After seven grueling months, America’s undisputed favorite past time will make its return debut on Thursday September 10th 2009, when the Super Bowl champions Pittsburgh Steelers take on the Tennessee Titans. That’s right the NFL is back my friends. Ecstatic is an understatement as to how I feel right now, especially the downtime that started after my Lakers won the title. Now my engine is beginning to roar again.
This offseason has been a busy one. We’ve seen All-Pro defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth move from Tennessee to Washington with the hopes of converting the Skins defense into one that can sack the quarterback and create turnovers, in addition to placing high amongst the league’s best. Brett Favre finally got his wish to play for the Vikings to show Green Bay, the place where he played 16 seasons and accumulated most of his Hall of Fame numbers, that he still has it. Who can forget Terrell Owen? T.O. had a big offseason. Owens basically got booted from Dallas, sign with the Bills, had difficulty renting a home in Buffalo due to potential media circuses he will bring in the area (at least you know he’s capable of paying his rent), has a reality show and now is suffering from a nagging toe injury. Possibly the biggest NFL news was Mike Vick getting reinstated and his signing with the Philadelphia Eagles. Vick spent 18 months in federal prison for illegal dog fighting. According to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, Vick will be eligible to play week 3 of the regular season.
There are several teams that are realistically in the hunt for the Lombardi Trophy this season. Let’s start with the defending Super Bowl champs Pittsburgh Steelers. In reality, the road to Super Bowl XLIV goes through them. Pittsburgh has a lot of talent and Coach Mike Tomlin will utilize it to the fullest. The Steelers defense was ranked#1 last year and it’s going to be interesting to see if they can maintain that position this year. With Tom Brady back and missing the playoffs with an 11-5 record, the New England Patriots will have a serious chip on their shoulders. We all know that Coach Bill Belichick will have his team ready, but can the Patriots make it to the Super Bowl? The Tennessee Titans had a great year in 2008 but can we really expect them to duplicate a 13-3 record in 2009? How well will the Indianapolis Colts be this season with out the services of Tony Dungy? Can the “Chosen One”, Peyton Manning work his magic? How about little bro, Eli? Can he lead the G-Men and show us that Super Bowl XLII wasn’t a fluke? Speaking of fluke, was the Arizona Cardinals run in ’08 just a Cinderella story? Can Brett take the Vikings to the promise land or will they have to ride the back of Adrian Peterson? What about Philly? With the acquisition of Mike Vick, is the “Wildcat” really an option for Coach Andy Reid? With the season steadily approaching and the drama that it will bring, you better bring your popcorn!
Written by Keith Madyun