TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- They took my notebook.
The Indianapolis Colts made me put my notebook away during practices Monday. Why? Their new policy prohibits the media from having a notebook on the field during practice. You can't Twitter or text or blog either.
You can write down notes on your arm -- if you want to look tatted up.
Can you believe this stupidity?
This tops tops all else in the world of NFL paranoia. Even standing in Tom Coughlin's penalty box during practices wasn't this bad.
Doesn't a reporter need his notebook to do his job?
The Colts think that information will get out during practice if they allow notebooks and texting and stuff like that. Meanwhile, practice is open to the fans. Any fan can text or Twitter all they want.
Oh, they're behind thre ropes.
This smells of Bill Polian. He wants to control everything. But there are no secrets in the NFL and fans have a right to know. They pay the salaries of the players, the coaches and everybody else in the organization. Without them, it would be a far different league.
This isn't the days of newspapers waiting a day to report the news. We live in an immediate gratification world. We want it all now. The NFL has to understand this.
I want my notebook on the field.
That's like a football player without his helmet.
We're just trying to do our jobs, you know.
At least now, I'm tatted up. I have a real neat one on my arm that reads:
Colts are paranoid. It's in blue and white ink.
I like that one.