The best day of the year? It used to be the day the “Pro Football Record & Fact Book” came out. Sure, we knew most of the stuff in it, but the cardboard box that arrived in the midsummer heat was filled with the sweet smell of freshly published possibilities for the impending season. Then the internet killed that, so now the best day is the day the NFL Circle of Parity arrives.
It’s like Festivus in November.
The “any given Sunday-ness” of the season might arrive in Week 10, as it did last year. Or in Week 15, as it did in 2011 when the Green Bay Packers finally lost a game. It might not happen at all, if a team goes undefeated (the New England Patriots of the 2007 regular season) or winless (the Detroit Lions of 2008), but most years the brainchild of Reddit user and software engineer Lvl9LightSpell arrives.
The clincher this year was Denver’s loss to the Patriots. That’s because the Broncos’ only other loss was to Indianapolis, which, as the only team to also have beaten beat Seattle, couldn’t occupy two slots on the wheel.