Well, it’s no Paris travelogue (although I do have some months-later thoughts and photos I’m planning to share later this week), but figured I would throw some random NFL thoughts out there for the heck of it.
The Chargers’ move. Admittedly, I didn’t scour the city when I was there, but when I was in San Diego toward the end of December on a work trip, I did notice a glaring lack of Chargers gear or souvenirs where I was roaming. Makes one wonder if the populace there was already gearing up, so to speak, for the franchise to split town.
Anyway, a former stringer of mine who’s gone on to much bigger things than covering girls basketball regionals in Bedford, Ind., for me, Ryan Phillips, didn’t mince words with his take on Chargers’ ownership.
The Raiders’ move. Looking more and more like the Raiders are heading to Las Vegas. Makes me glad I took advantage of another work trip to California, this time to Oakland, to get a shot inside their old stadium.
The Colts’ non-move. And the dumbest for last. About this time five years ago, one of the papers I was stringing for, the Post-Tribune of Northwest Indiana, sent me to cover the press conference introducing Ryan Grigson as the Colts’ new GM, since he was a local guy. Other than a couple appearances by the mascot Blue at elementary schools, a fan experience the Colts held at Franklin College one summer, and a couple of Peyback Classic high school football press conferences, it was the only time I covered something on the Colts beat.
So, speaking as a fan and not as a journalist, all I can say is that owner Jim Irsay is making some bonehead mistakes. Either you’re not committed to Grigson and coach Chuck Pagano, in which case you move on. Or you are, which makes these reported dalliances with Jon Gruden and Peyton Manning that much more of a demoralizing distraction.
Yeah, I’m really looking forward to another 8-8 season next year.