The 2008 National Football League schedule was announced today, and that officially gives every fan the information he or she needs to plan the fall football schedule, including whether that favorite team has a big home prime time game.
But you cannot play without a schedule, so this is the moment that starts it all.
As far as our Denver Broncos schedule is concerned, I personally like it a lot.
I once got a very cogent opinion from Mike Shanahan when I asked him how he liked our schedule compared to a rival’s.
He looked at both on paper, and said, “Looks like we each have eight at home and eight away.”
In other words, it always comes down to how you prepare and how you play, not when you play, where you play, or what the weather is.
But I like the idea that this year our fans do not have to sit in sub-freezing temperatures for a late saeason Sunday or Monday night game (unless we get flexed, of course, which would be a positive thing).
We all enjoy the exposure of Sunday and Monday night football, and we are not being overlooked in that regard, with three prime time games, but all on the road–the opener on Monday night at Oakland, a subsequent Monday nighter at New England, and a Thursday night NFL Network matchup at Cleveland.
There’s a lot of home-away, home-away to our schedule, and I have always liked the rhythm whcih that allows a team and its fans to get into, in addition to our season ticket holders and the televisoion networks being able to enjoy our spectacular Sunday afternoons.
As to the results?
You plan hard in the off-season, plan your program, work your plan, try to stay injury free and pack your lunchbox every day.
It is not rocket science, but it is hard work, and our staff and veteran players have a track record of putting in the effort and the hours.
It is easier to put in that work when you have something tangible on paper on which you can focus, and we all have that starting today.