Wednesday, December 23, 2009

NFL plays Scrooge to Chargers on Christmas

What is it about the NFL that does not agree with the San Diego Chargers at Christmas time?

OK, so the Chargers didn’t play on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day last year ... because there were not any NFL games on those days.

But go back two years and those were the Chargers hosting the Denver Broncos on Monday Night Football on Christmas Eve; which happens to be the holiest day of the year to some people.
Fast forward to this year and you have the Chargers playing at the Tennessee Titans on Christmas Night.

Is this fair to Norv Turner, Philip Rivers, LaDainian Tomlinson, Antonio Gates, Luis Castillo, Shaun Phillips, Shawne Merriman, Quentin Jammer and all on Christmas?

No way.

First of all, this is the NFL Network’s "Thursday" game on a Friday. The game certainly could have been played on Saturday ... or the day after Christmas ... just like last Saturday’s Dallas Cowboys at New Orleans Saints game.

In addition, the Chargers are traveling 2,000 miles to play the game; more than any other team has traveled all year for a non-Sunday or -Monday game. And, yes, it is Christmas.
So the Chargers must say thanks to the NFL for once again playing Scrooge with their Christmases.

Titans 23, Chargers 20


Ivy said...

Do you want more interesting?
In mid-October, the NFL's scheduled holiday showcase game seemed the equivalent of swine flu -- something you completely want to avoid.
Then, the prospect of watching the San Diego Chargers visit the Tennessee Titans on Christmas Day seemed dismal. The teams' combined record through Week 6 was 2-9.
But as we assess the Week 16 NFL Draft Power Rankings, this matchup is a prime ticket. The No. 3-ranked Chargers are the league's hottest team outside of Indiana, winners of nine straight games. After an 0-6 start, the No. 14-ranked Titans have won seven of eight and have a playoff pulse.
Merry Christmas!And have a good time!

kareem said...

It does indeed seem like the NFL has been bah humbug to the Chargers Christmas plans the last few years. However maybe there is another way to look at it. Maybe just maybe the NFL is trying to give the rest of the nation an entertaining Christmas present by giving us the Chargers in December who as we all know have been playing nothing but fantastic football in their last few Decembers. So maybe the NFL giving the Chargers bah humbug is just their way of giving the rest of the nation a good team who plays great in December the last few years. Just something to think about.