Catching up following a recent sojourn to Jamaica…
I like the new formatting for the Boston Globe sports articles. It’s a nice, clean, easy to read look. In a time when web pages are cramming as much as possible onto a page, it’s nice to be able to see something like this.
HOW BOSTON CAUGHT ARIAN FOSTER FEVER – I enjoyed this piece from Tom E Curran for how he exposed that certain writers allow themselves to be used to carry water for agents. In this case Jason Cole.
Similarly, Mike Reiss gets props for calling out the hypocrisy of the media over the Baltimore Ravens being investigated for a full pads minicamp:
We'll see if this gets a "tighter edit" later on. pic.twitter.com/D4eOSp9PUO
— Bruce Allen (@bruceallen) May 22, 2016
Contrast that with Peter King, who, on the very same subject wrote:
Now this is downright strange. The NFL is investigating the by-the-book Ravens for violating one of the simplest and clearest rules in the collective bargaining agreement: practicing in pads during their rookie minicamp.
The “by-the-book” Ravens, who were previously penalized for something very similar. Got it. Pete doesn’t think this is a big deal, no draft picks will be taken, just a stern talking to should do it.
Kevin Paul Dupont is a Twitter coward and an unabashed troll, but his Saturday piece on CSNNE’s Trenni Kusnierek and her battles with anxiety and depression is definitely worth a read.
Some solid thoughts from Chad Finn on the revamped NESN Red Sox broadcasts. It’s hard to tell if they’re more enjoyable because of the talent or because the team looks like it might not finish in last place this year.
How’d you like to work in NFL PR these days? The league is in a protracted battle with the greatest quarterback it has ever had – over nothing – and got blasted by Former US solicitor general Theodore Olson who is part of Tom Brady’s legal team in a brief filed yesterday, which opens:
“This case arises from an arbitration ruling by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell that undermines the rights and expectations of parties to collective bargaining agreements, and runs roughshod over the rule of law.”
Also yesterday, a Congressional study found that the NFL tried to influence a government concussion research overseen by the National Institutes of Health.
NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy: "We are reviewing the [Congressional] report but categorically reject any suggestion of improper influence."
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) May 23, 2016
But you can be sure of one thing, all NFL owners, especially Robert Kraft, are going to say that Roger Goodell is doing a great job.