'Players' legal troubles don't bother me'

Regarding the legal difficulties tight end Sheldon Jackson and rookie receiver Rodney Wright have recently encountered, I don't think it should impact their standing with the team one bit unless the two miss an extraordinary amount of training camp time defending themselves in court and they fall hopelessly behind in their camp battles.

And both will indeed be in the middle of very tough battles just to make the 53-man roster. Wright could possibly be a practice squad player. Jackson will simply have to be extraordinary this summer …

Steroids are a hot topic in pro sports again and the media have anointed the NFL as having one of the top programs against steroids of any pro sports league, which probably is true (though you have to suspect that masking agents have become more sophisticated).

My question is if the NFL has banned steroids partly due to the harm it can cause its players, then why does the league allow pain-killing injections so that players with painful injuries can get through a game? Aren't these players risking long-term, even permanent damage to their limbs by playing in such a condition? Sure, it's not anything like cancer, which steroids can cause, but it could nonetheless affect the quality of life of a player after he retires …

Here's something I thought was kind of humorous: one of the less noticed things heading into a season is number changing. Sometimes players change numbers, depending on who gets released and when numbers become available. Last year, Sammy Morris picked up No. 33 when Sam Gash departed. He reasoned it was more of a running backs number than his old No. 45 was. Aaron Schobel and Bryce Fisher switched Nos. 95 and 94. Now Schobel is No. 94 and Fisher No. 95.

But how about players switching names? For instance, if receivers Andre Rone and Josh Reed changed names, Buffalo would have Andre Reed again! …

Kevin Gilbride's offense looks like it's going to be heavy on the old ‘blue-collar work ethic.' You'll hear the commentators on the Sunday broadcasts say about a million times that, "This is the kind of blue-collar football and blue-collar effort Bills fans appreciate," as if Bills fans had never witnessed the gracefulness of the K-Gun offense or as if they were too stupid to understand it.

I hate that blue-collar work ethic comparison. It's idiotic. Does anyone ever say that the 49ers' flamboyant aerial attack is one that San Franciscans can really appreciate?

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