Chuck Klosterman’s latest piece for Grantland is terribly funny. He chronicles all of the things he wasn’t allowed to write about while trying to write about the Cleveland Browns and the NFL Draft:
During the three days I visit the Browns organization, I hear the phrase “This is off the record” more often than I’ve heard it during the past 10 years of my career. The team told me I would have unprecedented access to its workplace, which (I suppose) was technically true. I could walk around the halls and peer inside the empty offices. I could hang out in the weight room and use the locker room lavatory. The only problem was that almost none of the 150 people who work in this facility were allowed to answer any specific questions pertaining to football. It was a little like being allowed inside Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory but being informed that no one in the building was allowed to discuss the manufacturing of candy.