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has been so pleased with the grow­ing au­di­ence, ac­cord­ing to some re­ports, that the idea has even been tossed around of adding a sec­ond Thurs­day night game each week.

But at what cost? The games haven’t been as crisp as their Sun­day coun­ter­parts — in­clud­ing the one

Hav­ing the high draft pick who just got a gi­gan­tic sign­ing bonus buy a meal for the team? A worth­while tra­di­tion.

The teas­ing that goes on among team­mates and some of the lan­guage used might shock a few peo­ple. Most of it is to­tally harm­less.

But let’s go back to the nonath­lete and the cir­cle of friends. Pretty much ev­ery group seems to have at least one mem­ber who doesn’t quite get where the line is drawn, who pushes too far and ven­tures into ter­ri­tory that ought to be off lim­its. You ask them to stop and usu­ally they do. If they don’t, they prob­a­bly don’t last too long in the cir­cle of friends.

There’s a fine line, we sup­pose, be­tween teas­ing and haz­ing and abuse. Those with a rea­son­able mind ought to be able to tell the dif­fer­ence. Incog­nito clearly doesn’t seem to have a rea­son­able mind. De­spite his prob­lems at Nebraska, Oregon and with the Rams, he still doesn’t seem to get it.

Bul­ly­ing, even among big, strong men who play foot­ball for a liv­ing, is un­ac­cept­able. It’s why Incog­nito ought to be given a per­ma­nent pass out of the NFL and why he should be joined by any coaches who in any way con­doned such be­hav­ior. We get that pro foot­ball is a “ma­cho” world. That doesn’t mean it has to be or should be a cruel world.

If a coach did in­deed ask Incog­nito to try to toughen up Martin and is sur­prised by what hap­pened, he’s prob­a­bly too dumb to be coach­ing any­way. Given Incog­nito’s his­tory, why would you even think of do­ing that?

Of course, given Incog­nito’s his­tory why would you even think of bring­ing him into your locker room any­way? But that’s another is­sue al­to­gether.

Let’s hope coaches ev­ery­where, at the high school, col­le­giate and pro­fes­sional lev­els, are hav­ing a lot of con­ver­sa­tions this week and fig­ur­ing out if they have a sim­i­lar prob­lem. If they do, let’s hope they han­dle it swiftly. If they don’t, let’s hope they take steps to make sure they don’t have one in the fu­ture.

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