And I am quite excited. All the little sports I use to pretend to amuse myself over the summer (soccer? baseball? And what is this "golf" you speak of?) are now but a distant memory. For as the wind begins to blow from the west, and Harlequin Lady Autumn creeps in over the hills, this is when the true sports season begins, and King Football once again returns to reclaim his lordship over all his sporting underlings.
Jon Jansen is the leader of the Washington Redskins
Of course, the NFL season kicks off tonight, with the Steelers and the Dolphins. Prediction? Daunte throws three INTs, one of which goes for a touchdown, Willie Parker goes off for 120 yards, and I'm asleep by halftime. I'm not sure why people are embracing Daunte so wholeheartedly. Sure, he has a chance to be great again, but what about last season? He threw twice as many INTs as TDs. Oh yeah, and his leg fell off after seven games. I'm not saying anything...I'm just saying.
But as you may know, my real allegiances lie with that little team called the Washington Redskins. I've been a fan since I was five. I've seen the highs, I've seen the lows. Since I moved to town, though, it's been mostly lows and creamy middles. Last year though, hopefully, was one to build on. But with no offense to speak of as yet, coupled with other nagging things like bad special teams and a chronically injured secondary, I think the hype around here is out of control. Let's focus on getting back to the playoffs again before we start talking Super Bowl. Hasn't anyone around here been paying attention the last seven years? Hype absolutely KILLS this team. They have to be under the radar, or else they self-destruct. So in that spirit, I hereby announce that I think the Redskins suck.
But still, I'm excited it's back. See you next summer, soccer. Take it easy, baseball (I'm in my roto playoffs, so I'll still be watching for a little while). Only 10 more hours now...LET'S GET IT ON!
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(Photo credit: Jonathan Newton -- The Washington Post Photo)