Colts-Redskins: Football Is Kinda-Sorta Back
Still, it is nice to see the NFL back.
Tonight's Hall of Fame game featuring the Colts and Redskins is nothing more than a glorified scrimmage. Both starting QBs (Jim Sorgi and Jason Campbell) played all of one series. Colts running back Joseph Addai suffered a slight head injury which knocked him out of the game after a couple plays. Of course, if this was a regular season game, it would have just been a "knocked the cobwebs loose" thing and he'd be right back in.
Peyton Manning, Clinton Portis, Dwight Freeney, Bob Sanders, Marvin Harrison and Jason Taylor were among the several guys who didn't suit up for the game. The second half looks like an Arena League football game with the players we've never heard of, players we forgot about, players with weird numbers and players who won't matter when September comes.
We even had to spend the first part of the game checking in at a Green Bay airport for Brett Favre's plane.
The telecast is in pre-season form. Al and Madden don't have their timing right yet. NBC shows one player even though they are talking about another one. God forbid there is a play-action-pass because the cameramen are missing it. And I'm still waiting for them to introduce us to the Redskins' secondary.
In NBC's defense, I'm sure most of the main production people are already in Beijing readying for the Olympics.
Usually this is par for the course for the Hall Of Fame game. Nobody really cares. Sure, if you root for one of the teams you'd like to see them do well. No one wants to see an injury. Both these teams have to play five of these things (everyone else plays four) so they are just trying to get everyone some time before getting back to camp.
The only thing that truly disappoints me is that the interviews with the Hall of Fame class are too short. Usually, they invite each member into the broadcast booth and spend a few minutes with them. Now, they don't have everyone in the booth (some interviews are done on the sideline) and all the interviews are painfully short. I mean, ask a better question than "how does it feel?"
Still, it's football. The beginning of 64 more preseason games before we get to the beauty of the regular season. The end of a long wait.