Written by theMBIIIeffect
The NFL had a lay-up for the Giants’ season opener this year at the New Meadowland Stadium.
And, boy, did they ever get it wrong.
Go back to last year’s Cowboys season opener against the Giants last year.
The Giants won that game 33-31 and mouth-breather extraordinaire Eli Manning autographed the wall in the visiting team’s locker room.
The game is basically meaningless in retrospect. It’ll go down as a loss but it didn’t hugely alter the course of the season for the Cowboys. The Giants ended their season with an 8-8 mark so it wasn’t a game with a huge impact in either direction
But the NFL had an easy shot at having a blockbuster game in the first week of the season.
Imagine the hype they could have created: division rivals with a little extra hate sprinkled on top because of Eli Manning’s John Hancock on Jerry’s Masterpiece.
To schedule the Carolina Panthers in the first week of the season is the ultimate cop out.Â How does the NFL pull ratings for that game? How do they promote it? Steve Smith vs. Steve Smith is about it.
What the NFL has done here is robbed the Cowboys a shot at redemption and a great game that a neutral fan would have a great interest in. Since when is the NFL not interested in ratings? And nothing would have been sweeter for Jerry Jones and Tony Romo than returning the favor of a loss in the New Meadowland’s first game.
They f*cked us. They f*cked us good, Cowboys fans.
Our consolation? We play the Washington Redskins in the first game of the seasons. On the road no less.
The Giants will be playing less than 250 miles away. We’ll be so close.
So, NFL schedule makers, whoever the hell you are, f*ck you. You screwed us, as well as the NFL fan base, out of what could have been a great, great game.