WILL SMITH BLOG: THE TECH PLAYBOOK
By WILL SMITH
Naturally, everyone probably wants to know my reaction to Roger Goodell's decision not to reduce my four-game suspension. Here's the statement I released after the commissioner made his ruling:
"I remain frustrated with the continued unilateral rulings by this commissioner as he continues to disregard the facts and assault my character. Let me be clear-- I never participated in a 'pay-to-injure program,' never took the field with intent to injure another player, and never contributed any money to hurt other players. It was my hope that those investigating would put their arrogance and agenda aside in order to comprehend the difference between a 'pay-for-performance program' and a 'pay-to-injure program,' but until that day, I will continue to pursue my appeal options through the NFLPA, and attempt to return to work for my family, teammates, fans and the city of New Orleans."
Meantime, some good things happened for us Sunday night, which makes for a good sendoff as we head into our bye week. We got our first win of the season, Drew Brees broke Johnny Unitas' record for consecutive games with a touchdown pass, and our head coach was in the stands to see it.
It felt good to have Sean Payton there. He's still our leader, he's still the head coach of the New Orleans Saints. We know he's going through a tough time and we want to get a victory not only for us but also for him.
Now we really just have to keep our focus. We can't look ahead. We have to take it week to week and get ready for Tampa Bay, and leave it at that. After we beat Tampa Bay we have to focus on who's next, and not start talking about getting back to .500, or what we have to do to make the playoffs.
For my technology blog this week, let's talk about how the Saints listen to music in the locker room. A big thing for the players now is having your own wireless music entertainment system at the practice facility. You can listen to them in the locker room, they're small enough to put into your locker and you can connect it to Bluetooth.
Bose has one that's pretty small and Beats has one that's heavier and louder, so the choice often depends on what kind of music you like, and how loud you like it.
A lot of guys use those before practice, just to get in the right mood, but never before games. That's just out of respect for teammates. Game days, everyone usually uses the headphones, and again Beats and Bose tend to be the most popular choices.
The New Orleans Saints DE explores his love for the latest gadgets throughout the season in his "The Tech Playbook with Will Smith" blog. Smith enters his ninth season in New Orleans with 61.5 career sacks. He ranks among the greatest defensive linemen in Saints history and was a Pro Bowl selection in 2006. The 6-3, 282-pound Smith has been a defensive captain for New Orleans since 2007 and was a three-year starter at Ohio State.