On Tuesday, the wait will finally end. And then it will begin again anew. The NFL announced Wednesday that it will release the 2010 schedule April 20 at 7 p.m. ET during a special on its flagship network.
If the schedule seems like it's being released a little later this year, that's because it is, but not by as much as you'd think. Last year's schedule release was April 14. It was April 15 the year before.
No reason has been given for why the schedule was delayed this year, but it has been speculated that such a delay was helpful in getting the league to get a Washington Redskins-Philadelphia Eagles game in primetime, something that became a near-necessity after the stunning trade of Donovan McNabb(notes) to the Nation's Capital.
With all the non-traditional traditions the NFL has halted over the years (seven hours of the draft on a Saturday afternoon, kicking off the season with 10 games at 1 p.m. on a Sunday, celebrations that aren't the Lambeau Leap), it's nice that the schedule release has yet to become a pre-planned date on the NFL calendar. It's maybe the only spontaneous thing the league does anymore.