How important is it for the Packers linemen to get together for a workout? Raymond T. Rivard photograph

Just how important are these stories?


You know it’s a slow news week in the NFL when the top story at last week’s end was about the coaches not having to take a pay cut and something about offensive linemen getting together to compare daily menus … Ahem … To work out.
That was the case this past week as the league’s owners continue with the lockout and the courts drag their proverbial heels on pushing the matter to a conclusion.
Across the league, team’s offensive players gather together to hang out and play catch while the cameras roll and the players work up a sweat … Big deal.
Heading to the golf courses to report players daily scores is nearly as exciting. 
Watching film of Brett Favre throwing out first pitches at baseball games and signing autographs is nearly as exciting.
But what’s really a snoozer is when it comes to reporting news about the NFL, the biggest story is the headlines about offensive linemen getting together for a workout … C’mon, is that really worth a story? Is it worth burning bandwidth or expending ink to write a feature about a handful of football linemen getting together for drinks and burgers? And oh yeah, they might lift a few weights and work on their footwork while they’re there, too. Wow, I’m impressed.
As for the coaches not losing pay because the lockout hasn’t affected the Packers I guess is a little bit of a story … At least it’s good to know the team isn’t suffering yet.
But compare that story with the ones about the millions of families whose mothers or fathers have lost their jobs and their houses are being foreclosed upon … It’s difficult to feel sorry for the coaches losing a bit of pay because the league owners and players can’t decide on how to divvy up $9 billion … C’mon, let’s get real.
Anyway, my only concern is that we as journalists start to think outside the box a bit and find the stories that make a difference in our lives.
But in the meantime, good luck to the coaches and we hope the players have a great time trying to stay sharp and in shape!

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