Gridiron Girl


Looks like Mr. G is letting Mr. V out of the dog house. Will he be kept on a short leash or will he live a dog’s life?

Vicks reaction to employees at Petsmart saying they will put his application on file, but are fully staffed.
Vick’s reaction to employees at Petsmart saying they will “put his application on file, but are fully staffed.”

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=4359354

Well, congratulations Michael Vick. You have been reinstated back to the National Football League. Your margin for error is paper cut thin, but you did it! So tell your old friends that you can no longer come out to play, and send your undercover water bottles of weed with them. I can see NASA and the NFL merge together to make a satellite to watch over you. (It’s possible Google will help with the street view.) Scared yet? No? I am pretty certain that if you step foot into a mall that happens to have a pet store, you will be banned forever. Sherriff Goodell makes Japanese discipline look like a Tuesday afternoon in Amsterdam.

Leading up to and after Vick being reinstated, I have heard many people say that he paid his debt to society. Almost two years in prison. Whether he really has paid his debt, or truly changed is a matter of opinion and time. The part that I don’t understand is supporters saying that he deserves a second chance to play in the NFL. That’s funny, I don’t remember that being a right. You constantly hear athletes talk about football being a business first. Okay, fair enough. A business that puts athletes in a tax income bracket to the point where they are forced to vote Republican doesn’t just let anyone back. Let’s pretend Conrad Black was just released from prison. Can you imagine if he went back to Hollinger International or any other big news publishing company and asked for his old job? They would laugh him out of the room, and when they were done laughing they would beat him with novelty sized jumbo billy clubs.

With that said, I don’t believe he should be let back into the league. Saying you made a mistake doesn’t even cover what had happened. When I make a mistake, it’s something like, “Whoops I left my keys in my car” or “I forgot I made plans with Julie on Tuesday.” The guy bankrolled an operation where dogs fought to the death and then were maliciously killed. If that wasn’t enough, he killed dogs himself to get in on the action. Call him the Mark Cuban of dog fighting. I understand that humans make mistakes. I just think his heinous actions fall under something far worse. There is a deep rooted problem in somebody that has no compassion for a living thing. Also, don’t give me that its a cultural thing. If it were a cultural thing, it would be legal. You live in the USA. Don’t compare it to hunting either. Last time I checked, hunters killed for food and environmental reasons such as starvation. Overall, a greater purpose. (Yes, there are hunters that kill for sport. I’m also out of touch with those people too.)

Let’s say that he doesn’t get reinstated. There would be one less quarterback that runs every play because he can’t hit a moving target. Don’t pretend like you don’t know people! Vick was the Chuck Knoblauch of quarterbacks. People acted as if he was Houdini until it came to a tough defense. I’m going to come out and say that I am rooting for him to fail. As a sports fan, I hold grudges. But this is not a sports grudge, this is a human grudge. (Band name noted!) Whether he is awful on the field or a speeding ticket off it, I don’t want Michael Vick in the league. Whatever happened to that ten dollar an hour construction job that he had lined up? It sounds more suitable for a guy that is begging for a second chance and seeking structure in his life.

by Kenny Bernat

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Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Bengals (or Cowboys)

The two bad boys have come to join the party… Will it be in the end zone, or in the alley? Hold on Cincinnati, the jungle brush is deep with a few ferocious tigers.


http://zachls.blogspot.com/2008/10/cedric-benson-to-bengalslike-hed-end-up.html

Cedric Benson to the Bengals…like he’d end up anywhere else
Certain things are just meant to go together: peanut butter and jelly, Kornheiser and Wilbon, vodka and tonic, vodka and cranberry, vodka and Red Bull, vodka and ice, vodka and a paper cup, vodka and rum (try it!).

Then there’s Cedric Benson and the Cincinnati Bengals. A match made in Leavenworth.

The Bengals, whose players have had a series of legal problems over the last few years, which does not include Chris Henry who is having a legal problem right now and will have another, separate incident in about five minutes, seem like an odd team to take a flier on Benson, who has had his own run-ins with the law.

Seems funny, too, that Bengals president Mike Brown came out with this statement when they released Chris Henry in April:

“Chris Henry has forfeited his opportunity to pursue a career with the Bengals. His conduct can no longer be tolerated.”

But another player’s misconduct?

Hey, when you need a running back…



Lions and Bears, Oh My

Lions are putting all their eggs in the basket. But come this winter, will it be early hibernation, or out with a roooooaaar! Looks like the Ford campsite might have some beastly visitors!

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=3609065

Lions’ new braintrust puts focus on winning the next game
Associated Press

ALLEN PARK, Mich. — Beat the Bears.

That’s the stated goal of the two executives now in charge of running the Detroit Lions in the wake of Matt Millen’s dismissal Wednesday.

Executive vice president Tom Lewand and general manager Martin Mayhew say they want to focus the franchise on winning its next game against Chicago.

Lewand will likely be back next year for a 15th season with the Lions to help with salary-cap issues and other business matters.

Mayhew wants to be retained, but one of Millen’s first hires insisted he doesn’t view the opportunity as an audition.

“I haven’t really thought of it like that,” he said. “The way I look at it, we have to beat the Bears. Right now, I’m the general manager. I’m focused on getting our guys ready and our coaches ready to beat the Bears.”

Detroit’s season seems to be over after getting routed in its first three games, but Lewand and Mayhew told beat writers Thursday a lot can be done to salvage the year and answer critics.

The Lions have a bye this week before hosting the Bears.

“The public perception will be positive when we beat the Chicago Bears in 10 days,” Lewand said.

Millen turned a lackluster franchise into a laughingstock during seven-plus years as team president. The Lions were an NFL-worst 31-84 since 2001 — one of the worst stretches in league history — and are 0-3 this year. This awful start drops them to an NFC-worst 10-25 under coach Rod Marinelli.

“The reality is, we have 13 games to play and we’re two games out of first place,” Mayhew said. “We can’t play the way we’ve played so far. But that’s not scary to me being two games out of first place with 13 games left.”

Millen added Mayhew, a former Washington Redskins teammate, to the front office soon after the Ford family lured him out of the broadcast booth to run the franchise.

“Matt and I have different viewpoints on a lot of things about football, but I’m a Millen guy,” Mayhew said. “I’ve known him for 18 years. We won a Super Bowl together.

“Yesterday was a different day for me. It was a sad day. It was a good day. … It was everything.”

Lewand has done a lot for Lions ownership for more than a decade, including guiding the construction of Ford Field, and might as well be known as “Teflon Tom” because it would be stunning if he’s not working for the team next year and beyond.

The University of Michigan graduate, however, is not focused on his future in the organization. He is trying to improve its culture right now.

“Our job that we started yesterday is to try to create the kind of organization that can work together toward a common goal,” Lewand said. “That’s really easy to say. It’s extremely difficult to do.”



Cleveland Slights for Sore Eyes

I don’t like to point fingers, but looks like the Browns tactics are a sight for sore eyes. Will Goodell turn a blind eye or will the Browns players have a 20/20 vision of their punishment?

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=3608488

Ravens accuse Browns of intentionally injuring McGahee
By James Walker
ESPN.com
(Archive)

The Baltimore Ravens accused certain Cleveland players of intentionally gouging the eyes of tailback Willis McGahee on two occasions in last Sunday’s 28-10 victory against the Browns.

The Ravens reported the incidents by sending tapes to the league office earlier this week.

“We talked to the league,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said during his weekly news conference Wednesday. “We asked them for their opinion on what happened, and we’re waiting to hear back on it.”

The Ravens are withholding the names they reported to the NFL. But in reviewing the tape, Cleveland middle linebacker Andra Davis is one of the players in question. Davis can be seen reaching under McGahee’s visor and poking him in the right eye during a tackle near the goal line midway through the third quarter.

It is unknown who the Ravens believe is the second culprit, but they believe there were two separate cases Sunday that were intentional.

McGahee rushed for 64 yards on 15 carries and a touchdown in the victory against the Browns. So far, he has had limited participation in practice this week because of his eye injury.

“That thing is swollen up badly,” Harbaugh said. “As long as he can see, he’ll play. But if he can’t see, he’s not going to be able to play. So we’ll have to try to get that swelling down.”

This weekend, Baltimore (2-0) has a big game against the Pittsburgh Steelers (2-1) on Monday night in a battle for sole possession of first place in the AFC North. The teams split their season series last year.



Quinn Bee vs. The Promised One

Looks like the promised one has let his guard down. Don’t look now but the Golden boy is looking to be the queen bee. Will there be a catfight, or somebody in the doghouse? Only time will tell.

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=3602560

Crennel indicates Quinn will get ‘a few more reps’ in practice
ESPN.com news services

Is Derek Anderson’s Job In Jeopardy?BEREA, Ohio — Cleveland Browns coach Romeo Crennel is not ready to announce he’s benching quarterback Derek Anderson just yet.

But Crennel and the Browns are at the point where they want to make sure highly touted backup Brady Quinn is prepared to play in Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Although Crennel didn’t say Monday that he’s handing the reins over to Quinn, the coaching staff plans to give Quinn more practice reps with the first team this week. It’s the biggest indictment of Anderson to date following Sunday’s 28-10 loss to the Baltimore Ravens in which Anderson had one of the worst performances of his career. He completed just 14 of 37 passes for 125 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions.

“We will definitely try to get the other guy [Quinn] ready and ready to go,” Crennel said. “We’ll see how it progresses from there. [It means] probably a few more reps in practice right now.”

The change in tone provides a window into the shortened leash with Anderson.

Coming into the season, Crennel, the rest of the Browns’ coaching staff and general manager Phil Savage said they were behind Anderson as the starting quarterback. But after an 0-3 start and a horrendous 43.5 passer rating this year, the team is starting to waver from that claim, despite Quinn being an unproven commodity.

“If we decide to go with him, we just have to put it on the fact from what we’ve seen in practice and what we feel he’s able to do,” Crennel said of Quinn. “There’s no hard evidence that he will have more success.”

The Browns also are looking at changes at other positions, but quarterback is the one position on everyone’s mind. Cleveland is one of the NFL’s biggest disappointments this season after going 10-6 in 2007.

“I think what we have to do is evaluate it and do what’s best for this team to try and win a game,” Crennel said. “If [a quarterback change] is what it is, then that’s what it needs to be if we decide that.”

Quinn, the former Notre Dame star, is a first-round draft pick and the perceived face of a franchise that until a few weeks ago seemed to have finally put more than a decade’s worth of misery behind it.

Quinn spent 15 weeks of his rookie year as Anderson’s backup and didn’t make his NFL debut until last season’s finale against San Francisco. He completed 3 of 8 passes for 45 yards but looked poised while running Cleveland’s offense.

During the few minutes he was in the locker room Monday, Quinn was told Crennel is thinking about making a switch.

“Every week it’s the backup’s job to prepare to be the starter, so nothing’s changed,” Quinn said. “We’ve got a lot of things to work on. We have a lot of things to put together. Hopefully we can have another week of preparation and go into Cincinnati confident.”

Crennel said he didn’t consider bringing in Quinn against a Ravens defense that was “pinning back its ears” in the second half and going after Anderson, who was sacked five times.

Curiously, Crennel, who has come under fire from Browns fans because of poor clock management and his team’s overall lack of discipline and consistency so far this season, began his news conference on Monday with a reminder that Cleveland’s 10-win season in 2007 was ancient history.

“Everybody understands now that last year is officially over and where we are is where we are,” he said. “We have to evaluate this year’s team for who we are, how we’re playing right now and what’s happened this year and not look at what happened last year or anticipate that it’s going to be OK because it’s not OK.”

Anderson’s production has tailed off dramatically in his past eight starts. After taking over for Charlie Frye in Week 2, Anderson threw 21 touchdowns and 10 interceptions in his first 10 starts of 2008. However, over his past eight starts, Anderson, who missed three exhibition games this summer with a concussion, has nine TDs and 13 interceptions.

Anderson hasn’t had his full complement of wide receivers, either.

Joe Jurevicius is sidelined with a knee injury and Donte’ Stallworth, one of the team’s big free-agent signings, hasn’t played because of a leg injury suffered during warm-ups before the opener.

On top of that, Cleveland’s offensive line was without left guard Eric Steinbach on Sunday and right tackle Ryan Tucker hasn’t been active after undergoing surgery on his hip.