2013-14 NFL Football : What Will You Remember?
For the first time since 2005, I’m genuinely looking forward to watching the Super bowl. That year, my beloved Philadelphia Eagles fell short in Super bowl 39 to the New England Patriots. We came darn close to capturing our fourth NFL title. That’s right, professional football was being played, and was relevant– even rings were given out–prior to the first “Super bowl” in 1967. So, put a sock in it Cowboy’s fans and brace for another eminent Troy Aikman concussion.
Unfortunately, the only thing most people remember about that great game was the way in which Eagle’s quarterback Donovan McNabb failed to move the ball down the field on what could have been the game winning drive. McNabb performed well, throwing for 357 yards and three touchdowns before vomiting into his helmet with less than a minute on the clock. Oh well…who’s dwelling.
The 2013-14 NFL season is just about over with. Super bowl 48 will take place in East Rutherford, New Jersey, on February 2. The Denver Broncos, who boast the league’s top-rated offence, will square off against the league’s top-rated defensive squad in the form of the Seattle Seahawks. It’s the guy from Saturday Night Live against the loud-mouthed Stanford graduate.
This season has been very disappointing to a lot of football fans. While it is true that from September to January each year, NFL football games draw the highest weekly television viewership nationally–yes, even more than NCIS–the combination of rule changes and player conduct has left many feeling ripped off. Play reviews and challenges have made games longer in recent years, and an increase in personal fouls for head shots has resulted in NFL offenses having a distinct advantage.
In the last 12 months, 42 NFL players have been arrested for off-field conduct, with offences ranging from child abuse to murder, according to the league’s arrest database. Marijuana possession and DUIs are as common among NFL players as a roughing the quarterback flag. The June arrest of Patriot’s tight end Aaron Hernandez on suspicion of murder, is what a great number of fans will likely remember about professional football in 2013.
Last weekend’s NFC championship game between San Francisco and Seattle resulted in yet another negative blow to the league’s already marred image when Seahawk’s cornerback Richard Sherman went beyond trash-talking an opponent following Seattle’s victory. It was a disrespectful and ignorant act for a young man with a Stanford education. On the other side of the ball, San Francisco’s quarterback Colin Kaepernick continues to paint a horrible portrait for his team’s image by addressing the media dressed like a drug dealer and giving short, undeveloped responses to routine questions.
That ridiculousness aside, I am intrigued by the upcoming Denver/Seattle matchup. Having had a record-breaking year throwing the ball, Denver quarterback Peyton Manning is now going to face a very tough defense with plenty of pride and swagger. I predict a low scoring game in which the team’s running backs will produce the majority of points. I take Seattle with a late field goal to win it.