Back to Football
Some say that America's Pastime is the over a century year old game, baseball. But others say that America's real Pastime is football. Unlike the struggle of waiting for a ball or strike to be called or a run scored, this is where football has the most excitement out of every American sport. Every touchdown, every down, every penalty, every play, and every yard is crucial to the games. Fans roar as the team gets ready for a third or fourth down play or the possibility of a scoring play. On the other side of the ball, the defense must stop the scoring team with either a stop or turnover into points.
This is what makes football America's favorite sport as we know it today and tonight... it's BACK!
Yes, it's that time of year again where thirty two teams battle it out; but first comes the cut and that starts with the preseason. Each coach must downsize their squad to 53 members before Week 1. Once that is done it's a 5 month war of strength, speed, toughness, teamwork, and discipline to see who is truly the best in the NFL. When 2018 rolls around, a dozen of the league's best teams battle it out in the Postseason with the four division champions and 2 wild card teams from each conference. Then on the first Sunday in February, the two conference champions will duke it out for the greatest trophy on the grandest stage in American Sports; the Super Bowl.
But I'm getting ahead of myself. Before all that madness happens we must first take a trip to the birthplace of American Football, Canton, Ohio to witness the first game of the 2017 NFL Preseason; the Hall of Fame Game.
This year's Hall of Fame Game is between the defending NFC East Champion Dallas Cowboys, and the 2015 NFC semifinalists Arizona Cardinals. This game will take place during Hall of Fame Week in which the 2017 Hall of Fame Class will receive their iconic gold jackets, and they will receive their busts, for they will be forever enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. These names include Ladainian Tomlinson, Super Bowl XXXII MVP and former Denver Broncos Running Back Terrell Davis, and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.
This week may be about remembering these legends. But more importantly, it is the sign thatsignifies that America's real Pastime; football is back for 2017 NFL season.