INDIANAPOLIS: This is the time. This is it. Late Friday night into early Sunday morning. This is what one player once told me he called The Eugene Robinson Danger Zone.
It's the most dangerous time to a player because just about all of the Super Bowl preparation is complete and now boredom sets in and when boredom sets in there is the greatest danger a player will make a critical off the field mistake like, say, soliciting a prostitute the night before a Super Bowl.
The player called it the Eugene Robinson Danger Zone, or ERDZ for short, because it was Robinson who had one of the most humiliating moments in Super Bowl history. He was busted, the night before Super Bowl XXXIII, for soliciting a female police officer for oral sex. Robinson offered the officer $40. This came on the same day he received an award from a Christian group for his outstanding character.
Hey, I'm not judging, just making an observation. Yes, the ERDZ is in full effect. Whoop! Whoop! Red alert.
Robinson isn't alone. Stanley Wilson went on a cocaine binge the night before Cincinnati's Super Bowl and Oakland's Barrett Robbins disappeared for much of the day before the Raiders Super Bowl and was left off the roster. Yet it's Robinson who has become the greatest symbol of ERDZ.
One of my longtime player sources named this time period after Robinson because since then Robinson has become one of the great cautionary tales. Many teams that since reached the Super Bowl use Robinson as a an example of what not to do.
So fingers crossed no player enters the ERDZ this year.