Usually, the champions open the season and raise their banner, but hater nation is in full effect.

Yeah, ain't that some bull? We all know how it's supposed to go. A team wins the Super Bowl and then we celebrate that team to start next season with a banner-raising ceremony. They put the old season in the past and kick off a new season. That's how it's supposed to go.

Now, according to NBC Sports Boston, the NFL is leaning towards going down a different road with the season opener.

They're reportedly leaning towards an opener between the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers. It would be the first time since 2006 that the defending champions weren't kicking off the new season for the NFL.

I guess the league is claiming that since it's the 100th season, they want to kick off the year with the league's oldest rivalry. I'd just like to remind the league that they are currently in the middle of the league's greatest dynasty. The greatest coach in the history of football and the greatest quarterback in the history of football are both still playing. They'd be raising their sixth banner, which is tied for the most in the league's history, but sure, let's go with the rivalry. Let's go with the team that had a kicker who managed to miss a field goal so bad it hit two different posts before rattling off into loserdom.

Honestly, let's just call a spade a spade. The NFL, along with the rest of the country, just can't handle watching yet another banner raised in Foxboro.

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