I’m a big Googler. Literally, every time I hear or see someone ask a question they don’t know the answer to I pull out my iPhone in an effort to show them how smart I am.
There’s even a science to it, you know? There’s a certain évidence (that’s French, girls) separating the fact from fiction, which internet savvy folks like myself can recognize.
But . . . let’s backup, shall we?
Monday morning I hopped a flight from O’Hare, Chicago to John F. Kennedy, New York.
28 hours later (isn’t that a zombie movie . . . maybe that’s “days” . . .) I was back at JFK, writing my then third column about the shirts NFL players would dawn some five months from now, while eating an $18 Caesar salad (I regret every bite).
It wasn’t until today that it hit me: Yesterday was one day prior to the official opening of the Major League Baseball season.
One day prior to MLB and everyone, it seemed like to me anyway, was talking about . . . the shirts NFL players would dawn some five months from now.
Back to Google . . .
So, I decided to Google “America’s Pastime” earlier today just to see what would come up. Every post on the first page of results—in some way, shape or form—referenced baseball.
The 2011 World Series finale (a Game-7, mind you) attracted 25.4 million viewers.
Just 10 weeks into the 2011 NFL regular season, and the Giants @ 49ers game was watched by 25.9 million viewers. That was one regular season game, among 13 other games played that very same afternoon.
From Peyton (Manning) to Payton (Sean), from Tim Tebow to an over-the-top Nike uniform reveal, the NFL is on the tippy-top of the American sports world. Believe that.
Nothing is simple anymore, and everything is a production.
There is no more NFL offseason. The minute the season “ends,” fans get the almost as exciting process of free agency talk, which leads so perfectly into the Combine and the Draft, which leads so perfectly into the offseason program, and which ultimately leads so eloquently into training camp and the preseason.
I just posted an article today on the Bears’ MEANINGLESS! preseason schedule, which garnered notable attention. An article I posted months ago, on which teams the Bears would face in the 2012 season has been our No. 1 post (in terms of reads) almost every day since being published.
I’m willing to bet 99% of my readership knows who Robert Griffin III and Andrew Luck are. I’m willing to bet that same (or similar) percentage has no idea who, both, Mark Appel and Byron Buxton are.
What would you say if I told you that an estimated $80 to $100 billion (yes, billion) dollars is wagered on the NFL each and every year? What if I told you that’s over $300 for every man, woman and child in the United States?
What does all that mean? The hell if I know. All I know is we love us some football.
The NFL is the ultimate soap opera. And so what?! For those of you who want to hate on a group of 100+ media members spending two days covering uniforms, which showcase subtle changes at best, over the start of a new MLB season, get over it and realize that the NFL is king.
Baseball is second best . . . at best.
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