The final game of the NFL preseason isn’t just the gateway to the regular season; it’s also one last chance for the last guys on the roster to make one last impression.
When the Cardinals take the field for their fifth preseason game, the term “starters” could be very misleading. Meaning, the first string players will most likely be starters in name only, thereby allowing the backups to stage their own reality TV show.
Yes, I think we can all agree that the sports world qualifies as the original reality TV, right?
With that in mind, envision the Cardinals-Broncos game as the gridiron version of “Dancing With the Stars." Except, in this case, the winners get their own locker and NFL paycheck.
The real degree of difficulty, if we may be so bold, revolves around the fact that there are 150 names on the combined rosters.
Hence, the guy calling the game better prepare diligently. That’s called foreshadowing. And our way of conveying that yours truly, Paulie Play-by-Play, will be behind the mic with Cardinals analyst Ron Wolfley.
Good thing for Wolf that I’ll be alongside to explain the nuances of the game to the four-time Pro Bowler. (#LOL).
The bad thing for Wolfley, is that I currently have about 17 binders of game notes and factoids ready to unleash from the TV booth. Hence, Wolf doesn’t stand much chance of providing much insight, unless it’s four syllables or less.
Actually, it’s just the opposite. I’ve been informed that if I’m talking too much, then Wolf has the right vested in him as a longtime game broadcaster to promptly press my mute button.
Here’s hoping our ABC15 viewers at home aren’t doing the same...
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