Unless you just crawled out from under a rock, then you know the National Football League is back in full swing. Each team has played their first preseason game and is gearing up for another. Today I’ taking a look around the NFL at the key stories that are impacting the league.
First stop is in Cleveland and why not? Can we ever get enough Johnny Manziel? Wait, don’t answer that. The story from yesterday wasn’t really about Manziel as it may be for his main competition for the starting job Brian Hoyer. The Browns released QB Tyler Thigpen and signed veteran Rex Grossman.
Here’s how I’m reading this; the Browns are going to start Manziel week one in Pittsburgh and I don’t care what anyone tells me. Therefore, why not get rid of Hoyer and perhaps land a decent draft pick in a trade for his services elsewhere? I think it’s very possible because unless Hoyer is head and shoulders above Manziel in the next couple of games then Johnny Football gets the nod.
Next stop is in Dallas where Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones claims the recent photos of him in compromising positions with a couple of young ladies were “misrepresented.” They were taken five years ago and Jones claims they are not what they appear to be. While the man trying to extort some money from Jones is a complete whackjob, it doesn’t take away from the fact that there is no way anyone could “misrepresent” what is being said in the photos.
Also in Dallas is Orlando Scandrick who will miss the first four games of the season due to a suspension for a violation of the league’s substance abuse policy. Scandrick admitted the positive test was a result of recreational drug use while on vacation in Mexico. While this is certainly an apples and oranges situation, it still bears mentioning that a positive drug test costs more time than knocking out one’s fiance.
After a morning practice filled with skirmishes, Denver quarterback Peyton Manning told reporters he didn’t like fights in practice.
“I don’t like [fights], to tell you the truth,” quarterback Peyton Manning said. “You don’t do it in a game. If you do it in a game, it usually costs you something important, it costs you a drive, costs you field position. … I’m into treating practice like a game. I’m not a fan of it.”
I see his point and for the most part agree with him but here’s the problem as it pertains to the Broncos; they need some of this. They were pounded into oblivion by Seattle in the Super Bowl on both sides of the ball. This led their toughness to be questioned and rightfully so. As long it doesn’t get out of hand and become a normal thing, I don’t think Manning should worry about it too much.
One of the five commissioners of the Federal Communications Commission publicly stated that the NFL’s ‘blackout rule’ is outdated and needs to go. FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai said the following as reported by ESPN.
“Right now, the FCC is officially on the side of blackouts. We should be on the side of sports fans,” Pai said during a news conference in Buffalo on Tuesday. “The FCC shouldn’t get involved in handing out special favors or picking winners and losers. And in my view, there is no reason for the FCC to be involved in the sports blackout business.”
He’s absolutely right. Selling out a home stadium shouldn’t have an impact on whether fans in that area can see the game or not. I don’t think the blackout rule will be around much longer.