It’s yesterday’s news – the issues surrounding Ryan Braun-gate were hammered and yammered on yesterday – so now it’s time to get beyond it and move on to talk about football.
After all, we’ve spent the past six months pining for the day when players report for training camp – making our way from the Super Bowl, through free agency, the NFL Draft, OTAs and minicamps to get to this point.
Let’s rejoice because the Packers hit the field this weekend.
But we won’t be hearing about that.
Aaron Rodgers will be surrounded by the microphones, iPhones, and earphones – but the questions won’t be about the new receivers, the running game or the Packers new look offense. He won’t be asked about how Randall Cobb will fit into this year’s offense or how he feels the shift on the offensive line will enhance the Packers’ attack.
The questions, at least initially, will be about his friend and business partner, Ryan Braun – the Milwaukee Brewer who was suspended for the remainder of the season for his alleged role in the use of performance enhancing drugs.
Rodgers will be polite. He might even make a statement about the situation, defend his friend, and ask to move on to football. That’s how it should be. We’ve gotten our fill of Braun-gate; let Ryan Braun answer the questions.
It’s time for football. We’ve earned the right to let it be football. It’s the time of the year when Lombardi Trophies should be dancing in our heads. It’s the time of year when we should be smelling the freshly mowing grass, and seeing the freshly lined football fields, listening to the crack of shoulder pads colliding, the grunting of grown men pushing and shoving and hearing the roar of the crowd as plays are made.
We deserve this.
Let’s get on with this.
GO! PACK! GO!