The curse of Twitter
Jay Cutler comes out of the NFC Championship game injured and immediately the stories start about whether he was really hurt or not. The curse of Twitter now strikes the dumb American sports jock as it has done over here in the UK.
Because out come the likes of Maurice Jones-Drew and others who start posting comments criticising Cutler without knowing any of the true facts.
And then when the truth appears, Jones-Drew and others start back-pedalling faster than a cornerback in a zone, claiming they weren't being serious/didn't realise Twitter could be seen by everyone/were complete morons (delete where appropriate).
The main topic has been over Cutler's attitude on the sideline which is not exactly what you would call inspiring. Again you can bring Josh Freeman in as a comparison in character and team leadership here. Well, actually it's no comparison. Anyone want to take Cutler over No.5?
Twitter is a device for idiots to say things to the world without engaging their brains. Or in the case of Liverpool's Ryan Babel, engaging a brain that is devoid of actual brain cells. And now the likes of MJD and other NFL stars have begun to realise that.
Juniors declaring for the draft
I hear on the grapevine that Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton is going to leave college and declare for the draft. I am amazed he could afford to turn down that much money to leave Auburn.
The Labour Agreement issue
I have a whole series of features on the labour negotiations between the NFL Owners and the Players' Association ready to run as this is the biggest issue of the entire off-season. Both sides claim to be talking, both sides are posturing beyond belief and still we wait for serious developments.
And I don't include some of Roger Goodell's recent outbursts in that category. Only taking $1 in salary if there is a lockout, numerous press releases etc. In my view, anyone who is having to tell everyone what a great job they are doing, cannot rely on the facts to back up their performance and/or they have something to hide.
Goodell is a good Commissioner and has a tough job to do. But sending out global releases taking credit for moving the Pro Bowl before the Super Bowl "for the fans' benefit", it smacks of desperation. And Pro Football Weekly laid into him with both barrels last week.
If the owners want 18 games, then the players want something back. Some of the owners want help with the buge debts they have on their stadiums, the players have told them to get stuffed. And in the middle are the fans who just want football.
There will need to be give and take on both sides - that is what negotiation is all about. But the bigger picture here is bigger than just football in 2011, it is the damage that could happen to the sport with a lockout would be the same as baseball in 1994/95.
Guys take a leaf out of Pete Rozelle's book - lock everyone in a room with no air conditioning and don't leave until you get an agreement. No posturing, no success-claiming press releases, just results please.
You've been great, enjoy Otis Day and the Knights