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Cutlacher: P*ssygate! by BDazzle
August 5, 2009, 6:29 am
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Uh-oh, Cutlacher is getting catty! It’s an urban jungle out there filled with all kinds of Lions, and Panthers, and Jaguars (oh my!).  Save your claws for when they count!  Meeeeee-ow!

http://blogs.chicagosports.chicagotribune.com/rosenblog/2009/07/urlachercutler-this-is-great.html

Urlacher-Cutler: This is great

It’s my snarky, you can cry if you want to …

Maybe Brian Urlacher called Jay Cutler that exact naughty word that Vikings wideout-slash-former Bear-slash-Urlacher pal Bobby Wade said on a Minnesota radio station, maybe he didn’t.

But this is great.

Maybe the Bears’ middle linebacker confronted the team’s new golden boy in the locker room during off-season team activities, perhaps to the point of requiring teammates to separate them, depending on whom you believe, maybe not.

But this is great.

Something happened. Absolutely. Something was said, something happened. Urlacher and Wade got together in Vegas last week. Urlacher had a thought on Cutler. A perfectly understandable thought, by the way, what with the way Cutler whined his way out of Denver.

“I don’t want to get him in trouble,” Wade told the radio station, “but it wasn’t what [the Bears] expected. Pretty much [Urlacher] said Jay Cutler was a [bleep] for the most part.”

You could argue that Wade was using his word for the way Urlacher characterized Cutler, but whatever, this isn’t some made-up story. This is not a Vikings plan to deflect attention from their own quarterback mess that has been handled so miserably you’d think Rashied Davis was the intended receiver. Connect the dots, people.

You don’t have to look beyond the way everybody has gone into spinning mode, specifically Urlacher’s offering a non-denial denial lacking the anger of injustice. Ballgame.

And look who’s getting into the gossip game… Chicago Public Radio with a hilarious Cutlacher phone convojuicy!




It Was Already Over, Babe by rrvvoosstteerrss

Sometimes letting go isn’t easy, but when a past love keeps coming back for more, eventually enough’s enough.

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By JUDD ZULGAD, Star Tribune

Brett Favre won’t be joining the Vikings. (edited 8/09)

Vikings coach Brad Childress told the Star Tribune late this afternoon that the quarterback informed the team he has decided to remain retired. Childress cited the daily grind both mentally and physically as part of the reason why Favre remained retired.

“I just think it was a rare opportunity to explore a Hall of Fame quarterback who had background in the NFC and in this division,” Childress said. “He knows our system inside out … This doesn’t change anything about how I feel about our football team.”

Favre’s decision comes one day before players begin reporting to training in Mankato. Favre had told the team he would have a decision by Thursday, when players must officially report to camp. The Vikings begin practicing on Friday.

Favre’s decision means that Tarvaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels will compete for the starting job. That was the plan when the Vikings acquired Rosenfels from Houston last February for a fourth-round draft pick.

Favre entered the picture when the New York Jets released him from their reserve/retired list on April 28 after the team drafted Mark Sanchez in the first round. Favre had retired from the Jets in February in part because he was bothered by a partially torn biceps in his throwing arm.

Favre, who will turn 40 on Oct. 10, had surgery in late May to repair the arm and began working out with receivers at a high school in Hattiesburg, Miss. Ultimately his concern became whether he could make it through the rigors of a 16-game season.

Earlier Tuesday, kicker Ryan Longwell, a former teammate of Favre’s with Green Bay, had put the chances of Favre returning at only 50-50. This was after many thought Favre was a lock to return.



Arrowheads are Obsolete by Matthew Dangerfox

Kansas City isn’t known for its nightlife, but excitement can be found if you know where to look. However, not all of the action is begging to be explored. When LJ gets dissed, there’re more than words that come out of that mouth. Although the lady in question may have wanted another drink, she probably would have preferred it in a glass. If this running back gets removed, will the Chiefs be able to turn their tepees into TD’s?

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=3654308

Chiefs’ Johnson under investigation for latest incident involving a woman
ESPN.com news services

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City Chiefs running back Larry Johnson is being investigated for allegedly spitting a drink in a woman’s face at a nightclub, the fourth time in five years he’s been accused of assaulting a woman.

Kansas City police are looking into a report of nonaggravated assault against Johnson for telling a woman that he was going to kill her boyfriend then spitting in her face at Club Blonde on Oct. 10.

The case has been assigned to a detective and will be investigated as resources allow, police spokesman Capt. Rich Lockhart said. Johnson has not been charged.

Ashley Stewart, 24, told police she had left the nightclub in Kansas City’s Country Club Plaza district but re-entered around 1:45 a.m. to find a friend. Johnson, who had tried to buy her a drink at the same club a week earlier, asked the friend to have Stewart come over, according to the police report.

Johnson got close to Stewart while swinging his arms belligerently, then said, “All I wanted [to] tell you is I’m going to kill your boyfriend,” the report said.

Johnson kept talking to Stewart and spit the drink in her face after she backed away, the report said.

Stewart told police that Johnson’s bodyguards then tackled her and that bouncers from the club escorted her outside. Johnson tried to spit on her three more times while walking to his car after the club manager asked him to leave, the report said.

Johnson already faces a Dec. 3 court date on a charge of simple assault for shoving the side of a woman’s face at a club in February. He faces a maximum jail term of six months and a $500 fine on the charge filed last month.

The Chiefs deactivated Johnson for Sunday’s game against Tennessee for violating unspecified team rules. A team spokesman said the benching was unrelated to the current investigation, and coach Herm Edwards said Monday that Johnson is expected to play this week against the New York Jets.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello declined comment, saying the league had nothing to add to a statement issued by Chiefs general manager Carl Peterson on Sunday.

Sources told ESPN’s Michael Smith that the pattern of behavior will lead to a possible suspension for Johnson under the NFL’s personal conduct policy.

“It’s just a matter of for how long,” one source told Smith.

A source close the situation told ESPN.com’s Bill Williamson that Johnson has not had any meetings with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell or has been told of a pending punishment. The source doesn’t necessarily believe Johnson is in the clear, but he simply has not been told of any news yet.

The Chiefs acknowledged Johnson’s latest troubles in a statement Sunday.

“We are aware of the most recent incident involving Larry Johnson and we are very disappointed with his involvement,” team president Carl Peterson said. “We will cooperate fully with the Kansas City authorities who are investigating the matter. We have also made the NFL office in New York aware of the incident and officials there are conducting their own independent investigation.

“Based upon the NFL Player Conduct Policy, we will have no further comment.”

Johnson’s troubles are nothing new.

He was charged in 2003 with felony aggravated assault and misdemeanor domestic battery for waving a gun during an argument with a former girlfriend at his home. The charges were dropped when Johnson agreed to participate in a domestic violence diversion program.

Johnson also had charges against him dropped in 2005 after a woman who accused him of pushing her to the ground at a Kansas City bar failed to appear in three court hearings.

Johnson has rushed for 417 yards and three touchdowns for the Chiefs, who lost to Tennessee to fall to 1-5. In August 2007, the club signed its 2003 first-round draft pick to a six-year, $45 million extension that included $19 million in guarantees.



“Psssst, their running backs are never that good” by BDazzle

Like that country dreamer that finally makes it to the city; Brett was so eager to tell the secrets his old town held so dear… but after the Big Apple gets the best out of him, where’s this country boy going to lay his hat?

 

http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/blog/shutdown_corner/post/Favre-commits-football-treason-tells-Lions-abou?urn=nfl,116014

Report: Favre commits football treason, shares Packers’ plans
By Chris Chase

Jay Glazer of FOX Sports reports that Brett Favre called the Detroit Lions earlier this year to give them a scouting report on his old team, the Green Bay Packers. Writes Glazer:

“Several sources have told FOX Sports that Favre earlier this year phoned the Detroit Lions prior to their battle versus Favre’s old team, the Green Bay Packers, and gave them a rundown of the nuances of what Green Bay does on offense. According to the sources, Favre actually spent over an hour on the phone with Lions coaches, who were connected with Favre by then-team president Matt Millen.”

Favre has allegedly done this with a number of teams, but his chat with the Lions was more in-depth than any other, reports Glazer. Despite the Favrian tips, Detroit still lost that week 2 matchup, 48-25. 

The hour long call to Detroit higher-ups came during the week Favre and the Jets were preparing for the Brady-less Patriots. Up until that point, Favre had played just one regular season game in New York. One can’t help but think that the quarterback’s time might have been better spent learning his new team’s playbook instead of discussing his old team’s playbook.

Such insider trading isn’t against league rules; teams often sign players recently cut by an upcoming opponent in order to get some insight into formations and schemes. But for Favre to call up the Lions, apparently unsolicited, to divulge information comes across as petty. Although, petty as it may have been, I’m sure Brett Favre sold out his former club like a little kid having a lot of fun out there.



Goodell to Pacman: Game Over, Cowboy by Matthew Dangerfox

While the owner of this posse may try to lower his hat and turn a blind eye, it seems someone from out of town has had enough of one outlaw. Looks like a night at the saloon turned into a quick-draw, resulting in this renegade’s forced vacation. Now we can only wonder, with Pacman gone, will things remain OK in this corral?


http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/8675324?MSNHPHMA#

NFL suspends Pacman Jones indefinitely

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) – Not even the extra effort of the Dallas Cowboys could keep Adam “Pacman” Jones from getting into trouble again.

Marvez on Pacman Video: It was clear to Alex Marvez back in July that Pacman Jones hadn’t changed a bit. So why wasn’t it clear to the Cowboys? Watch video Without some significant off-field changes this time, the troubled cornerback may not get another chance to play in the NFL. Jones was suspended for at least four games Tuesday for again violating the league personal conduct policy.

“He knows that when he was reinstated over the summer, I didn’t feel that he had room for any further errors,” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said. “What happened last week was significant enough for me to take action. There are no free passes. It’s up to him at this point.”

Goodell will determine the full length of the suspension after the Cowboys play Nov. 16 at Washington. The commissioner said a lifetime ban remained a possibility.

Only six weeks after being reinstated from a 17-month suspension and missing the entire 2007 season for the Tennessee Titans because of repeated legal troubles, Jones was involved in an alcohol-related scuffle Oct. 7 with one of his bodyguards at a private party in Dallas.



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

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 by kennythunder

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.”