At long last we have reached the month of June and it is a notable one in NFL circles as it is the last to not include any kind of football-related activities. Sure there are minicamps and things of the like, but the real deal in the league starts at the tail end of July when teams report to training camp. August brings with it the preseason, and before you know it September is here with the regular season and all of the fun.
As you know, the Dallas Cowboys will be playing in the season opener against the world champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers this season which means that all football fans will be feasting their eyes on them before anyone else (save Tampa, obviously).
The Cowboys played in this slot previously as they visited the New York Giants for the 2012 season opener (although that game took place on a Wednesday as opposed to a Thursday) and started the season off 1-0. Since that season the Cowboys have only won their season openers in odd years (2013, 2015, 2017, and 2019) so given that we are in the year 2021 that seems to be a good sign.
Of course we won’t have to wait all the way until September 9th to see the Cowboys play as they will play in the first preseason game of the year as well, the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game, against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
This preseason contest was actually scheduled to happen last year in celebration of Jimmy Johnson (and Cliff Harris) and Bill Cowher being selected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2020. The NFL actually had a Centennial Class a year ago which was larger than usual and with the added members from the 2021, which include Drew Pearson, there will be a lot to celebrate while the Cowboys are in Canton.
Sometimes the summer months can feel long in the NFL offseason, but have patience. The days are ticking by and soon enough all of the football action we crave will be here.
Happy 100 Days Away Day, everyone.