’ve heard of private college expenses, they got a bargain….

          • David Cornwell says

            When I went to Asbury College in the 1955 it cost about $900 a year. Of course $900 then was a lot more money, but it was still doable for me. The debt students take on now is horrendous.

  8. David Cornwell says

    For fun see the “Favre Retirement Curve” at
    http://www.slate.com/id/2262885/.

  9. That’s great!

    I heard that while Favre was pacing back and forth, contemplating retirement, he accidentally passed the Redskins physical.

    • Ok, this may qualify as one of the best comments of all time on this site. You, sir, have just earned All Star status for this…!

      • Wow, that’s quite a compliment. The regular posters/commentators are the real all stars though. This site is excellent.

    • LOL! Wow, now that was almost below the belt. I guess pacing back and forth he also became MVP for the Lions. 🙂

    • Yes, one of the funniest lines I’ve read in a long time. Bravo, Geoff!

    • and Albert Haynsworth wants Brett’s “How to Cash the Bonus $$ Check AND Pass the Physical Video”… hopefully it’s not the Jeff Foxworthy version….

  10. All I have to say is, “Go Dolphins!!”

  11. All this Brett Favre stuff is great, but might there be a spiritual element to the whole Brett Favre thing? How about, what if Jesus had been like Brett Favre?

    “Maybe TODAY I’ll die on the cross. No, no…I’ve got more ‘game’ in me. One more year, and THEN I’ll die on the cross.”

    Thank you, Lord, for not being like Brett Favre!

  12. I think he’s definitely going to play this year.

    Or not.

    • where are the great NFL profits…..ahem …. PROPHETS, when you need them ??

      for real: heck YES he’s going to play…..he’s stalling till training camp in the high 90’s is over….

    • Brett Favre is not indecisive. Is he?

  13. Go Panthers and Go Raiders! (even though both teams will struggle)

    Favre will play this year and this year will be the last year.

    I think he learned alot from Roger Clemens about playing a reduced season and will probably come back in the latter half of the season.

    Plus, I really believe that he wants to be the only QB elected to the hall of fame the year when he is first eligible. If Favre retired this year, he would be up against Kurt Warner, a sure-fire Hall of Famer who also deserves to go in his first year of eligibility. This is critical because the NFL Hall of Fame voting is specifically limited to four ex-players/coaches minimum and seven players/coaches maximum being elected annually.

    Recent trends usually indicated that the selection usually consisted of six currently eligible players / coaches and selection was “diverse” based on the positions (usually one player from each position such as QB, RB, WR, linemen, secondary, and linebackers) and one player from the veterans committee. Therefore, Warner and Favre could cause one of QB’s (more than likely Warner) from not getting in on his first try.

  14. I love this. But alas, even though I’m here in Australia, I look forward to seeing or hearing about my favorite team (the 49ers) fail again to get to the playoffs… it’ll be a long time (in my books) before they’ll get back to the glory days of Montana in the late 80’s and the ’94 SB… *sigh*

  15. Pro football is great, but college football is the best. If I had to choose, I would pick Saturday’s over Sunday’s.

    Can’t wait for both to start.