The saddest part of the post-Super Bowl hangover is the moment you realize we have to wait seven months for another real NFL game.
Before the Seattle Seahawks kick off the 2014 season, we must wade through the NFL draft, free agency, minicamps, organized team activities and months of Sunday boredom.
Here are our options:
There really is no wrong answer. OK, there is one wrong answer -- sorry, Oakland.
A San Francisco opener almost would be too easy. Talk about a slobberknocker to begin the season. The 49ers -- perhaps a few plays away from holding the Lombardi Trophy for the past two seasons -- have all summer to stew over their rival's parade. I'm not so sure the NFL needs to (or would want to) use the first game of the season to reignite the rivalry.
How glorious for the world would it be to open the season with a Fail Mary rematch? As you'll recall, the last time the Packers visited Seattle, one of the most controversial endings ensued (thanks in part to replacement referees). Many in Green Bay still haven't gotten over being "robbed" of the win in 2012. The potential bad blood will add a different element to the home opener. Then there is a healthy Aaron Rodgers against the NFL's most dominating defense. This gets my vote.
Finally, a rematch of Sunday's Super Bowl is a very real possibility. As we saw last year, the NFL loves to start the season by running back a juicy matchup from the previous year. Peyton Manning will fume all offseason following the Super Bowl pummeling. The NFL could give him a chance at revenge right off the bat. A rematch between the 2013 No. 1 offense and No. 1 defense would be a thrilling way to kick off the season.
Who else is excited for 2014 already?