Watching the NFL on TV…

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I spent the first half of the 1 p.m. games at a local watering hole, enjoying several of the NFL games.

It’s Week 1 and the NFL is just so infectious. It’s a lot of fun to watch today.

I didn’t even remember the Orioles were playing until about 3:50, right before they gave up the winning run to the Red Sox.

So, some thoughts:

* WOW…are the Browns just horrendous. Not only was the game just dreadful (and any Steelers win is dreadful by my standards), but the corporate goobers at CBS/Channel 13 left this horrible game on while the Dolphins-Skins, Jags-Titans and Broncos-Bills went down to the wire. It was like an "open invitation" for me to watch the Eagles-Packers game. I know they had tennis coming, but IT’S THE NFL…GET IT RIGHT! No one…NO ONE…wanted to watch a 31-7 blowout!

* Eagles-Packers was a decent game. Neither team looked much like a playoff contender, but the game was exciting right ’til the end.

* CBS’ pre-game show is dreadful. Dan Marino, Shannon Sharpe and Boomer Esiason are unwatchable. I’m done for the season with that pre-game show.

* ESPN’s "Chris Berman-led thing" is much-improved, especially without Michael Irvin grabbing guys and screaming at everyone on the set. Emmitt Smith and Keyshawn Johnson seemed comfortable and will get better.

* Didn’t see a whole lot of the Atlanta game, but they’re gonna really suck. I really thought Joey Harrington might step up. I was wrong.

* The San Diego-Chicago game is only a quarter old, but WOW…they are REALLY playing hard, fast football. Feel like a playoff game on TV and there must be 30,000 Chicago fans in the stands at The Murph. The Chargers have the most passive, indifferent "fans" in the league. Every time a time comes from anywhere east of Denver, they bring a mini-city of visiting fans. I’ve personally SEEN Boston, New York and Pittsburgh take over that stadium. Sad…especially considering how good their uniforms look!

* Brandon Stokley caught passes in Denver. I always pull for him!

* Darnell Dinkins is still in the league as a Cleveland Brown. Another solid guy!

Back to the telly…gotta pack for Cincy too!!

Can’t WAIT for tomorrow night when the whole country is watching the Ravens kick it off!

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Nestor Aparicio
Baltimore Positive is the vision and the creative extension of four decades of sharing the love of local sports for this Dundalk native and University of Baltimore grad, who began his career as a sportswriter and music critic at The News American and The Baltimore Sun in the mid-1980s. Launched radio career in December 1991 with Kenny Albert after covering the AHL Skipjacks. Bought WNST-AM 1570 in July 1998, created in 2007 and began diversifying conversations on radio, podcast and social media as Baltimore Positive in 2016.