Super Bowl Hangover? 5 Reasons We’re Already Excited For The 2012-13 NFL Season
Today, the New England Patriots and the New York Giants will meet in Super Bowl XLVI to determine who will get to take home the Lombardi Trophy. And it should be one hell of a game. But, by now, you’ve heard the game covered from every possible angle. So rather than throw up a post about today’s contest, I thought it’d be fun to talk about why I’m already excited for the 2012-13 NFL season. Sure, it’s still about seven months away from the start of the season. But it’s never too early to start talking football. So, with that in mind, here’s why you should be excited about the 2012-13 season, too.
1. We’ll finally get to see where Peyton Manning will land.
Peyton Manning’s career in Indy is all but over. That means he’ll likely be playing for a new team next season. And while we’re sure we’re going to get tired of all the Peyton Manning talk this spring, it’ll be interesting to see how he does in a new situation.
2. We’ll also get to see if Andrew Luck is as good as people say he is.
All we’ve heard about for the last six months is that the Stanford QB is going to be a superstar in the NFL. Well, now we’ll finally get to see if that’s true. Granted, he’s probably not going to play his best ball in his rookie year. But if he can begin to help turn things around in Indianapolis with the Colts, Peyton Manning’s ’12-’13 season might turn into an afterthought in Indy.
3. We won’t have to deal with another lockout.
Whether teams and players want to admit it or not, the NFL lockout affected the 2011-12 NFL season. Defenses took longer than usual to come together. And, as a result, offenses put up huge numbers all year long. Next season, that shouldn’t be the case and we’ll get to see teams start playing better D. Plus, we won’t have to wonder if we’ll have a season all summer long like we did last year.
4. We’ll get to watch more Thursday night football games!
We’ve already got NFL action on Sunday afternoon, Sunday night, Monday night, and, once we get to November, Thursday night as well. But now, the NFL will have action almost every Thursday night thanks to a new plan to install at least one Thursday night game every week between Weeks 2 and 15 of the NFL season. More NFL football to watch? Sounds good to us.
5. One word: Tebowmania!
Will Tim Tebow be able to last as the Denver Broncos quarterback for another season? Next season will let us know. And we’ll either be forced to sit through another four months of Tebow talk or we’ll get to see how the Broncos handle his future in Denver. Either way, it’ll be interesting.
Now, let’s go watch this Super Bowl and put an exclamation point on this season, so we can all start looking forward to the next one…