PIPE DOWN FELLAS: Reggie Bush tweeted and in this media universe where a news cycle sparks and flashes instantly his Tweet became big news. "Everybody complaining about the lockout!" he wrote. "Shoot I'm making the most of it! Vacation, rest, relaxing, appearances here and there! I'm good!"
Reggie is good folks! Thank God. The NFL employees who have lost their jobs and the ones who will in the future? The undrafted free agents who can't sign with teams? They're not so good. But Reggie is good! So there's that.
"Right now we would be slaving in 100 degree heat, practicing twice a day, while putting our bodies at risk for nothing." Slaving while earning tens of millions of dollars. That's a Morning Shoutout for another day.
DeAngelo Hall, the corner from Washington, talked about enjoying the time away from football as well. It was Bush Part Two.
Now, sure, did the media make too big a deal out of this? We often do on many subjects. If Bush wants to hang out on the beach in a thong and read a book or watch television or stand in line for "Hangover II" what should we care?
There are still two problems. First, fans want their players to feel the same frustrations that they do. There was first angst among the fans over the lockout, then irritation and we're now transitioning into flat out anger. No fan wants to read about Bush saying I'm good, bra'!
Perhaps the most important point is that the trade association, in its fight with owners, is arguing the lockout's irreparable harm. It doesn't sound like Bush is being harmed very much unless you count his room service arriving 20 minutes late. In many ways Bush and Hall are undermining their own cause. It would not be stunning if the owners in a legal brief before the 8th circuit used the words of the two players against them.
What I can tell you is that several team trade association officials weren't exactly happy with Bush's comments. They understand the potential ramifications better than Bush did when he Tweeted.
There has been speculation in the wake of Rashard Mendenhall's ridiculous comments about the September 11 attacks that teams should ban athletes from Twitter. That is such a spectacularly awful idea. Can't players just be smarter about what they Tweet?
I'm good with that!