Well that snuck up on me.
The NFL Preseason begins Thursday night when the Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals face off in Canton, Ohio.
Wait… let me try that again. The NFL Pre-Preseason begins Thursday night when players wearing Dallas Cowboys jerseys and players wearing Arizona Cardinals jerseys face off in Canton, Ohio.
Who: Dallas Cowboys vs. Arizona Cardinals
Where: Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, Canton, Ohio
When: 8 p.m. Thursday
Why: Great question, probably $$$
How to Watch: NBC, NFL Network
Live streaming: NBCSports.com, NBC Sports app, NFL Game Pass
Cardinals coach Bruce Arians already announced that none of his starters will see the field. Cowboys coach Jason Garrett has made no such proclamation, and instead will wait until gametime to announce his plan — clearly a strategy to make gameplanning tougher for his opponent in this crucial matchup.
Worst news ever! 5 pre season games & an extra week of training camp. Smh…
At least we can go to the @WGC_Bridgestone. Lol
— Larry Fitzgerald (@LarryFitzgerald) February 23, 2017
These players have been hard at work for nearly a week, so expect to see the seamless display of skill and precision you've come to expect from some of the finest athletes on the roster bubble.
The 2017 Hall of Fame Game will be a great opportunity for fans, CFL teams, and Akron-area car dealerships to scout for up-and-coming talent.
The 2016 Hall of Fame Game was called off when the grounds crew in Canton painted the artificial turf field with the wrong type of paint, melted the turf in an attempt to dry said paint, and finally poured caustic chemicals on top of the whole mess. It was canceled immediately prior to kickoff, when league officials realized the field was unsafe for their legal team.
But who could forget the year prior, when Mike Kafka's Minnesota Vikings faced off with Landry Jones' Pittsburgh Steelers in an absolute classic. Jones went 15-for-32 for 128 yards and an interception, while Kafka went 7-for-10 for 66 yards and a score. The two teams converted a total of six third downs in 28 attempts, and produced a few classic highlights:
The Vikings pulled out a crucial 14-3 win.
We can only hope tonight's Cowboys-Cardinals showdown will be similarly entertaining.