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NFL Season will kick off on Wednesday night

Tom Coughlin

New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin checks his stop watch as he watched defensive lineman run the 40-yard dash at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Monday, Feb. 27, 2012. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)


We’ve just started the long, dark time of year called the “offseason.”

Some good news arrived Tuesday, delivered straight from the NFL Mountaintops: The offseason will be one day shorter than expected.

The Giants will host the season opener on Wednesday, September 5. The game was moved a day earlier than usual in deference to President Barack Obama’s Thursday speech at the Democratic National Convention.

The last NFL game on a Wednesday was a nail biter between the Rams and Lions on September 22, 1948. A pre-toupee Florio was in the crowd that night.

We’re not sure who the Giants will face in the season opener, but the Packers, Saints, and Steelers all make strong candidates. The NFL usually avoids scheduling a division game for the first game of the season.

Faith Hill will be singing “Al and Cris are the best on TV” right around 8:30 p.m. ET on this rare edition of Wednesday night football.