My fingers are tingling as I type this, because football is back! At long last, things like work, life and the love of family and friends can fade into the background where it belongs.
I can't wait any longer, so I see no reason why you should. Let's jump into our first (technically meaningless) game of the pre-season.
Who? Our beloved Atlanta Falcons against the scurvy Detroit Lions
Where? Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan
Weather? Sunny with a high of 86 degrees, and a likely Falcon victory forecast.
Fun Fact? Let's go multiple fun facts, shall we? Last year, the Lions were the team the Falcons feasted on in week 1, when Matt Ryan threw a dart on his very first career pass into the end zone. This is also a great opportunity to look at some camp battles in action, according to Atlanta Falcons Examiner.
Injuries? Biggest one is obviously to Harry Douglas, which will keep him out for the season. Otherwise, the roster is reasonably healthy, and there's plenty of guys competing for a shot at a roster spot.
Odds? It's the pre-season. If you're betting on these games, you have a gambling problem. There. I said it.
Foe? Check out the excellent Lions coverage over at Pride of Detroit, SB Nation's Detroit football blog. Well worth the read, in my opinion, and this is a Lions team that has a lot of reasons to be optimistic.
GO FALCONS! Let's take all nine lives!