In less than one week the New England Patriots will kick off their preseason schedule against the Washington Redskins. For the entire month of August, football will be in the air, allowing fans to flirt with the fact that the official start of the NFL season is just over the horizon.
I’ll pause while we all sigh and rejoice.
Yes, football is nearly here. February seems like a lifetime ago, yet here we are, now in the month of August. The Patriots are gearing up for four preseason games that no matter how hard we try to convince ourselves, really don’t matter at all; but who cares. Football is here, and that is all that anyone with a football state of mind is worried about.
The Patriots will face the Redskins in Week 1 of the preseason, which is slated to begin on Aug. 7. From there, the team will play two home games in a row, facing the Philadelphia Eagles on Aug. 15 and the Carolina Panthers on Aug. 22. Closing out the exhibitions will be a game against the New York Giants on Aug. 28.
Considering that this is the preseason, none of these games are of particular interest to most people. More than anything it is an opportunity to see the prospects and newly acquired players bring their talents to the forefront. The unwarranted excitement surrounding Jimmy Garoppolo has certainly sparked interest in many fans, and of course seeing Darrelle Revis on the gridiron for the first time will be a special moment. But to be honest, preseason is just a time for me to hold my breath and hope nobody important gets injured.
Despite this, it does still mean NFL football with be televised for the nation to see, and I can’t complain about that. Will the games have viewers on the edges of their seats? Probably not, but finally getting to see a team together that has been hyped so much will be entertainment in its purest form.