The new league year starts next week, although this is probably significant only to the NFL bean counters. For us, the important date is March 11 – 13. That’s when Free Agency begins.
It’s a three day period for legalized tampering, so guys can negotiate contracts and wait until Free Agency actually begins before actually signing the contract. This used to be the illegalized period for tampering, but the NFL had to legalize it because every team does it and they couldn’t punish everyone like they did to the Niners a few years back.
When people wanted to legalize things before, they just beat you up or put a bullet in your brain. Or hired a tough guy to kick open the door to 49er HQ, waving a shotgun, and demanding, “Who’s the fellow owns this shithole?”
But now only cartels south of the border and somewhere in Eastern Europe still use this cave man tactic. In America, we just legalize you out of your house or job or family or sanity. All very clean and legal.
Where was I? Oh, yeah. Baseball has opened up its training camps, the NBA is halfway through its mostly meaningless dunk and preen season, ditto for hockey with brawls substituted for preening, March madness is right around the corner, and PGA golf is well underway.
There was a time I followed all these and revelled in the endless cycle of sports in America. I even followed bowling, track and field, boxing, and tennis.
Then one by one these interests fell away. Not the interests, really, so much as the passion, the involvement, the desperate caring.
The NFL seemed headed that way, too, in 2003 and 2004. The long running 49er Dynasty was kaput and didn’t look to revive itself anytime soon. Then the blogging world came along and “Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in!”
So, here we go, off on another year of internet blogging. Cheers to the hardy souls who have stuck with it all these years.