Today’s football headlines:
As of right now, we cannot say for certain that any of these incidents were directly related to the extremely hot weather the U.S. is currently experiencing. But it’s probably a safe bet that at least one of them was.
This got me to thinking. Why do we have the football schedule we have? Take the National Football League: Training camp begins in July, the preseason begins in August, and the regular season begins in September. But why?
Hockey and basketball are both fall-to-spring games, but that’s sort of moot since those sports are played indoors. Baseball is usually played outdoors, and much of the season is played during the summer months. But spring training is in, well, the spring, not in the heat of summer. And baseball is not as physically demanding as football, nor do the players wear heavy pads.
So what are the arguments against pushing the football season back two months? You’d have training camp in September, the preseason in October, and the regular season in November. You’d still get the Thanksgiving Day games, but the playoffs would now be in March and the Super Bowl in April. But…so what? So we all call in “sick” for work on a Monday in April instead of a Monday in February?
Look, I’m sure there are a thousand reasons not to change football into a fall-to-spring sport. But I honestly can’t think of a particularly good one right now. (Be sure to help me out here in the comments!)