Lets note a few things as the clock ticks down toward training camp:
We recently passed along the story of retired Raven Ricky Williams and mentioned his involvement with something called Access Consciousness. The Austin Chronicle (tip from Pro Football Talk) has far more on this organization, movement or whatever you want to call it.
Actually, it may be you want to call it a cult.
Through Williams foundation, children are becoming part of Access Consciousness, whose leader, as the article states, says he can heal the wounded with his bare hands, teach others how to read minds and even speak with molecules outside of their own bodies, among other things.
So this was what Williams meant when he said he wakes up each day to decide what fun thing he will do?
At baltimoreravens.com, you can watch one of the staffers a young man about half the size of an offensive lineman as he goes through the conditioning test Ravens linemen must pass before they can start training camp. We wont spoil it for you and tell you how it comes out, other than there is a lot of heavy breathing.
The Bengals, who sold the lowest percentage of their seats last season, have said they wont apply the NFLs new lower threshold for local television blackouts.
As reported by the Cincinnati Enquirer, Bengals owner Mike Brown said: Were going to stick with the old rule. What we want to see are sold-out houses, and we want the stadium full with 65,000-plus people. We dont want to get to just 85 percent or 55,000.
If you think back when they passed the sales tax to finance the stadiums, they did it so people could come downtown to the stadiums and watch games. They didnt do it so people could sit at home and watch games on television. They could have done that without a new stadium.
Pro Football Talk said: Browns decision was likely influenced by the fact that hed have to pay 16 more cents per ticket to the visiting team for any seat sold above the lower threshold.