Today is Friday The 13th…but maybe it was yesterday the NFL didn’t have the best public relations luck…
Major props to the NFL for once again finding a new way to alienate. When I first sought last night’s game between the Bills and Jets I thought I had mishandled the remote and stumbled upon QVC or the Home Shopping Network peddling Electric Football with the game pieces being Christmas ornaments. Between the glistening look of the faux field and one team decked in bright red with the other bright green…anyway, it was in fact Thursday Night Football. Just the NFL trying something “fashionable.” Unfortunately many with color blindness couldn’t tell which team was which. Ironically this will now help raise global awareness for the condition I now better know as color vision deficiency. The NFL will now indicate this was their true intention all along. Just do those with the affliction a favor NFL…when you rush to create your ribbon to acknowledge awareness and make more money…don’t make it red or green.
That Buffalo win also helped provide the NFL additional public relations “love” when Head Coach Rex Ryan chose to make one of his captain’s for the game IK Enemkpali…the guy who sucker-punched then-teammate QB Geno Smith in the NY training camp…was cut immediately…and immediately was picked up by Ryan…who was of course let go by the Jets a year removed. Honestly…all week long Ryan made the game more about himself than his team…starting Tuesday by wearing a Clemson helmet while conducting a press conference just because his son plays for the Tigers. I’m sure the NFL loved that image going out worldwide.
The Philadelphia Eagles’ Malcolm Jenkins admitted he had a concussion midway through the second quarter of Sunday night’s game in Dallas but hid his condition. That’s not the first time a player had said as much after the fact but all it shows me is they haven’t recovered. Why would you fess up? You’re going to be under more scrutiny for the rest of your career…and what kind of message does it send to kids playing football? We already know players hide getting dinged and we also know the NFL has no taste to ban anyone from playing no matter how many concussions they have had. Did you see Wes Welker was signed by the St. Louis Rams this week? If you Google “Wes Welker concussion” you’ll be forced to reboot your device when it crashes.
Speaking of Dallas…it’s not enough there is at least a column a day calling for the Cowboys to drop domestic-violence picture boy Greg Hardy but now we have new word (at least we think new…) of Dez Bryant spewing obscenities in their locker room. Again a warning. If you Google either “Greg Hardy photos” or “Dez Bryant rant” prepare for your service to be down for a few. “America’s Team” indeed…
But there was some good news from within the NFL. Seattle Seahawks’ RB Marshawn Lynch reportedly gave $500 to a worker at a McDonald’s in Dallas after a win there at the beginning of the month. Apparently the boy liked Lynch’s shoes. They started talking and when the young man indicated he wanted to get into the fashion world and start a boutique Marshawn gave him the money and encouraged him to do just that.
Let’s choose to finish in the money with that news…and not press our luck detailing more about Thursday The 12th.