Hey NFL, Have You Ever Heard of an Offseason? Please Go Away for a While

Chris Murphy@@SeeMurphsTweetsAnalyst IApril 26, 2010

NEW YORK - APRIL 22:  NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announces that the St. Louis Rams selected quarterback Sam Bradford from the Oklahoma Sooners first overall during the first round of 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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Nothing like a two-hour post-draft wrap-up after the three-day draft to make you excited for the NFL season...which is in four months.

Forget the fact there are NHL and NBA playoffs going on. Everyone, stop what you are doing.

The NFL is speaking.

Does anyone else roll their eyes when seeing NFL Live come on ESPN in March?

Why do we need the NFL jammed down our throats year-round?

What can you possibly talk about months after a season has ended and before the next one starts?

This leads to a complete overanalysis of every little thing or, even better, talking over and over about the same thing (see Ben Roethlisberger and Brett Favre).

The Combine does not show what kind of football player someone will be. If that were the case, track and field athletes would be drafted in the first round. Stop telling me all about it.

The draft does not require three days of coverage. New York Jets fans are going to boo whomever they draft, and fans of other teams are going to say, "Who the hell is that?" when their team drafts an offensive lineman.

Talk to me when these players start playing...in four months.

The NFL gets so much press because the NFL is America's league instead of MLB, you say? Oh yeah, NFL players are way better role models than MLB players.

Would you like to know why the NFL is America's league?

The NFL is the absolute easiest sport to be a fan of, which leads to having the dumbest fanbase in all of sports.

Unlike baseball, basketball, or hockey, where you have to dedicate a lot of time to research and more than a couple games a week, in watching the NFL you don't really have to do anything to suddenly become an "expert," filling the sports radio airwaves with the dumbest of phone calls.

In college football, you have many more teams to discuss, and your team is essentially competing against everyone, so you at least have to know your stuff to be a college fan.

In the NFL, however, it is simply too easy to be a fan.

All you have to do for the NFL is dedicate three hours a week to become a NFL team's "fan." This, of course, leads to the outcome of a game being solely on a quarterback and one bad and/or good throw, which leads to a ridiculous amount of scrutiny, which leads to a ridiculous amount of analyzing.

The average NFL fan could not name an offensive lineman on his/her favorite team, but you better believe they know the quarterback's name and how many interceptions he's thrown.

Since the NFL has the most "fans," ESPN must talk about football as much as possible.

This leads to a ridiculous amount of analyzing the one game a week during the season and simply babbling during the offseason in between off-the-field controversies, the Combine, and the draft, which are always overpublicized.

Essentially, it's just hours of speculation since the season is months away.

Why do you think your boss, who knows absolutely nothing about sports, says, "Did you see that (insert NFL team name here) game?" every Monday morning?

You, being an intelligent sports fan, roll your eyes and listen to their criticism of one bad throw by a quarterback, even though the quarterback was hit as he threw/the receiver broke the route, or the fact the team isn't hitting hard, or one of the linebackers is a sissy, or some other ridiculous reasoning behind an outcome.

There is simply no reason to argue because there are too many casual NFL fans, and the idiots always win arguments because there are more of them and they are louder.

Now, all sports have dumb fans and broadcasters/analysts, but we aren't forced to listen to them year-round.

Football is a great sport, and the NFL is great football, but too much of a good thing eventually gets sour.

This constant obstruction of sports in season, along with overanalysis of overrated events, by the NFL is beginning to leave a bad taste in the mouth.


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