It’s just ridiculous. The game starts at 6:40. With the number of commercials sold, a half, which usually takes 90 minutes on a typical Sunday afternoon, runs to maybe 110. Halftime comes at 8:30. Normal halftime: around 12 minutes. Supe halftime: 30 minutes. The second half kicks off around 9. Then it ends close to 11. And it’s kinda late, for a Sunday night, and you’re kinda drunk, for a Sunday night, and you have to go to work the next day.

What about the kids? Think of your typical 9- or 10-year-old fan. He or she normally goes to bed at 9 or 9:30 on a school night? So these children have to miss the potentially most exciting part of the most important game of the season? That’s something close to sadistic on the NFL’s part, particularly when there’s no good reason for it.

Change the game to Saturday! Then, a 6:40 kickoff is fine. Kids can stay up til 11 on a Saturday. The grownups don’t have to worry about going to work with all those little people roller-skating in their stomachs. The grownups who are bosses don’t have to worry about all those people calling in sick.