An odd post, really, on A.J. Daulerio's Philadelphia Magazine blog today.
A.J., whose hipster view of sports buffoonery in Deadspin has been a regular read for me, describes an unannounced visit from a NFL security man, who was sniffing out whether A.J. actually knew anything that could tie Eagles players to dogfighting.
Only, as A.J. writes, he didn't know anything. He was pursuing a rumor that got shot down by all he contacted, so he wrote nothing. "Story over."
Until this morning's visit from the football man, which gave A.J. an opportunity to spill what he knew, or didn't know. In the process, A.J. dropped the name of a beloved former Eagle who's allegedly been the subject of such rumors on another blog.
I would not like to be that beloved ex-Eagle right now. If there's no truth to the rumor, them's fightin' words.
The post will get read, given that it caught the attention of Jim Romenesko at the Poynter Institute, a regular watering hole for journos avoiding work. (That's how I found it.)
A.J.'s post attracted some good comments, but none better than the first responder, who wrote:
My only question is, can the dogs catch a punt?