D.J. Williams Throws up the ‘U’ After Interception

Former Miami Hurricanes linebacker D.J. Williams showed his allegiance to his alma mater by throwing up the “U” after recording an interception in his preseason game Saturday night. He retweeted fans that mentioned him throwing up the Canes sign, and wrote back to one “Rep til I die!”

Then he said “Hey Polk, when you gonna come kick it in the Burg?” Just kidding.

If you thought the Nevin Shapiro scandal would tear apart the program, you were wrong. Going through tough times probably brings the former players closer to each other and makes them want to support the program even more.

Thanks to Lindsay Jones for the story

Pete Carroll Pulls Off Another Fake Arrest Prank, This Time Raheem Brock (Video)

Say what you want about Pete Carroll, but the man knows how to execute a prank.  You can call the Seahawks coach obnoxious, a horrible NFL coach, or accuse him of bailing on USC at the peak of a scandal.  But you would be lying to yourself if you said Petey doesn’t have a tremendous sense of humor and a top-notch poker face.  As a reminder, our friends over at Shutdown Corner shared Carroll’s latest masterpiece with us.  Check out the Pete Carroll Raheem Brock prank video:

Only Carroll could pull this off during a team meeting.  I mean come on, a $3,000 hotel bill with 56 movies?  That wouldn’t even be fathomable if not for his incredible ability to keep a straight face and react accordingly throughout the whole act.  Pranks like the one we just saw, this phenomenal cooler joke, and his punking of Everson Griffen actually keep me from hating Pete.

Two Fans in Joe Montana Jerseys Fight at Raiders-Niners Game (Video)

We rarely post fan fight videos here on LBS, but this one was too entertaining to pass up.  When you schedule a weekend preseason game between intrastate rival (kind of) football franchises, something is bound to go wrong.  When two frustrated fan bases come together for a meaningless game, tempers flare.  Even if it means Joe Montana fighting Joe Montana, there’s going to be a scrap.  Check out this Niners-Raiders fan fight video that our friends at Busted Coverage passed along:

These fights usually end with a quick knockout punch, but there was a point in this video where I thought these guys might never stop throwing fists.  I guess anything worth doing is worth doing right.

How Concerned Should Colts Fans Be About Peyton Manning’s Injury?

History tells us Peyton Manning will be fine. Every offseason the Colts’ franchise player has some sort of minor injury or minor procedure done and is back in time for the start of the regular season. After shaking off a little rust, Manning is always back to being Manning by week 4 if not sooner. Will that be the case this season, or is Manning’s neck injury more serious than we all assume?

We do know one thing: the Colts are at least searching for a veteran backup quarterback in case Manning is not ready by the start of the season.  In fact, Indy owner Jim Irsay is asking for the fans help in choosing which quarterback to sign.

“We r evaluating the QB sitch,#18 healing but we got 2 b prepared 4 early season possibility without him,defense has 2 pick it up,big time!” Irsay wrote on Twitter.

“Not taking Pryor…what VET QB would u vote 4 to sign that’s out there? If sum1 has 2 hold the fort early season,who u going with?”

It is far from panic time.  Irsay is pretty much stating the obvious at this point considering Manning has not been cleared to play.  But with Curtis Painter as the team’s primary backup, Manning is as valuable today for the Colts as he ever was.  Peyton has been relatively healthy throughout his entire career, and we all know he’s not getting any younger.  Having a solid veteran backup is probably a wise idea.  Letting the fans help choose said backup?  Maybe not so much.

Todd Haley Upset With Ravens for Running Up the Score in Preseason?

And the award for the shortest fuse in the NFL goes to: Todd Haley.  Seriously what is up with this guy?  The situation with Josh McDaniels last season looked like a little much at first, but it became more understandable when the talk of cheating came into play.  Then, we heard rumors that Haley and Charlie Weis used to scream at each other in the locker room before Weis left the Chiefs.  Only two preseason games into 2011, and Haley has already outdone himself.

John Harbaugh’s Ravens scored to touchdowns in the final two minutes of Friday night’s 31-13 win over Kansas City.  In the regular season, piling it on at the end of the game like that could be looked at as running up the score.  In the preseason, every second counts for players who are trying to earn a spot on the roster.  As Pro Football Talk pointed out Haley sees it a bit differently.

“I want to apologize to the Chiefs if they feel like we were not doing the right thing at the end of the game,” Harbaugh began his press conference after an awkward exchange with Haley after the game. “That wasn’t the mindset, OK? The mindset was – this is the preseason. If this had been the regular season, we would’ve been on a knee. The idea in that situation is to give those young guys who work hard and who are trying to make a football team – this football team or another football team – to play the whole 60 minutes and give them a chance to show what they can do. Offensive line, running backs, everybody.”

Isn’t that common knowledge?  Every coach in that NFL hates losing.  I think Haley just takes it a step further.  Accusing someone of running up the score in a preseason game is a huge reach.  Careers are at stake in the fourth quarter of a preseason game.  Haley will either have to keep the score closer or learn to deal with it — or take some Ativan.

Brett Favre Impersonator Causing a Stir in Green Bay (Picture)

Experience has taught us that there are two types of lookalike fans roaming around: those who impersonate players just for fun and those who do it to cause a stir.  Impersonators like this one and this one are just looking for a cheap laugh or two, and to their credit they executed their plans to perfection.  Similar to this Tim Lincecum impersonator, the Brett Favre impersonator that is making the rounds in Green Bay is creating quite the buzz.  Can you tell the difference?

I would probably fall for it, too.  This guy looks exactly like Favre.  The only thing that would tip me off is that he’s not crying at a podium or pretending to retire.  Oh, and he’s wearing a Packers jersey.

H/T to The Big Lead for the story and @1000Steps for the pic.

League Will Not Allow Ochocinco to Reimburse Mason Foster if Fined for Hit

Roger Goodell is not the biggest Chad Ochocinco fan.  Anyone who watches football knows that and understands why.  Ochocinco constantly undermines the commish by accepting fines for quirky antics and end zone dances and continuing to do his thing anyway.  While most of his actions likely anger the competition, Ochocinco is trying a new approach toward screwing with Goodell that even his teammates might enjoy.

On Friday, Ochocinco made an offer to the man who drew an unnecessary roughness penalty for a vicious hit on him night before. “@Mason_Foster great hit last night, if u’re fined I’ll reimburse you boss. That’s the way the game should b played. Stay healthy n have a good yr,” Chad tweeted to Tampa Bay linebacker Mason Foster.

Foster has not yet been fined, but NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told Pro Football Talk on Saturday that it is not permitted for a player to pay another player’s fine.  Aiello insists a player has to pay any fine by himself. We all know teams pay fines for players all the time, but that’s a discussion for another day.

With the NFL working hard to crack down on head shots and making people like James Harrison cry, this will likely send Goodell up a wall.  Ocho cannot reimburse Foster for the fine or he could face a fine of his own, but who’s to say he can’t buy a pair of cleats off Foster for an amount that coincidentally equals the amount of the fine?  Isn’t that what capitalism is all about?

Head butt to Musket Fire for the picture.