“What the ….? I’ll knock the shit out of anyone who steps to me like that. You’re lucky my boys are holding me back!” Add a few more cuss words, and I think you’ll have the conversation as a whole that’s going on in the above image. The guy who looks like he’s about to rip someone’s head off is Rashad Johnson of the Arizona Cardinals, and if looks could, the recipient of Johnson’s gaze would probably be dead by now.
Worry not, Rashad. There are only a few more practice sessions to go through before you can unleash that aggression on opposing players.
While I’m sure the offensive explosion between the Arizona Cardinals and the Green Bay Packers was unexpected — 96 points in an NFL Playoff game is not the norm — was the outcome of the game really worth slap-fighting over? According the lead video, apparently so. What we have is two Cardinals fans and two Packers fans who decided to test their ability at throwing to ineffective punches. While the fight was quickly reduced to a one-on-one situation, the fans in question tried to make it into a brawl; although, I’m not too sure what Packers fan number two was trying to do with that punch-slap to Cardinals fan’s kidney.
And then security shows up, ruining the fun for everybody, or at least choke-holding the weak-punching Cardinals fan out of his misery.
As for why the fight was started, who knows? Perhaps the gentlemen were discussing the missed calls at the end of the game and the conversation turned ugly.
Now that, my friends, is the definition of getting blasted. While the video footage isn’t the greatest, you get the idea. Much to his credit, Boss hung onto the ball, even though he almost lost his head in the process. There was no flag on the play, but like Chris Collinsworth said, don’t be surprised if Arizona Cardinals safety Antrel Rolle gets fined for the hit. In Rolle’s defense, he looked he was trying to lead with his shoulder, but the hit wound up being helmet-to-helmet. Incidentally, Peter King called Boss’ catch the second-best of the season, behind Greg Lewis’ game-winner for the Minnesota Vikings.
In other news, credit must be given to the Arizona Cardinals for going on the road and giving the Giants their second loss in a row. It was also Arizona’s third win in a row, as well as their third-straight road win. To his credit, Rolle’s hit on Boss wasn’t the only play he made headlines on. He also intercepted a late fourth quarter pass from Eli Manning, which helped secure Arizona’s surprising win.
That, friends, might be one of the last successful highlights of Chris “Beanie” Wells’ fledgling career if he can’t get his ankle under control. While he’s obviously a hard, effective runner — when he’s healthy — the problem is staying away from the training room. Hell, Wells was even victimized by his lack of durability against Texas, a game where Wells was getting whatever yards he wanted (16 carries for 106 yards), until, that is, he got a concussion. In fact, Wells was plagued by nagging injuries at Ohio State and it looks like the durability issues are following him to Arizona.
Apparently, the folks at EA Sports don’t want either the Pittsburgh Steelers nor the Arizona Cardinals to revisit the Super Bowl next February. Why else would Larry Fitzgerald and Troy Polamalu be on the cover of Madden 10? The most popular — and perhaps most redundant (What, roster and gameplay patch updates as downloadable content is out of the question?) — sports console game maybe ever has uncovered their latest installment. This time, however, there are two players on the cover; which could be an effort to spread the dreaded Madden curse around — or to nullify it.
Either way, I don’t doubt some Steelers fans, as well as Cardinals fans, just had a slight sinking feeling. And after looking at the Snopes page for the Madden curse, documenting each and every one, it’s easy to see why. Perhaps the dual-player cover will have a different effect, but I wouldn’t count on it.
The game itself comes out on August 14, which will undoubtedly be a huge “I’m staying home and playing Madden all day” day.
While he didn’t get penalized for using a prop, much to the chagrin of Arizona fans everywhere, Santonio Holmes is actually being punished for his LeBron James celebration after scoring the winning touchdown in the Super Bowl. Keeping with the normal NFL tradition, in order to punish Holmes, the brass went after his pocket book to the tune of $10,000 — an amount that is, in all likelihood, smaller than whatever bonuses he received for making the “Catch Heard Around the World During the Month of February.”
If I was a betting man, I’d say Cardinals fans would prefer the 15-yard penalty instead of the NFL taking money away from Holmes three or so weeks after the game ended.
The NFL Pro Bowl was last night — here are some ideas how to improve it — and considering all the love the regular season gets, it has to be one of the more underappreciated All Star events in pro sports. Consider this: the regular season of baseball, and basketball for that matter, is nowhere near as interesting as the NFL’s regular season — at least the sports-watching public — but the All Star games from the NBA and MLB are immensely more popular than the All Star game for the country’s most popular sport. Odd. Nevertheless, the Pro Bowl was indeed played last night and what did we learn?