Packers vs. Saints Showdown: Welcome Back, NFL!

Aaron RodgersAfter a long off-season filled with crazy lockout drama, tonight is the night we've all been waiting for. It's the first game of the NFL season! Fashion's Night Out, what?

The past two Super Bowl winners (since when did the NFC get so good?), the Green Bay Packers and New Orleans Saints, face off tonight at 8:30 p.m. ET at Lambeau Field. Finally. Hallelujah. Praise be. I weep openly and without shame. This is by far the best way to get over the pain that is the end of summer.

It's time to whip out the jerseys, your favorite chair with your favorite team's emblem, some beer, some wings, some friends, and relish in the awesomeness that is the start of the professional football season.


The game tonight features lots of talented players and should be a nail-biter to the end. But I think all of us are looking forward to how the NFL will commemorate the anniversary everyone is talking about this week.

In one large fell-swoop of good (sorry, for lack of a better word) timing, September 11 happens to fall on a Sunday. This Sunday is the 10-year anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. And the New York Giants will be playing the Washington Redskins at 4:15 in DC, while the New York Jets are taking on "America's Team," the Dallas Cowboys, in New York at 8:15 later that night.

Obviously New York and DC were the metropolises most affected by 9/11, and watching these games will cause many of us to remember where we were 10 years ago, and how far we've come since. It's just nice to be able to do it while we bond over a little football.

So while the kickoff tonight will hopefully lead to an exciting game between two solid NFC teams, we're reminded -- especially in light of this weekend -- how we can continue to move on from this tragedy. We can enjoy football and what we love together while still acknowledging the power this anniversary holds over all our emotional psyches. I can only hope that the NFL will commemorate 9/11 in a tasteful, respectful way (I am 99 percent positive that they will be able to pull it off flawlessly) and remind us all that there's a lot more to life than a football game.

Still, football does help prove that, after everything that has happened through the past 10 years, it's nice when some things stay the same ... like grabbing a cold one and cheering on your team until you throw said cold one at the flat-screen in complete and utter frustration and devastation. Or maybe that's just me ...

Will you be watching the game tonight? What about the NY/DC games on Sunday?


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