The NFL exhibition schedule was finalized Monday, with Dallas and Arizona kicking off summer games Aug. 3 with the 53rd edition of the Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio.
Coaching staffs involved with this game in recent years have relished the opportunity to see their troops play in an extra game, not to mention the additional days of drills.
Heads up, though.
Fans heading out to make NFL futures wagers on the Cowboys (7-1) or Cardinals (25-1) winning the Super Bowl should be aware of what can loosely be considered the "Hall of Fame curse."
Dating to the inaugural game in 1962 between the NY Giants and St. Louis Cardinals, none of the 104 teams that participated in the Classic has gone on to win that season's championship. Make that 106 teams, if you count last year's game between Green Bay and Indianapolis that was called off because of shoddy field conditions. (There also was no game in 1966 because of scheduling difficulties; the one in 2011 was a victim of labor unrest).
But there is hope for next year for Dallas and Arizona. Six of the teams in the Fame Game have won the league title in the ensuing season. The last was the 2008 champion Pittsburgh Steelers.