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Ramsey blog: A game too late - Broncos-Chargers kickoff time makes no sense

September 11, 2017 Updated: September 11, 2017 at 11:16 am
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FILE - In this Aug. 19, 2017, file photo, Denver Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian (13) runns against the San Francisco 49ers during the second half of a preseason NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif. The Broncos begin their season on Sept. 10 against the Los Angeles Chargers. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

Can anyone explain the logic of starting an NFL game at 8:20 Mountain Time on a school night/work night?

According to Google Answers, 47 percent of the population of the United States lives in the Eastern Time zone, where tonight’s Chargers-Broncos game will begin at 10:20 p.m.

When halftime ends, it will be past midnight. What percentage of that 47 percent will stay awake for the fourth quarter, even if the game is a thriller? I realize the United States is obsessed with the NFL. I also realize girls and boys, women and men have to get up early on Tuesday to attend school and head to work. That's reality.

The NFL appears to be oblivious to reality.

It's not just the East Coast. My 7-year-old nephew, who lives a few miles from Mile High, is a Bronco fanatic. He, along with tens of thousands of other grade-school Bronco fans, will go to bed tonight wondering if a beloved team is headed to victory or defeat.

Trust me, that's not a recipe for sound sleep.

The NFL has made some strange, destructive decisions in the past several months. Abandoning The East Bay and the wondrously diabolical history of the Raiders in Oakland and embracing Gomorrah, otherwise known as Las Vegas. Fleeing the loyal Charger fans of San Diego and rushing to the unwelcoming arms of Los Angeles.

Add starting games at 10:20 eastern time to the list.

It makes no sense.

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