bill-swift - July 27, 2012
We may have to go to YouTube in order to hear ole Hank belt that familiar phrase out, but it will always be one that fans everywhere will look forward to answering. Well, sports fans, the time to answer that question is drawing near!
After a long, litigious off-season full of drama that had to make some of the Real Housewives of --insert city-- jealous. Much of that drama still has to play out, but at least it will do so on the backdrop of another season of the NFL.
Training camps for all 32 teams will be underway by this time next week. A lot of rookies have already reported with hopes of getting a little extra face time with the coaches before those pesky veterans report. In a few short weeks we'll get to see the Arizona Cardinals and New Orleans Saints in the Hall of Fame Game (August 5th at 8 PM ET).
A month later it will be time for the real deal as the 2012 regular season kicks off on a Wednesday for the first time in the history of the NFL (darn Democratic National Convention that President Obama just has to speak at!) when the defending Super Bowl champions, the New York Giants, take on their hated rivals, the Dallas Cowboys.
Hopefully by then the players will be familiar with the new rule changes. Yes, the owners have decided to tinker with the game a little bit more. I kind of have to pat the owners on the back this time. Some of these should actually make the game better:
Nothing that can be called major with the exception of all turnovers being reviewed now and the OT rules now being applied to the regular season. Now when the first turnover of the season happens you can impress your friends and hopefully the hot waitress with your in-depth knowledge of the game!
(In case you miss Hank asking if your ready...)