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What is better than a little NFL football on a Thursday night? Well, some believe everything. Our friend Ezra Fischer is one of those people. In a recent post he goes into more detail as to why avid and casual fans alike should avoid tuning into tonight to see the Jacksonville Jaguars (3-9) take on the Houston Texans (2-10).
Ezra argues that watching tonight’s game could be bad for your social life saying:
“Don’t push it. Make dinner, go to a movie, play a card game, studiously avoid decorating the festivus pole. Do anything, but do not watch this football game.”
Essentially arguing that you should earn a few extra brownie points tonight so that you can skip Sunday dinner to watch the highly anticipated New Orleans Saints vs. Carolina Panthers matchup. That’s a great argument.
He continues his argument by saying:
“I know, I know, it’s not a good game, it’s not an important game, but it’s the fantasy football playoffs! In most fantasy leagues, the playoffs begin this week and normally this would drive people to pay close attention to even the most mundane football game. Seriously though, if you have been counting on a player from one of these teams, it’s unlikely your team has qualified for the fantasy playoffs.”
This is another valid point. For those unfamiliar with the nuances of fantasy football, those who play will likely tune into even the worst game if a player on their fantasy team is playing. But, Ezra explains that it is unlikely that fantasy players out there have more than two or three of these players on their rosters.
Look, I can’t say that I disagree with any of Ezra’s points. In fact, I tend to agree with the entire message. I love NFL football. And, I love that it is on Thursday nights. But, I wish the scheduling were done better. You know, so that fans could enjoy a matchup of relevant teams. With that being said, I am still going to try and convince you to watch this game and games like this.
1) You see, this is still the NFL. Regardless of record, these are some of the best athletes in the world playing the great American sport of football for our entertainment. While the teams may lack depth, they do have superstars like wide receiver Andre Johnson (Houston Texans) and running back Maurice Jones-Drew (Jacksonville Jaguars) who are capable of dazzling us without any warning.
2) Although this may not be the most anticipated matchup of the week, it is actually an even matchup. Two struggling franchises comprised of competitors. Men who have great pride who I can almost guarantee are licking their chops at the opportunity to post a win for their fan base. Pride can be quite the motivator.
3) At this point in the season, teams who are unlikely to make the postseason begin to try new things. Whether it is giving a young player an opportunity to start or testing out new schemes there are sure to be surprises throughout games like this.
By not watching you risk missing highlight reel plays, unexpected heroes, and innovative coaching. But hey, that’s totally up to you.