Packers coach Mike Sherman cut todayâ€™s pre-practice press conference short when a reporterâ€™s cell phone rang during the conference. Sherman did what Iâ€™ve always wanted to do when someoneâ€™s phone rings at the most inopportune time; he left and scolded the entire press core. I support him for his decision.
However, Dan Pompei of the Sporting News disagrees. He mentioned that cell phones are a necessary evil today. I agree that cell phones are necessary for many. But many modern phones have â€œmannerâ€ modes that allow a silent, vibrating ring, so I donâ€™t buy his argument. I have been in quiet settings where my phone has rung in manner mode, and nobody was the wiser.
I truly hate owning a cell phone, and I donâ€™t use it often. If and when I do need to use it in public, I use it in an inconspicuous area and normally keep my voice down. If it rings and Iâ€™m busy because Iâ€™m with someone, it is usually in manner mode and gets ignored; thatâ€™s why I have voice mail. I would prefer others do the same when they are around me; failure to do so may result in my leaving (which many may prefer anyway).