Quick NFL Musings

Published reports say that the NFL is looking to expand into a 17-game season. Why? So a regular season game can be played past our borders while not "sacrificing a home match". The game would replace the final contest of the four-game preseason.

"It is preliminary, but we certainly are putting resources into pulling that together," said Mark Waller, NFL senior vice president, international. "For now, we have the one game per season or two per season outside of the U.S. But we know it can be tough on home fans since we're taking a game away."

MLB, NBA and even NASCAR, are playing the international crowd to generate global interest maximizing profits and revenue. I've never been a fan of taking games outside of the national market, but the success with international stars in the NBA show that the league is benefiting from talent and revenues from European countries. MLB has benefited from the hispanic market for generations. NASCAR, in the past three seasons, has raced its Busch series in Mexico and will take their show to Canada this year too. However, I'm very skeptical about how the NFL will do this.

TAKING THE D OUT OF DUI
As far as I know, there's two forms of drunk driving language -- Driving Under the Influence (DUI) and Driving While Intoxicated (DWI). Steve McNair was arrested early Thursday morning for a DUI while not even driving -- his brother-in-law was. However, Tennessee law says that if you allow a legally drunk person to drive your vehicle, you'll also be charged. What? I have to say, that's an odd law. If you get a DUI, you should at least be doing the "D" part.

VICK IN PICKLE.
Seems to me that Marcus Vick had a great influence during his hell-raising times -- big brother. Michael Vick has recently found ways to keep his name refreshed on headlines. Whether it's dog fights, secret drinking compartments or simply flipping off fans, he always seems to be in the "wrong place at the wrong time". The league, in response to the non-charged but constant police fodder, Pacman Jones, says that that excuse won't work anymore. Vick's excuse over feline Fight Club is that he didn't know -- yet how do you not know what goes on at a place you own and the public reputation you lack? If Vick gets charged at the investigation's conclusion, based on the league's aggressive stance, he should be suspended. He compromises the integrity of the league. And remember, you don't have to do anything criminal to get suspended.

Falcon's owner, Arthur Blank, seems to get it while Mike Brown stays far, far away from personally criticizing his players.

Blank told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution he has grown weary of the negative publicity Vick has generated since making an obscene gesture on Nov. 26 to fans at the Georgia Dome after the Falcons lost to New Orleans. Most recently, there has been an investigation into evidence of illegal dog fighting at a property Vick owns in Virginia.

"I told him, 'You represent us as a franchise, you represent yourself as a person and you represent the NFL. It's not one single thing, it's a series of things,"' Blank said.

In another case, Vick was investigated for trying to bring a water bottle -- with a secret compartment police said smelled of marijuana -- through a security checkpoint at Miami International Airport in January. He was not charged in that incident.

Saying some of Vick's problems can be blamed on people around him, Blank said he admonished Vick: "'You're responsible for who you're with. You need to make some difficult choices and you need to make them now. I think you're at a critical point in your life."'

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