– Today’s the supplemental draft. Usually we don’t have to care, but Terrelle Pryor went and made things interesting this year. Yahoo thinks he’s most likely to land with the Raiders. Off-the-chart measurables and athleticism that likely won’t translate to the NFL? Of course the Raiders want him.
– SI gives us what we learned in week 2 of the preseason (spoiler alert: Tim Tebow sucks).
– Sources close to the investigation suspect that a gang rivalry was at the heart of Saturday’s shooting at Candlestick. I went to a high school with gang problems, and they tell you not to wear red or blue … soooo good luck with that 49er fans!
– Two men were shot in the parking lot of Candlestick after last night’s 49ers/Raiders game, and another man suffered life-threatening injuries after being beaten up in the bathroom. It’s going to look like the president’s in town from now on in SF and Oakland which, given the really sketchy locations of both stadiums, is certainly not a bad thing.
– In spite of missing the preseason with a neck injury, Peyton Manning is confident he’ll be back for the season opener. No joke, I woke up in the middle of the night last night wondering where Jim Sorgi is. Maybe I’m telepathically linked with Jim Caldwell!!
– Yesterday, Tim Tebow posted “1 Corinthians 10:31″ on his twitter. That verse goes like this: Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. Backing up both Kyle Orton and Brady Quinn must fall under the “whatever you do” category.
– Cam Newton sucked it up against the Dolphins last night. New plan for the Panthers: Get Andrew Luck.
– Osi Umenyiora will likely miss the Giants’ first game after surgery to clean out his knee. I always imagine that procedure going something like cleaning under the sofa cushions. ‘Oh shit, man, there’s like ten pennies, some dried up peas and a TV Guide in here!’
– Let’s all take a moment to laugh at “The Dream Team,” which lost 24-14 to the Steelers last night in a game that wasn’t nearly as close as the score indicates. Mike Vick tossed three picks and the first team defense was picked apart by Ben Roethlisberger. Hubris is a funny thing, isn’t it?
– Michael Irvin went on ESPN radio and called Miami’s alleged sugar daddy/evil overlord Nevin Shapiro a “snake and a rapist.” He used rapist in a metaphoric way, as in Shapiro was raping the sweetness and goodness out of young men … but, yeah, that still seems wrong and inappropriate.
– Seven former NFL players, including QB Jim McMahon, have filed a class-action lawsuit against the NFL for concealing links between concussions and brain injuries. I can just hear it now: “No, sir, your dementia comes from the fact that you have a weak mind not because you were bashed in the brains repeatedly on the field.” This is going to go really well. Continue reading »
– GQ — which is on a football roll right now — released its Mike Vick article today. And he’s pretty much equal parts repentant and petulant … so about what you expect. Commence holier than thou responses to said article.
– The NFL, players’ union and college football are discussing the possibility of slapping fines and suspensions down on pro players who are found guilty of violations in college. Once again, this idea is stupid as hell and is the NCAA’s way of trying to cover its ass because it has no institutional control. Also, it would almost certainly be struck down in a court of law, so let’s stop focusing on dumb solutions and fix the NCAA. End rant.
– Terrelle Pryor is eligible for the supplemental draft but has to sit out the first five games. I wonder if he can find a sponsor who gives him free tattoos. Maybe LA Ink? Continue reading »
This week, RideWithSilver fantasy guru Will Robinson hits you with some of his most overrated and underrated players. If you’ve already drafted, then nothing can save you now. Sorry!
Last season, Denver Broncos wide receiver Brandon Lloyd was the best fantasy wide receiver. Unless you played in a 16-team PPR league with three to four receivers, odds are Lloyd went undrafted. I mean, why would anyone invest in a fantasy player whose career year was 48 catches, 733 yards and 5 touchdowns? Oh, did I mention that was in 2005?
I don’t want to take anything away from Lloyd; he had a fantastic season. But he broke out at age 29. Of the 18 instances since the merger, the players who recorded at least 1400 receiving yards at the age of 29 or after, Brett Perriman and Lloyd were the only players who did not record at least 1000 yards in any previous year. Perriman had another 1000-yard season but then ended his career with poor play for two teams in 1997.
In Lloyd’s scenario, it is hard pressed to think that new head coach John Fox would deviate from Lloyd. However, he wants to establish a strong running game presence, and with Josh McDaniels gone, the volume of targets Lloyd received in 2010 will severely decrease. He will still probably have a good season statistically, but there’s a better chance of some team signing me to call fade routes than Lloyd being the top receiver. Continue reading »
– May as well lead with the story captivating the sports world right now — hookers, sex, cash, jewelry, yachts and what could be the end of Miami athletics for a long, long time. Let’s all give props to Ponzi schemer Nevin Shapiro for a second: The dude meticulously documented his myriad violations on camera. And there is no way in hell a bunch of elite DI athletes are hanging out with this lame white guy unless he’s makin’ it rain on them.
– Speaking of NCAA violators, Jim Tressel showed up at Browns camp yesterday. He signed autographs for his fans “Go Bucks! Jim Tressel.” Memmmmmoriesss all alone in the moooooonlight…
– And his free-tattooed buddy Terrelle Pryor has managed to postpone the NFL Supplemental Draft while Roger Goodell retreats to his lair to think it over. Come on, Roger! I want to see T-Pry playing for the Eskimos up in Canada. Don’t wuss out. Continue reading »
– Mark Sanchez, who loves him some GQ, takes to the magazine’s cover again this month. This time he reveals he wanted to “fight” Rex Ryan when he got benched last year. I’ll take Ryan in that fight. Can’t beat his girth.
– Meanwhile, Raiders punter Glenn Pakulak will be featured on a Bravo dating show called ‘Most Eligible Dallas.’ A backup punter for the Oakland Raiders is among Dallas’ most eligible? Man, things are way worse in Texas than I thought…
– In other specialists news, 49ers kicker David Akers testified that he lost over $3 million to Triton Financial, a company on trial for defrauding its investors. Athletes can’t win. Invest and get screwed or don’t invest and screw yourself. Moral of the story: never retire. Continue reading »
– According to the Kansas City Star, there is zero correlation between money spent and wins accrued in the NFL. Which means the Raiders should just cut their losses and dump half their roster to get under the salary cap. It’s all good!
– The D-line-heavy Patriots appear to be considering switching to a 4-3 alignment, so they can rip your team a new asshole slightly differently this year.
– Osi Umenyiora is ending his holdout and reporting to Giants camp today to play under the terms of his current contract. In other news, someday I’ll be able to spell his last name correctly on the first try.
– Cam Newton went 8-of-19 in his debut against the Giants. He got a standing ovation merely by entering the game. Imagine what they’ll do when he scores his first touchdown.
– Broncos kicker Matt Prater had a much sexier night. After an evening at Shotgun Willie’s (billed as the best stripper club in Denver), Mr. Prater drove himself and a lovely stripper lady friend to a hotel. Then he backed his Trailblazer into an unoccupied vehicle, got pissed that the hotel was fully booked and drove to another hotel down the street. Someone’s gonna get a serious Tim Tebow lecture after this.
– Alex Smith will no longer sleep well at night, if he ever did. Jim Harbaugh has announced that the quarterback battle is open, perhaps even to the possibility of a veteran QB coming in. Has anyone called Daunte Culpepper. Anyone. Seriously, guys. He’s waiting by his phone 24/7. Continue reading »