The Hall of Fame Game: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Nick SignorelliSenior Writer IAugust 10, 2009

CANTON, OH - AUGUST 9: Referee Bill Leavy is seen wearing an original AFL uniform during the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game between the Buffalo Bills and Tennessee Titans at Fawcett Stadium on August 9, 2009 in Canton, Ohio. The Titans defeated the Bills 21-18. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

The NFL preseason officially kicked off with the Hall of Fame game on Sunday night.

The Hall of Fame game concludes the weekend festivities in which the newest entries to the Hall are enshrined and the beginning of the football season has begun.

Here is my "Good, Bad, and Ugly" for the start of the NFL season.

The Good

The NFL season has begun.  What can be better than that?  It has been six months since we saw the Steelers and Cardinals in the Super Bowl, and I know we have all missed it.

I know in a month from now, we will all be saying how excited we are that the "real" games are starting, but for now, this is good enough for me.

Chris Collinsworth.  It is never easy to replace a legend, and John Madden has left some very large shoes to fill. Collinsworth is the man that has been tapped to fill them.

The Bad

On the Tennessee Titans/Oilers' first possession, they lined up in punt formation on 4th-and-10 from the Bills 40 yard line.

Instead of punting the ball, they ran a fake punt.  The play worked to perfection when AJ Trapasso, a rookie, ran the ball in for a touchdown.

As great as the play worked, is the first drive of the first preseason game really when you want to show the world that you have this play in your playbook?

Every football fan in the world, at least the die hard ones that were able to, were watching this game.  You know every coach was. 

Bad call, Jeff Fisher.

On the Bills first series, they started off in the no-huddle offense.  Again, it started out working great, and though not as bad as the fake punt, is the first drive of the first playoff game really when you want to show teams you are going to use the no-huddle?

Neither of the coaches are rookies, with Jeff Fisher being to most tenured coach in the NFL with 15 years with the Titans, and Dick Jauron has coached in the NFL since 1985.

The Ugly

Those uniforms.  All the way around.  The Titans/Oilers, the Bills and even the Officials.

I thought the color went out on my TV.  Refs wearing Orange uniforms?  I thought the black and white were supposed to be neutral?

Prior to the game, Al Michaels was saying there were going to be, I believe, four games this year when they use the throwbacks. 


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