I know that strictly, its not the fault of the NFL, because lets face it, how were they to know that things would work out like this, and besides, even if they had, there is only so much they could do, when the fixture list is played out as it is?
The one thing I’ve heard a lot of this year, is that TV ratings for NFL games are down, quite a lot in some cases. I know there are always going to be some really good games, a few less than great games, but currently, in truth, we’re sandwiched between a pair of shockers at present.
On Sunday, the 2 win Chicago Bears hosted the 1 win San Francisco 49ers. Yes, the fact we’re 12 games into the season shows how bad they are. To be fair to Chicago, they at least looked like they were prepared to fight for their future, and won comfortably, 26-6. Yes, San Francisco looked like a team for whom the end of the season couldnt come quickly enough. I only feel sorry for the people who paid large sums of money to see them play, but given most of those were from Chicago, I’m sure they didnt mind too much.
This morning, I had the misfortune to watch the highlights of the Monday night game, between the Indianapolis Colts, and the 3 win New York Jets, in New York. It has to be said, the attitude of the Jets players made the 49ers look enthusiastic! Oh, they lost 41-3, and it didnt deserve to be that close! What a top team might have scored, I dread to think! And given this game was in New York, it was the locals who paid large sums of money to see that shocking performance. The only consolation for me, Jon Gruden!
So guess what the Football Gods have thrown up for next week? Yes, you’ve guessed it, the New York Jets are travelling to…San Francisco! Well, strictly, Santa Clara, but thats where they play nowadays. Will both teams turn up, let alone care about the result? I know, depressing. But again, the people I feel most sorry for, are the people spending large sums of money for tickets, for a game that neither team seems to care about, beyond getting their pay packet!
And the NFL wonder why ratings are down? Fine, rant over!
The video is a Christmas one, though its not really a Christmas one, at the same time. No, not Greg Lake, but the other one!