Note: RideWithSilver’s morning links will be decidedly shorter this week as I am starting a new job at the SF Chronicle. My apologies. I know you’ll survive.
– The Raiders’ win over the Texans yesterday was certainly enough to make you believe that Al Davis was out there somewhere watching over his team, and Hue Jackson’s postgame speech was pretty great too.
– Are you tired of laughing at the Eagles’ hubris yet? No? Then read more about Michael Vick’s 4 picks here!
– Victor Cruz will be pursuing a career as a professional juggler when he retires from the NFL.
– Have you ever wondered what it would feel like to get your helmet ripped off by someone’s foot? Let’s ask Patrick Chung.
WATER COOLER FODDER
– A fan threw a hot dog at Tiger Woods yesterday, hopefully while shouting, “TAKE MY WIENER, TIGER.”
– Tony La Russa put together a bunch of words about the Cardinals’ favorite squirrel. That thing is just out of control. Honestly, it’s probably dead by now but no one has noticed because all squirrels look alike.
TODAY’S SIGN OF THE (ZOMBIE)POCALYPSE
– Today, rightfully so, the league will be flush with tributes to Al Davis. Here’s a collection of quotes from former and current coaches, players and owners regarding Al’s passing (Jim Harbaugh’s is awesome). And here’s the simple, beautiful decal the Raiders will wear on their helmets today when they play Houston.
– Bernard Berian’s legal team is threatening action against an Iraq war veteran who made fun of Berian’s ‘sit down and shut up’ tweet to another veteran in a wheelchair (yeah, messed up, right?). Read the blogger’s side of the story here. Having passed libel training once upon a time, I can tell you that with a public figure (which Berian is), you have to say a lot of messed up stuff about him before it becomes libel or slander. So maybe Berian should be the one to sit down and shut up.
– Over the years, many jokes have been made about Al Davis, which is why waking up to learn that he passed away feels rather odd and surreal. May he be remembered as the incredible figure he was — the only man in football history to serve as a personnel assistant, scout, assistant coach, head coach, GM, commissioner and team owner.
– The NY Times ran this short feature on Nathan Whitaker, the man who helped Tony Dungy and Tim Tebow write their books. They’re all proponents of “muscular Christianity,” which Tim Tebow’s neck must be the poster child for.
– Wax museums are scary enough as it is. Add a living, breathing person to the mix, and you’ve got nightmare fuel. Thanks, Troy Polamalu.
– Dolphins QB Chad Henne is out for the season after having shoulder surgery. How many times can you have shoulder surgery before your shoulder is held together by string and faith?
– Aaron Rodgers isn’t big on doing commercials (he’s worried about overexposure, for good reason), but his new TV spots with ‘Edith’ are pretty damn adorable.
– Somehow Peyton Hillis sitting out with strep throat has turned into a whole discussion of whether or not he walked out on contract negotiations, so much so that his agent has stepped in to say that he told Hillis to sit out. And, considering his agent is not Drew Rosenhaus, Hillis is probably not gonna be too happy with that paycheck either.
– Last week, the Raiders revealed they had launched a PR effort to make the Coliseum appear more family friendly on TV. This week, a Raiders fan is suing the Chiefs for allegedly standing by while he was beat up by a Chiefs fan at Arrowhead Stadium in 2009. The Raiders’ badassness is eroding.
– Washington Redskins owner Dan Synder just bought a $70 million yacht with some friends. Just a typical Tuesday afternoon.
– Rule No. 1 of public speaking appearances: It is never appropriate to compare people to Hitler unless they’ve murdered millions of people and committed massive human rights violations. Hank Williams Jr. violated that very simple rule on Fox News the other day (sidenote: why is he being brought on as an expert on anything??), and ESPN has dropped his MNF promo. It was missed by no one.
– The NFL has commissioned a new long-term study of concussions, because their last one was unscientific and generally shitty.
– Tony Romo and his Dallas Cowboys once again showed to the delight of the world that no lead is too large from them to blow. This time, they set a franchise record by blowing a 24-point lead. At the end of the game, owner Jerry Jones tried to have a word with Romo, but Romo pushed him away and did a little shoulder shrug that was totally bitchy.
– But Romo wasn’t the only quarterback who wanted to punch the nearest annoying person in the face. See Michael Vick get snippy with a reporter who had the misfortune of asking Vick how he felt after seeing his team fall to 1-3. I have one word for the Eagles: hubris. I’ve heard it’s a real pain in the ass. Continue reading »
– The Raiders have been working with TV crews to show more shots of parents and kids and unicorns and puppies on their broadcasts to dispel the notion that the Coliseum is a black pit of despair.
– While you’re waiting for the games to start and adjusting your fantasy roster ad nauseum, check out who’s in and who’s out for today’s slate of games.
– You know things are going poorly when the headline of the article is “Another of Mike Ditka’s sons charged with DUI.”
– All you fans hoping your team will just roll over and die for Andrew Luck? Get a load of this. Fun fact: When Andrew Luck walks into a room, he gets all the women in the area pregnant. Continue reading »
– Niners LB NaVorro Bowman says they have a “Dream Team” defense to match the Eagles. What happens when the immovable object meets the unstoppable force? Michael Vick gets knocked out of the game.
– Roger Goodell has upheld Terrelle Pryor’s five-game suspension for his involvement in the cash-for-play controversy at Ohio State. Was all that weed/tattoos/money worth it? Ehhhhh probably. Oh, and did we mention Roger Goodell just reviewed and upheld his own ruling? The NFL, ladies and gentlemen.