The 2014 NFL schedule was finally released Wednesday night, ending weeks of speculation as to who is playing where and when this coming fall. The NFL Network marked the occasion with a three-hour televised event—showing us that, yes, only the NFL can put a show in prime time that has but one function: to tell viewers when their actual show will be on this season.
Thankfully, the league didn't wait until the end of their three-hour tour of the schedule to release it to the masses, creating a feeding frenzy of trip-planning, ticket-brokering and NFL-division-prognosticating well into the night on Wednesday and trickling on through to Thursday's news cycle.
The NFL schedule is a big freaking deal in this country, and it's great to finally get a chance to break it all down.
And while far smarter footballing minds than mine are scouring the 17-week slate for the best matchups, toughest schedules and easiest roads to the postseason, I find myself far more fascinated with breaking down the logic of the NFL schedule-makers.