I recently heard the news that Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy is placing a "ban" on Tweeting from the players.
For those of you who have not lost your mind and/or still have a sense of pride and honor, Twitter is the massive online "social networking system." The user can post a small text of 140 characters or less, and the whole world can see it.
That is the official definition of Twitter. My own definition is quite different: in my opinion, Twitter is the first horseman of the apocalypse. Alas, I digress...
Mike McCarthy has declared that any Packers player caught tweeting will receive the maximum fine allowed by the NFL from McCarthy. I am a huge fan of this new rule. My hate for Twitter aside, this is a move that will keep the locker room from turning into an internet chat room.
"Tweeting" has recently become very popular with professional athletes. Many of them leave "tweets" before and after games. While the practice itself is harmless, it has the potential to rip locker rooms apart. The Packers are one blow-out loss and one angry tweet from becoming a soap opera.
Now that there is a fine of $1,071 in place, that will not be happening.
Some of you may say, "Who is Mike McCarthy to tell them they cannot have fun and interact with their fans?" Truth is, nothing is wrong with that. However, it's only a matter of time until a player "tweets" something that ruffles some feathers in the Packers locker room. With this new fine in place, the whole problem is avoided, and the Packers will keep their integrity and not turn into the circus that is the Dallas Cowboys.
As far as players' rights go, if they really, REALLY, want to use Twitter, they can protest with the Players Association and probably get the rule lifted. Of course, I would immediately lose respect for that player, as it means they are more worried about 140 character texts, than football.
Props to you, Mike McCarthy. This is how you stop a virus from spreading!