Monday, April 18, 2011
Jets, Giants should open season Sept. 11
By Tim Graham
The matchup makes perfect sense. And when it comes to scheduling, the NFL rarely misses an opportunity to make the right call.
USA Today reporter Sean Leahy posted an item online Sunday that speculates the New York Jets and New York Giants will open the regular season against each other at the Meadowlands to mark the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
The NFL will open its schedule -- hopefully -- on Thursday night, Sept. 8. That means the first NFL Sunday should occur Sept. 11. The AFC East's cross-conference opponents this year will be the NFC East. That means the Jets and Giants are supposed to play this year anyway.
The Giants' once-a-quadrennial matchup with the Jets seems like a shoo-in for the Sunday night stage here. It would be televised nationally by NBC from Meadowlands Stadium, where the invisible shadow cast by the Twin Towers still looms large.
Such poignant symbolism of a landmark event also gives that much more reason to compel the owners and NFL Players Association to reach a new collective bargaining agreement in time for the full regular-season schedule to be played.
No matter what contingency plans are in place to alter the schedule if the lockout drags on too long, you can't turn back the clock to recapture an important, solemn anniversary.