Despite bounties and concussions and lawsuits and every other controversy imaginable, the NFL continues to drive interest like nothing else.
The latest piece of evidence comes from the fact that the day on which teams cut from 75 to 53 players has generated traffic that rivals the first day of the draft.
At there’s still plenty of time left. Final cuts aren’t due until 9:00 p.m. ET, and it’s all hands on deck for the duration.
That said, one set of hands needs to tap out soon. The high school football season kicks off tonight for Florio Jr., who’s now in the 10th grade, closing in on 16, strong enough to claim Alpha Male status in the household (then again, that happened four years ago), and starting tonight at left tackle and defensive end for Notre Dame High School.
I’ll be in touch with the rest of the crew, directing traffic and harvesting information. But the main priority tonight will be to balance pride and worry and the joy and sadness that comes from seeing that kid you used to toss into the air quickly and inevitably becoming a man.