We are now half way through the offseason, and less than a week away from the 2014 Draft. Easy, guys! Hold back those yawns!
We’ll find out today whether the 49ers pick up the 5th year option on resident bad boy Aldon Smith. If they do, it probably means they believe Aldon is finally clued into the reality that he’s playing his way out of the NFL and a possible HOF career if he can’t stay off the sauce.
Or maybe they’re just terrified he’ll clean up his act and wind up playing in Seattle in 2015. Ten million might seem like a worthwhile bet that he’ll either stay out of trouble or flame out so badly he’s worthless elsewhere.
The Saints have cast their vote on the helpfulness of an extra two weeks of draft preparation by taking this weekend off and flying to Las Vegas to party. They said they were concerned with over-prep burn out.
There’s no such problem in my neighborhood. I can’t find anybody who even remembers there is an NFL, it’s been so long without one. It’s all about the NBA right now.
The NBA commissioner’s tough talk was nuclear enough to appease the league’s players and save this year’s playoffs, which was the primary necessity. When the season is done, we’ll see what actually happens and how far Donald Sterling is prepared to go to fight the attempt to disrobe him from his franchise. He’s certainly got the money to create a lengthy court battle. And at 80, what else is there to do that would be as entertaining?
All that’s really happened is a $2.5 million fine, which is pocket money to a billionaire, and a lifetime ban on attending games. There’s talk of forcing him to sell the team. What if he decides to sit down to a lengthy interview and divulge some inflammatory conversations that have taken place with his fellow owners in their private meetings? Are the other 29 owners so faultless their private lives could withstand any scrutiny? I just don’t see Sterling going meekly and quietly into the long black night.
Fortunately, by then, we’ll have lots of football to discuss. And can watch the ugliness from afar.