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Rick Stroud, Greg Auman and Matt Baker

The preseason from hell



If you think you're tired of reading about scandal, injuries, arrests and the like, imagine us.

This has been probably the strangest, busiest and most unpredictable preseason I've ever been associated with as a sportswriter.

It started the day players reported for camp and learned the shocking news that Simeon Rice had been released. That was followed by the start of Chris Simms' issues, Luke Petitgout's "sore body" that sidelined him eight days, a grievance against absent Jake Plummer, Mike Alstott's exit because of a neck injury, David Boston's arrest, Paris Warren's stomach-turning ankle injury, a final roster that included four quarterbacks, Jerramy Stevens' conviction and God knows what else that hasn't become public.

I've covered college football and basketball, the NBA and a myriad of other sports, and never have I seen a preseason that involved this much madness.

Trust me, you're not the only ones who are ready to talk football. Sportswriters hate writing about things other than, well, sports. I'd rather interview coaches rather than attorneys. The numbers I prefer to talk about are stats rather than the cap numbers of players who are no longer here.

So, with that, it is with great relief that I write this sitting in an airport terminal where I'll board a flight for Seattle in a few minutes. In closing, all I have say to is, thank God the preseason is over.

Good riddance.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 2:48pm]


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