Welcome to Groundhog Day. Welcome to Signing Day,
Welcome to Black History Month, which is off to a volatile start in the NFL.
However it plays out, Brian Flores’ class-action lawsuit is going to rock the league’s foundation. We are about to see and smell some very dirty laundry, particularly as it pertains to the feckless Rooney Rule.
Of course there is institutional racism inherent in NFL head coaching hiring practices. Of course there is. But it’s complicated. And it’s often subtle. And it has more to do with the personal comfort of white owners and general managers than it does with overt discrimination.
One sidebar. If Flores can in any way prove or document that Dolphin ownership offered him $100,000 per loss during the “Tank for Tua” season, and/or that the team illegally tried to “recruit” a prominent quarterback in violation of the league’s tampering rules, the results will be seismic.
I heard somebody say yesterday that ESPN’s Adam Schefter must be “the most relieved man on Earth” following Brady’s formal retirement announcement. What? Why? I’ll promise you that Schefter did not spend one nervous minute after he broke the story over the weekend. That news was locked down, confirmed, re-confirmed and re-re-confirmed by multiple impeccable sources. Some of you who go around snorting about “fake news” just don’t understand how this stuff works. Schefter was not about to risk his career and reputation. He’s Adam F. Schefter.
Where’s Jimmy G. gonna land? Jimmy bashing is very much en vogue, but the truth is he’s a good player. He’ll end up with an AFC team that can run the ball. Horseshoes, anyone?
The Broncos are up for sale. Wonder if I can find four billion dollars underneath the sofa cushions.
I refuse to be Signing Day Boy. I just won’t play that game.
May your hog see its shadow. I just wish we had six more weeks of football.