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.