Yes, we’re ready for some football

Staring down the tail end of summer is always a little bittersweet.  Here we are, with Labor Day on the horizon, and 47 unofficial days of summer remaining on the calendar that are destined to fly by as they always do.  It’s the same story every year. 

But as the days grow shorter, the fresh cut lawns in 32 locations around the country will welcome the opening of NFL training camp.  Yes, it is that time, with the majority of teams commencing camp before the end of the month.  (Click here for a full list of reporting dates.)


And I really can’t wait to get this season started.  The NFL makes headlines year-round, but it’s obviously the activity off the field that gets all the attention from February through July.  And criminal activity is part of that off-the-field story.

Once the games begin, we can all stop focusing on the negative behaviors of a minority of the players in the game.  You know who they are – I’m not going to repeat their misdeeds here.  If you want to find out the latest on reformed dogfighters or Super Bowl quarterbacks facing civil suits, there are plenty of places to get your fix.

But I will point you to The San Diego Union-Tribune’s database of NFL player arrests/citations since 2000.  Pretty amazing stuff here, even if it does not necessarily reflect the behaviors of the vast majority of players in the league. 

Scott Ostler of the San Francisco Chronicle sympathizes with Commissioner Roger Goodell when he asks, “You know what I bet Roger Goodell misses most since taking over as NFL commissioner?  Football.”  And he’s right.  Though they are part of the gig, you can be certain that any sports commissioner would prefer not to spend his time making punitive decisions on convicted felons.

Bottom line is that Goodell has his hands full as commissioner and I can’t imagine anyone more excited to get the games going than he is. 

Although that climb to the top of Mt. Rainier was actually a pretty sweet way to bring the offseason to a close.

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~ by acm213 on July 22, 2009.

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