Football: The New Fall Line-Up
A harbinger of fall for many people is children going back to school, the changing colors of the leaves, sweaters and coats appearing in shop windows, the September 22 date that marks the autumnal equinox, or the new 2008 Fall TV line-up. For the rest of us it was the return of the NFL to our television screens on Thursday, September 4. There were as many predictable hits, surprises, dramas and twists-and-turns in the new NFL season to rival those of the upcoming sitcoms and dramas in the new television viewing season.
Eli Manning led the Super Bowl Champion Giants to victory over the Redskins in the Thursday night season opener. However, Tom Brady of the New England Patriots was injured in the first quarter against the KC Chiefs and teammates and fans soon learned the heartbreaking news that Brady would be out for the season with a knee injury. The Indianapolis Colts, with Peyton Manning initially a “maybe” for the start of the game, lost in a rematch of Super Bowl XLI against the Chicago Bears. How about Brett Favre’s wearing of the green, not in Green Bay, but for the Jets in the Meadowlands--while Aaron Rodgers plays QB in the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field? Where is last year’s Jets QB Chad Pennington? Miami. Who did Pennington and Miami play in the season opener? Favre and The Jets. How about that game winning pass by Jake Delhomme to Dante Rosario that gave the Carolina Panthers a 26 to 24 win over the San Diego Chargers in the final seconds of the game? My fantasy football team line-up rocked too thanks to an amazing game by RB Willie Parker of the Pittsburgh Steelers who had 3 touchdowns against the Houston Texans.
NBC has quite a line-up of sportscasters this season as well. Not only does NBC have Al Michaels and John Madden calling the game with Andrea Kremer on the sidelines, but now they have “Football Night in America” on Sundays at 7P (Eastern Standard Time) featuring an outstanding line-up of sportscasters including Bob Costas, Peter King, Chris Collinsworth, Tiki Barber, Jerome Bettis, Keith Olbermann and Dan Patrick. Yes, that Keith Olbermann and Dan Patrick. Olbermann and Patrick, formerly a team for most of the 1990s on “The Big Show” on ESPN’s SportsCenter are reunited again at NBC. Olbermann quipped on last night’s show that they considered calling their segment “Sporty Center” but decided against it. Yes, the boys are back in town.
That reminds me…time to put the football books on display in the library soon.