It has been described as Christmas morning for the pro football fan. It has been described as the best day in the year. It has been described as Father's Day in September, except that excludes the tens of thousands of rabid female fans that will scream themselves hoarse in support of their team. Today is Opening Day of the 2013 National Football League regular season. Let the mayhem begin.
There isn't another team in the league that has higher aspirations for the coming year than do the Seattle Seahawks. Certainly the metropolitan region that surrounds Seattle will come to a virtual halt when the Hawks and Carolina Panthers kick it off Sunday morning at 10:00 a.m. local time.
But what should the Hawk fan be watching (besides their own game, of course?) What else might resonate in the weeks to come? Your friends at examiner.com put together a list of games to pay attention to as the weekend moves along.
Green Bay @ San Francisco: The Green Bay Packers have high hopes for the season as well. The fans in Titletown get a little cranky if they don't regularly have a crack at the trophy named after Packers coach Vince Lombardi. They get a tough test when they open the season at San Francisco and those pesky 49ers. The Niners are expected to be the main competition for the Hawks throughout the 2013 season. The Seahawks' Monday morning coffee will taste better if the Packers take down the Boys from the Bay. The game is on Q13 Fox beginning at 1:20 p.m. PDT.
Arizona @ St. Louis: Of course there is a chance that the NFC West might include more than two teams. To that end the Arizona Cardinals play a late game Sunday afternoon as well. The Cardinals have enough defensive talent to win every week. If they can ever find a quarterback, that is. To see if they have begun to actually find a quarterback the Cardinals travel to St. Louis to play the Rams. St. Louis is considered a dark horse to actually make a run at a playoff berth, if not win the division title itself. This game kicks simultaneously to the Packers/Niners. If you would rather watch this one you can find it on DirecTV Channel 714.
Philadelphia @ Washington: Monday Night Football at a special early start time (4:10 p.m. PDT) features the most anticipated coaching debut in recent memory. Chip Kelly moves into the NFL to test whether his fast break style of football will fly with the pay for play types. Why should you care, Hawks Fan? Because once you make the playoffs you'll likely be seeing either Chip's Birds or the Washington Redskins and quarterback sensation Robert Griffin III. Hawks fans remember RG III, and he should only get better if he can stay healthy. The game can be seen on ESPN. Don't forget the new time.
The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. The journey to the Super Bowl begins this morning. Let's Rock!