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#61 DJ MC

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Posted 01 December 2013 - 10:34 AM

The curious case of Brandon Browner's suspension

 

Browner was advanced to Stage 3 of the program for “failure to cooperate,” according to a source with knowledge of the situation, for missing a series of drug tests back in 2006 and 2007, when he was in fact out of the league. Sources say Browner claimed he never received any letters notifying him of the missed tests, and, was unaware that he was responsible to continue taking drug tests long after being released by the Broncos and through his time in CFL.

 

The NFL cannot seriously expect players to continue to follow league demands when they are not under active or imminent employment, right?


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Posted 01 December 2013 - 04:44 PM

The curious case of Brandon Browner's suspension

 

 

 

The NFL cannot seriously expect players to continue to follow league demands when they are not under active or imminent employment, right?

 

In principle, what you ask seems somewhat similar to Michael Phelps submitting to USADA testing, even though he hasn't announced future plans, but it keeps the option open. But the technicality in Browner's case, as to whether he could truly have been considered an active player before he missed the tests he was told to submit to, does seem like a gray area in the CBA, and the NFL might have to capitulate in this and other similar cases or expect a legal fight.



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Posted 01 December 2013 - 06:50 PM

In principle, what you ask seems somewhat similar to Michael Phelps submitting to USADA testing, even though he hasn't announced future plans, but it keeps the option open. But the technicality in Browner's case, as to whether he could truly have been considered an active player before he missed the tests he was told to submit to, does seem like a gray area in the CBA, and the NFL might have to capitulate in this and other similar cases or expect a legal fight.

 

The Phelps case is different, though. He's voluntarily staying in the testing program to keep his options open. In Browner's case, they're trying to force him to take tests even though he's not currently or imminently employed by the league. He was playing in Canada.

 

If the NFL said something to the effect of, "If you want to remain a free agent eligible to sign with an NFL team, you must remain in the testing program," that would be OK. But then you can't let a player sign if he's not eligible to sign. You can't let him play while bumping him further into the testing program.


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Posted 05 December 2013 - 10:44 PM

ESPN: Bennett mimics Wilson to get table

 

http://espn.go.com/n...ilson-get-table

 

Bennett tried to make a reservation over the phone at an exclusive unnamed eatery Tuesday, thinking his status as a defensive star for the NFL's top team was good enough. After all, he returned a Drew Brees fumble 22 yards for a touchdown just one night earlier.
 

"But they told me they were all booked up," Bennett said in a 710 ESPN radio interview.


Undeterred, Bennett had an alternate plan of action.


"I called them back a few minutes later," he said. "I said, 'Hey, this is Russell Wilson. I'll be attending your restaurant today. Do you have any tables?'

"And she was like, 'Yes! We can make a table for you! You were 22-for-30 the other night, 130 quarterback rating!' She knew every stat."


Bennett changed his voice when he called the second time, although his Wilson impression on the radio didn't sound much like his teammate. Bennett raised his voice a little and tried to sound cerebral.


"And she was like, 'Yes! We can make a table for you! You were 22-for-30 the other night, 130 quarterback rating!' She knew every stat."

My late grandfather was a travel agent, when he tried to book a hotel and it was sold out, he'd say "If I were the President, would you have a room available." So whenever you hear a restaurant is all booked, try the "Michael Bennett approach."


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Posted 06 December 2013 - 12:10 AM

ESPN: Bennett mimics Wilson to get table

 

http://espn.go.com/n...ilson-get-table

 

My late grandfather was a travel agent, when he tried to book a hotel and it was sold out, he'd say "If I were the President, would you have a room available." So whenever you hear a restaurant is all booked, try the "Michael Bennett approach."

 

"YOU'RE Abe Froman? The sausage king of Chicago?


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Posted 23 December 2013 - 11:14 AM

Think Seattle remains the favorite, but Arizona winning in Seattle yesterday should give the other NFC teams confidence they can win there as well.



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Posted 23 December 2013 - 02:26 PM

Think Seattle remains the favorite, but Arizona winning in Seattle yesterday should give the other NFC teams confidence they can win there as well.

Maybe, I don't really think it will have much impact except for fans. I think teams have a lot more confidence in their ability to win such games. And I think they'll be plenty motivated being in the playoffs.


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Posted 19 January 2014 - 10:30 PM

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Posted 20 January 2014 - 01:05 AM

Forbes: 22 Brief Thoughts About That Richard Sherman Interview

 

1. So the Seahawks beat the 49ers to go to the Super Bowl, and Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman made the game-saving play, and Erin Andrews interviewed him on the field immediately after the game, and he hollered like a crazy person.

 

2. Within seconds people on social media were calling him a fool, a thug, a classless jerk and many worse things.

 

3. Sherman is black, and so of course there was an undercurrent of race to some — OK, a lot — of the discussion.

 

4. Sherman graduated second in his class in high school and also graduated from Stanford. So not only is he not a fool, odds are he’s smarter than you and me.

 

5. His degree from Stanford was in communications … which might explain why, while he seemed to be hollering like a crazy person, he didn’t curse and looked into the camera the whole time.

 

6. In other words, he might have just been auditioning for the WWE.

 

7. Maybe 15 minutes later, when Sherman sat down with the Fox NFL guys, he was calm and funny.

 

8. If you stick a microphone in a football player’s face seconds after he made a huge play to send his team to the Super Bowl, you shouldn’t be surprised if he’s a little amped up.

 

9. Ninety-nine percent of on-field interviews are boring and useless. The TV networks do them anyway for the 1 percent of the time they get a moment like Richard Sherman.

 

10. As a reporter and writer, that raw emotion — whatever form it takes — is exactly what I hope for. That’s why media people fight for access to locker rooms. After players and coaches cool off, most of them turn into Crash Davis, reading from the book of cliches.

 

11. But we — the media, and fans in general — don’t know what we want. We rip athletes for giving us boring quotes. But if they say what they actually feel, we rip them for spouting off or showing a lack of class.

 

12. It’s like we want them to be thinking, "Well, that was a fine contest, and jolly good that we won." Which NO athlete is EVER thinking.

 

13. As a side note: Richard Sherman also called out Skip Bayless on Bayless’ own show, which trumps pretty much anything bad that Richard Sherman has done in his life.

 

14. So: Did you watch the game?

 

15. Did you see the two most physical teams in football beat each other half to death? Did you see all the brutal hits? Did you see all the players who couldn’t get up after the play? Did you see all those guys who had to be helped off the field?

 

16. Did you see NaVorro Bowman, the stud linebacker for the 49ers, wreck his knee when a Seattle player fell on it? I’m not sure how you could’ve missed it — Fox must have shown the replay 20 times.

 

17. (I understand that it was a big play — Bowman recovered a fumble at the goal line, although the refs called it the other way. It deserved another look. But still: Can’t you crop out Bowman’s crumpled knee, or put a black bar over it, or something? After one or two replays, isn’t it just injury porn?)

 

18. Anyway: That was the kind of game it was. Rough and angry and so violent that at times it was hard to watch.

 

19. This, of course, is part of the attraction of football. And part of the reason so many players leave the sport crippled and concussed.

 

20. Richard Sherman made the big play Sunday. His team is going to the Super Bowl.

 

21. More important, he survived the carnage.

 

22. It seems to me that the only proper response to surviving something like that is to holler like a crazy person.


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Posted 20 January 2014 - 12:08 PM

Sherman in his own words: http://mmqb.si.com/2...chael-crabtree/

 

What a night, and what a finish.

 

Near midnight I still had about 70 unread text messages from friends and family, most of which read, “Best interview ever!” Many of my Twitter mentions were less supportive. My body ached. I was thrilled and proud and upset, all at once.

 

Here’s what happened …

 


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Posted 20 January 2014 - 12:12 PM

That was an awesome, awesome read. 


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"You can't sit on a lead and run a few plays into the line and just kill the clock. You've got to throw the ball over the damn plate and give the other man his chance. That's why baseball is the greatest game of them all." ~ The Earl of Baltimore

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Posted 20 January 2014 - 12:13 PM

http://joeposnanski....blogs/postgame/


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Posted 20 January 2014 - 09:52 PM

http://joeposnanski....blogs/postgame/

 

Similar to Joe's take... The great KVV:

 

Football is scary, it's exhilarating, it's lunacy, it's (on some level) indefensible. Asking for politeness -- so quickly -- is quite a lot.


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"You can't sit on a lead and run a few plays into the line and just kill the clock. You've got to throw the ball over the damn plate and give the other man his chance. That's why baseball is the greatest game of them all." ~ The Earl of Baltimore

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Posted 20 January 2014 - 10:18 PM

Outspoken Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman apologizes for postgame antics (Yahoo Sports)


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Posted 21 January 2014 - 10:05 PM

Huffington Post: What Richard Sherman Taught Us About America

 

http://www.huffingto..._b_4631980.html


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Posted 22 January 2014 - 12:00 AM

ESPN: Sherman's jersey among best selling

 

http://espn.go.com/n...selling-jerseys


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Posted 24 January 2014 - 01:43 PM

CBS Sports: Seattle butcher offers Beast Mode Spicy Skittles Sausage

 

http://www.cbssports...kittles-sausage

 

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Posted 24 January 2014 - 05:43 PM

That sounds like the worst thing anyone has ever created.


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Posted 24 January 2014 - 06:27 PM

@jeanninee12 Richard Sherman was fined $7,875 for taunting at end of NFC Champ game. Now he'll make millions in endorsements

I agree he'll come out in the plus column on this one.


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Posted 24 January 2014 - 07:06 PM

Richard Sherman has become one of my favorite players.
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