What's Your Take… 18 Game Season Versus 16.

Vince RiccioContributor IAugust 6, 2010

NEW YORK - APRIL 22:  NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is interviewed on the red carpet during the 2010 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 22, 2010 in New York City.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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Commissioner Goodell is making his way across the United States with our Tough Actin’ Tinactin friend John Madden and travelling with a message concerning a potential extension to the regular season by cutting the preseason.


You can find many good reasons for and against this and I look forward to hear your thoughts.


I applaud the commissioner in his always and never ending perseverance to produce a better quality league and entertainment element with each passing year.  He is, to my knowledge, the only commissioner who can go out into public and not be boo’ed or hurled garbage at from fans.  Once upon a time I enjoyed the Stanley Cup Finals, but for some reason I can’t seem to hear the introduction of the Cup any longer with the chorus of “Down with Bettman!” showering down from the stands.


16 Games Is Logical


If you appreciate finding “diamonds in the rough” calibre players for your keeper leagues then you should support the status quo.  Allowing for a four preseason game season provides rookies a greater ability to establish a feeling for the speed and complexity of the game.  While they have arrived to camp with many skills, rookies have not fully assumed the skill set needed to take it to the next level.  I love having the opportunity to see these rookies in action, even if it means very little to some fans.  The current system provides fantasy owners a longer stage to asses, research, and witness what a player brings to the NFL.


I cannot speak for all coaches, but I am almost certain that many of them appreciate the four preseason games as a barometer in ensuring that their thoughts on a certain player can be confirmed on the field in real time.  When you really think of it, a four game preseason is just enough time to test drive your roster without it becoming overdone.


Flip the Coin: 18 Games Here We Come


Attendance is poor, at best.  Few fans tune into the preseason games because the big guns don’t show up till later on.  There are a myriad of reasons why fans seem to tune out during the preseason.  Some liken it to the Pro Bowl, a game where you can see the players barely breaking a sweat because, after all, it’s a feel good matchup.


Fans hate when matches mean very little.  They crave that intensity that only a bona fide regular season match injects into their veins.  It’s the heart stopping action that crunches down to the bitter seconds and your win/losses column is forever etched in history.


Having four preseason games is like the movie you really, really want to watch but you have to sit through 4 movie previews of movies you probably wouldn’t even rent. 


What’s Your Take?


Tell me fans; what’s your take?  What do you want to see the NFL do because as Bob Dylan wrote, the “times they are a changing.”


18 Versus 16.  What’s Your Take?