Ah yes, the time honored tradition of fake football. I don’t know about you, but I am fed up with preseason football at this point. Watching this many games that don’t count has gotten me stir crazy by now; the real season can’t get here soon enough. I wish there was some way to stop with all the appetizers, I want the main course already! But alas, I cannot simply simulate through the preseason like it was a game of Madden. Like everyone else, I must suffer through each meaningless snap of each meaningless game one at a time. To pass the time, I have created a list of my top five reasons why I have completely had it with preseason football.
5) The Thrill is Gone: Simply put, the novelty has worn off. By Week 3 of the preseason, I have gotten my fill of young, exciting rookies who are trying to make an immediate impact (Jadeveon Clowney, Sammy Watkins, Blake Bortles). I have also gotten my fill of big-time veterans who have switched teams and are trying to blend into their new surroundings (DeSean Jackson, DeMarcus Ware, Julius Peppers). It was interesting to keep tabs on these story lines for the first few weeks, but now I simply do not care anymore.
4) Injury Scares: Even if your favorite team has not suffered a major injury to a key player yet, it is always a possibility. Although recent injuries to LeSean McCoy (thumb), Jeremy Maclin (knee), and Sam Bradford (knee) were not deemed as serious, offensive lineman Sam Baker of the Atlanta Falcons was not as lucky. Baker suffered a ruptured patella tendon and will be out for the remainder of the season. An injury like this could have occurred at any point, but to have it happen when the season hasn’t even started yet is a massive blow to the Falcons to say the least.
3) Short Attention Span: Even though I love football, I cannot force myself to pay attention for more than one full quarter of preseason action. When Ryan Nassib is the league’s leading passer, and Allen Hurns is the league’s leading receiver, it completely ruins the incentive to watch these games for any length of time. Watching career backups duel each other for the right to become a team’s top reserve at any random position just doesn’t do it for me.
2) Necessary Evil: While the preseason is rapidly getting on my nerves, I know that it is a necessary part of the training camp process. Without these tedious preseason games, early regular season games would look sloppy, disjointed, and the quality of the NFL product would surely suffer. I am not in favor cutting down the number of preseason games because the preseason may not matter to fans like me, but it does matter to the players who need the reps. Whether I like it or not, the preseason isn’t going away anytime soon, and that’s what really irks me.
1) Final Scores Don’t Matter: It can’t get any simpler than this. No matter what kind of interesting story lines develop throughout the preseason, it can’t hide the fact that none of these games will impact the standings whatsoever. There have been some good stories to keep us distracted through the preseason; from Johnny Manziel flipping off his opponents, to Michael Sam being the first openly gay athlete in the NFL, to Peyton Manning and Jimmy Graham getting flagged taunting opponents and dunking footballs on the goalpost. However, none of these stories amount to a hill of beans in my view since the final scores are meaningless.