As we wait for the NFL and the NFLPA* to demonstrate the type of urgency that will get a labor deal carried out just before we’re fully out of items to write about, we’re almost out of points to write about.
So the bar has been lowered. As the following story demonstrates.
Buccaneers receiver Mike Williams, whose strong performance as a rookie landed him on the list of the league’s top 100 players, attended the Gus Macker three-on-three Basketball Tournament in Buffalo, preparing to serve as a coach. But when one of his players was a no-show (maybe he quit the team in an homage to Williams’ college career at Syracuse), Williams had to play.
“I couldn’t leave my team hanging so I went in there,” Williams told Miguel Rodriguez of the Buffalo News. “A lot of men and women were screaming ‘Mike Williams’ on the sidelines so it feels good to be back residence.” (It possibly didn’t feel very good for the opponent whose nose got bloodied by an accidental elbow from Williams.)
Williams stated he wasn’t worried about getting hurt. And he didn’t get hurt. He also spent time signing autographs. And he presumably didn’t get hurt doing that, either.
But the autograph session raises an interesting question. When Bucs receiver Mike Williams signs his name, does he add “not the one who was a top 10 pick but then got fat and now is skinny but is hoping not to get fat again”? Or perhaps he just utilizes his middle initial.