Like hamsters in the wheel, here we go again. The National Football League will announce the schedules for all 32 teams tonight and as usual, we will slop it up like pigs on the farm.
In reality, what does the release of the schedule really mean? Not a whole hell of a lot when you really look at it. Remember last year when the schedule came out for our beloved Steelers?
Like you, I penciled in wins over Tennessee in the opener and Minnesota over in London. What we couldn’t predict of course was the fact that the team entered the 2013 season having lost all four preseason games.
Perhaps that’s what we should have paid more attention to and for the record; the Steelers play the Giants, Bills, Eagles and Panthers in the preseason this year. Hopefully we can pull out one of those games so as not increase the amount of yinzers taking the plunge from the Fort Pitt Bridge.
I do understand that for some fans it means the planning of trips to Pittsburgh and other NFL cities, but in terms of overall team success it means doodly-squat.
Did Kansas City fans really see the Chiefs unbeaten through the first half of the season? Worse yet, did any of us see the Steelers going 0-4 and then 2-6? I had us pegged for 8-8 last year but I didn’t see it happening in the manner that it occurred.
I admit, I’m looking forward to the schedule release but more so to see how the schedule breaks down in terms of home and away versus anything else. Home and away games are important in terms of how they are spaced out so that’s what intrigues me.
Anyway, Happy NFL Schedule Release Day! Just remember that it doesn’t really mean much in the grand scheme of things.
Marc Uhlmann writes for and co-owns www.steelcityblitz.com. Follow him on Twitter @steeldad and follow the website at @SCBlitz. He can be heard weekly on Trib-Live Radio talking Steelers and is a blogger for ESPN 970 in Pittsburgh.