As you’ve probably noticed around here lately, the amount of major NFL stories is starting to dry up in this post-draft lockout purgatory. That leaves a lot of football reporters searching for stories, when there just aren’t a lot of meaningful ones out there.
One stat from Tom Canavan of the Associated Press sums up the problem perfectly.
He reports that seven New York Giants are present at Eli Manning’s loose “passing camp” at Hoboken High School on Wednesday. And there are eleven reporters present to cover them.
This is becoming somewhat typical, because fan interest remains high. Jeff Duncan of the New Orleans Times-Picayune told me he was getting a lot of fan questions last week about how certain players looked at the informal Saints practices in New Orleans.
The players are essentially just doing calisthenics and lightly throwing the ball around. What is there to say?
As I wrote when the lockout started, the NFL has become a victim of its own success. Fans expect news, analysis, and information 12 months a year now. That’s going to increase anger during the lockout, even before games are missed.
In the meantime, we’ll continue to feed the beast for you as best we can.
Even when there isn’t much to say.