Pre-season football is always a great time for NFL fans everywhere; it means football season has started and only four weeks till the regular season starts. Pre-season rankings and records may not matter in the grand scheme of things, the Lions went 4-0 last season and look where it got them, but it the competition is fierce and eventful.
Not every fan will watch the game for all four quarters because the big name players only play a few snaps but the battles for roster spots are won during the last quarters of preseason.
The 2009-2010 preseason has failed to disappoint from major headlines to position battles and everything in between.
The stories that are eating up much of this year’s pre-season headlines all involve quarterbacks.
-Brett Favre has returned to the NFL in a Minnesota Vikings uniform.
-Michael Vick is given a second chance to get his life together with the Eagles.
-Tom Brady is returning from a devastating injury.
-Ben Roethlisberger is involved in an on-going he said she said rape saga.
-Jay Cutler is the biggest quarterback in a Bears uniform since Jim McMahon.
-The Browns quarterbacks haven’t thrown a touchdown in almost nine months.
-Mark Sanchez may get the starting nod in NY.
-Matthew Stafford is battling Daunte Culpepper for starting quarterback in D-town.
-Philip Rivers and Eli Manning have signed mega-deals while Matt Cassel got a nice deal of his own.
-Kyle Orton looks like he is going to get Josh McDaniels fired before the season even starts.
-Romo is actually completing passes without T.O. and Jessica Simpson.
-Tampa Bay can't decide a starter of their three quarterbacks, and the 49ers have finally named Shaun Hill starter.
Whew! Are you serious? All within two weeks?
Quarterbacks haven’t been the only players in the news; Wide Receiver Donte’ Stallworth was involved in a DUI Vehicular Manslaughter case where he apparently tested positive for marijuana and received a 30-day sentence while only having to serve 24 days.
Bronco receiver Brandon Marshall has been practicing with the scout team and has not traveled with the team nor played in any game yet.
The controversial Terrell Owens has his own reality tv show which has shown him showing his ‘softer’ side.
Of course, Chad Ochocinco has been tweeting about everything from a jousting with San Diego Chargers linebacker Shawn Merriman to his kicking skills during a preseason game; the self-proclaimed “Esteban” Ochocinco kicked an extra point and a kickoff during the Bengals game 7-6 win over the Patriots.
Chad Ochocinco isnt the only one ‘tweeting’ during training camp; some coaches have banned players from using twitter, an online status updating website, during training camp and some players have been fined for complaining about cafeteria food, a la Chargers Antonio Cromartie.
Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys new $1.15 billion stadium seems to have a major flaw as punters kicking the ball down the field may sometimes hit the scoreboard.
If you are a football fan, you’re like McDonald's, because you’re lovin' it! Although games don’t count toward the final record, the NFL season is in full swing. Games have been televised live four days a week while the NFL Network is replaying every preseason game in HD almost every hour of the day.
After a wild two weeks, one can only expect things to get even more interesting during the next two weeks as the pre-season closes. If the NFL regular season is anything like pre-season has been so far, NFL fans are in for a roller coaster of a season.