Last Modified: Saturday, May 05, 2012 7:28 PM
If you want to follow the NFL in the offseason, you have to know what OTA means. I have it on good authority this means "organized team activity."
There are rules about these activities, and the NFL is very serious about these rules -- when the activity can happen, who can participate and so forth. I'm not sure, but I think a note is required, signed by the player's mom, agent or some other grown-up.
I have to say I have a hard time keeping a straight face when I hear about organized team activities. The term calls to mind the group going on a field trip, like we once did to NASA, or maybe to the zoo, or to a museum, or to a big room at the college where a nice lady shows us how to make things out of construction paper, or perhaps how to turn a pine cone into a turkey.
I generally think the world has too many abbreviations, and the trend away from names and toward initials is a bit out of control, but I'm fine with OTA because it makes me giggle far less than the actual words "organized team activity."
Admit it: You're imagining your favorite player asking the nice lady for more papier-mâché.