Steve Gleason goes to the United Nations, and other tidbits from Monday's column and beyond, before I get to your mail:
• Gleason, the 35-year-old former New Orleans Saint special-teamer now battling Lou Gehrig's Disease, is one of the speakers at the Social Innovation Summit at the United Nations in Manhattan Thursday. More than 200 executives and high-level philanthropists will gather to discuss strategies and causes like Gleason's teamgleason.org, which helps Gleason raise awareness and money to help ALS patients live more active and normal lives. In particular, the summit could help Gleason focus on new technologies to assist the victims of the neuro-muscular disease.
• Two clarifications from things
• Another great piece from the late Marina Keegan, who died in a car accident five days after her college graduation. Her editor-in-chief, Max de La Bruyere, urged me to read another of her stories, and I thought I would pass along "
Amazing how the death of someone we don't know can have the kind of impact Keegan's death had on many of us.
Now for your email:
LET THE TEBOW STORY DIE.
I guess we'll find out. Tebow crosses cultural and religious and sporting lines. I understand the interest -- I really do -- but I fear the world will be sick of Tebow, through little fault of his own, and he'll be shoved down our throats so much that it'll be hard to simply judge his football ability.
ON SPORTING OVERKILL.
I don't mind music, at about half the volume. But thanks a lot for helping me realize that quite possibly I'm not crazy.
THE OTHER VIEW ON SPORTING OVERKILL.
Because I thought at the game you attend you should watch the game on the field, and perhaps occasionally exchange ideas with the people around you.
WHAT TOMLIN MEANT.
I think Tomlin referred to players playing their hardest, without having any additional motivation. I didn't take it as Tomlin saying: "My guys will hurt other guys for free, and I don't have to give them any financial motivation to do so.''
JAY'S NOT SAD ABOUT THE DECLINE OF NEWSPAPERS.
Excellent points, Jay. Really, really good. And we will get used to the new way of receiving news. I am a dinosaur. I read three papers every morning at breakfast. I probably will as long as the papers are available in printed form. It's the way I was raised, and what I'm used to. But I also read papers from out of town on my computer too. I will be able to adjust. I guess my main point about the people of New Orleans is in time of disaster, newspapers have been there for them, in printed form. And people of my generation -- and the ones before me and at least the one after -- will miss them.
SICK OF THE FIGHTING.
I understand your frustration, but I believe it'll wane when the games start. The offseason is covered so well now that anytime a lawsuit connected with the game is filed, it's covered with significantly more intensity than the coverage similar cases got 15 or 20 years ago.
DON'T MOVE THE TRADING DEADLINE TO LATER IN THE SEASON, HE SAYS.
The NFL is about giving all teams a chance to win every year, and I believe that a team out of the playoff race in one season should be able to get a head start on the next season by trading a veteran player for a draft choice if it can. It's really not revolutionary.