Thursday, January 6, 2011

Polamalu’s Hair: Week Eighteen Notes


When Fox News analyst Tucker Carlson went on TV last month and said the words “Michael Vick” and “execution” in the same sentence, he wasn’t talking about his passer rating.

No, he was talking about how the Philadelphia Eagles QB should have been put to death for his abuse of dogs, which Vick spent two years in prison for.

Hold your applause.

This week he was back on "Hannity" to address those comments and showcase some of the other ridiculous things that go on inside his silly little head.

First off, despite a monotone delivery when he uttered the phrase “I believe fervently in second chances, but Michael Vick killed dogs,” Carlson says he just got “too emotional” when the subject came up.

Carlson says he’s not even comfortable with the death penalty, so of course he doesn’t think Vick should be executed. Here’s the thing though, he said it on national TV. If you thought that was good, just wait until you hear what comes next!

When Sean Hannity brings up the prison time that Vick served and the things he has done since then to right his wrongs, such as working with animal rights groups, Carlson decided to hit the eject button on his last little shred of credibility. Hey Tucker, shouldn’t we believe in redemption (which you, yourself, said you believe in?)

“Yeah maybe, but as a friend of mine pointed out, a convicted child molester doesn’t get to adopt kids. (Huh?) Look, I’m just saying…I have a lot of doubts!”

Don’t you love arguments that make absolutely no sense?

He brings up child molesters and then tries to pretend that he wasn’t trying to make a connection - I honestly don’t think he knows what the conversation is even about at that point! Hey Tucker, doesn’t Michael Vick deserve a second chance?

“Yeah maybe, but sideways orange helicopter vuvuzela pedophile…I’M JUST SAYING!”

Favre Done?

If Brett Favre is to be believed, his NFL career is now officially over…but the drama isn’t done just yet!

USA Today reports two former NY Jets massage therapists are suing Favre for making what they call “unwanted sexual advances” during his time with the team. Yes, the same period of time that saw him allegedly send dirty pictures of himself to another Jets employee.

The NFL fined the 41-year-old $50,000 last week in connection with the Jenn Sterger incident – though he was punished for failing to cooperate in the investigation, not the act itself.

The lawsuit, filed by Christina Scavo and Shannon O’Toole, claims that Favre tried to get them to engage in three-way sex, saying he had “bad intentions” at one point. If that’s true, it sounds like Favre was a pretty busy guy while he was with the Jets.

What do all of these allegations do to the old gunslinger’s reputation and legacy? Should he make another go of it next season? Let me know what you think!

Shuffling the Deck

While a handful of teams are studying film and getting set to try and chase down a Super Bowl, the season is over for the rest of the league.

That means that right now there are 20 teams evaluating their progress in 2010 and trying to figure out what needs to change in 2011. Since you can’t fire an entire team, in a lot of cases that means walking papers for the coach!

Two coaches have been fired since Week 17 wrapped up – Eric Mangini in Cleveland after back-to-back 5-11 seasons, and Tom Cable in Oakland. The first one makes sense, but Cable’s firing has left a lot of people scratching their heads and even some current Raiders calling out owner Al Davis.

Oakland missed the playoffs despite going 8-8 this season and boasting a perfect 6-0 record against their division, the only team to do so in 2010. The eight wins gave the Raiders a non-losing season for the first time since 2002, but that apparently wasn’t enough to keep Cable on the sidelines.

According to ESPN, this marks the sixth time a Raiders coach with a .500 or better record didn’t return the following year (including Al Davis himself in 1965!). Strange.

While those two were dismissed, there were some other coaches getting good news this week:

Despite another average season, the Jacksonville Jaguars are letting Jack Del Rio keep his job…at least for now. The team has told him that if the Jags don’t make the playoffs next year, he’s done. Del Rio is only the second coach in NFL history to go eight seasons in charge of a team without a division crown!

The Tennessee Titans had a tough choice to make now that the season is over – keep coach Jeff Fisher, or keep QB Vince Young.

It appears they’ve made that choice, announcing on Wednesday that Young won’t be back with the team. According to The Tennessean, Young says he tried his best to win a Super Bowl, but Fisher didn’t trust him enough. This doesn’t necessarily mean that coach Fisher still has a job though – owner Bud Adams says he’s still evaluating his coaching staff.

Finally, the Minnesota Vikings might not have Brett Favre back next year, but they will have coach Leslie Frazier.

Other stuff…

Favre to the Redskins? The Wall Street Journal says it makes no sense and all the sense in the world…

Are the Broncos shopping Kyle Orton?

Buffalo Bills QB Ryan Fitzpatrick went beast mode with his facial hair this season…but that beard is now history…

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