NFL Championship games … New England Patriots v. SD Chargers and Green bay Packers vs. Giants … What is the NFL Thinking, Late Start Game in GB?


What does the NFL stand for these days, the National Financial League? It Nfl_logocertainly does not stand for fan or football. Can someone in the NFL offices please explain to me why in hell anyone would schedule a night game (6:30 pm) in Green Bay, WI for the Championship game of the NFC? Are you crazy?

No one loves outside playoff football more than myself. Personally, I think its a must as domes are a travesty to the sport. However, the game should be played in the normal context of how it was intended, not artificially messed with by changing start dates. After all, the winner gets a birth in the Super Bowl.

Having home field advantage is one thing and some thing that the Packers have earned. However, to schedule a football game later than what is the norm for a regular Sunday is insane. The famed “Ice Bowl” played in Green Bay in 1967 on Lambeau Field was cold enough at 13 degrees below zero. However, it was also played during the day, night late evening into the night. The stupidity and greediness of the NFL to have a later start and thus in their view more eyes on TV screens for ratings is beyond absurd. Football players will try to be advancing to the Super Bowl in -4 degree weather conditions in Green Bay with wind chills making it even worse. Wait until the sun goes down and see just how much colder it gets. How many people will get frost bite all at the expense of starting a game later than it need be?

What ever happened to the days when the two NFL Championship Games were played at 1 pm and 4 pm EDT? What is the point to change these times to later, other than ratings and advertising? It certainly cannot be for the benefit of the players. Night games in New England or Green Bay are beyond stupid. The money grubbing NFL should be ashamed of itself.

Obviously, no one knows when these games are first set where they will be played. If the Cowboys had won last week, this game would have been played in Dallas, TX instead of frigid Green Bay. However, that is why playing games at 1 and 4 make sense.

In conclusion, if the NFL has no problem with inflicting players with these types of conditions that hamper their skills, then why is the Super Bowl always played in a warm weather site or a northern Dome? Imagine what would happen if the Super Bowl was played in Buffalo, Green Bay, Foxboro or Giant Stadium in late January or early February. There is a reason why it would never happen and for that same reason … Championship games should never be started later than what is deemed normal regular season start times.

UPDATE I: New England Patriots beat San Diego Chargers, 21 – 12.

UPDATE II: One, Twice … Three Tynes is a Charm … NY Giants Stun Green Bay Packers in OT, 23–20.

Posted January 20, 2008 by
Personal, Sports | 6 comments

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    6 Responses to “NFL Championship games … New England Patriots v. SD Chargers and Green bay Packers vs. Giants … What is the NFL Thinking, Late Start Game in GB?”

    1. ayfit on January 20th, 2008 11:57 pm

      The game was great and the schedules concerning these two games worked out just fine. Oh yeah Green Bay fans when mentioning Brett’s records don’t leave out the interception record. You know,they leave that one out every time.Hang em up Brett [interception] Farve. Eli has passed you.

    2. Sam on January 21st, 2008 2:28 am

      Game time was 5:30pm CST. Green Bay is Central Standard Time. Just FYI…

    3. Scarrlett on January 21st, 2008 8:19 am

      If you want to play with the big dogs than you better BE a big dog. Alot of players didn`t even wear sleeves!!

      SUPERBOWL starts at 6pm est..Go Giants

    4. Just Bearly on January 21st, 2008 10:05 am

      I kind of felt more for for the fans in the stands than the players as far as the cold.

      Some of those players with no sleeves… I was thinking they are definitely nuts.

      As a competitive skier from Minnesota, I can relate some to what they endured as athletes, but they don’t get luxuries such as cozy warming huts, chalets, fireplaces or hot chocolate exactly the moment in time they might want it. Then to add to thier misery they got to play those extra overtime minutes. The elements were more conductive for one of those NHL classic outside games than NFL. I also agree with the main content of the article that scheduling should take more into account than advertising revenues.

    5. Columbo on January 22nd, 2008 11:36 am
    6. Meee on January 22nd, 2008 3:06 pm

      It’s all good. The Giants won… Plus they got big ratings

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