Football is back! Well, preseason football, which isn't really real football. Or something like that.
The 2014 preseason officially gets underway tonight as the NFL's Hall of Fame Game kicks off at 5 p.m. PT on NBC. This year's game features the Buffalo Bills and New York Giants in a rematch of the all-time classic Super Bowl XXV. Here are some of the nuts and bolts for watching the game.
Bills blog: Buffalo Rumblings (@BuffRumblings)
Giants blog: Big Blue View (@BigBlueView)
Game time: Sunday, August 3, 8 p.m. ET
Location: Fawcett Stadium, Canton, Ohio
TV: NBC (The506.com)
Announcers: Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya
Radio: National: Westwood One Sports; New York: 660 WFAN and 101.9 FM. Buffalo: WGR 550
Online streaming: NBCSports.com | Verizon subscribers can watch games live with the NFL Mobile app (subscription required). NFL Game Pass offers live online broadcasts to users outside the USA. NFL Preseason Live is available for all out of market preseason games. Since this game is nationally televised, it will not appear live on Preseason Live. You will be able to watch it on replay though.
This is the first preseason game of the year, so it provides our first taste of football. I'll catch some of the game, but as is the case with most preseason football, I doubt I'll watch much. More than likely I'll have it on as background noise while I get some stuff done. But it's entirely possible I'll just change the channel. I love watching 49ers preseason games to see the depth of the roster, but I do not enjoy the same thing with other teams. Well, I might watch a little Seahawks action because of the rivalry. And I might watch the beginning of some of the other national televised games, but not much else. My preseason is devoted almost entirely to the 49ers!
How much will you be watching? I realize it is an adequate early fix for getting some football in your life. The upside to it of course is that there are only a couple weeks remaining where we won't see the 49ers play. After the Thursday preseason finale, it will be 10 days before their next game. Then there will be the bye week, and maybe a playoff bye, and a Super Bowl bye week! Other than that, it's all football all the time.