Schon: State of the League

Bar fights, bong hits and the odds that Ricky's going to quit - I guess you could say it's been a crazy week in the NFL.

If there's anybody on the face of this planet you don't want to be right now, it's NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue.

Between Kansas City's bar fights, Randy Moss's "blue moon bong", T.O.'s return in Philly and Vegas laying odds on when Ricky Williams is set to bail, you've got to figure this guy's about a half a step away from a silver bullet vacation.

And we haven't even wrapped up the second week of the preseason.

When you don't have enough common sense to refrain from admitting on national television that you torch it out, it's a problem. When you've got a kicker of all people, busting the nose of a nightclub bouncer and two teammates getting maced by the cops in a hotel bar, it's a problem. When Vegas is laying 6-1 odds Miami's running back is going to quit before the season ends, you've got a problem.

The National Football League has morphed itself into a league of pot smoking, bar brawling, malcontents who generate more cash and pub than a badly lit Paris Hilton video.

For a league that got completely bent when Janet Jackson busted out with a nipple flash, this is a new milestone.

Why can't the NFL just admit it's become the NBA.

Michael John Schon has covered the National Football League and the Denver Broncos for the past nine years. As a member of the Pro Football Writers Association he has published and syndicated columns to both newspapers and magazines throughout the United States and Canada. His syndicated radio broadcast: "Schon Live" airs weekly on various radio stations around the country.

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