Tonight’s Hall of Fame Game, a matchup of guys wearing Indianapolis Colts jerseys against other guys wearing Washington Redskins jerseys, marks the debut of the 2008-09 NFL season - if you count football games played by people you’ve never heard of in high school stadiums that have no bearing on the win/loss record of either team as an actual NFL game.
NBC’s coverage of tonight’s game is sure to draw in an audience, the majority of that audience might consist of the key demographic of degenerate gamblers excited about the opportunity to throw money down on football for the first time since the Arena Bowl but an audience nonetheless.
Aside from the degenerate gamblers, Redskins fans will also have an interest in watching at least a portion of tonight’s game; partially to see their new head coach Jim Zorn work the sidelines but mostly to enjoy the celebration of two of the franchise’s greats Art Monk and Darrell Green who were inducted into the Hall yesterday.
If you were hoping to see the newest Redskin Jason Taylor dancing his way past the Colts offensive line, or the beauty of watching Indianapolis receivers finding enough space for their record breaking quarterback to hit them on the move, you’re going to have to wait a few weeks. WASHINGTON POST reports, “The Colts have a bevy of stars either injured or recovering from surgery — Peyton Manning, Marvin Harrison, Dwight Freeney and Bob Sanders, among others — while the Redskins had five players undergo surgery in the first week of training camp. As a rule, teams will play their veterans judiciously in the Hall of Fame Game (one of five preseason games for the participating teams rather than the normal four), and never will that be more evident than tonight.”
“The Redskins will not expose key starters such as running back Clinton Portis, tackle Chris Samuels, linebacker London Fletcher and defensive end Jason Taylor to injury. Cornerback Carlos Rogers, defensive end Erasmus James and linebacker Rocky McIntosh are coming off of major knee surgeries and will not play.”
If you need another reason to watch tonight’s game, besides the fact that you need the Skins to cover the 5.5 spread so you can pay your kid’s tuition, Colts’ third string quarterback the “Pillsbury Throwboy” Jared Lorenzen is good for an entertaining moment or two every time he steps on the field.