Yes, an NFL game on a Wednesday night—especially the season opener—is unusual, but the game was scheduled around President Obama’s acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention. Now, in another first, NBC—which has the broadcast rights to both the game and the DNC—probably won’t cover the convention on Wednesday night because they are doing the game. At least we have our priorities right in this country. This is the era of Eli, but of his outstanding trio of receivers who helped him carry the Giants to Super Bowl glory, only Victor Cruz is sure to show up—Hakeem Nicks is recovering from a broken foot, and Mario Manningham is now a San Francisco 49er. The Cowboys—coming off a mediocre 8-8 season despite a good year for Tony Romo (ranked fourth in the NFL quarterback-rating system)—will be looking for some major revenge after the Giants beat them up last season, knocking them out of the playoffs in a 31-14 trouncing on January 1. Tickets are still available on StubHub, starting at $215 for nosebleed seats. Or, of course, sports bars are a great way to watch the game. SNAP (248 West 14th Street, 646-350-0539) has 16 huge televisions, killer wings, and real food. Go hungry and enjoy the New York strip steak. Duke’s New York (560 Third Avenue, 212-949-5400; 99 East 9th Street, 212-260-2922) has two locations, both with plenty of flat screens and great food, including barbecue and burgers. We love the Bronco Burger with avocado and bacon.
Wed., Sept. 5, 8:30 p.m., 2012