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Brandon Marshall Stabbed, Adam Schefter Buries Him

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Brandon Marshall, wide receiver of the Miami Dolphins, was violently stabbed in the stomach with a kitchen knife by his wife during a domestic dispute. It’s clear now that Brandon Marshall is expected to make a full recovery. However, it’s even more clear that being stabbed in the stomach by your wife is cause for concern, alarm, even a little bit of sympathy. While details remain quite unclear, one thing is for certain – a man was reportedly in intensive care for a serious stab wound which required surgery.

When the report came over the airwaves, I was greeted with Adam Schefter’s effort, which left me speechless. Having read many articles on the subject that flood the internet when something this high-profile occurs, it was clear he wasn’t the only one who used this opportunity – not to express concern for another human being who had been stabbed in the stomach by a violent wife – but to bury Brandon Marshall before he was dead.

A-Dumb Schefter comments after the jump >>

So How’s That NFL Personal Conduct Policy Working for You?

The NFL has maintained that it will continue to enforce the personal conduct policy during the player lockout. Not that it would need to, because the players have been on their best behavior during negotiations. (NOT.)

Aqib Talib from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is the latest to go on the list of players who have been arrested. The Bucs said that they are “deeply troubled” by the charges but that “Due to current labor circumstances, we will withhold any further comment or action.”

After all, what can they say? Talib is now the sixth player arrested since the lockout began. There is a nice, tidy list at Fox that shows the arrests since the lockout. They include:

Chris Cook (Vikings) – for “brandishing a gun during a verbal altercation with a neighbor.”

Bryan McCann (Cowboys) – who was arrested after a “public intoxication” charge.

Johnny Jolly (Packers) – Yes, I’m biased and actually think the Packers have a great group of guys now. They seem… gentlemanly. But Jolly is the odd man out in that group because he was just busted for “allegedly possessing 600 grams of codeine syrup in his Cadillac Escalade.” He was gone all of last year (suspended) for personal conduct violations.

Then there are the two guys who just had to call attention to themselves by cranking their music super loud:

Jason Peters (Eagles) – arguably the least troublesome of offenders, who merely “violated the city’s loud music policy” in Shreveport. However, he did resist arrest. DOH!

Mario Henderson (Raiders) – apparently loud music is a problem with NFLers. Oh, that and driving around with guns that they don’t have permits for. (Which makes me suggest that if you are going to drive around with a gun in your car for which you do not have a permit, maybe you should call less attention to yourself and keep your music at a dull roar.)

Players have been arguing that the NFL owners are not treating them like equal business partners, but when you see arrests like this it just hurts their case. Business owners do not act like this, because if they do they are quickly put out of business.

Should Michael Vick’s Old High School Honor Him?

Seems like Michael Vick sparks controversy even when he isn’t doing anything wrong. The latest snit involving Vick centers around his jersey in Warwick High School. The school had proudly displayed Vick’s jersey right up until the dog fighting incident and conviction. The school decided then (2007) to take it down. No use highlighting a football star when he falls from grace, right?

I remember at the time of his conviction, people said he was done. No team would hire him and he’d never be back in the NFL. Of course, those people were wrong. Now, of course, Vick is back, and stronger than ever. He actually seems to have more respect from fans, coaches, and players than he did before, and how wowed people were with his talent before, that’s saying something.

More on Vick after the jump >>

Adrian Peterson’s Slavery Comment

Maybe what is needed among NFL players trying to plead their case is a little “PR 101″ training. Because I was on their side until Adrian Peterson made his major “oops” statement Friday likening the NFL salary negotiations break down to slavery.

Peterson’s rant started because he wanted the team owners to open their books. While I think an employee normally doesn‘t have the right to ask for this, since NFL salary and bonuses are sometimes tied to revenue it’s a valid point.

Peterson said, “. . . If they have nothing to hide, just give us the information. Why not? Obviously, there’s a lot to hide.”

So far so good. But then he kept talking, saying, “It’s modern-day slavery, you know?”

No Mr. Peterson, it most certainly is NOT modern-day slavery.

Peterson continued to show ignorance by saying, “…there are people working at regular jobs who get treated the same way, too. With all the money . . . the owners are trying to get a different percentage, and bring in more money.”

Yes. All we little workers of the world have to deal with crappy deals. We work long hours and don’t get paid what we should. But if we honestly believe our situation is akin to slavery? Come on, already.

Peterson showed just how out of touch he is with the average worker, which happens to buy the tickets to his games. If he was trying to endear himself and his cause to fans, he fell short.

Some folks are saying, “well he didn’t mean it that way” and “it’s just a word” but you know what? It’s a word that has some incredibly painful history to it. It’s not one to be used lightly, and it’s certainly not meant to be thrown in the same sentence with million dollar salaries.

The thing I find most ironic is that Peterson wants the NFL owners to treat players with the respect befitting a business partner, and yet with his latest rant he has showed that he doesn’t deserve it.

Philadelphia Eagles Season Ticket Shakedown

Well, the NFLPA is decertifying, the lockout is upon us, and there hardly is anything more to say about the subject.  It becomes a period of watching and waiting to see which group of exceedingly greedy and selfish professional sports groups blinks first.  While I previously have written about how fans feel (generally) about this matter in NFL Determined to Throw Fans for a Loss, it only just occurred to me to give at least one fan a forum to let loose about the unmitigated gall and greed of these organizations.

The whole 2011 season ticket invoicing scheme from most, if not all, of the NFL teams is just starting to make it’s run around the sports talk shows and publications.  Here is an angry email I received from a Philadelphia Eagles’ season-ticket holder, Mr. Robert Whalon, and I reprint it with his permission.  Mr. Whalon brings some serious heat and anger, and it’s a rage that is undoubtedly stoking the angry fire of fans across the nation.  It’s a well-written flame-fest directed at the Philadelphia Eagles and apropos to the entire NFL.

See the Philadelphia Eagles Greed after the jump >>

Players: Top 10 NFL Lockout Money Saving Ideas

It is a bad economy and the NFL Lockout is a foregone conclusion.  Despite the allegation of “progress” leading to this extension period, it’s very important that these NFL players take a long look at their budgets and find ways to both cut back and supplement their incomes during a prolonged NFL lockout.

With that in mind, I offer the NFL players my Top 10 NFL Lockout Money-Saving Ideas to help them manage through this difficult time.

Champagne tastes on a lockout budget?

Time to lay off of the Cristal for a while. Martini & Rossi Asti Spumante is at least 90% cheaper than the least expensive bottle of Cristal and you’ll still get just as trashed.

Lay-off the Posse.

Dudes, you know these guys are just hangers-on who are livin’ large off your hard work. You’ve seen how it’s done during the summer. It’s time to trim that roster down to say, oh… 53-men, just like NFL cuts. That’s still way more than enough lip-service telling you how great you are, how “you da’man” with a big grin and their hands out. Lose the entourage. You have enough mouths to feed with all of those children you’ve left in your wake.

More money saving ideas after the jump >>

Can Green Bay Handle Two Hair Gods?

Think being a great NFL player can get passed down through the generations? With the emergence of Clay Matthews as defensive (and hair) god for the Green Bay Packers, questions now abound on whether the team will pick up his younger brother, Casey, from the draft.

The Matthews boys come from a long line of great players. his dad, Clay Jr., played almost two full decades for the Browns and Falcons. His uncle, Bruce, played for the Oilers, and his grandfather, Clay Sr., played with the 49ers.

All of them did well, so they weren’t a flash in the pan, although I don’t know if they all had the magnificent hair that Clay does. I do know that Casey has the hair, so maybe there will be opportunities for joint hair commercials. Wouldn’t that be special?

Clay was drafted in the Packers first round in 2009, and this year the team could pick up Casey, who has been kicking butt with the University of Oregon. The two brothers are much different players, however. Casey is lighter by 20 pounds and wouldn’t serve in the pass-rusher spot like his brother. Not that the team needs another one. They could let go of a couple veterans in the inside linebacker area, and if they do that Casey might be a pick to make.

Casey says he wouldn’t mind playing in Green Bay, but that he doesn’t “know how people might perceive it. You’re playing in the shadow of your brother. That’s what it would start out as. I would like to prove them wrong.”

Agreed. The kid would be compared continually to Clay throughout the first couple years at least. While that could still happen if he goes to another team, it would be much less so. Besides that, Green Bay is finally getting over comparisons of players in the quarterback position (who shall remain nameless) and they don’t need to start that up again with a new set of players and positions. While Casey would no doubt be a good player to pick up, I think Green Bay should pass on him.

2 Years Without Football?

Football season just ended and if you’re like me you’re probably already missing it. So let me depress you some more, according to CNN, the NFL owners “will continue to generate much of their revenue in 2011, even if next season’s games are cancelled” AND if that wasn’t bad enough, “some teams may be able to survive two years without any games being played.”

Standard & Poor’s took a look at debt and income generation to determine this very bleak figure. Now, the owners would have to pay that money back (mostly to the TV networks and sponsors) but wouldn’t need to do so until games were up and running again. Essentially, they get a loan.

The good news, of course, is that players and owners are still talking about this. But doesn’t the whole mess make you sick to your stomach? As a fan who probably saves up to attend a game, to see the money that people are making (and managing to complain about) it makes me want to boycott football.

Yeah. I said it.

Of course, I’ll never do that. That’s the problem, we love our game. There is a new collective bargaining agreement deadline for Friday, which would mean LOCKOUT, Y’ALL! But hopefully they’ll work something out before then. With a two-year potential for teams to sit things out, the players are the ones who are on the short side here. Many of their careers will only go three or four years as it is.

Need a final dose of nausea? There is a “reserve fund of about $900 million that teams can access in case of a work stoppage.” Well, it’s good to sock money away for a rainy day.