I used to be a huge NFL fan, but now no longer. It really has turned into the No Fun League for me. Regular season games hold little interest (except for my fantasy football teams). Sure, I will watch in the playoffs and the Super Bowl, of course, but college football has firmly supplanted my allegiance. Here is why:
1. Mediocre Play. Basically most games stink. There have been very few pairings of winning teams and most of those have not been that compelling. The game is just sloppy now. I long for the days of the Niner’s championship teams or a team like the 85 Bears.
2. Terrible Officiating. Seems like the officials blow a game a week. Along with adventures in officiating comes the inevitable booth reviews which drone on and on–taking the focus off the field. Gimme a break and not a commercial one!
3. Rule Changes. This is connected to point #2. I get the need for player safety. But the game as it is played today is getting away from real football. Officials are forced to call all kind of penalties that once did not exist. Someone explain to me when to call pass interference? Is it when the defensive player breathes on his opponent? Or not? I am tired of the rule changes and games being decided by the ref’s interpretation of them.
4. No More Defenses. Also connected to the two previous points. I am old enough to remember the Steel Curtain and that awe-inducing 85 Bears D. What happened? Count me among the few who do not enjoy pinball football with score-a-minute offenses.
5. Oversaturation. Soon we will have an NFL game on every night of the week- or it seems anyway. Boy, just can’t wait for that Jacksonville v Cleveland game on Tuesday night!
6. (Okay a bonus reason) Too Much Bloviating. Blame it on ESPN. Now we have way too many “experts” who help break down every insignificant fact about the game. Talk, talk, talk! It happens before a game; during a game; after the game; 24/7. I miss you John Madden.