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Thursday night expansion needs one caveat

Posted on: February 3, 2012 12:19 pm
Edited on: February 3, 2012 12:44 pm
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Commissioner Roger Goodell's announcement that the NFL will expand from eight to 13 Thursday-night games this season is great for TV and fans, but it's not so great for NFL players and teams ... unless, of course, the league does what is reasonable and necessary.


And that's to make Thursday-night games available only to teams coming off byes.

Having teams play two games in five days is not only cruel and unusual punishment; it's wrong. Yet the NFL this season had the San Diego Chargers and Green Bay Packers play three times in 11 days. Now it's going to 13 in weeks 2-15.

Fans like Thursday-night games because they can't get enough of the NFL. The NFL Network likes it because it's good for ratings. But players and coaches? Ask them how much they enjoy playing twice in five days. It's tough on coaches' game plans, and it's tougher on players' bodies.

That's why scheduling a Thursday-night game for teams coming off byes makes sense.

In fact, it makes so much sense that the Pac-12 already embraces it. The league has four Thursday-night games scheduled for the 2012 season, with the first three involving teams coming off byes. In the fourth, one club (Oregon) is coming off a bye, while the other (Arizona State) played the Thursday before (Oct. 11).

But it had a bye before that. Plus, it's the home team when it plays Oregon.

Oh, one other thing: College clubs play on Saturdays, not Sundays, so there's an additional day of rest involved. Nevertheless, they still think it's a good idea.

And it is. Think about it: You have 10 days before your next game, then nine more before the following contest. It makes so much sense that one former league employee told me the NFL once had a mock schedule drawn up showing how all teams could play Thursday night games coming off of byes.

"The players would go for it," he said, "and the league would go for it."

But the league should go for it, too. I mean, if it is as concerned about the safety and general welfare of its players as it says it is, then it should push an idea that should make players less vulnerable to injury.

I don't know what the incidence of injuries is when a club plays two games in five days, but it doesn't take a genius to figure out that it's easier on someone's body to play twice in 19 days than it is two in five.

So do it.















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Comments

Since: Nov 10, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2012 4:30 pm
 

Thursday night expansion needs one caveat

Canes, 1993 had two bye weeks.  The only season the NFL used the 2 bye week system.



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Posted on: February 3, 2012 4:14 pm
 

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Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2012 4:02 pm
 

Thursday night expansion needs one caveat

There has never been a two-bye system that I am aware of.  But I think its a good idea for another reason.

I would love to see the season extended so that the Super Bowl always falls on the Sunday before President's Day.  Call me selfish, but I get that day off.  That way I could actually enjoy the game and not worry about having to work the next day.  I am sure there are others out there who feel the same way.



Since: Aug 21, 2007
Posted on: February 3, 2012 3:59 pm
 

Thursday night expansion needs one caveat

More Thursday night games are just wonderful -if your provider has the NFL NETWORK Yell.  If not, I guess the rest of us are SOL.  I wonder if people realize that this network does not appear in the line-ups of 2 of the top 3 cable companies in the country.  I know the NFL knows -they just don't seem to care!  Most of the guys I know would pay $10-$15 more per month to our providers if they caried the Network.  When I call the company, I just get the run-a-round.  I used to try to find a bar that carried the games on Thursday nights but now I just watch the College games.  They had some great Collegiate match-ups on Thursday night this past year and I can watch them from my easy chair for nothing.



Since: Aug 21, 2007
Posted on: February 3, 2012 3:58 pm
 

Thursday night expansion needs one caveat

More Thursday night games are just wonderful -if your provider has the NFL NETWORK Yell.  If not, I guess the rest of us are SOL.  I wonder if people realize that this network does not appear in the line-ups of 2 of the top 3 cable companies in the country.  I know the NFL knows -they just don't seem to care!  Most of the guys I know would pay $10-$15 more per month to our providers if they caried the Network.  When I call the company, I just get the run-a-round.  I used to try to find a bar that carried the games on Thursday nights but now I just watch the College games.  They had some great Collegiate match-ups on Thursday night this past year and I can watch them from my easy chair for nothing.



Since: Oct 13, 2007
Posted on: February 3, 2012 2:15 pm
 

Thursday night expansion needs one caveat

Was there a two-bye system back in 1992 or 1993?
ANyone recall?



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2012 1:41 pm
 

Thursday night expansion needs one caveat

I think that the teams who play on thursday nights should get the bye the following week...there's way too much time off between a bye, a thursday night game and then another 10 days til that team plays on Sunday?  I'm sure the players would rather play Sunday, then Thursday and then have off for two weeks. 


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