It’s just two weeks into the 2014 NFL season, and the question I find myself asking is this; when does hockey start?
It hasn’t been a good year for the NFL so far.
Between player scandals and questions about the integrity and competence of league officials, it’s enough to make any fan of the sport start to focus on the on-field product, if only to drown out the distractions.
But what happens to fans when the on-field product can’t provide any respite?
As a lifelong New York Giants fan, I’ve seen my share of lean years. I lived through both the Danny Kanell and Dave Brown eras. But for whatever reason, there has been no stretch in Giant history that has had the ability to sap my enthusiasm for the NFL quite like the current one.
This fall, for the second straight year, it looks like the Giants’ season might be effectively over before October. If Big Blue loses to the Texans on Sunday – which is a pretty good possibility – they would be the proud owners of an 0-3 record. With a tough three-game set against the Colts, Seahawks and 49ers coming up in a few weeks, this slow start will almost assuredly doom the Giants to another postseason on the golf course.
Now, I get it.
The Giants recently won a Super Bowl, their second in 10 years. By all laws of sports fandom, I should be allowing them a five-year grace period before I start complaining again. But I’m not asking for another trip to an NFC title game, here. I’m just asking for the chance to still be watching meaningful football when my neighbors are beginning to think about decorating for Halloween.
And it’s not just the losing; it’s how they’re losing.
Breakdowns on special teams.
Costly red zone turnovers. The only area in which the Giants are consistently successful each week is in raising my blood pressure.
At least last year, I had a playoff-bound fantasy team to hold my interest once the Giants were eliminated by Columbus Day.
This year? Not so much.
Ordinarily, I wouldn’t be so concerned with my hand-picked team dropping the first two games of the season. But considering I wasted my first-round pick on Adrian Peterson— who is likely done for the year after facing child abuse allegations last week, it seems like it’s time for me to pack it in.
It’s going to be a long fall, but I’ll still be parked on my couch, watching the Giants spin their wheels for another year and waiting for the Rangers’ season-opener in October.
It could always be worse though. I could be rooting for the Jets.
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