It was five o’clock in the morning on a Tuesday in July, so I did what millions of Americans do when they roll out of bed in the summer—I went searching for a football fix.
Before the coffee had even started brewing, the search engine was churning to find the latest NFL news and notes. In hopes of a little home cookin’, I jumped over to NFL.com to see what was on the fire.
This has to be some kind of joke, right? Training camp starts this week. This week! This can’t be all there is to talk about in the NFL right now.
Roger Goodell has to be behind this. He’s been too damn quiet about his 18-game regular season this year, planting the seed deeper and deeper into our football consciousness until the idea sprouts organically, like we, as a collective fanbase, somehow thought of it ourselves.
Pettine: Browns will name starting QB by third preseason game
Dareus agrees to enter substance-abuse program, attorney says
Manziel jersey tops league in sales
Tebow shows he’s staying in shape, hoping for NFL call
Dungy: ‘I would not have drafted Michael Sam’
Titans’ Mettenberger sucker-punched at local bar, owner says
If these are the headlines we get in late July, that can only mean one thing: more football. We need more football.
More football would mean training camp would have to start earlier, which would mean a shorter offseason, which would mean headlines like we got this week—headlines that adorn the front page of the league website—would simply not exist.
Let’s take a closer look at the stories the NFL is promoting. There are 10 different links to fantasy football content, because as the lead story on the site explains, “It’s not too soon to starting thinking about fantasy football.”
There’s a feature on the wide-open NFC North, which actually sounds like a great preseason read on a lazy July morning.
Then there are the “Latest Headlines” on NFL.com, which include such gems as which quarterback will start for the Browns, Johnny Football jerseys sales, the release of a former third-round pick, the retirement of an offensive lineman, unbridled preseason optimism from a member of the (fill-in-the-blank) front office and Tim Tebow staying in shape in case an NFL team comes calling.
You know, a typical NFL day in July.
Oh, right, and Tony Dungy saying he wouldn’t want the distraction of a gay player in his locker room.
There’s that too.