Tuesday, September 16, 2008


OK, let's start this week's transactions with something I forgot to bring up last week, namely... this. I mean, wtf? This is priceless:

The team checked the videotapes generated by the team’s in-house surveillance system, and they quickly identified the culprit.

So who might it have been? None other than Tatum Bell, who lost his gig with the Lions after Rudi arrived.

Per the source, Bell took the bags to the house of a female acquaintance. When confronted on the matter, Bell offered up some cockamamie story that he thought the bags belonged to someone he knew. The girl, however, said that she hadn’t seen Bell in several months and he showed up out of the blue and asked her to keep the bags for a while.

You're a running back in the NFL, and you steal someone's bags? Then you go hide them at a "female bootycall," I mean "acquaintance?" Just outstanding. Hope you like Dunkin' Donuts, Tatum, 'cause you're never working in the NFL again.

I don't usually like to overstate things, but ever since I saw him drop 225 yards against Texas in 2004, and up to last week as Colt defenders were waving their arms uselessly at him, I think Adrian Peterson is the best back I've ever seen. I've seen Walter Payton, John Riggins, Tony Dorsett, Emmitt Smith, Eric Dickerson and Barry Sanders—still to me, Peterson is the complete deal.

I know Matt Cassel has a lot to do with it—not being as good on the deep ball as Tom Brady, but give some credit to Darrell Revis. Revis looked like he stuck himself in Moss' boxers all game. Only 2 catches for Moss with a long of 22 yards. Not too shabby.

The ESPN Ombudsman says that ESPN cross-promotes itself too much. Ummm....duh.

Jonathan Papelbon is upset.

"Here's the deal. Here's what everybody - including Tom and all the reporters - [expletive], I'm a human. You know? I'm not a machine. And, [expletive], a machine breaks down sometimes, too. "So I mean, there's that human factor for error.
You know what, Jonny. If you say things like "I should close the All-Star game...I've earned that right" then you're also earned the right to be criticized when you don't pitch well. Don't go all Vince Young on us and complain. Take the goood with the bad and don't be a baby.

Seriously, does Jason Whitlock of FoxSports.com have to make every single sports story a reason to soapbox about race? Vince Young was babied in Texas and now he's making a jillion dollars as an NFL quarterback and learn to take criticism. Period. Eli Manning had to take it, so does Vince.

The Andaplayertobenamedlater.com's Man of the Week Award goes to....Mike Shana-Man. For reaching down, remembering he had a pair and going for two and the win against San Diego. For those who didn't see the game, Denver scored a touchdown with 39 seconds left to make the game 38-37. The extra point would have tied the game and sent it into overtime. Instead, Shana-Man went for two and Cutler got the 2-pint conversion to outright win the game. For that total gutsy call, Shana-Man gets the Man of the Week award.

And lastly, here's a great story that got buried. A kid named Fenuki Topou of Oregon blew the whistle on his agent. The agent appartently slipped him $100 in a parting handshake as a bribe. So what does the kid do—go out and buy some bling or booze or whatever? No, he goes and reports the agent and apologizes to his team.

“I’m sorry that I allowed myself to be put in this situation,” Tupou said in a statement released by the school. ”I apologized to my teammates and coaches. It will not happen again.”
An incredibly, awesomely honorable thing to do. I hope one kid out there hears about this and learns that you can do the right thing.

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