If you know me as a writer, you know I generally don't like to go where the focus is. So completely off topic: The NFL has a decision to make about who will open Week 1 at New Meadowlands Stadium (Side note being that the teams still have not found a naming sponsor).
The NFL won't make this decision, or it won't be announced, until the schedules are released on their normal date. Until then New York fans, I'm sure. will spend plenty of time arguing over who deserves it more.
Recently Daniel Kaplan, a staff writer for Sports Business Journal, pointed out that had the Jets made it to (and won) the Super Bowl, the decision process would have been cut short. The winner of the game automatically gets to open the next season at home.
Now, there really isn't much to say on the topic being that the NFL is always hush-hush about the order of games. But I first became interested in this story when I read a post by Joshua Lobdell of The Inquisitor. Lobdell described his intentions for the article to spur debate between New York fans.
The bottom line is the fans won't decide who gets to open in the brand-new, state-of-the-art stadium, but I am interested to hear what you think.
If you ask me, the G-Men deserve it hands down. Not only are the teams moving from Giants Stadium, but the Jets are signing a 50-year lease with the Mara family. It's not the other way around.
Often people ask me what its like to share a stadium from a fan's perspective. I tell them it's like your deadbeat brother lost his job and asked to move in until he gets back on his feet, then he decides to stay for 50-some odd years.
But in all seriousness, its not a bad thing having the Jets around. At least that way the stadium makes revenue every weekend.
In the end the Giants deserve it. I mean, come on: We house the Jets. We give them facilities, staff, a field, and a home. Our division games are more entertaining and competitive, too.
The Giants will play Chicago, Tennessee, Jacksonville, Carolina, and the division opponents at home this season. Those would all make great opening games for a stadium. We could either walk all over a few of those teams, or get revenge for the way we left Giants Stadium against Carolina, or have one heck of a division match like they always are.
John Fennelly recently wrote an article about words Rex Ryan, the head coach of the Jets, said about the Giants, and their tasteful response. Who knows—maybe the battle for opening day could spark more headlines.
Let me know what you think, I'd love to hear from you!