Colorful characters aid in reminding all us sinners that the NFL, like any sport, is a game. Sure it's a physical, dangerous, intense, game; but it's a game nonetheless.
Given the smash-mouth game the 49ers intend to resurrect, and the chip-on-their-shoulders attitude the team is beginning to play with, I use the term "colorful" quite gingerly. These aren't your daddy's 49ers, nor are they the hosts to the old Terrell Owens parasite phenomenon.
With rookies giving us quotes like Mike Iupati's "I want to destroy a lot of people" and and Nate Byham's "I like to bloody noses," I first want to polish up the semantics of this.
I'm using the term colorful to describe an intense love and respect for the game, but with the understanding that, yes, ladies and gentlemen, it is still a game—and games should be fun.