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Brian Orakpo: Tony Romo’s Injury Was Blown Way Out of Proportion

When the Cowboys defeated the Redskins on Monday, a lot of questions were answered about Tony Romo’s toughness.  Reports of a punctured lung and broken ribs left Romo’s playing status in question, but he went on to take another beating from the Washington defense.  Romo battled through a number of crunching hits and numerous botched snaps, all the while having to coach his receivers on where they needed to line up before plays.

Those who are not Romo fans are surely sick of hearing about his tenacity.  Apparently that group includes Brian Orakpo, who may have a small case of sour grapes after the tough loss.

“To me they blown it way out of proportion,” Orakpo said on ESPN 980’s John Thompson Show Tuesday via the Washington Post. “I mean, they tried to make it seem like the guy was hospitalized the night before the game, just so we could build it up if they was to win the game — oh he’s a courageous player to go out there and play. The guy was playing just like Tony Romo, running around, making throws. He got hit throughout the whole game and still getting up. I mean, it was blown way out of proportion, but it is what it is.”

Orakpo’s teammate seemed to think Romo’s injuries were legit enough that he planned to target them. Here’s the kicker: Orakpo sat out much of the second half with cramps.  He tried to explain his absence by saying he had never experienced that type of humidity and lack of air flow.  Doesn’t sound like he should be pointing fingers about who’s playing hurt and not.

Tom Brady Gets a Haircut (Picture)

It is important to note that Tom Brady does have a hat on in the picture everyone is talking about on Wednesday, but it certainly looks like there’s a buzz cut under there.   Apparently Brady looked himself in the mirror after throwing four interceptions in a loss to the Bills and decided it was time for a change.  Unless there is some sort of weird mushroom going on under the hat, Brady has gone back to his old haircut.  Check out this picture that Chris Forsberg of ESPN tweeted:

Could this mean no more crying on camera or dancing like a tool bag?  No more Justin Bieber songs saying TB12 copies him?  The future is bright, Patriots fans.  The future is grim, sports bloggers.

Richard Seymour: Raiders Bring ‘Nasty, Rip-Your-Head-Off Brutality’

After several years of mediocrity and oftentimes embarrassment, the Oakland Raiders appear on the verge of getting their swagger back.  Darren McFadden is clearly one of the game’s most explosive backs and the Raiders have done a tremendous job of pounding the football early in the season.  A victory at home over the Jets that included 234 yards on the ground should give Oakland confidence they can grind out wins against the better teams in the league — including the Patriots.

The team that traded Richard Seymour in 2009 for a first-round pick will visit the Black Hole on Sunday.  Seymour has helped anchor a Raiders defense that is starting to regain its identity, and from the sound of it he’s enjoying every bit of it.

“Just the mystique of that uniform,” Seymour told the Boston Herald. “It’s more than a team. You’re carrying a culture with you. We play Raider football. Nasty, rip-your-head-off brutality. As a lineman, that’s the ultimate.’’

Those comments come just a few days after Seymour described the Raiders defense as X-rated, so he may be getting a bit carried away in voicing his opinion.  Still, it is important to have leaders like Richard who inject confidence into the team.  Jason Campbell is a mediocre quarterback, but if Oakland can continue to pound the ball with McFadden and make plays on defense they will become a legitimate playoff contender.

Matthew Stafford Reminds Cris Carter that Calvin Johnson Is an Elite Receiver

The Detroit Lions are 3-0 and standing as one of the three remaining unbeaten teams in the NFL. Quarterback Matthew Stafford has played brilliantly, hooking up with receiver Calvin Johnson for six touchdowns. On Tuesday, he decided to take a shot at former Vikings wide receiver and current ESPN NFL analyst Cris Carter, who ignorantly said in August that Calvin Johnson was not elite.

“Does anyone think 8 tds in 4 weeks will change chris carters mind about an “elite” receiver?” Stafford wrote on Twitter, per PFT.

It’s a little early in my mind for Stafford to be celebrating his team and their accomplishments given that we’re only three weeks into the season. Words like that would be more appropriate for the post-Super Bowl news conference.

But I digress.

The man known as Megatron is on a record-setting pace. Randy Moss holds the single-season record for touchdown receptions with 23 in 2007. Calvin Johnson is catching two per game, which would work out to 32. Thinking Megatron will maintain this pace is unreasonable, but the number he should shoot for is 18. If he gets that many, he will have surpassed Cris Carter’s career high of 17, which led the NFL in ’95. I think Calvin can get there.

I’ve been talking up the Stafford-Calvin tandem since last year, said they were poised for an explosive season in August, and picked Calvin Johnson to be the Offensive Player of the Year in my season preview. Only injuries and triple teams can slow Calvin. Let’s hope neither one happens.

Jay Cutler and Kristin Cavallari may be back on

Jay Cutler and Kristin CavallariThe couple we all love to hate may be back on. Jay Cutler and Kristin Cavallari have been trading supportive messages on Twitter lately, and People magazine adds that the two are working it out.

On Sunday, Cavallari wished Jay Cutler good luck for his game against the Packers via Twitter. She added a picture that showed her wearing a Bears sweater.

Cutler followed the well wishes with kind words of his own. On Monday, he said “good luck babe” to Cavallari, who is appearing on Dancing With the Stars. It was actually the second week in a row Cutler showed support for Kristin with those words.

Interestingly enough, the person who seems to be rooting most for a reconciliation is Detroit Lions tight end Tony Scheffler. Scheffler is pushing for Cutler to make an appearance on the show as a guest in the audience. No, this isn’t some sort of perverse ploy to soften Jay up — the two were teammates in Denver.

So after breaking off their engagement in July, it looks like the two may be back on. If that’s the case, Cavallari needs to get back on Jerry Angelo’s case about beefing up the offensive line. Cutler’s getting killed back there.

Thanks to Fan Phooey for the heads up

Bengals Fan Saul Shuller Takes Shot at Team on Death Bed

When a sports team or figure is mentioned in a person’s obituary, it is usually in the form of either the ultimate compliment or an epic insult. Last week, a Minnesota man’s obituary expressed displeasure with a certain Minnesota Twin.  If I were to tell you the Cincinnati Bengals were mentioned in someone’s obituary, my guess is you might already have an idea of the context.

On Tuesday, The Big Lead called our attention to the obituary of 95-year-old Saul Shuller, which can be read in its entirety on Legacy.com.  Shuller was apparently a Bengals fan, and like almost any other Bengals fan he had grown tired of watching the team lose.  As a result, he considered being freed from the frustration of watching the Bengals to be one of the positive components of his demise.

“Accepting that the end was near, the funny grandfather and great-grandfather said earlier in the day there was an upside to death: at least he wouldn’t have to watch another Bengals loss.”

This is one of the many reasons Cincinnati has emerged as the black hole of professional football.  Marvin Lewis keeps his job year after year and the Bengals continue to miss the playoffs and play mediocre football on their best days.  Sports are supposed to be for our entertainment and enjoyment.  When people are glad they are dying so they no longer have to watch you play, it may be time to make a change.

NY Post Gives Michael Vick the Baby Photo Treatment (Picture)

All that’s left to do now is to photoshop Michael Vick as a woman.  Over the course of one season, we have had the chance to see what the Eagles quarterback would like as a white guy and now an infant.  Check out the following picture from the back cover of Tuesday’s NY Post, courtesy of Shutdown Corner:

The actual article features quotes from several different Giants players who claim the hits they laid on Vick over the weekend were perfectly legal.  Some were, others may not have been.  However, there is little debate that Vick went about handling it the wrong way.  Whether the hits were legal or not, the baby picture is warranted.  If Vick is already feeling sorry for himself after three games it is going to be a long year.  Perhaps he’ll get a few extra calls after lambasting the officials, but he will also have defenders coming at him even harder knowing how much it frustrates him.  The Eagles need to sort out their offensive line problems and start working on the things that they can control.