<
>

What would you miss most?

3/14/2011

ESPN NFL analyst Tedy Bruschi and ESPNBoston's Mike Reiss share their thoughts on what they'd miss most if there is no football in 2011.

For Bruschi, rivalry games top the list.

"This is when you see players put it all on the line to defeat their hated rival," he writes. "Bears-Packers -- I want to see if Chicago quarterback Jay Cutler can bounce back. Ravens-Steelers is great, too. And, of course, Pats-Colts. The winner of this game usually is on the fast track toward AFC supremacy. Who would be the team that delivers that knockout blow in the next one of these epic slugfests? I will miss seeing all of the historic rivalry games that the NFL provides."

Reiss touches on underdog players.

"Almost every year in Bill Belichick's tenure, the Patriots have an undrafted player emerge to make the roster with a strong training camp. Last year, it was defensive lineman Kyle Love and inside linebacker Dane Fletcher. In a lockout, there will be a draft, but teams won't be allowed to sign rookie free agents."

What would you miss most? Share your thoughts in the comments section of this blog entry.