You have to be the most uptight, Deadspin reading, "well actually" saying, half-a-sports-fan to not want another NFL game added to the 2020 schedule. Do you hate dogs too? Ice cream? American cheese? And of course, I don't mean you the reader. None of my readers are that stupid.
None of my readers would "like" this tweet by JJ Watt, right? I mean, I totally get millionaires wanting to work less. I want to work half weeks for the rest of my life. But since that's not going to happen, I, like most Americans, need to unwind on Sundays by watching the best sport on earth. Why in the world would I not want more of that?
We've entered the Twilight Zone, where it's now hip to support player interests, even at the expense of us, the consumer. I'm sorry, but I am not genteel enough to get in the middle of a billionaires vs millionaires fight. I just want more football.
According to Rapoport here, the new CBA is about to be finished, and if the players agree to it, we will not only get a 17th week, there will be two more teams added to the postseason field. Count me in. I understand that one of the NFL's core tenets has been scarcity, but adding another week to the season means my sports calendar gets more compelling, and adding two more playoff teams gives legitimate hope to teams like the Cardinals. Right now Vegas has them winning 6.5 games. If they exceed that by just 1.5, there's a real case to be made that they'll be vying for the newly generated spot next year.
By the way, if you're simply analyzing this situation like Andrew Brandt, I totally get that. It's a fascinating, "inside the NFL" storyline for diehards.
But openly rooting against more NFL content as a fan of the game, or even more mind-boggling, as a media member? I just can't wrap my mind around that concept. Are you against double cheeseburgers? Are you against buy-one-get-one-free? Are you against America?