Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Polamalu’s Hair: Week Three Notes

Crash Landing

A day after learning that holdout corner Darrelle Revis could miss time with a strained hamstring (one week to a month, depending on who you ask), the NY Jets were informed of the latest twist in what has already been a very headline-worthy season for Rex Ryan’s crew.

Remember Braylon Edwards? He’s the guy who pleaded no contest to aggravated disorderly conduct after a dust up with a friend of LeBron James outside a Cleveland nightclub – the Browns ended up trading him to the Jets around that time. Well, he was pulled over early on Tuesday in New York City because of his window tint…and wound up blowing blowing twice the legal limit (0.16).

Edwards, who is currently on probation, was arraigned on drunk driving charges. ESPN reports that if he is deemed to have violated his parole, he could wind up facing jail time.

If he avoids jail, he may not escape the long arm of the NFL’s personal conduct policy – which would be a second violation for him and could see him face suspension.

NY Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum says they’re disappointed with Edwards, but he’ll play on Sunday against the Miami Dolphins. You see, if the Jets punish the player they could be in violation of the collective bargaining agreement.

Even dressing, but not playing him could be viewed as a punishment that could get the team in trouble. So he’ll dress and he’ll play at some point – but Tannenbaum says that’s up to coach Ryan.

So to recap: Darrelle Revis held out for most of training camp, creating a big distraction for the club. They were given a slap on the wrist for their unprofessional conduct as a club (coaches included) in dealing with Mexican reporter Ines Sainz. Revis, after a slow start to the season, strained his hamstring in game two and could miss a month. Braylon Edwards was pulled over by NYC police and blew twice the legal limit – possibly violating his probation.

Talk about Hard Knocks!

Vick Starting After All

Remember last week when I said the Philadelphia Eagles had some tough choices ahead when it comes to their starting quarterback?

Well, Michael Vick started last Sunday because Kevin Kolb still hadn’t been cleared to play after suffering a concussion in week one. Vick came in for the second half against the Packers on opening day and took the game over – and this past weekend he threw for 284 yards and a pair of majors in a win over the Lions. So…he’s the number one guy, right?

Earlier this week it appeared he would be back on the bench as soon as Kolb was ready to go, despite one and a half solid outings.

Eagles coach Andy Reid came out and said that Vick would not start this coming weekend, now that the guy they pegged as their starter was healthy again. Like a good teammate, Michael Vick said he’s OK with that, adding that there will be no QB controversy in Philly.

I’m not sure what happened in the 24-hours following those comments, but a day later Reid announced that he had changed his mind.

Here’s what Reid told USA Today on Tuesday:

“I think very few quarterbacks could go out and play the way he played the last couple weeks. This is about Michael Vick and his accelerated play. He’s sitting there as possible the hottest quarterback in the National Football League at this time and deserves an opportunity to play. Michael Vick is playing out of his mind right now.”

When the Eagles face the Jacksonville Jaguars this weekend, there is a lot at stake for Vick – Steve Wyche at NFL.com says if he blows this chance at a starting gig, he may be a backup for the rest of his career. He might be right!

I know some people still think he’s some kind of monster because of his dog fighting conviction but personally, I’m rooting for him!

Odd Couple

A strange story arose last week connecting two totally random people together – one is a good old boy from Mississippi who’s like a million years old; the other is an incarcerated rapper who had a hit song last year called “A Milli…”

Yes, I’ve got a story here that links Minnesota Vikings QB Brett Favre with Lil Wayne!

According to Contact Music, Favre reached out to Wayne recently through a mutual friend (they have a mutual friend!). Weezy is currently doing time at Rikers Island prison on weapons possession.

Reports say Favre told teammate Bryant “Big Mac” McKinnie to let Lil Wayne know that he’s been praying for him, and to send him his love. Mack Maine is the president of Wayne’s record label Young Money – he says the rapper was “real excited” at hearing that.

He’s lucky the message wasn’t intercepted along the way! OH!

Battle Lines Drawn

Some very interesting news on the NFLPA front, as the tough talk between the union and the players continues ahead of what may end up being a work stoppage.

The PA is going around the league and meeting with players to discuss upcoming labor talks with owners – and part of those meetings involves voting to, or discussing “decertification.”

If players vote to decertify the union, it allows them to sue the league’s owners if they’re locked out next season. The Associated Press reports that current Antitrust laws make it impossible for unions negotiating CBAs to sue NFL owners.

I don’t think I fully understand what’s going on here, but it sounds like a pretty shifty tactic to get what you want. Are you listening, other players unions?

Madden 11 Diss?

If you’ve played Madden11 and had a tough time with your team's kicking game – you might have noticed a bit of a diss towards Canadian football.

It seems if you shank a punt, you’ll hear NBA color commentator Cris Collinsworth say “Unbelievable. The field is 53-and-a-half yards wide (the CFL’s is 65 across) and he still missed it. We’re going to have to send him to Canada!”

The Edmonton Sun spoke with Edmonton Eskimos kicker Noel Prefontaine about the slight – he says it’s an interesting comment given the fact that it’s harder to kick in the CFL, adding that in the NFL guys don’t generally perform as many duties as they do up north.

While it’s being seen as a bit of an insult by some people – come on, it’s all a bit of a laugh. As Yahoo!'s 55 Yard Line points out though, the Sun accused Collinsworth of being ignorant while misspelling his first name (Chris, instead of Cris). And at the end of the day, players that are stars in the CFL generally battle to simply catch on with an NFL club.

Either way – people get too worked up about this stuff! Just enjoy the game folks, apparently you can play in half the time now or something. Woo!

Other Stuff…

We’re through two weeks of a 16-game season – so obviously it’s time to talk about how the 0-2 Dallas Cowboys have a 13% chance of making the playoffs. While we’re at it, here are the "surprise" 2-0 teams!

Brandon Jacobs faces a $10,000 fine for tossing his helmet into the crowd in Indianapolis last weekend – he says he went to throw it at the bench, but it slipped out of his hands…oops!

There certainly are a lot of Faulkin’ injuries to report this week. The biggest one is probably Reggie Bush out with what looks to be a broken leg, followed by Ben Roethlisberger’s suspension fill-in Dennis Dixon tearing something in his knee.

Over the year’s I’ve heard a lot of stories about certain forms of “dirty” play that goes on in various sports – Cleveland Browns centre Alex Mack says he was a victim of some of that last week.

Game to watch: For me, the game to watch this week is the Philadelphia Eagles and the Jacksonville Jaguars – it’s a big game for Michael Vick after two solid outings, and could secure him that starting gig (for now). I suppose it’ll be worth keeping an eye on the Dallas Cowboys and the Minnesota Vikings this weekend too as both teams are without a win so far. Dallas plays Houston, while Minnesota faces Detroit.

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