(East Los Angeles, CA) September 10, 2020 [From The Editor’s Desk]: For the last (6) months, the National Football League (NFL) has had plenty of time to watch, observe, take notes, strategically plan, upgrade, or whatever other phrase you’d like to use in describing its “ramp-up” and/or “roll-out” for the COIVD-19 pandemic season. It appears that it will be unanimously surrounded by a greater and situational awareness of the systemic social injustices that continue to impact our society. The eyes of the world will be watching, hoping, and praying for a fair remedy and a just resolution to this issue. To stay updated on all things NFL, bookmark their site, NFL Network, by clicking here.
Coverage: Watch – NBC Network. Kick-off time is set for 5:20 pm;
Listen – NFL Game Pass, Westwood One, & Sirius XM. Photo & Graphics Credit: NFL.com
Preview By Our Correspondent, Frankli Robles: With huge excitement and unlimited fan loyalty, NFL fans cannot wait for the first kick-off of the season. For week #1 of the regular season, the Houston Texans will travel to tangle with the Super Bowl 54 Champions, Kansas City Chiefs, at Arrowhead Stadium. Both teams have excellent starting QBs. The Chiefs have League MVP, Patrick Mahomes, and the Texans will start Deshaun Watson. Depending on the competitiveness and intensity of the match-up, we expect to see a full tilt NFL game with no time for numerous subs going into the game. If it should go to a “shoot-out”, the Chiefs have a deeper roster at the all-important “wide-out” positions. One final observation that may have an impact on the game outcome will be the approximate 17,000 Chiefs’ fans who will be allowed in to view the contest. All Public Health and Safety Rules & Regulations invoked by the League will be in play for everyone who enters the Stadium.
More on Mahomes: Last season’s “Super Bowl” Champions, the Kansas City Chiefs, on July 6th, signed their young, gifted, and super-heroic QB, Patrick Mahomes, to one of the largest contract extensions ever witnessed in the NFL, (10 year, $503 Million). Mahomes is the first NFL player to be the highest-paid athlete in the sports world. He will be a Chief through 2031, and will be certainly be hard-pressed to do a repeat of winning a “Back-to-Back” Super Bowl, let alone receiving enough MVP votes to be a repeater as well. Recall that Mahomes confidently and skillfully led his team to an exciting (31-20) win against the San Francisco 49ers back in February, as this feat brought the Chiefs, and their beloved City, their 2nd Super Bowl Crown in 50 years.
On the NCAA College Football Desk: The East Coast’s, Ivy League announced last July 8th that they will not compete in the 2020 season, leaving a much smaller group of colleges and universities to make their own decisions to play or not. Go to NCAA.org to get a complete idea of how many schools are playing a regular season schedule and those schools who are thinking of starting football sometime in January. With the recent Coronavirus outbreaks experienced on many college campuses, the Public Health and Safety spotlight has been taken seriously to prevent the further spread of COVID-19. Needless to say that all NCAA teams have been putting up a fight, not only with their opponents, but also with what seems like an endless pandemic.
About Our Correspondent: Frankli Robles starts his new correspondent position with this column. Prior to this, he excelled as our Student-Intern from Cerritos Community College while working several years as our successful “High School Game Of The Week,” highlight videographer, game videographer, and digital photographer. He is a Garfield High School football Alumnus, Class of 2015. Frankli not only loves sports productions, but has his sights set on becoming a Film/Cinema Producer as well.