After a weekend of REALLY exciting playoff games, you would think your wannabe sportzwallah here would have some words of praise, right?
This week's notable notice is about a NFL FUBAR.
One of the biggest problems this sports league has is a surplus of loudmouths. One of the biggest problems any sportswriter has is weeding out all the loudmouth bulltwaddle while trying to get real stories of interest into print/video. Now the NFL wants to hammer a running back for NOT having foot-in-mouth disease?
The way I see it, Lynch is FAR more valuable to the Seahawks because he DOESN'T run to the sports press with his opinions.
Head Coach Pete Carroll ought to write a check for this fine on the team account, or better yet, pay it with a truckload of loose pennies delivered directly to the Commissioner's office floor. At the very least, Lynch ought to appeal all the way to arbitration, which will take 10-20% of that fine amount to complete.
As for any of you who want to tell me that players have a contractual duty to speak to the media, that would be the most unenforceable contract provision ever. Something about freedom of speech maybe? The Player's Association ought to have it's head examined if it actually agreed to such a contract provision.
If Lynch is actually forced to go before the sports press, he needs to point out the fact that he is not there voluntarily, and that his team employs public relations experts to do that job, while his job is to carry the football. He should further explain that his evaluations of his own performance are for his own use, and team rules prohibit him from commenting on other members' performances. He should then offer them some Hanes underwear coupons, and end his presser with Michael Jordan's famous quip, "...and now you've been briefed."