Five things the Hall of Fame game showed me

Aug 7, 2010; Canton, OH, USA; Dick LeBeau poses with his bust at the 2010 Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony at Fawcett Stadium. Photo by Image of Sport Photo via Newscom

An alleged football game between the Dallas Cowboys and Cincinnati Bengals was played last night.  Like all preseason openers before it, I was excited football was being played, but disappointed it was all an illusion.  Here are the 5 thoughts (and that is pushing it) on the game.

1. There are too many preseason games

Most teams play 4 preseason games while the lucky participants in the Hall of Fame game play 5.  So us viewers get to see the first teams for all of a possession, horray.  From the second quarter on we saw a scrimmage between 4th and 5th team players as interesting as watching paint dry.  There should be 2 non televised intra squad scrimmages for the scrubs followed by two preseason games after the first couple rounds of cuts.

2.  I would rather watch a local broadcast of a preseason game than the national

Don’t get me wrong, it was nice to here Al Michaels and Chris Collinsworth in the background as I ignored the game starting in the second quarter, but even when I did listen it was about TO or Favre.  In fact I think the entire 4th quarter was discussing if Favre would be playing in the season opener, which also happens to be on NBC.   I know its not a real game but at least local announcers will pretend it is and give us some insights to the scrubs on the field that we will never see again.

3. The Dallas Cowboys are pretty stacked

I hate to say it but that one possession with Romo the Cowboys offense  looked pretty good.  If Roy Williams or Dez Bryant can become a good third option behind Austin and Witten, they could be hard to stop.

4.  Cincinnati is still a work in progress

It remains to be seen what will happen with Ocho and TO in the same core.  Both are good receivers, but can either of them take over a game anymore?  There were a few times both went out and neither could not shake the Dallas coverage.  Cincy’s Longest Yard defense bent but did not break, but only had to deal with Romo for one possession.

5. Dick LeBeau shoud have been in the Hall of Fame as a player a long time ago

What the hell took so long exactly?  In 14 seasons with the Detroit Lions he amassed 64 picks, and as far as I know 1959-1972 was not the era of the run and shoot.   An injustice has been corrected.  To the Bengal fans that booed him as he was introduced onto the field in pregame, don’t worry, he will see you soon enough.


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