Since the turn of the 21st century, NFL ratings have steadily increased, and Tuesday Morning Quarterback has gotten steadily longer. Then a year ago this time, I took a year off to complete my next book. Untoward things happened in TMQ’s absence. Donald Trump was elected. Waffle-flavored Oreos came into existence. And NFL ratings went down for the first time in the century.
No Tuesday Morning Quarterback, NFL ratings decline—you don’t seriously think those events are unrelated! We are about to find out. Tuesday Morning Quarterback is back, creating a falsifiable hypothesis: if NFL ratings rise during the 2017 season, we’ll be sure that the lack of TMQ caused the 2016 NFL ratings nosedive. That’s how the philosophy department at Tuesday University views it, anyway.