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From the Press Box - Black Plague Edition

So I've been laid out half of this week with something resembling the flu or a cold or whatever replete with hallucinations that mad the last episode of LOST make sense.

OK, no real hallucinations and nothing will make that last episode any good, but you get the idea.

I'm a little less fluish today and at work which is a positive I guess. I am not going to be here (at work) next week as I will be in Mobile for the Senior Bowl (Thanks CHTV!!) and figured being gone for almost two weeks of day job work was a bit much.

I was hoping that something else would have popped by now but alas, it seems not to be. One day maybe I'll explain that cryptic sentence.

For now though, expect several reports from the Senior Bowl next week as we shift to NFL Draft coverage since the 2011 NFL Season is coming to a close.

If you haven't heard this week's Hard Count, check it out. One of the things I touched on was the potential re-location of the Rams back to Los Angeles. I'll start with the Rams again today.

LONDON RAMS!?!?!?

Bad enough that the Rams ownership can't commit to remaining in St. Louis beyond the end of their lease.

Now the team has announced that for the next three years, one home game will be played in London.

So they won't commit to St. Louis long term AND they're taking home games away. It's not like it will make them more money—it's going to cost a ton of cash getting to London for the game. Personnel, gear, support teams—it's not a cheap endevour.

No this is another in a long line of efforts on the part of the NFL to cram American football down the throats of Europeans. Because the failure of the last European football league and the tremendous cost associated with flying there shall not prevent the never-ending struggle to eek out one more buck from a Sunday.

Considering the concern the fans have, if you're the Rams, do you do this? I mean, isn't this just making it worse?

Ultimately the NFL has become less about the average fan and more about corporate luxury boxes and PSLs. We try to ignore this because we all want to feel included but moves like this just shove our faces in it.

So many franchises take their fans for granted, assuming they can ignore them if need be and then complaining when the state or city coffers don't leap open when they come begging.

Mock the Green Bay 'stock' certificates if you must but at least that seems like a less slimy way to get some money, one that at least has more dignity than begging or strong arming the local government into paying for your stadium renovation.

PLAYOFFS? PLAYOFFS!

Well, so it's kind of quiet here in Packerville this week as the unexpected happened last week. I didn't expect Aaron Rodgers and Tim Tebow to bow out the same weekend, that's for sure.

As for the Broncos....

Which is to say a team which way over-achieved. While we expect the Packers to be in the hunt from jump in 2012, the Broncos have a lot more work to do and much higher expectations than were in the offing before the great Tebow Switch.

Should be an interesting off-season for them.

As for this weekend, I feel the Pats will beat the Ravens (not enough offense from Baltimore, too much from New England) and the Giants will beat San Fran.

The Niners winning is a better story but honestly, it's hard to look at the Giants last weekend and not see a team rolling and peaking at just the right time.

Should be a great weekend for football.

SENIOR BOWL

So, as I said at the top of this thing, I will be in Mobile for the Senior Bowl next week. The Senior Bowl isn't just a great time to get a close up look at some of the top Senior prospects for the upcoming NFL Draft, it's a great time to reconnect with some of the best and brightest in Draft coverage.

I'm hoping to have some video and audio for you guys next week with some players and analysts giving their take on what they're seeing on the practice field as well as some of my thoughts on that as well.

Draft season.......

Starts..........

NOW

Comments (2)

Bearmeat's picture

Go Ravens. Go 9ers. Then Go Ravens.

Then Go Pack Go from 2012-2017.

The end ;)

MarkinMadison's picture

Perfect take on the Tebow thing on the Hard Count.

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