It's Gameday!

The NFL is back.

Jim Rome
September 10, 2020 - 10:35 am
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I’ve been saying all week that it’s game week, but not anymore. Because in the immortal words of Scott Stapp, today is GAME DAY-EHHH-HEYYY

We’ve gone from days away to now just hours away from the start of the NFL season and man, it feels great to be saying that. And HONESTLY….really weird to be saying that.

As I’ve touched on before, as terrible as the exhibition season is, the fact that there wasn’t one this year almost makes it feel like football is coming out of nowhere tonight. Like Houston and KC are just going to show up in a couple of vans, wearing their pads and jerseys, and RUN out onto the field and play.

I know that’s not actually the case and that teams have been going through camp and preparing for the start of the season, but like just about everything else now, this feels very surreal.

Was it really only seven months ago that Kansas City was trailing in the Super Bowl and had a 3rd and 15? Was it really only seven months ago that they dialed up 2-3 Jet Chip Wasp and this happened?

 

Was it really only seven months ago that Kansas City scored a touchdown in the Super Bowl on a play ripped from the 1948 Rose Bowl?

 

 

 

NEVER MIND THE PLAY, It feels like that game was played in 1948, not that it was a throwback to 1948. And now, we’re hours away from having new highlights and new games to talk about. And I could not be more pumped. That is awesome.

Sure, it’s not going to be what we’re used to. Only 22 percent of the stadium will be full tonight, which isn’t what anyone imagined when they started to think about what it would be like to raise a banner in Kansas City. That was always going to be an incredible scene with the loudest fans in the league going nuts when they finally got another banner, but that massive party is going to have to wait. Tonight, the banner will go up with about 17,000 fans in the building.

And there will be piped in crowd noise. And there won’t be mascots or cheerleaders. We’ve talked about that and it will be weird to see a game without all of the extra stuff, but it will be awesome to see a game.

It will be awesome to see how Kansas City shows up tonight. Is this the start of a dynasty? Can they do what nobody’s done since the Patriots went back to back? Do you look at how young Patrick Mahomes is and all the weapons around him and start talking about not one, not two, not three, not four, not five, not six, not seven titles? 

Or is there a Super Bowl hangover? That seems unlikely, but they certainly have happened in the past and if there ever was a year to have a Super Bowl hangover it’s the year where there’s a global pandemic right after the Super Bowl. That would be a pretty fair justification for coming out flat.

The thing is, we don’t know the answers to any of these questions yet because we haven’t seen Kansas City yet this year. And we haven’t seen Houston since the last time they were in Kansas City.

Remember that? Remember when they had that 24-0 lead over KC in the playoffs and then they blew it? Remember how they managed to take a 24-point lead and turn it into a 20-point loss? That was a Miami Marlins level collapse.

As new Texans defensive coordinator Anthony Weaver said about returning to KC: "When you play these guys first, you're forced to peel back some of those scabs and relive those moments.”

You sure are. There is going to be a lot of scab-picking tonight.

And speaking of scab-picking, speaking of opening up old wounds, remember when Bill O’Brien chased that epic collapse with not being fired, but actually adding a new title, that of general manager?

And remember how he celebrated that by trading the best offensive weapon in the offseason?

Remember when they traded DeAndre Hopkins and a fourth round pick for David Johnson, a second, and a fourth?

I’m only bringing it up again because I still cannot believe that happened. That trade was in mid-March, nearly half a year ago, and I still haven’t figured it out. But maybe the Texans have. Or maybe they haven’t.

Maybe they show up tonight and shock the world by being better on offense without their best receiver. Or maybe they are a lot worse without their best receiver. Maybe taking away Deshaun Watson’s best weapon won’t be a good idea.

Right now, just about anything is possible. You could tell me anything at this point and I’d believe it. Because right now, nobody knows anything.

But what I do know is that we have football tonight. Real, live, actual football in a game that counts. And that is awesome. Because for a long time it seemed like it would never happen and now it’s about to. SO Let’s JUST enjoy it.

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