A Thursday Rodeo

God, there is just nothing to write about.  Look at the headlines on ESPN's NFL page:

Nine total articles listed.  Four about a murder.  Two about fatal car crashes.  One about taking illegal dope.  One about a couple football guys climbing a mountain.  Two (peripherally) about football.  And this from a company that I'd imagine employs about a dozen human beings whose only job is to break football news.

What About Those Williams Sisters?
ProFootballTalk reports that the Williams Wall is going to play the first four games of the 2009 season while their case is being litigated.  According to Florio:

Bottom line?  The Williams Wall will stand tall to start the 2009
campaign, and there's a good chance that their status won't be finally
resolved until after the coming season ends.

(1) I don't understand how this case has continued to linger for as long as it has.  (2) If there is any possibility of these guys being suspended in 2009, why wouldn't the Vikings just take the hit in September?  The Vikes open with the Browns, Lions, Niners and Packers.  They end with a brutal stretch: Bears, Cardinals, Bengals, Panthers, Bears, Giants.

Addendum.  The NFL responds:

"Today's decision, which effectively exempts two players from the
NFL-NFLPA collectively bargained program, further illustrates the
critical importance of a uniform policy for all teams in the league and
why this matter should be governed exclusively by federal law," the
statement reads.  "The Court's interim decision regarding the
suspensions has no immediate practical impact since the suspensions
will not take effect until the beginning of the regular season in
September.  In the meantime, our appeal to the United States Court of
Appeals, which argues that the players' state claims are barred by the
Collective Bargaining Agreement, should be resolved before the start of
the season." 



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  • This is most certainly the worst part of the season. Last year it was stymied by the Brett Favre fiasco. This year nobody cares about Brett Favre (except ESPN). Training Camp is a mere 22 days away (I think).

  • this is the time of year to be playing madden. i put the franchise mode on rookie and put up stats that make the 85 bears D, and 2007 pats O look like chumps.

  • Sigh. I see the Williams "brothers" found another Viking fan disguised as a local judge to block their suspensions. Good luck finding another one in FEDERAL court, cheaters.

    Ah, yes, Minnesota. The state that brought you Governor, Jesse Ventura and now Senator, Al Franken. OOF-daah.

    Saaay, that was QUITE a gal Steve McNair was fooling around with, don't you think?. I mean, NOTHING quite says "I love you" like 2 slugs in the head and 2 more in the chest, as he's sleeping, followed by shooting herself while positioned to fall into his lap. Is that Mickey & Sylvia I hear singing? (LOVE IS STRANGE. #11 on the charts in 1957).

  • Yeah, I'm impressed: married..having a girlfriend.. and possibly another relationship on the side? Well that certainly something for the kids to look up to! But when it comes to playing sports all is forgiven. If your a star athlete everybody will look the other way so long as you win the game. And don't even try to tell me he just started doin' this shit since he retired. Sorry guy's, to me: Character DOES matter!!! And NO I'm not jealous either!

  • On a more serious note, I certainly hope there's not some league-wide uniform memorial patch for Steve McNair. For the Titans, yes, it is appropriate, but not league-wide. I was offended when the enitre league had to pay homage to that dead thug, Sean Taylor. Correct me if I'm wrong but I don't recall a WP patch on everybody in the NFL when Walter Payton died. Of course, I don't think Walter had a mistress or street cred as a "gangsta" either and maybe that's what it takes these days.

    And to anyone trying to make a case for McNair being enshrined at Canton I'll give you the short answer: No.

  • Jerry Rice weighs in on Favre to Vikings:


  • Good post,Ghost! Thanks for that link.

    Cogent comments from Rice, tho' it could also be considered a case of the "pot calling the kettle black". A MUST READ for all you Viking lurkers.

  • Nothing to rant about. Well, I guess I can always think of something.

    Don't care if McNair was an adulterer, many have made bad choices like that. Nobody deserves what he got for it.

    Obviously better choices in his life would probably not have put him in that situation to be cut down by an unstable psycho chick.

    Here is to hoping that some of the NFL rookies and players in the league take a good look at the life led by some of these folks. Names come to mind about why so many players find themselves playing with guns, surround themselves with stupid people and make lame choices in their daily life.

    Michael Vick
    Marvin Harrison
    Tank Johnson
    Cedric Benson
    Lance Briggs (yes, him too dumbass lambo guy got lucky)
    Plaxico Burress
    Randy Moss
    Brian Urlacher (yea him and his babies or something right?)
    Brandon Marshall

    The list goes on and on. The other issue is the players that have superb character and that are model citizens of course never get the same kind of press either.

    Doesn't matter I only posted today so I could do my countdown:

    or countbeardown:

    T-22 P-36

  • Could someone on the blog add more players to my list that are white or other than black because until I just looked at it I didn't realize it seems there is a little bias.

    Here I will try:

    Jim McMahon DUI
    John Riggins DUI
    Ryan Leaf um yea, house break in drugs etc...
    Tom Brady baby maker
    Vanderjact dumbass
    Jeff George, made a name for being the guy you don't want
    Andy Reid's sons
    Bill Bellichick cheater
    Stallworth (oh sorry)

    Anyways, I need some help from you experts out there to even out this list, my mind is pretty blank, but I know there is more. Here's a nifty website I found on NFL crime:


    Oh yea and I also found another semi-Bears article:


    Anyways, I really need to wait till tomorrow to post again so my countbeardowner will actually decrease.

  • In reply to shonbear:

    Lord only knows how long THAT list could be, especially with a just little research. Plus, WHO KNOWS what gotsweeped under the rug back in the days when Guys like Ghost and I were just puppies. When a friendlier press corps let a lot of off-the-field crap slide and when "smackin' yer old lady around to keep her in line" was perceived as a right (which it ISN'T) instead of assault & battery (which it IS).

  • In reply to shonbear:

    I'm back! I couldn't stay away even if there is almost nothing to talk about. I know i was a little premature on the "inside information" regarding Plaxico Burress but i guess that's what you get when you trust a bartender from a shitty Lake County dive bar with a mini mullet and a sleeveless harley davidson tee shirt that says he has "inside information" on a professional sports organization.

    Regardless...I am the lucky recipient of some unclaimed property from the state of IL treasurers office and ironically the amount coming to me in less than a week is the exact amount that a 50inch plasma tv would cost including wall mount.

    I will be moving my wedding photo off of the wall and will be replacing that with this badass tv. I don't bring this up to brag, merely to make it known that instead of my old 25 inch daewoo tv from college (which i've had for 9 years), that i will be watching the Bears pee on various teams this year in HIGH DEFINITION.

    The urine stream coming from our huge Bear weiner as we soil our foes will be so clear and crisp on my new tv as the defense steps up to 2006 form and the offense shows us the vital parts missing in our failed Super Bowl season. I am not drinking Kool Aid when i tell you that after looking at the club compared to 2006 and tkaing into account the changes that were made in the offseason and last year, i believe that we can get to and win the super bowl and the best part is...the Bears believe it too.


  • In reply to shonbear:

    Nice article Max. I am interested to see someone step up in front of Rash. Here's to Iglesias having a strong camp.

    Adams in front of Dusty
    Steltzy in front of Bullocks
    Kellen Davis will not make the team

  • In reply to shonbear:

    Johnny Chicago what bar in Lake County are you referring to?

  • In reply to shonbear:

    I have to find out from my buddy kevin, it was in Mundelein.

  • In reply to shonbear:

    Okay, Jones completed a anti-drug class which got his drug charge dropped. I know he isn't great but his numbers are:

    Matt Jones, WR

    Career Statistics
    Seasons: 4
    Receptions: 166
    Yards: 2,153
    Touchdowns: 15

    Our entire receiving roster has 144 combined receptions....
    And I'm sure at this point we could get him for league minimum.

    I know dead horse.

  • In reply to shonbear:

    Any thoughts on free agent, Joe Jurevicious? Always thought he had good hands and could be a steady "posession" receiver. But he COULD be perceived as having "Mike Brown disease", ergo, while he's an asset when he's in there,staying healthy has always been a bit of an issue for him.

  • In reply to shonbear:

    And the NFL-involved "shooting du jour" is...


  • In reply to shonbear:

    Al, i thought about Jurevicious too but apparently he is suing Cleveland because of the staph infection he got on his surgically repaired knee which required multiple surgeries to fix. He may never play again.

  • In reply to shonbear:

    One HELL of a read at the Sun Times!


  • In reply to shonbear:


    That was great, makes me feel a little better about the last couple seasons, thinking we were closer than we thought to making a good run. Still think we would have likely faultered in the playoffs had we made it, but doesnt matter I always want to be in the mix, for a chance at the dance.

    T-19 P-33

    Go Bears

  • In reply to shonbear:

    Man, the off season sucks! Anyways I read an atrticle this week end comparing Jay Cutler and Rex Grossman. One statment I'm tired of hearing:
    All Grossman did was take Chicago to their first Super Bowl in years and the Bears fans couldn't run him out of the starting spot quick enough.

    Grossman didn't get us to the Super Bowl. Our Defense and Special teams did! Devin Hester carried Da team to the Bowl!

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