The NFL has started a nice tradition by featuring the defending Super Bowl champions on the season’s opening night. This year, that game will be played on September 9, and will – obviously – involve the New Orleans Saints.
What we don’t know is who the Saints will be matched up with in that game. According to Mike Florio, who would know such a thing because he is a football blogging genius, the potential other teams for that game are the Falcons, Panthers, Bucs, Seahawks, Rams, Browns, Steelers and Vikings.
Because the NFL enjoys creating big-hype match-ups for its opening night, the logical choice among those 8 would be the Vikings. The second choice would be the Vikings. And the third choice would be the Vikings.
That makes it almost a lock that the Vikings will be playing the Saints on opening night, in the Superdome, the site of their latest NFC Championship Game belly-flop.
Of course, this match-up becomes slightly less intriguing if Sage Rosenfels is starting for the Vikes instead of Brett Favre. Maybe the league could offer Brett a piece of the gate in exchange for his assurance that he will suit up.
Hell, maybe the league should just offer Brett a piece of the league. Better yet, maybe ESPN should offer Brett a piece of ESPN. How much money do you think they’ve made off him the last couple of years?
I don’t even bother watching ESPN to keep up on Brett’s status anymore. We’ll know he has retired when CNN reports on the tragic mass-suicide at Bristol.