With the recent efforts by the National Football League to crack down on head-hunting and brutal hits on defenseless players – sad is the news of Dave Duerson’s suicide. Duerson was found dead in his home located in Sunny Isles Beach, Florida. Dave Duerson apparently shot himself in the chest.
In a strange and sobering twist, he chose to send a text message to his family prior to taking his own life. In it, he informed his family that he wanted his brain used for research at the Boston University School of Medicine. I presume that he was all-too-aware of the impact his professional playing career may have had on the depth of his feelings of despair before leaving this world. Left behind are his three sons and daughter born of his marriage to ex-wife, Alicia Duerson.
Kudos to those of you who made it through the mess that was the New York Giants and the Chicago Bears. While the game stats would lead one to believe a defense struggle took place — as do the nine first half sacks of Jay Cutler — a text message from a friend of mine (@bigbakedbean) sums up my feelings:
Is this a football game? Doesn’t really look like it…
So again, a mad amount of respect goes out to those of you who made it through that slop, although, if you had the New York Giants defense in a fantasy league, you’re probably pretty happy. Apparently, this is the offending play that knocked Cutler out of the second half:
Granted, considering he got blasted nine times in one half, it could’ve been an accumulation reaction. Or a “get me the **** out from behind this offensive line” response from Cutler after picking himself up off the field, yet again. While the Giants deserve credit for their pass-rushing prowess, they didn’t set the world on fire with the rest of their play, either. Just ask Ahmad Bradshaw and his vanity:
Eli Manning’s forehead was opened up last night during the New York Jets/New York Giants preseason game. While there was a lot of blood coming out of Manning’s noggin, reports are he’ll be just fine; although, I’d like to the size of the knot on his forehead. The splitting of Manning’s wig came courtesy of a screw up in communication between Manning and his running back, Brandon Jacobs. Jacobs thought he was receiving a hand-off — not the case — and ran into his quarterback, dislodging his helmet.
From there, Jets linebacker Calvin Pace absolutely destroyed Manning with a hard hit from behind, pushing the Giants quarterback’s unprotected forehead against another Jets defender who was in the path of Manning’s fall. The results of the initial gaffe between Jacobs and Manning were awfully bloody, and as usual, when people see blood, the natural reaction is to assume the worse.
Fortunately for Giants fans, the worse part of the head gash seen around the world is the potential scar Manning will have once his stitches are removed.
As our culture is now wont to do, video of Manning’s bloody forehead hit YouTube in an exponential manner, and it’s here where you find just how differently people perceived the hit. Was it dirty on the Jets part, or was it a result of Brandon Jacobs screwing the play up? Depends on which video you watch, because it’s the title that gives their disposition away. Take, for instance, this first one:
If you can’t tell, the title of this particular video is Eli MANning Gets Destroyed by Classless Jets. Apparently, the YouTube user responsible for this upload either really, really likes the Giants or really, really hates the Jets. Evidently, Calvin Pace is not supposed to make that tackle. It is preseason after all, right?
In this next video, the blame is placed more appropriately:
The title of this one is Eli Manning gets destroyed, blame Brandon Jacobs, which seems much more accurate than the first description.
Other uploads include predictable titles like: Eli Manning Gets Owned, Eli Manning INJURY Blood Spews From Injured QB (Why is “INJURY” capitalized?), and Eli Manning gets killed by Jets 08/16/10. Apparently, the date was added to the title so we’d never forget.
If the significant reaction to Manning’s forehead gash isn’t an indication just how desperate the American public is for football, I’m not sure what else is. Oh, and to Giants fans wondering whether or not to worry about their quarterback taking such a hit, some Cincinnati Bengals fans have a few words of advice.
Of course, Palmer’s bloodied face came courtesy of bad offensive line play and not from the mistake of a running back.
Apparently, there are a number of spellings of the word futility, as demonstrated by the Washington Redskins, and I think they go like this: W-A-S-H-I-N-G-T-O-N R-E-D-S-K-I-N-S S-P-E-C-I-A-L T-E-A-M-S or W-A-S-H-I-N-G-T-O-N R-E-D-S-K-I-N-S C-O-A-C-H-I-N-G or just W-A-S-H-I-N-G-T-O-N R-E-D-S-K-I-N-S.
Anyone of those is acceptable.
Of course, If your name was Jason Campbell, your own personal spelling of “futility” might look something like this: W-A-S-H-I-N-G-T-O-N R-E-D-S-K-I-N-S O-F-F-E-N-S-I-V-E L-I-N-E. Over at KSK, they’re (or the person who submitted it) is calling the upcoming video “the most beautiful thing I’ve ever filmed.”
Considering the incredible amounts of abject failure going on — what a way to end a half and inspire your team as they regroup and try to mount a comeback — I can understand the sentiment about the video. Failure of such magnitude takes a special something. It’s not something you can plan for. Don’t get me wrong, the potential disaster of the perhaps the most boneheaded special teams play of the season (considering Mike Tomlin, that’s saying something) should’ve been evident in its planning, but perhaps the coaching staff told themselves there’s just no way things could go that wrong.
Who is 5-10, 175 pounds and dominates NFL secondaries like they were made out of paper? Judging by the stature listed, truthfully, there’s nobody who should fit that bill, especially in a sport like NFL football. Just don’t tell DeSean Jackson that. Not only is Jackson a bitch for opposing secondaries to cover, he’s also challenging NFL records along the way. With his two eye-popping touchdowns against the New York Giants, the Philadelphia receiver tied the record for most touchdowns over a 50-yard distance with eight.
Again, may I remind you that Jackson is under 6 feet tall and weighs under 200 pounds?
Not only is DeSean Jackson getting mentioned alongside past NFL greats for his long touchdowns, the routes he runs to get open are so slick, he’ll even bust the ass of the occasional referee who is trying to keep up with Jackson’s blazing speed and quickness, much like he did when his Eagles beat the blank out of the New York Giants yesterday.
Just wait, if Jackson’s route-running antics keep happening, the NFL will make it illegal to run such ankle-breaking routes. We already know they protect their officials. Making such a rule seems like a natural progression.
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.
Now, I’m not trying to kick a man in the same leg he shot while he’s down, but damn, sometimes athletes confound me with their grooming habits. What we have here is disgraced receiver Plaxico Burress during his interview with ESPN’s Jeremy Schapp. The interview itself is standard fare with Burress trying his best to accept the blame for the shooting incident that threatens to rob him of the rest of his NFL career. Besides the dubious reasons for why the gun went off — Actually yes, Plaxico, I do think that if you fumble with a non-safetied gun while it’s sliding down your pants, having said gun go off is not that far-fetched of an idea. — it was a fairly successful showing for Burress, all things considered.
The problem, at least for me, comes with Burress’ facial hair.