So who else is amazed by the way technology has impacted the NFL over the past few years? Am I by myself?
Innovations in video games like EA Sports Madden franchise have led to players being able to physically (but not physically) play against their opponents, study playbooks and even work on their own game. Other technological advances such as the internet (over the last 20 years) and social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook (sorry Myspace, it’s time to give up) have allowed players to interact with their fans like never before. Oh, almost forgot to mention cell phones and their exponential explosion from the 80’s to now.
So besides all the studying, interacting and having fun, what else have we learned about technology and the NFL’s players?
They don’t mix.
If you are an NFL player, leave your phone on the bus before the game and don’t turn it back on until you’ve thought every last word through. NFL players are receiving fines for tweeting too close to kickoff or during games; other players are taking pictures of their manhood and sending it to unsuspecting organization employees (allegedly). Now, we have players wanting to apologize or make up with their coaches via text. *In my best Vince Lombardi voice* What the hell’s goin’ on out here!?
I approve of the NFL and it’s players using these things to reach out or make a difference. I also approve of texting as a simple means to ask a coach “are we running 1/2 speed or 3/4 today?” I don’t think that any self-respecting wrangler-wearing man should be ‘sexting’ with anybody. I also think it’s a true show of character when a person can explode in a rage-fueled rant in your face, then text you an apology later. Give me a break.
Do I own a cell phone? Yes, an iPhone if you must know. Do I use the internet? Yes. I have to get my vital information to you loyal readers somehow. Do I get paid millions of dollars to represent a professional franchise? No, I don’t. These guys do and I think they should put a little more thought into their lives before they hit send. There are larger issues in the NFL. We have dog executioners, human executioners, drunks, potheads and even the occasional racist -but for right now my issues lie with the technologically inclined.
Rant over. Good luck getting service at FedEx Brett.
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