There’s an awful lot to complain about when it comes to preseason football. You can talk about the low quantity of playing time for the stars, or the low quality of play from the scrubs. You can gripe that there’s too many preseason games. You can complain about (and justifiably so) the ticket prices being the same in preseason as they are in the regular season.
But at the end of the day, it’s still football and the preseason offers a few things you’ll never see during the regular season.
Here now… 3 reasons to love preseason football.
1. THE ANNOUNCING: Preseason is the only time you get to hear unabashed homerism coming from the announce booth. These announcers talk like every new rookie or free agent was a steal and that their team is on the path to the Super Bowl. I loved listening to the Philly announcers talk about Michael Vick like he was the second coming or the Chiefs announcers make excuses about why their team was being blanked by the Buccaneers.
Unlike baseball that has them pretty much year round, it’s the only time in football when teams have home announcers on TV. The homerism inspires pride in the faithful and insights the haters. Either way it’s passion and how can that not be a good thing?
2. THE NAMES: Once you get to the 4th quarter of a preseason game it’s literally like watching the guys from a Madden draft class… if Madden decided it was going to create completely unbelievable names. Which of these following rookies are actual players and which one did I make up?… Mister Alexander, Shaky Smithson, Scooter Berry, Tysson Poots, Jock Sanders, Duke Lemmens.
The answer: I didn’t make any of them up.
How great is it to hear the announcers say “great play by Mister Alexander!” It just sounds so formal.
3. IRRATIONAL FAN LOVE: ”Tim Tebow doesn’t have accuracy problems, he went 6/7 against the Cowboys!”
“New England found its running back, Stevan Ridley scored 3 TDs against the Jags!”
“Washington doesn’t need a star (or even good) QB, they just beat the Steelers!”
“So what if our starters fumbled the ball away twice, the Chiefs have nothing to worry about. It’s only preseason!”
I’m pretty sure every one of these statements was made following the first week of the preseason. This kind of irrational preseason fan love is great. Not only does it make for ridiculous debates, it will also lead to someone in your fantasy league taking Tim Tebow as their QB.
I’m not saying fans shouldn’t be excited or concerned about their teams, but it’s a little early. Just remember, last year the 49ers went 4-0 in the preseason and finished 6-10 in the regular season. Meanwhile, the Colts never seem to win in the preseason.
Time to get Buc Wild now…
Here’s what I’m watching for…
- Gerald McCoy gets on the field for the first time since being hurt last year. During the offseason he became the leader of the defense. Let’s see how that translates on the field. Hopefully, he only adds to the emerging pass rush we saw last week.
- LeGarrette Blount caught one ball last week. I want to know if the Bucs plan on making him more a part of the passing game. Also there seems to be questions at RB behind Blount. Is Lumpkin the guy?
- Will Tom Brady play? Last week the Chiefs pretty much mailed it in (or so they’d have you believe) and Tampa crushed them. I want to see our new look defense against one of the best offenses in the league. I for one hope Brady plays, I want to see the Bucs get a true test.
Unfortunately, I’ll have to wait until the replay on NFL network before I can truly get Buc Wild this week.
Let me know what you think and follow me on twitter @buc_wild
About the Author
Written by Justin Chechourka
Born and raised in California, I inexplicably became a Tampa Bay Buccaneers fan. Now I bleed red and pewter. The best part of being a Bucs fan in California... I never have to worry about blackouts.