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Sad convergence

OK, first off: The Blob is going to be a speculation-free zone on this.

So, there'll be no comment here other than profound shock that 12-time Pro Bowl linebacker Junior Seau, 43, was found dead in his home today from what reports are saying was an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest. Seau played 20 seasons in the NFL.

Read what there is to read about it here.

For whatever reason we don't yet know, Seau becomes the eighth member of the San Diego Chargers' 1994 Super Bowl team to die at a young age, a mind-boggling statistic. His death, and that fact, add an even more sober cast to the news that, on the same day, the NFL brought the hammer down on the Saints again for Bountygate, suspending linebacker Jonathan Vilma for the entire season and three other players for varying lengths of time.

The Blob's take on that: Good. These guys don't have a leg to stand on. And if the NFL isn't successful in the perhaps-impossible task of changing an ultimately self-destructive culture, the same guys won't have a synapse left to enable them to stand on that leg, anyway.

Here's hoping it doesn't happen by the time they're 43.

Ben Smith's blog.