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O-Zone: Don't think twice

JACKSONVILLE – Let's get to it … Travis from Jacksonville:
Are the Jags staying in #Duval? There are many articles contradicting the theory that we aren't moving to London. What's your take?
John: Ah, yes: three days after a random article in a London newspaper speculated that Jaguars Owner Shad Khan was going to … deep breaths now … sell his current soccer team, buy a different soccer team and move his football team to another continent, we're still answering O-Zone questions on the matter. Such is the nature of random articles during July, I suppose: the ripple effect goes on and on and on. (And on). There's only one person who's theory on this matters, and he's not writing speculative, unsubstantiated articles. He's Khan, who since purchasing the Jaguars early in 2012 has spent more than three years reshaping both the business and football sides of the organization, investing in the city of Jacksonville, trying to help improve the city's future and doing pretty much everything possible to try to improve the fan experience at EverBank Field. His "take" also is the only one that matters and his take is he wants to make the Jaguars work in Jacksonville.
Adam from Richmond, KY:
"Who's to say someone somewhere isn't somewhere jogging trying to impress me?" Soooo, when the ROAR are practicing, they're really hoping that they'll garner a brief acknowledgement from...a certain someone.
John: I think that sort of goes without saying, yeah.
Dave from Jacksonville:
"Inevitable ending"? Well-played, sir. Well-played.
John: You're referring to the "Where's-the-O-Zone-on-the-app" dilemma that pretty much defined the weekend in our sad, lonely corner of the Internet. While the O-Zone appeared on throughout the weekend, it did not appear on the app. That caused some app-only readers to believe the Most Overrated, Overdiscussed Streak in the history of streaks had ended. Had that been the case, then the Thursday title of "Inevitable Ending" indeed would have been a near-masterful example of subtle, hint-dropping foreshadowing. As things turned out, it was just another silly title. Speaking of streaks …
Dave from Duval:
O-Zone, tip of the cap and standing ovation to the O-Zone! Good Work!
John: Thank you … oh he of impeccably good taste.
James from Jacksonville:
John, with all of this discussion of the greatest football movies of all-time, I think we have to give a shout out to "Wildcats" with Goldie Hawn. At least an honorable mention?
John: There's very little honorable about that idea.
Scott from Aurora, IL:
I struggled with Adam Schefter releasing a photo of someone's private medical records. I understand the need for journalistic integrity and verifying information, but as I view it, it just seemed like a lazy way to break a story and had the added bonus of being a massive breach of privacy. I'm not one that subscribes to the idea those in the public eye are entitled to less privacy. Thoughts?
John: This is a nuanced, detailed issue – and like many issues involving ethics and journalism, there's not a clear right or wrong answer. When ESPN NFL Reporter Adam Schefter posted a picture of Jason Pierre-Paul's medical records this past week, it certainly pushed the line of reporting – and in the eyes of some, perhaps crossed it. One of my first thoughts is many reporters would have refrained from posting the medical records – though in this day of 24-7 news, the pressure to be first with a story likely would cause a lot of reporters to do what Schefter did. Another thought is this issue is very much one of its time. What I mean is it is easy to post a picture in the digital era and easy to publish pictures and/or stories immediately; that quickness leads to impulse decisions whereas 20 years ago a newspaper staff would have had hours to discuss how to handle a news story. Here's probably the biggest thing to remember here: what Schefter did, while controversial, was not illegal. It's not up to a reporter in that situation to protect the rights of the patient. That it is up to the people in the medical profession to protect the rights of a patient, and in that light, it's easy to see why the Miami hospital where Pierre-Paul was treated is taking this so seriously. As far as not believing those in the public eye are entitled to less privacy, I for the most part agree. One of the difficult things with being a beat reporter for a newspaper was having to walk that line and determining where to step when the line was involved. That said, the reality is public figures do have less privacy than others and that's not changing soon.
Malachi from Frazier Park, CA:
Haven't seen 'Invincible' on the football list yet. I wouldn't say the best, but I like the actual story behind it so much that I think it at least deserves a mention. And Greg Kinnear was great as Dick Vermeil.
John: I liked Invincible. And yes, Kinnear was great as Vermeil.
Mark from Chiang Rai, Thailand:
Regarding college quarterbacks who changed position into the NFL: how about Freddie Solomon? Quarterback at the University of Tampa. Wide receiver for the Dolphins and 49ers; he helped the 49ers win their first two Super Bowls.
John: Correct. And don't forget former Ohio State quarterback Johnny Utah.
Ed from Danvers, MA:
The J.J. Watt-as-tight-end reference reminded me of Mike Vrabel with the Patriots who was something like 7-for-7 in goal-line touchdown passes. Then the name of Gino Cappelletti came to mind as the place kicker/wide receiver of the early 1960s Patriots. Gino was the all-time Patriots leading scorer until Adam Viniateri caught him in 2006 or so. As an aside, Cappelletti was then the color man/voice of the Patriots on radio for probably 30 years until recently retiring.
John: Cappelletti actually is a better example of a two-way player than either Watt or Vrabel – or a whole lot of players in NFL history, actually. He was one of the best players in the American Football League and was the Most Valuable Player of the league in 1964. He also was the league's all-time leading scorer. It's hard to imagine a player in this era or future eras kicking and playing a position so effectively. That's one of the things the trend of specialization has taken away.
Fuzzy from Jacksonville:
Next year on April 1 you should hold off publishing the O-Zone until 11:45 p.m.
John: Why? Oh, I get it.
Steve from Jacksonville:
Sincere dead-zone question about that "reporter" who made the utterly unsubstantiated claims about the Jags recently. Since you're "inside the business," are there any repercussions for spinning such a yarn in what is supposedly a semi-reputable news site? Or is it just the times we live in?
John: The only repercussions would come from the reporter's paper. I don't know enough about the inner workings of the London Daily Standard to know their policies, but I'm also not holding my breath waiting for an apology or retraction.
Steve from Jacksonville:
I've been saying this for years and I think it still should be the standard. It's called the Hall of Fame. While of course stats matter it's not called the Hall of Statistics. If the latter were the case you could make a strong case against players like Joe Namath and Lynn Swann which would be a complete travesty. Respectfully, the 10-year old version of you is correct. Stabler currently might be in the hall of "very good" but he was also a larger than life Pillar of Fame in this league. Let him in.
John: I doubt Ken Stabler will get in. I've never actually heard a lot of support for him outside 10-year-old-me's mind. But the same case that was made for Joe Namath and Lynn Swann – a case based on playoff impact, legendary status and big plays when they mattered – could be made for Stabler. His discussion also brings to mind something Peter King of Monday Morning Quarterback often says – that a Hall of Famer should be a player that you have to mention when writing the history of the game. I must say that on that front Stabler has pretty solid merits.
Ryan from Apopka, FL:
Someone on Saturday posted about their top sports movies of all-time in different sports. How can you forget about Cool Runnings? Who doesn't watch the end and still hope they don't crash on the final run!!! Feel the Rhythm! Feel the Rhyme! Get on up, it's bobsled time!
John: Hey, one fer Cool Runnings!
Dave from St. Augustine, FL:
John: I'm so confused! It seems that Kyle from Pensacola's question was answered both Sunday (last) and Saturday (14th) with the only addition Keanu Reeves' proper name. Even the answer is the same. Is lack of football pushing me over the edge? Am I seeing things not really there? Help me, Johnny, before I hurt myself!
John: I really, really, really liked my answer Saturday. Apparently, I liked it even better Sunday.

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