Sunday, March 1, 2009

Kerrzy's Notebook: Close call for Caps!

Occasionally professional athletes, like the rest of us, make dumb decisions.

Whether it's NFL star Plaxico Burress facing jail time for shooting himself in the leg or Erik Johnson of the St. Louis Blues missing the entire season after falling off a golf cart during a team outing - sometimes these guys are just too much.

Here's one that would have had Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis sweating.

In a clip from NHL.com, $15-million worth of hockey players and no doubt the future of the Caps just about gets decapitated.

Alex Ovechkin and Mike Green are shown cruising around in a...Well, I'm not quite sure what it is. It looks like a golf cart, but clearly isn't one.

Anyways, they rip towards a closing door with Ovie at the wheel and the door comes inches away from closing on the Great Eight's throat.

If I were his coach, I would probably put an end to that fairly quickly!

Here it is:


What would YOU do if you saw the future of your team doing something stupid like that? How about if the world saw it via the wonders of the internet?

What's the dumbest thing you've seen/heard a pro athlete do? Hit me up at jkerr@inews880.com! Best submission wins...my admiration.

Out of the doghouse (the rise of PETH)

Word has it that Michael Vick will soon be out of prison and living at home because there's no room for him at a halfway house.

The former star quarterback is serving a 23-month sentence for bankrolling a dogfighting operation at a home he owned in Virginia and being involved in the killing of underperforming dogs.

Vick will still be monitored electronically and will only be able to leave his house when his probation officer says it's okay. After July though, he could be a free man, which brings me to my point.

Michael Vick wants to play football again, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says he'll review Vick's suspension when the time comes...but who will take him?

The Atlanta Falcons have said they'll try to trade away his big contract (which runs to 2013 and will see him make $15.43-million next season, including bonuses).

Some teams have said they won't take on Vick though, because they don't want to deal with all of the drama organizations like PETA will bring about.

I will lose all respect for PETA if they make a fuss over Michael Vick resuming his NFL career. In fact, I'll take it a step further and start my own organization: PETH.

Yeah, you heard me: People for the Ethical Treatment of Humans.

What good is sending someone to prison if you don't let him have another shot once he's served his time?

Seriously PETA, I value your role in the grand scheme of things, but I'll know you're just in it for the headlines if you continue to hound Vick (no pun intended)...and PETH will be comin' for ya!

Tough times in Toronto

Oh, to be a Maple Leafs fan in Toronto right now.

Your team hasn't made the playoffs since a second round exit in 2004, they're in real danger of not making the playoffs this year...and the owners are talking about raising ticket prices? Wait, what?!

It's true! Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment is upping the cost for season ticket holders by 3.5%, stating that rising costs and the falling dollar have left them "no choice."

Imagine that - your team is underachieving on the ice, they probably won't compete for the Cup this spring AND it'll cost more to see them next season. That's a tough pill to swallow!

It must be hard for a team like the Phoenix Coyotes to hear the Leafs playing the victim like that when there's probably rarely an empty seat at a Toronto home game.

And speaking of throwing money away...

Cleveland Browns defensive tackle Shaun Rogers is apparently ready to throw away a $6-million bonus and $15-million in guaranteed money because his new coach didn't say hello to him!

Rogers says that coach Eric Mangini has seen him twice now and hasn't stopped to chat with him - something that he says is disrespectful.

According to an Adam Schefter blog at NFL.com, Mangini walked into the Browns training room and didn't acknowledge Rogers and then at a public charity the same thing happened. Mangini later said he didn't know Rogers was there.

Imagine that - you're so mad at a guy not saying hi to you that you're willing to part with $21-million.

I could never be that mad at someone!

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