Roger Goodell spoke to the media on Friday and gave what was essentially a state of the NFL address. As part of it, he continued to discuss the desire of the NFL to go with an 18-game schedule, and claimed that it’s what the fans want to see. We know the players are opposed to it, and I have to admit, I haven’t encountered many — if any — fans that want to see it happen. I’m not sure who, outside of the league, really wants to see this thing happen.
Here’s Goodell’s comment: “We started this with the fans. The fans have clearly stated that they don’t like the preseason. We have a 20-game format, 16 regular season games and four preseason games, and the fans have repeatedly said the preseason games don’t meet NFL standards. And that is the basis on which we started this 18-game concept, taking two low-quality preseason games and turning them into two high-quality regular season game.”
Now, perhaps it’s just me, but nothing in that quote says the fans want to see an 18-game schedule. The only thing I see is that fans don’t like preseason games. As a fan and a season-ticket holder, I can say the thing that bothers me the most about preseason games isn’t necessarily the preseason games themselves, but the fact they cost the same as a December game against, say, the Baltimore Ravens.
Whatever. I was just curious to see what Steelers Lounge readers had to say about the possibility of an 18-game regular season. Rock the vote, or something.
In other news, and also from Rog’s press conference, Tim Benz had an opportunity to ask the commissioner if he would have any problem potentially handing the Super Bowl MVP award to Ben Roethlisberger or James Harrison, given everything that’s happened over the past couple of months. Now, we like to make fun of Tim Benz around these parts (well, I do, anyway), but I have to tip my cap. This is pretty awesome (video via @xmasape)