Thursday Night Sacrifice

You know Thursday Night Football is pretty much terrible. The interesting thing about it is, the league seems to prefer one team over the other in selecting its Thursday Night Sacrifice. That is, the road team on the short week. Tonight’s sacrifice is the Chicago Bears. One of the worst teams in the sport, the Bears are playing the Green Bay Packers, one of the teams that just happen to benefit from “home field advantage” a lot. The NFL insists the broadcast network’s top crews do the Thursday Night Sacrifice game. The league must pick its worst officiating crew to do this game, because it seems week after week, there are a torrent of calls against the road team.

I can tell you with certainty, the Packers wideouts are some of the most overrated in the sport. Slow, slower and slowest. But they get about 3 or 4 pass interferences a game, mostly because they “create contact” as they say in basketball. Just like in basketball, it’s crap. Some teams get those calls, others don’t. The Packers, by the way, have never committed offensive holding. 

It’s boring to watch, which might have something to do with the downturn in ratings. You know, ratings. It’s how the NFL can demand a lot of money from networks. Perhaps the league will make some changes to the Thursday Night Sacrifice.

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I love sports. I don't love the hype, homerism, ratings talk, self-important egomaniacs, bias or any of the other nonsense you get with the national media. Nor will you get the two clowns on sports talk radio who stage phony arguments. It doesn't make it entertaining. It makes it time to turn on your iPod and jam instead of listening to white noise generators. This is the sports blog for you, the ones who don't like everything Los Angeles or New York. Just because the sporting media is based there doesn't mean we have to like their teams. We do treat them fairly, though. That means if one of those cities has an average QB who plays particularly well...we'll note it. If they're garbage, we'll say so. Instead of crying "why, why, why" like a certain sports media homer did in his radio broadcast. This isn't my job...I have a real one. Nevertheless, I'll post here when I make an observation. Common sense in sports is nearly dead. Now we're attempting to bring it back.
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