Is Three Nights of NFL Football Too Much?

Thursday Night FootballFor this first time ever, the NFL is having Thursday night games every week. When I initially heard this, I thought it was great. Another night to watch football! Another night to gamble (click here) on NFL spreads!

But it’s a couple weeks into the season now and I’m starting to realize Thursday Night Football might not be that great of a thing after all. At least not for me. Here are a few reasons why…

Too Much of a Time Commitment
As a married man, getting my wife to leave me alone on a Sunday afternoon to watch football is challenging. Ignoring her again on Monday can cause some fights. Now, the NFL is asking me commit to another night of football. Trying to watch football three nights of week, while also mixing in baseball pennant races, and still making time for my wife at the same time is damn-near impossible.

I like my wife. I enjoy spending time with her but I also like watching football. So I always feel conflicted. There are some men who have wives who enjoy watching football. I am not one of those men. My wife could not be any less interested. Luckily, she knows how much I love football and doesn’t give me much crap on Sunday when I spend the afternoon watching football instead of going to Bed Bath & Beyond with her. Pulling that off three times in a week isn’t so easy.

I really can’t blame her for getting annoyed. Imagine if the roles were reversed. If she subjected me to three nights of Keeping Up With the Kardashians, I think I’d go crazy. One night is more than enough!

On top of all that, we don’t even have any kids yet. Once we have a family, there’s no way I’ll be able to regularly watch these games.

Fantasy Football Becomes More Frustrating
Family obligations aren’t the only reason I’m not a fan of Thursday Night Football. TNF really complicates the management of a fantasy football team. Key fantasy players who get banged up the week prior, might still be able to play Sunday, but because of the quick turnaround, a lot of times these guys are forced to sit. That leaves me to play guys like Mike Tolbert or David Wilson on Thursday night.

Then there’s the opposite situation. You have a player who is a late scratch on Sunday. You go to put in his backup until you realize your backup already played on Thursday. Now you either have to drop someone you don’t want to drop or settle for a goose egg in one position.

People Forget to Make Their Survivor Picks
Survivor leagues are always a fun, inexpensive way to make football even more exciting. I’ve been doing it for years and I’ve developed a routine. I wait until the end of the week and then decide on my pick on Saturday or Sunday morning when I have as much information as possible. Now a lot online leagues force people to make the pick by Thursday night, three days before most games are even played. Many people forget to make the pick by Thursday altogether and lose before they even pick a team.

I get why the NFL does this. It’s another opportunity for football-crazed fans like myself to watch a game—which means more advertisers and more money. It’s really a no-brainer for the NFL. But if it were up to me, I’d keep it to Sunday and Monday night.

1 comment for “Is Three Nights of NFL Football Too Much?

  1. September 25, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    I agree that it sucks that the Kardashians are still alive. Oh, is that not your point? Sorry.

    Anyway, I LOVE football and plan my Sundays around the NFL, and if it’s a really great MNF game I’ll also watch that. Once I heard about this new Thursday night deal I got really excited for that, too, but now I can see where you’re going with this. This is a serious time commitment! I like to pretend that I have a life but now it’s getting more and more difficult. I couldn’t do that with baseball or the hockey playoffs but football was once a week- done. Keep it to Sundays, and MNF. I’m lucky I’m single and don’t have to explain this to any boyfriends.

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