At times I didn't think it would ever get here, certainly not over the long months of February, March, April and May. June and July aren't that bad because you have the OTA's and then training camp and the exhibition games. But finally the NFL season is about to begin, and hope is renewed in 32 cities across the country. (Except maybe Detroit)
I look at the first NFL game as the end of Summer more so then Labor Day. Even though it can get quite hot at early season games you know the change in the weather is right around the corner. Especially where my seats are, Section 503-Row 31. We're a little closer to the Sun up there. Hell, you can wave to people flying by in airplanes for that matter, but I have a fantastic view of the entire field that makes up for the mountain climb up to my seats.
The Ravens are facing the Kansas City Chiefs as you all know, and the Ravens are favored by 10 points as of this writing. But this isn't a game the players can afford to take any plays off in. The Chiefs have a new head coach, Todd Haley, who will also serve as offensive coordinator much the same way Brian Billick did in 2006 after firing offensive coordinator Chan Gailey a week ago. I'm sure that Haley didn't tip his hand in the pre season and give away much of the playbook he, and presumably Gailey put together, as well as the plays he had success with when he was the Arizona Cardinals' offensive coordinator And, you had better believe that they are going to throw everything they have at the Ravens on both sides of the ball. Hey, any given Sunday.
For me this is going to be a great countdown to Sunday afternoon. I'm going camping Wednesday-Friday at Point Lookout State Park for some R&R in the way of fishing, crabbing, and perhaps indulging in a few adult beverages. Well, maybe more than a few.
Saturday I'll take my wife out to dinner for her birthday and then get all of my tailgate equipment in order and loaded in the truck for a 7:00A.M. departure on game day. Sometimes life is good, very good.
Here's hoping that all of you enjoy the game wherever you are, and we have a Ravens victory to talk about next week. Go Ravens!!!