We are heading into the last couple of days of July. Heat waves are embracing much of the nation, beaches are crowded and baseball’s annual flea market is coming to a climax. This can only mean one other thing….FOOTBALL CAMPS HAVE OPENED!
Yes, the NFL is back in business, folks! Thirty-two American college campuses are the focal point as the pigskin began to fly through the air this week.
When last we saw the National Football League, Tom Brady and the New England Patriots were putting the finishing touches on the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history. Just in case you’ve been living under a rock for the past six months, let’s revisit the events of Super Bowl 51.
The Atlanta Falcons stunned the football world with three second quarter touchdowns and took a 28-3 lead over Belichick’s boys in the third quarter. It looked like the celebration was about to erupt on Peachtree Street, but the Patriots had other plans.
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady holds the Vince Lombardi Trophy following a comeback victory in last year’s Super Bowl.
Tom Brady’s offense would erase the deficit with four touchdowns in the final quarter and a half to tie the game at 28. This lead to the first overtime period in the history of the Super Bowl. James White’s two yard run on the only possession of the extra period capped the comeback.
Okay, so much for last year. Since that thrilling night in Houston, a few things happened along the way.
Artist’s rendering of the new home of the Rams and Chargers in Inglewood, California. It is slated to open in 2020.
Actually, the off-season news began in January, when San Diego Chargers chairman Dean Spanos announced that the franchise will relocate to Los Angeles beginning this season. The Chargers will join the Los Angeles Rams at a new stadium in Inglewood, California beginning in 2020. The Chargers temporary home will be the 30,000 seat Stub Hub Center in Carson. The Chargers will lay claim to the smallest venue in the league.
Artist’s rendering of the Raider’s new stadium in Las Vegas. The Raiders will leave Oakland in 2020.
In March, the Oakland Raiders announced that they will be moving out of the area in 2020. The franchise’s new home will be in Las Vegas. A new stadium is under construction off of the Las Vegas strip to house the Silver and Black.
As the Raiders finish up business in the Bay Area, they will sport a new face of their franchise. Marshawn Lynch came out of retirement during the off-season. Lynch was traded by the Seattle Seahawks to the Raiders and will resume his career in Oakland and eventually in Las Vegas.
Lynch wasn’t the only star running back to change addresses this off-season. Adrian Peterson signed with the New Orleans Saints where he will share a backfield with Mark Ingram. As fate would have it, the Saints open the season in Minneapolis in the opener of the Monday Night doubleheader.
So, grab a beer, get the chips ready, and put the wings in the deep fryer football fans. The Cowboys and Cardinals get things underway this Thursday night in Canton. This year the Hall of Fame Game will kick off the induction weekend and the pre-season!