Ray Rice Pulled Over, Gets Favorable Treatment from Redskins Fan Policeman

I have a secret camera installed on Ray Rice’s dashboard so I pretty much know everything that goes on in his life. On his way home from practice today, I was watching him drive when he got pulled over by a policeman. The policeman approached the car because it of its extra tint but once he realized it was Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice’s vehicle, he changed his tune.

OK, so the whole dashboard camera thing isn’t true, but the incident really did happen. I only know because Ray Rice shared it with his 54,303 followers on twitter. “Just got pulled over for my tints Smh but gave the officer a autograph for his son and he let me go. … And the officer admitted to being a die hard redskins fan I def got lucky tonight.” Rice relayed the story in two separate tweets, and it’s obvious he could use some grammatical work on his articles.

Getting pulled over for having too dark tint on your car is hardly a serious infraction, but it proves to us once again that athletes frequently get preferential treatment from law enforcement officers. Do you think you would have been let off so easily? An officer would probably tell me he’d wipe his butt with the paper if I offered an autograph to get out of a ticket.

Glazer: Wade Phillips Didn’t Expect to Be Fired, Was Visibly Upset

After rampant speculation that began Sunday night following the Cowboys’ 45-7 loss to Green Bay, the firing of Wade Phillips was made official on Monday afternoon.  As we mentioned earlier, Jerry Jones has never fired a coach in the middle of the season.  However, Jones has never owned a team that starts out 1-7 after many experts picked them as a Super Bowl contender before the season started.

Apparently Phillips expected Jones to live up to his reputation of letting guys finish out the year.  According to a Jay Glazer tweet, those who spoke to Wade said he was “visibly upset” and that he “believed he was safe (Monday) morning.”  Phillips must have been putting a significant amount of stock into the reputation if he thought he would be spared even after Jerry’s “a lot of people will suffer the consequences” comments after Sunday night’s loss.

Another interesting tweet comes from FanHouse’s Dan Graziano, who is saying Jason Garrett is a candidate for the Cowboys head coaching position after this season.  Even before Tony Romo’s injury, one of the Cowboys’ many issues was a stale offense.  You could even argue that one of the reasons Phillips ended up getting canned was a lack of effective play calling.  Maybe Jones just wants Garrett to believe he’s a candidate so he gives it his all for the remainder of the year.  Whatever the case, I don’t think that would be a smart hire.  This is a team that clearly needs to make changes beyond just a head coaching switch.

Video Proves Le’Ron McClain Spit on Channing Crowder During Game

When we first heard from Dolphins linebacker Channing Crowder that Ravens fullback Le’Ron McClain spit in his face during their game Sunday, I was reluctant to believe the story. But guess what? As is the case with most things in the NFL, cameras caught the incident on tape and new angles show McClain did indeed spit on Crowder. Check out the video and watch McClain cock his head back and then forward as he releases the loogie:

Now that was one magic loogie! Guess Crowder was telling the truth the entire time, so I guess we can grant him a reprieve from his Anne Frank confusion. Video via Jeff Darlington

Cowboys Reportedly Fire Wade Phillips, Make Jason Garrett Head Coach

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has never fired a head coach midseason and made a point to say he doesn’t believe in the practice. Jones believes in maintaining continuity, so mass overhauls during a year would not be ideal. But after denying he would make a move the past several weeks and saying that Wade Phillips would remain the team’s head coach for the season, it appears as if Phillips has finally been fired.

Multiple reports out of Dallas say Phillips has been axed and that highly-paid offensive coordinator Jason Garrett will be the interim head coach. Right, now that’s a brilliant plan considering how well the offense has been playing (205 yards against the Packers, yippee!). Though Jones wanted to keep Phillips as the team’s coach for the year, he really had no choice but to make the move.

The Dallas Cowboys are 1-7 and have lost five games in a row. They were embarrassed at home two weeks ago by the Jaguars losing 35-17 and then they got humiliated on national TV Sunday night against the Packers. They got blasted 45-7 in Green Bay and came close to suffering the worst loss in franchise history. You can’t allow your team to perform so poorly and expect to keep your job, and it appears as if Wade is done. Things might not be much better with Jason Garrett as head coach, but there’s no doubt a new voice is needed in Dallas.

Raheem Morris Says Coach to Quarterback Radio Went Out on Key Play in 4th Quarter

If you remember back during the Spygate allegations a few years ago, another claim that emerged was that the Patriots were sabotaging opponents’ headsets during key moments in games. Since the home team has control over stadium communications, such a move would not be a surprise. Guess what? It sounds like the Atlanta Falcons employed the same maneuver.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers lost to the Falcons 27-21 on Sunday coming back from down 27-14. Late in the 4th quarter the Bucs drove inside the 10 and had a 3rd and 3 at the four yard line. They handed to LeGarrette Blount who gained two yards, making it a 4th and 1 at the two. If you saw the action or the video replay, quarterback Josh Freeman didn’t receive the communication from the coaches and didn’t know what play to call for the critical moment. He wound up burning a timeout with a few seconds left on the playclock and the offense had to reset. They wound up handing off to Blount on 4th and 1 and got stopped, but what’s interesting is what Raheem Morris is saying a day later.

The Tampa Bay coach says there was some funny business going on at that time. Rick Stroud reported on twitter that “Bucs coach Raheem Morris says the coach to QB radio ‘mysteriously,’ went off in ATL after one play near the goal line, forcing a timeout.” I don’t doubt the truth of his allegation based on what we saw.

Is it a dirty practice? Yes. Do most teams do it? You bet. Does it make it right? No. But it sure as heck is part of the reason why homefield advantage is such a big deal in football. Oh yeah, it also must be pointed out that radio communications had nothing to do with the Bucs losing; they lined up against the Falcons and needed just one yard on a 4th and 1 and got stuffed. They didn’t deserve to win after that stop.

Matt Moore Out for the Year Means it Is Jimmy Clausen or Tony Pike Time

The Carolina Panthers have had some of the worst quarterback play in the NFL this season. They just lost 34-3 on Sunday at home to the Saints, they’re only 1-7, and they’ve averaged the fewest points per game in the league. Unfortunately for the Panthers, they also just received the bad news that the one quarterback who had performed somewhat decently for them is now done for the year.

Matt Moore left Sunday’s game early holding his shoulder and did not return. On Monday, it was reported that he’s done for the year because of a torn labrum in his shoulder. Moore’s injury means either rookie 2nd round pick Jimmy Clausen will start for the Panthers or rookie 6th round pick Tony Pike will get the nod.

Clausen got the first crack at the starting job after Moore was concussed in week one. The Jimmy was brutal, throwing for fewer than 188 yards in all four of his starts. He also has just one touchdown pass compared to six turnovers in the six games he’s played. Clausen was so bad that he was replaced by Tony Pike in the 4th quarter on Sunday.

Pike went 6-12 for 47 yards and actually moved the team enough to have two scoring drives, but they were down so badly they went for it on 4th down instead of attempting field goals. Things were already looking bad for the Panthers, but now it only looks worse. In fact, it’s so bad coach John Fox says the team will even look at Armanti Edwards at quarterback (he played QB at Appalachian State but was drafted to play wide receiver). Carolina quarterbacks have just six touchdowns and 18 turnovers on the season. Now you know why they’re 1-7 and why they’re likely to change the number in the win column.

Was Brad Childress Joking with Brett Favre Hug Comment?

The disastrous season for the Minnesota Vikings was on the brink of growing even more embarrassing until the team made a valiant comeback Sunday. Down 24-10 late, Adrian Peterson and Visanthe Shiancoe had touchdowns to help tie things at 24 with Arizona. The Vikings won 27-24 in overtime and turned a desperate moment into a celebration. Brett Favre threw for a career-high 446 yards helping the Vikings escape at home and helping coach Brad Childress keep his job for another week.

Many people believed Childress could be fired after the game, but the morale-boosting win was hardly the time to make a coaching change. In his post-game press conference, Childress was asked if he needed assurances he would keep his job and he said “No, I’m not going to stand here like Brett Favre and tell you, compassionate, I need a hug. I’m all right.” Here’s the video of what he said:

People instantly felt Childress was taking a shot at Favre with the remark. Enlightened folks will suggest that Childress was simply making a reference to an answer from Favre to a question that came up during the week. On Wednesday, in the middle of the Randy Moss controversy, Favre was asked if Childress was a compassionate coach. His answer was “Is he compassionate as in give us a hug or something? Boy, I sure could use one, too. But he hasn’t given me one.”

If that was a joke, nobody was laughing. It must be pointed out that Chilly was complimentary of Favre earlier in his news conference, so there didn’t appear to be bad feelings at the time, but it sure didn’t seem like a joke to me. What about you, you buying it?