We’ll kick things off today with Larry Stone’s column about the news this week that Russell Wilson is getting a divorce and what it says about fame and our social media society.
“This is a stark reminder that as much as we think we know our athletic heroes, we only are exposed to the public aspect of their lives. And while it was easy to deify Wilson – who deserves all the praise he gets for his superb quarterbacking as well as his hospital visits and other charitable endeavors – it’s also a poignant illustration that he is indeed human.
It’s also a reminder that privacy is disappearing in our modern culture, given the ease social media provides in knowing about all aspects of our lives, and in commenting on one another’s peccadillos. For the famous, that factor goes up exponentially. Fame brings with it much benefit, including financial. But it also comes with a price.”
IN OTHER NEWS. …
— If you missed it yesterday, ESPN’s John Clayton threw some cold water on the idea that the NFL is wary of giving Seattle home prime time games due to their recent dominance in home prime time games. Instead, Clayton said it was more due to the machinations of the TV contracts. He said FOX protected the Seattle-San Francisco game at CenturyLink and that CBS protected the Denver-Seattle game. He said the one game that could have been in question is the Seattle game at Arizona, and that the thought was to make that a prime time game in Arizona rather than Seattle, where it is more likely to be a close game.
— Clayton also spoke about the rumors that have been buzzing that the Seahawks would like to announce the contracts of Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas at the same time. He said he thinks there is a 65 percent chance those contracts get done prior to training camp.
— The Washington Post wonders if Sherman worth the contract he is going to get.
— ProFootballFocus, meanwhile, points out why Sherman may be worth it:
Richard Sherman and Byron Maxwell were the only 2 CBs this season to allow a QB rating less than 50 into their coverage.
— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) April 25, 2014
— NFL.com columnist Adam Schein says he thinks Seattle’s schedule could be tough enough to prevent the Seahawks from repeating.
— A Nevada resident has sued the Seahawks over the team’s ticket policy.
— Good stuff from fivethirtyeight.com on the futility of trying to pick which NFL team has the toughest schedule.