For the second straight day, the NFL has made an announcement regarding game details to start the 2012 NFL campaign.

It’s almost as if they know we’re still dealing with post-Super Bowl depression.

The league announced this afternoon that the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game will be played on Sun. Aug. 5 and will feature the Arizona Cardinals and New Orleans Saints.

New Orleans was apparently lobbying to play in the game after longtime Saints offensive tackle Willie Roaf was elected to Canton earlier this month. The Cardinals, though, are a curious pick to oppose them. I can’t see an Arizona connection among the 2012 enshrinees. Obviously, Seattle (Cortez Kennedy), Minnesota (Chris Doleman), the Jets (Curtis Martin) and Pittsburgh (Dermontti Dawson and Jack Butler) would’ve made more sense, and none of those teams are on the Saints’ 2012 schedule.


The 2011 Hall of Fame Game — which was supposed to pit the Bears against the Rams — was canceled, making it the only true victim of the league’s 136-day work stoppage.

This year, there’s no mystery. The NFL will officially return in Canton, 158 days from today.