Lot of reaction from all of you -- via e-mail, Twitter and from my hosting gig on SiriusXM NFL Radio this morning -- on the
I don't think it's something you have to believe, the stats will bear it out -- the only question is how much more, since criminals do other things. What doesn't make sense is the implication that football on TV is a crime-fighting tool. A better tool might be improving education and employment opportunities for poor folks, or even working with people that have already committed crimes to prevent them from committing new ones. Perhaps Ray could invest in that with his extra time.''
Now for your non-Ray e-mail:
YOU ARE RIGHT, TOM.
I don't think there's a rule like that in football, because officials are graded by the book and downgraded if they don't call rules the way they're written. I tried to think of pass-interference in that way, and couldn't think of a particular kind of interference that's always called, regardless of the crew on the field. Interesting question, though.
Your warning shot is being heard, Nick.
HE DOESN'T LIKE DE SMITH.
I still think, from players I speak with, that they're firmly behind Smith. He's been a burr in the saddle of NFL ownership, and that's exactly why he was hired in the first place. Players love when he stands up to the owners. I don't see that eroding anytime soon. But once the season starts, if the players are still out and there's no football and no paychecks, that's the time to wonder about player support for the executive director. History says that's when players waver.
AGREED, BUT EIGHT WEEKS OF CAMP DOESN'T EQUAL FOUR MONTHS OF OFFSEASON TRAINING.
Well, in a normal offseason today, players would have organized workouts from mid-March to mid- to late-June, and then have six weeks of camp and preseason games. In days of yore, you might have eight weeks of camp and very little in the offseason until early July. So it's not very comparable. Today, players are expected to be working on football four days a week throughout the spring. Yesterday, they did nothing organized for the entire spring.