The Baltimore Ravens will be playing the Chicago Bears in the 2018 Hall of Fame game to open up the NFL season.
Staying aggressively hydrated has probably helped me fend off the flu, but it’s means you’ll be making plenty of trips to relieve yourself.
The bus ride from the hotel to U.S. Bank Stadium and waiting to get through to security took an hour and a half. Within 20 minutes of finally getting in, I had to go.
There were plenty of fans in the building. Still, I sailed right in, no wait. And props to the architects who designed U.S. Bank Stadium. There were four different banks of urinals. I had a row to myself.
The line stretches out into the concourse hallway, as if there weren’t already enough things slowing the flow of foot traffic. Once the queue gets into the bathroom proper, lines form behind the row of urinals (there’s only one row in this bathroom). I get behind someone in a bright green clown wig. There’s chanting. It’s hard to concentrate.
Also, Charlie Weis is technically available, but also hasn’t coached since 2014 and has spent just one year in the NFL since 2004. He’s an extreme long shot to return to Foxborough, but his name recognition and history with the team bears mentioning.
History suggests 2018 will be a season where the Patriots eschew a designated offensive coordinator. Their record in years without an official OC is 34-14. That’s great, but the franchise failed to advance to the AFC title game in any of those years. Maybe it’s time for a promotion on the New England sideline.
In those last two games, Michigan had to rely on backup QB John O’Korn, who threw 5.87 yards per pass with one TD pass and four interceptions. The running back tandem of Chris Evans and Karan Higdon ran for 4.65 per carry in those two games, but the Wolverines were stymied by their inability to pick up gains passing (against Ohio State) or avoid turnovers (three INTs vs Michigan State).