The next time your dad (or fill-in-the-blank-person-that-doesn’t-understand-Twitter) laughs at you for having a Twitter account, suggesting “no one cares what you had for lunch,” just remind them that days like Monday, March 4th – the day that Mike Florio and Greg Aiello got into it over Lauren Silberban’s NFL Regional Combine Tryout – are one of the MANY reasons why we have a Twitter account.
Mike Florio and Greg Aiello Fight Over a Girl (Sort of): More fallout from the first-female-kicker-to-try-out-for-the-NFL story, mostly thanks to Mike Troll-io (I can’t take credit for the name, it was created by Offsides’ own Romo), who alleges that the league “hyped” up their coverage of Silberman’s tryout at the Regional Combine, calling the coverage a “publicity stunt” intended to publicize an event that most people – Florio included – did not know existed until this past weekend. (Florio is, in part, referring to this artcile, posted on NFL.com on February 19th).
Florio also criticizes the league’s subsequent coverage of the tryout, which he refers to as an “impressive takedown.”
NFL PR man Greg Aiello did not take too kindly to Florio’s accusations and so he used a good old “RT” to slap it right back in Florio’s face, calling the article – and Florio’s conclusions – BS.
If you missed the “fight,” here’s essentially what happened. Florio insisted on looking for further opportunties to slam the league, driving home the point all day that any individual can try out for the NFL Regional Scouting Combine with a $275 entry fee and calling Aiello a “spin doctor.” Aiello sort-of accused Florio of being sexist.
While Florio’s accusations are echoed by many others, this is a perfect example of sometimes it’s not what you say, but rather, how you say it. Also, Florio has such a reputation for being a douche so that doesn’t help.
Btw, if you’re totally indifferent to this whole Twitter fight thing and want to read a great opinion piece on Silberman and female athletes trying out for the NFL in the future, check out this piece from Jane McManus.
Darrelle Revis Thinks He Can Help the 49ers Win a Super Bowl: In an interview with Seahawks fullback Michael Robinson for the “Real Rob Report,” Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis talked about trade rumors, Rex Ryan, Tim Tebow, Mark Sanchez, the state of the New York Jets, commissioner Roger Goodell and more.
He also addressed the very real possibility of playing for and winning a ring with the San Francisco 49ers, one of the teams said to be interested in trading for the All-Pro corner.
“This is a team with a great coach – (Jim) Harbaugh — and great players on their team. They did it without me last year. So, for me, looking at their roster and their team, I would just be an addition to help them win that trophy. Would it be awesome? I mean, yeah.”
You can watch Revis’ interview on “The Real Robinson Report” below and be sure to subscribe to Robinson’s show on You Tube to check out his future interviews.
- According to Yahoo’s Jason Cole, the NFL’s plans to construct a stadium in Los Angeles hit a major roadblock after AEG, the firm charged with constructing the new stadium, proposed a problematic plan for the new “Farmer’s Field.” AEG’s proposed plan, which the league believes will cost at least $1.8 billion, is across from the Staples Center downtown and would occupy the space currently held by the convention center — a location that requires a major reconstruction. According to a league source, “the numbers just don’t work out.” Meanwhile, relocation also “unworkable,” so you can cancel any premature “LA Rams” or “LA Jaguars” apparel you may have pre-ordered.
- The Dallas Cowboys have franchised linebacker Anthony Spencer.
- The Kansas City Chiefs reached long-term agreements with WR Dwayne Bowe and punter Dustin Colquitt on Monday. Colquitt’s deal makes him the highest-paid punter in NFL with his agreement, worth $18.75, with $8.9 million guaranteed. The team also franchised LT Brenden Albert.
- Somehow, there always seems Tim Tebow related “news” to share. The latest? Jet’s general manager John Idzik, in a conference call with Jets season ticket holders, disclosed that Tebow could be part of a group competing at the quarterback position in training camp. It was previously reported that the Jets had planned to move on from Tebow, so while this could be posturing on Idzik’s part – either to keep their plans a secret or drum up some interest from trade partners – it is contrary to what sources have been saying about the QB for the past few weeks.
Kristine Reese is the NFL editor and lead Jets writer for Aerys Sports. You can follow her on Twitter @KristineReese.