If the NFL was responsible for causing you to lose your seats at a Super Bowl, would $5,000 be enough to make you forgive and forget?
That's what the league is offering the 400 displaced fans who lost their Super Bowl seats in Dallas.
The NFL is trying pretty hard to get this whole fiasco to disappear. Their first offer to the "victims" was for $2,400 and a ticket to next year's Super Bowl. In their next attempt to make things right, the league offered a ticket to any future Super Bowl plus airfare and hotel costs.
Now, the league is upping the ante, offering the displaced fans either $5,000 or reimbursement for their documented Super Bowl expenses, whichever figure is higher.
I know these fans went through a hellacious day, but seriously, just take the five grand and move on, already.
Before I get to some Ravens tidbits for the morning, I wanted to alert everyone to the cool new commenting system that we're testing out on my blog.
This system is easy to use and offers more flexibility in terms of how you want to comment. As always, you can write in with a comment by typing in the box and hitting the "post as" button. A box will then pop up which will allow you to comment using your Facebook, Twitter, or Yahoo! accounts.
If you prefer not to use your information from any of those sites, no worries. You can still comment by typing in an email address and a commenting name. If you do want to use these sites, however, it will keep you logged in and make commenting easier.
What's cool about this new system is that if you're logged in, your comments will post automatically (unless they are held because of language issues or something else the filter picks up). Also, if you reply to a previous comment, your post will show up right below that comment, and will start a thread.
It might sound a little complicated, but trust me, it's easy to use and should make the whole commenting process smoother.
I've got a couple of topics to tackle today, but first, I wanted to quickly share head coach John Harbaugh's remarks on how he'll be more involved in the Ravens' offense next year.
At the team's season-ending press conference last month, Harbaugh said that he will play more of a role in the offensive gameplanning on a week-to-week basis during the 2011 season.
"What I want to do is, I want to create for the offensive coaches a real clear picture of what, as a head coach, I expect the offense to look like, what I want to build it towards," Harbaugh said. "And it won't be exactly that because you can't dictate everything. But that way, they have some direction of what they're trying to build, and then be involved in the building process: OK, they come to a point where it's 'which way do we want to go here, how do we want to set this up?' I can say what I'm trying to do as a head coach, how we want to build this team, [and] go in that direction.
"I think I can help them more than I have in the last three years."
Yesterday, making an appearance on WBAL radio, Harbaugh tried to clarify how things will change, while making sure to point out that the offensive will still be "driven" by offensive coordinator Cam Cameron.
"I want to be a little bit involved in helping Cam and the rest of the coaches and the players to have a vision of what the head coach wants to see out of his offense," Harbaugh said. "When we have some decisions to make and it can go one way or the other, I think that's where I can be helpful."
If you don't exactly understand how things will be different with Harbaugh getting involved more this year, you aren't alone. I'm still not sure I really get how things will change this season, either.
But it's clear that Harbaugh hasn't been completely happy with the offensive production recently, and he wants to put his stamp on the offense more than in the previous three years, when he's been hands off with that unit.