Finally, the NFL has a problem we can laugh at.
As technology becomes ever-more integrated into the game of football, not every NFL player is adjusting well. All NFL teams have now converted to using tablet devices for their playbooks, and some older players are having trouble remembering to charge their tablets before coming to work.
That's a problem because, as The Wall Street Journal reports, charging options in team meeting rooms are limited. While most players seem to prefer their new digital playbooks to old paper versions, they sometimes encounter situations where their battery runs out in the middle of a film or game-planning session.
Texans safety Danieal Manning said he's faced situations where his battery power at the start of a session is limited, and the 32-year-old is forced to work as quickly as he can before his tablet goes dead.
"I [thought], 'Man, I've got a little bit of battery!' I'm trying to jam as much in as I can. I'm drawing plays down and I'm doing it as fast as I can," Manning told the WSJ.
NFL players aren't the only ones on a tech learning curve this season. NFL game broadcasters are also having to catch up on the appropriate lingo to describe the new tablets, which are used on team sidelines during the game.
The NFL has an exclusive contract with Microsoft that requires all teams to use only Microsoft Surface tablets during actual games. But that didn't keep broadcasters from referring to those tablets as Apple's "iPads" early on.
The hardware giant wasn't happy to see its $400 million contract go toward giving Apple some free publicity, but everyone appears to be on the same page now.
They're not iPads, they're Surface tablets. And you need to plug it in before you go to bed.