Hello out there. Thanks for stopping by, and welcome. Hope we see plenty of each other in the coming weeks, months and years.
It is a pleasure to be on board as part of the CBS family, and, while I'm still figuring out some things, and getting my feet under me as I embark on this venture covering the NFL for CBS Sports and this fine website, this seemed like as good a time as any to swing open the doors on this blog and get 'er going.
Figured I'd start by sharing a few things about myself. Spent a good half of my life in newspapers (most of them at The Washington Post), and I kind of think I'll always be a newspaperman at heart in my approach to stories. For the past three years I was doing the TV and Internet thing with the NFL Network. To me, there isn't really anything better than an NFL Sunday (or Monday, and now, Thursday, for that matter), and I'm going to do whatever I possibly can to provide you with news, perspective and a unique take on this monster of a league, which seems to be dominating the sporting landscape in this country 24/7-365.
If I had to go all Crash Davis on you, I suppose my football credo is that the best teams are built via the draft, from the inside out (i.e you better get the independent positions right, like QB, and the OL and DL, if you think your WRs and RBs are going to shine). I don't believe that adding steeping penalties for illegal hits make this uber-physical game any less tough, and, with very rare exception, I don't believe the men who literally risk their necks to play this sport are overpaid, especially not when you compare the kind of money teams and owners can make off the product that these individuals provide. I also believe free agency in this league, by and large, is a mirage, used only efficiently if judiciously.
I also believe that the 1970s provided the best music ever, across all genres, The Wire is the greatest TV show in the history of the medium (I will concede a Baltimore bias here, where I was born and raised and reside); give me the Stones over the Beatles (in a landslide), the Hall of Fame voting process in this sport needs to be overhauled; oh, and I'll take Brady over Manning, too (and felt the same way before Peyton's flurry of neck surgeries),
Feel free to tell me how ridiculous I am, or better yet to agree with me, on Twitter (@JasonLaCanfora) and I always welcome feedback.