I hate exhibition games.
NFL, NBA, NHL…even MLB, with the splendor of spring training, still wastes its time with the exhibition games.
My hatred of exhibition games is not contained to preseason formats. I hate all star games and pro bowls as well. To put it simply, if winning and losing the game has no purpose, then it is not worth playing. And do not get me started on the MLB All Star game, that is a rant for another day.
As we have entered the preseason for the 2016 season of the NFL, we are all once again about to be barraged by a litany of substandard football played predominantly by players who will never see a second of a meaningful NFL game. The real insulting aspect of these games is that they continue to get national coverage while fans are stuck paying full price for a fraction of the worth.
But I am not one to just whine ad nauseam without offering some suggestions. First let’s look at the purpose of these preseason games. In the days of yore players could not afford to live solely off the salary earned playing for their respective teams, so they would all work in the offseason. Furthermore, football was not exactly the favorite past time of the intellectual masses. At the time Boxing and Baseball were the sports dominating the headlines and even in those sports very few athletes were able to make a full time living. In football, most of the players were laborers in their offseason lives and that type of work does not lend itself well to continuously working out and practicing. Therefore the NFL instituted the preseason as a way for the athletes to get back into game-playing shape. So that was the players’ motivation for agreeing to and even asking for preseason games.
The primary reason for their advent, however; is the same for their purpose today: money. Originally football seasons were merely a series of exhibitions where teams would barnstorm across the country and the two competing teams would split the gate. The same mostly holds true today, where games are played merely for money due to the television contracts and the money generated from ticket sales. In fact, season ticket holders who do not want to pay for preseason games are at risk at losing their PSLs and even their season tickets altogether. Essentially, the most loyal fans are blackmailed into paying for these atrocities called games.
Here is my suggestion. Teams are at their own discretion to schedule inter-squad competitions with other teams. The teams involved must pay for the use of league officials. Games to be held either on neutral sites or on the host team’s training site. Season ticket holders get in for free, general public pays $10 per ticket and it is all festival seating.
The positive of this plan is that it creates goodwill towards the fanbases, it maintains the same purpose for the players and coaches in regards to finalizing rosters, and it gives the teams more autonomy and control over the situations in which their players participate, which would hopefully lead to less injuries. Also, the players themselves would likely be in favor of this due to the less formal nature and, again, the reduced chance for injury in the custom-made environment.
The negative is obvious…it will never happen. There is too much money at stake and there is not enough of an uproar from the fans to incentivize the owners to make any change. Therefore preseason will stay the way it is for the foreseeable future.
For what it is worth, it is important to remember that sports are in the entertainment business. Sports are not televised and obsessed over merely due to the spirit of competition. We all watch and follow our respective teams to be entertained. Right now all sports, particularly the NFL, are failing miserably to do their jobs and for whatever reason most people seem to be ok with that. Personally, I would like the NFL to take a page out of the WWE playbook and embrace the entertainment side of things a bit more and maybe, just maybe, these games would not be so painful to watch.
Arizona Cardinals 2018 Season Preview
Last year in the desert, the Arizona Cardinals were one of three teams fighting for a playoff spot in the wild, wild NFC West. Thinking that with head coach Bruce Arians and Carson Palmer at quarterback the franchise felt like they could go far in 2017.
They finished the 2017 campaign with a record of 8-8 which was third in the NFC West. When the 2018 offseason finally began, veteran quarterback Carson Palmer decided to hang his cleats up after playing 14 seasons with three different teams.
Now, entering the 2018 NFL season the Arizona Cardinals are without Arians and Palmer. Steve Wilks is the Cardinals next head coach. As an NFL head coach, he has no experience but in college, he has a record of 5-6.
As for quarterbacks, they have four players on the quarterback depth chart and of the four quarterbacks, Sam Bradford and Mike Glennon are the two veteran quarterback. The Arizona Cardinals are looking for Sam Bradford to lead the Cardinals to the playoffs and hopefully the Super Bowl
The Arizona Cardinals begin the 2018 season at home against the Washington Redskins on September 9. As for that game, Here is how I think the Cardinals will do as I predict the 2018 schedule.
|2||At Rams||L||1-1 (0-1)|
|4||Vs. Seahawks||L||1-3 (0-2)|
|5||At 49ers||W||2-3 (1-2)|
|7 (TNF)||Vs. Broncos||L||2-5|
|8||Vs. 49ers||W||3-5 (2-2)|
|16||Vs. Rams||W||9-6 (3-2)|
|17||At Seahawks||L||9-7 (3-3)|
It is unclear if the Cardinals will make the playoffs, we will have to see how the other three teams will do.
Is Kurt Warner Coming Out of Retirement?
Is Kurt Warner coming out of retirement? On the Dan Patrick Show, Kurt called into the show and said that he would consider coming out of retirement and play in the NFL.
Warner talked to his family about returning and even contacted the Arizona Cardinals but at this moment, Arizona has not called back.
Kurt Warner’s football career started when Iowa Barnstormers of the Arena Football League signed him to the team. When he was with the Barnstormers, he won an AFL championship. Then, he became a backup in St. Louis until starting quarterback Trent Green went down. Now as the Rams starting QB, Warner, lead St. Louis to a Super Bowl title.
After spending 6 seasons with the Rams, Warner was the starter in New York with the Giants. However, he got benched in favor of rookie QB Eli Manning. Finally, from 2005-2009 he signed with the Arizona Cardinals where he leads the Cardinals to a Super Bowl birth.
Kurt Warner retired after the 2009 season joining the NFL Network as an analyst. With over 124 games played, 3200 yards, and about 200 touchdowns, Kurt Warner was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2017.
Would you like to see Kurt Warner back in the NFL?
One of Cowboys Wide Receivers is Going West In 2018
According to multiple sources, Cowboys Wide Receiver Brice Butler will not be with the team in 2018. Why may you ask? Because he was dealt with Arizona Cardinals due to Free Agency.
During the offseason, Butler went on shows like “Undisputed” on FS1 and then on NFL Networks’s “Total Access,” to tell teams (including the Dallas Cowboys) that he is a top wide receiver and if Dallas or whoever wants to pay him like one, then he would certainly play with that team. Well, apparently the Arizona Cardinals did.
At the age of 23, Butler went to the Oakland Raiders as an undrafted college free agent. During his years in Oakland, Butler was targeted 50 times and only completed 30 of the passes. Plus he only scored two touchdowns. Brice also played in 25 games and only started in 2 of them. Then in
Then in 2015, during his first season of free agency, Butler moved from the black and silver to the blue and silver as he signed a three-year deal with The Dallas Cowboys. During those three years, he had 43 receptions and 8 touchdowns. Butler also started more games than he did in Oakland, California. Now, in 2018, Butler is looking to continue to improve and look to take the Arizona Cardinals to a Super Bowl.
No word on how much the signing is but according to James Jones of NFL Network, the new contract with the Cardinals is a 2-year deal.
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