The wait is over, the NFL’s 100th season is approaching very fast. In the meantime, let’s take a look at how it all started.
The NFL was formed in 1920, as the American Professional Football Association (APFA) before renaming itself the National Football League for the 1922 season. The first ever game was held at Dayton’s Triangle Park on October 3, 1920, when the Dayton Triangles and the Columbus Panhandles squared off. Four thousand people paid $1.75 for admission, according to a 2005 Dayton Daily News story. Each player was paid $50. The game ended with the Triangles shutting out the Panhandles 14-0. As there was no playoff system in the APFA until 1932, a meeting was held to determine the 1920 Champions. Every team that participated had a vote to determine the winners. Akron Pros never lost a game (8 wins, 0 losses, 3 draws), so they were awarded the Brunswick-Balke Collender Cup.
Now, we have looked into the past, maybe we should look into the future?
The NFL’s 100th season kicks off on September 5th, with a clash between division rivals the Chicago Bears and the Green Bay Packers. History is on the Packers side, as they have won 96 out of the 196 games that have been played, with 6 games being drawn (according to pro-football-reference.com). Bookmakers, on the other hand, are giving the advantage to the Bears. In my opinion, we will see a hard fought game resulting in a Bears victory. My score prediction: Bears 27-24 Packers
WHO WILL WIN THE SUPER BOWL?
There are plenty of contenders and I have 4 candidates. If none of these go on to win the trophy, It will be a real surprise.
- The New England Patriots, they have been among the favorites every year since the start of the decade. Maybe when the likes of Bill Belichick and Tom Brady retire, they will start to lose that status and we will see a drop in their level of play.
- The Los Angeles Rams are last year’s runners up. They had an amazing season, there was only one very bad game performance from them, as it turned out, it was the most important one.
- The New Orleans Saints with Drew Brees at the helm, things can’t go wrong, right?
- Philadelphia Eagles with a healthy Carson Wentz at Quarterback and so many offensive weapons around him, they are destined for success. As a matter of fact, I predict Carson Wentz to win the trophy for the most valuable player this season.
As you can see, the season promises to be amazing. So for all sports lovers, I strongly recommend that you sit back, relax and enjoy the football.
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