NFL banning James Jones’ hoodie

By Michael Dixon
January 16, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; Green Bay Packers wide receiver James Jones (89) during the third quarter in a NFC Divisional round playoff game against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Packers 26-20 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL is announcing rule changes for the 2016 season. As usual, they’re focused on the really important things like banning James Jones’ hoodie.

That seems like an awfully specific rule to target James Jones — a man not even under contract with any NFL team at the moment.

It’s good to see that the NFL is focused on such serious matters instead of something like, actually defining a catch. Really, who needs to know what that is as long as we know where hoods can and cannot be exposed?

But if we’re talking about something as apparently trivial as hoods, it does raise an interesting question. If hoods are banned, why are players still allowed to wear their hair well outside of their helmets? Exposed hoods don’t hang as long as some players’ hair, and Jones was the only player last year to use a hood.

Personally, I don’t care if players wear long hair or hoodies. That’s a personal choice that’s really nobody’s business but the player in question. But if we’re talking about injury risks, hoods and long hair are certainly comparable.

It shouldn’t be surprising, though. The NFL is not only the “No Fun League,” but is too often “Not For Logic.”