News and Notes : 2.22.13

football, newsThis just in: this morning I realized that there is one less week in between now and March than I originally anticipated. I don’t know how this happened. I know that there are only 28 days in February, but for some reason, the number of weeks eluded me. I am now scrambling to finish February’s tasks…while it’s still February.

AH.

In other news, things happened in the NFL.

1. Veterans were released.

This one makes me weep. I would be a terrible general manager. I would run a team of 50 year olds, basically, because I could never bring myself to release any of our players. Luckily for the world, there are people who can make heart-wrenching decisions. A few of the notable ones: the Giants released DT Chris Canty, the Colts chose not to resign DE Dwight Freeney, and…bring out the tissues…the Packers have parted ways with legendary defensive back Charles Woodson.

2. The combine is coming! The combine is coming!

Or “the columbine,” as my mom calls it.

Basically, the combine is the big group final exam before players are evaluated individually on their pro days and ultimately selected by teams in the draft. The combine is often referred to as the NFL’s cattle call…because it kind of is. Scouts evaluate players athletically, academically, psychologically, and even physically, having them strip down to next to nothing in a room filled with NFL personnel to be weighed and measured out loud one at a time. (This is the real reason why girls don’t play professional football.) Players who need to have a great combine: Notre Dame’s Manti Te’o, LSU’s Tyrann Mathieu, South Carolina’s Marcus Lattimore, and basically all of the quarterbacks (but Smith, Nassib, and Glennon in particular).

3. Twitter “wars” …or “players have too much free time on their hands.”

Cornerbacks Richard Sherman (SEA) and Darrelle Revis (NYJ) got into a cat fight on Twitter this week over who is the ultimate shutdown corner, which basically proves that the players suffer from the offseason blues just like the rest of us and resort to doing ridiculous things they probably wouldn’t otherwise do. (I’m speaking from experience. I jumped into a lake.)

Only 195 days until the regular season starts!

 

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