LenDale White to Pete Carroll: F*** You

LenDale White is still pissed off at the world — especially you, Pete Carroll.  Remember when White unloaded on Carroll a few months ago after the Seahawks cut him?  It would seem he’s still mad about that and a lot of other things.  In fact, there aren’t very many people in the world LenDale likes at the moment.

TMZ caught up with the not-so-successful Broncos running back during All-Star Weekend and asked him about the new Concept 1 shoes that have been banned in the NBA because of what they are made with.  White did what any normal person would do and responded by giving the world a big “f*** you.”  You can check out the video here.  This is just a guess, but he seemed hammered to me.  Here’s what LenDale had to say about the sneakers:

If it ain’t Chauncey Billups or Kobe Bryant … f*ck ‘em. Or if it ain’t the Denver Broncos or Chris Johnson … f*ck ‘em. Or D-Byrd … or the Trojans … minus Pete Carroll — f*ck you.”

That’s exactly how I feel about the Concept 1 sneaker situation.  Screw Pete Carroll.

Mark Schlereth: Mike Shanahan Is a Control Freak

An NFL coach needs to be in control at all times, especially in this day and age. There are dozens of assistant coaches, offensive coordinators, defensive coordinators, and positional specialists, but it’s always important to have someone sitting at the top of the food chain. But how much control is too much? According to Mark Schlereth, look no further than Mike Shanahan and you’ll find the answer.

Schlereth shared his thoughts about the coach he played six seasons and won two Super Bowls under on Mike and Mike in the Morning on Friday, via Pro Football Talk. “I would say the one criticism I have is a lot of times he’s such a control freak that he doesn’t allow his coaches to coach,” Schlereth said. “I think that’s an issue. You have to have a system of checks and balances where you can argue, you can fight and you can say, ‘We’re not going to do it that way.’ I don’t know that he still has that in the place that he is now, or at the end of his tenure in Denver.”

There is certainly evidence to support Schlereth’s claim.  We all know Albert Haynesworth is a piece of work, but Shanahan has done things like bench the defensive tackle for being a minute late to practice and give up on Donovan McNabb in the fourth quarter of a close game — moves that probably haven’t helped improve team chemistry for the Redskins.  Changing quarterbacks in a close game can’t exactly make life easier on the offensive coordinator, but that’s okay because Washington’s OC is Shanahan’s son.

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Denver Broncos Fans Organize Champ Bailey Rally

Cornerback Champ Bailey just completed his 12th season in the NFL. He was drafted by the Redskins and got traded to Denver straight up for Clinton Portis, and he’s spent the past seven seasons with the Broncos. Bailey was named to the Pro Bowl every single year in the past decade except for the 2008 season when he got hurt, and he’s a three-time All-Pro. Now, the defensive back’s contract has expired making him a free agent.

Champ has already spoken in a subtle way, placing his Colorado home for sale. Perhaps Bailey’s action sparked movement within the Denver front office, because John Elway said Thursday the team was working on a new contract for Champ. Another group that wants its voice heard is the fans, and they’ve planned a rally for Sunday to show their support of Bailey.

Predominantly Orange brought the news of the fan rally to my attention, and it appears as if the movement was started on Facebook. On the group’s page, they say “If Champ or the Broncos have not come up with a deal by Sunday, lets get as many people as possible to rally on the south side of the stadium. … Come wearing your Broncos and Champ jerseys. Make some signs. We need to try and convince Champ to stay here.”

It’s a pretty noble cause by the fans, but I’m guessing it won’t affect Champ’s decision much. This is his last chance to sign a big contract and he knows it. If Denver doesn’t offer the kind of money he thinks he’s worth, it doesn’t matter how much love the fans show. Besides, the last time the fans put together a rally we all saw how it turned out.

NFL Lockout and NBA Lockout: Labor Pains

Lockout. It’s the “L” word everyone’s talking about. Nope, it has nothing to do with the show, although I tried watching it in hopes of getting some information on the situation and left oddly confused about where the players and owners stand. Next season for both football and basketball could be in jeopardy and, unfortunately, Alex Trebek is not presiding over the dispute. Distribution of wealth and the owners’ desire to implement an 18-game season threaten to disrupt the NFL season, which apparently runs from April to February (or if you are the producer of NFL Live, never ends). Roger Goodell and DeMaurice Smith in a steel-caged death match. It would probably sell. Throw in a Doritos commercial and enough money would be generated to finance Jerry Jones’ new belt buckle, another Al Davis lawsuit against someone, or one more overpaid underperforming free agent signing for Dan Snyder. The NBA is seeking to reduce player costs by about 700 to 800 million dollars (the amount paid to Raef Lafrentz and Jim McIlvaine once). Contraction has been discussed (talk about labor pains!), but what would the world do without the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Charlotte Bobcats, apparently extinct NBA species for the better part of a decade.

(Cue movie announcer guy) Impasse. Concessions. Decertification. Collective bargaining agreement. These images invoke the excitement of an AFL/CIO meeting. The league and players union meetings will feature just as many suits, but just a smidge more athletic talent. George Meany was never much of a jump shooter anyway. Player salaries have come a long way since helmet-less athletes threw around a watermelon-shaped football made of horsehide earning nothing more than, perhaps, their two front teeth. Long gone are the days when basketball players took turns shooting at a suspended peach basket, earning nothing more than Dr. Naismith’s praise. Baseball teams played for peanuts and Cracker Jack. Nowadays athletes earn so much they could probably buy off Mr. Planter and wear the top hat and monocle themselves. Cracker Jack may sponsor a stadium and makes millions in the process. Sports figures have trumped, well, Donald Trump.

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Vikings Defensive End Ray Edwards Will Start Boxing if There Is a Lockout

Many signs point to the owners locking out the players when their Collective Bargaining Agreement expires. The owners reportedly are even seeking to cut the minimum salary for players with fewer than four or five years of experience. It really doesn’t seem fair to the players, but Vikings defensive end Ray Edwards won’t let their actions impede his personal growth.

Edwards, who had eight sacks last year and eight and a half the year before, told the St. Paul Pioneer Press via Rotoworld that he plans on pursuing a career in boxing if the lockout goes through “I’ll probably fight the beginning of April, I’ll start my own promotional company,” Edwards said.

This is nothing new for Edwards who talked about his plans to box professionally as recently as the summertime. Even legendary trainer Emmanuel Steward, with whom Edwards has trained, said the Purdue product moves naturally like a boxer.

It sure would be difficult for Edwards to match the success he’s enjoyed in football in boxing, but with some time and dedication who knows what he can do. And his backup plan sure seems more realistic than Brandon Marshall’s. The good news is he’s making plans for the lockout. More players should follow his lead because that outcome seems inevitable.

Rex Ryan: No Doubt Jets Will Win the Super Bowl Next Year

Wait, did Rex Ryan say the Jets would win the Super Bowl in 2011?  What he really meant was 2012.  Yeah, that’s it — next year is their year.  Rex promises.  Maybe the foot fetish scandal was more of a distraction than we think, because there is absolutely no doubt in Ryan’s mind his team is going all the way next season and I’m sure Bart Scott “cant wait!

Rex told Pro Football Talk via the NY Post that “there’s no way [the Jets] don’t get it done next year.”  He then followed with “next year I know we’ll win it,” while sitting courtside to watch the Lakers beat the Knicks at MSG on Friday night.

Yawn.  I know Jets fans love this guy’s straight-shooting attitude and have grown to trust him, but when do they tire of hearing the same thing over and over again.  By guaranteeing a Super Bowl victory, Ryan puts himself in a position to say “I knew this team had it in them the whole time.”  Why not just go out and do it without all the buildup?

If I wake up every morning and say there’s going to be a downpour today, I’m bound to be right at some point.  It doesn’t take a weatherman to predict a rainstorm, but it doesn’t take us long to get sick of one who can’t get it right.  What Rex Ryan has done a tremendous job of over the past two-plus years is proving that talk truly is cheap.

Agent Don Yee Suggests Players Play 16 Games of an 18-Game Schedule

As the NFL and the NFL Players Union work toward avoiding a lockout in 2011, it seems like the list of issues is endless. One of the most highly debated topics has been whether or not to add two games to the regular season schedule. The league is obviously in favor of the move because it would result in more revenue, but the players are concerned for their health and therefore strongly opposed to the idea.

Don Yee, the agent for Tom Brady and Saints coach Sean Payton, has proposed a compromise.  According to the USA Today, Yee has suggested the league move to an 18-game schedule but allow every player to participate in a maximum of 16 games.  Coaches would decide which players to sit as the season progresses.  Here is an e-mail Yee sent to the Associated Press discussing his idea:

This compromise will create even more interest from fans. What two games will the head coach sit the starting QB? That’s a discussion that will set sports talk radio airwaves afire.

“This compromise will also be popular with coaches and general managers who want a greater opportunity to develop younger players. The NFL doesn’t have a minor league, and this compromise will force meaningful participation by younger players on the roster.

“Players also would endorse this because each would effectively get two bye weeks during the year. Bye weeks afford important healing time and personal time away from the game.”

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