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Sports

NFL schedule makes for a few potential road trips

So, the NFL schedule was released on Tuesday and I couldn't be happier. Other than the fact that individual tickets do not go on sale until next month, and the fact that my friend Dave was too busy chasing his 2-year old son Kellen around to make plans just yet, I got to get a look at what's ahead next fall.

As you may or may not know, Dave and I have taken a couple of road trips over the years to watch the Miami Dolphins and the Minnesota Vikings. Well, he's actually a Vikings' season ticket holder (yes, and lives in Morris) and goes to plenty of games. In fact, I have been with Dave to two games in Minnesota when the Dolphins have played there over the last 10 years.

A couple of years ago, Dave and I went to watch Miami as the Dolphins won for the first time with my fanny in attendance. Then on a whim, we went to Nashville to watch the Dolphins play the Titans and lose.

Last year we made two trips to Kansas City to see both the Vikings and Dolphins play there. For me it was the first time (and second time) I had been to Arrowhead Stadium. The time seeing the Dolphins, as you might remember, was when we wore bags over our heads and replaced the names on the back of the Dolphins jerseys with the "Suck for Luck" moniker.

As it turned out, Miami won its first game of the year that weekend. Previously, the Vikings lost. Turns out that none of the three teams were particularly good last year, but that is beside the point.

Anyway, I had been looking forward to seeing the NFL schedule as it came out because both the Dolphins and Vikings are in Indianapolis in 2012. Turns out that Minnesota is there on Sept. 16 and Miami on Nov. 4.

Sounds like a couple of doable road trips to me.

Wass that?

Yes, my car will be able to handle the trip this year. Last year on the KC trip to see the Dolphins, the fuel pump went out in my Cavalier and it turned into quite the quest to see an NFL football game. But that's water under the bridge.

For the Colts, they open with the Bears on Sept. 9 at Soldier Field with the Vikings being Indianapolis' home opener on the 16th. Miami heads to Lucas Oil Stadium for a noon game on Nov. 4.

The Dolphins open on the road with the Houston Texans and close at New England on Dec. 30. Miami also plays at Cincinnati on Oct. 7 and that is also somewhat within driving range but I know, don't try to overtax the Cavalier right?

For Chicago, the Bears play in prime time on Sept. 13 (Thursday night/week two) against the Packers. The locals then play at home against the Rams before traveling to Dallas and Jacksonville. The game with the Cowboys is on Monday night and then next home game against the Lions is also on Monday night.

The Bears also play on Sunday night (11/19) at home against the Texans and the following Monday night at the 49ers.

Wow, that's a lot of prime time for the Bears.

In between, the Bears are at home against the Panthers and at the Titans, then play at home against the Vikings and Seahawks, go to Minnesota, host the Packers (12/16) and then close at the Cardinals and the Lions.

If anyone is up for a road trip, heck the ride to see the Bears play the Titans or the Lions is a pretty short jaunt. Let me know, I actually might consider it.

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