Braylon Edwards Bashes Cleveland

braylon-edwardsBraylon Edwards was once a disgruntled receiver on a bad Cleveland Browns squad who had problems dropping the ball. After an awful game in October, Edwards beat up a club promoter and the Browns shipped him out of town to New York. Now, Braylon’s a happy player on a good Jets team where he’s viewed as a game-changer.

In an interview with the New York Times, Edwards said there was always friction between him and the city of Cleveland. Not unlike Joakim Noah who ripped Cleveland, Edwards bashed the Mistake by the Lake:

“There’s nothing going on in Cleveland. There’s no real estate. There’s no social life, no social networking. All the people who have something going on leave Cleveland. So Cleveland has nothing, and I came in there with a New York-type of essence. So what? That was the attitude I came in with. Like, this is who I am. They didn’t like the flash.”

Edwards clearly wasn’t a good fit in Cleveland from the start. It didn’t help that Edwards played college ball at Michigan, but the reality is if he respected the city and played well, they would have respected him back. Not fitting in with the Browns is Braylon’s fault. He’ll soon find out that if the drops continue with the Jets, that city will turn on him in a second and Braylon won’t be as big-time as he fancies himself.

Jets’ Edwards Shows Smile and Growth on His Face [NY Times]

Worst Rookie Hazing Haircuts: Jaguars or Broncos?

It would seem that horrible haircuts have emerged as the favorite form of rookie hazing across the NFL over the past couple of weeks.  The first team to grab our attention by butchering rookies was the New England Patriots, but we’ve since stopped feeling bad for the Pats newbies after seeing what the Jaguars veterans have done to their rookies.  Then there was Tim Tebow’s Friar Tuck look, which was original and hilarious in my opinion.

The Broncos weren’t only targeting Tebow, however.  Their other newcomers also got the clippers.  I’m going to say the Patriots rookies got off easy, so let’s take a look at the Jaguars and Broncos to determine who has gotten the worst rookie hazing haircuts so far during training camp.  Granted, the Broncos’ rookies don’t have to deal with haircuts that are in the shapes of male genitalia, but the veterans still managed to do a number on their scalps.  Here are some photos of the Broncos and Jaguars rookie haircuts, courtesy of Busted Coverage:



Who am I kidding? The Jaguars got it way worse.

Photos: Other Great Denver Broncos Rookie Haircuts Other Than The ‘Tebow Monk’ [Busted Coverage]

T.O. Needs to Move on from Dallas Days

It’s almost been a year and a half since Terrell Owens was let go by the Dallas Cowboys. Even after playing for the Buffalo Bills and now alongside Chad Ochocinco in Cincinnati, T.O. still can’t let go of Dallas. Responding to questions from the media, Owens continued to blame other factors like Jason Garrett and Tony Romo for his Cowboys release. He specifically called the Cowboys release “premature.”

In case you missed it, here’s what T.O. had to say:

“Do I think I should probably be there? Yeah. It was short-lived. I was prematurely let go. Things like that happen.”

Oh T.O., seriously? Why are you talking about the Cowboys now? I know it might still tick him off because he believes that he shouldn’t have been let go, but he was about to take the field with his new team and he’s sitting there talking about his old one. That’s like going on a date and talking about your ex the whole night. You just don’t do that.

Isn’t he happy in Cincinnati with Ochocinco? I thought that this is what they both wanted–to play together. All I can say is that T.O. needs to let this one go. At age 36, I can guarantee that he will never play with the Cowboys again. He’s not the player that he used to be, and therefore he should be happy to even have a team. Cherish your time in Cincinnati T.O., because who knows how this match with Ochocinco is going to turn out.

Owens feels he should still be Cowboy [AP/FOX Sports]

How to Pronounce NFL’s Toughest Names

Is it just me or does it seems like athlete’s names are getting harder to pronounce each year? Sometimes it even hurts my brain to look at the jumble of letters and decipher how  to pronounce them. Well that all ends here. I’ve put together an NFL pronunciation guide for the hardest names in football. Now, you can impress your friends with your ability correctly say the name of any player that you want. Without further ado, here’s how to pronounce some of the toughest names in the league:

Arizona Cardinals:

Hamza Abdullah (Ham-za ab-duh-LA)

Kenny Iwebema (ee-WEB-uh-muh)

Deuce Lutui ( luh-TOO-ee)

Pago Togafau (PONG-oh TONG-uh-fow)

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Cushing Blames ‘Overtrained Athlete Syndrome’ for Positve Test

Has Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing been using steroids since high school?  Of course not.  He insists he hasn’t, so we have to believe him, right?  At first I was skeptical, but now we’ve got a medical diagnosis that supports Cushing’s denial.  The former USC star trains so hard for such an extended period of time that he’s become a product of “overtrained athlete suyndrome,” which supposedly spikes an athlete’s hCG levels and causes a testosterone imbalance.  Cushing tested positive for increased levels of hCG back in May, resulting in a four-game suspension:

Everything points to that overtrained athlete syndrome,” Cushing said, walking back to the Texans’ locker room after their afternoon practice. “I’m pretty sure it is. I’m pretty positive. I didn’t take anything. It’s not a tainted supplement. So all roads lead to that.”

Does it get any more lame than this?  I don’t think anyone has to go further than reading the name of the syndrome before wanting to laugh.  I bet members of the AP will buy this excuse, but I certainly don’t.  It’s funny how we’ve never heard of such a thing with any other player who’s tested positive for a steroid-related substance.

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Emmitt Smith Cried During HOF Speech

For all the awful moments Emmitt Smith had as a football analyst at ESPN, he erased much of it with his moving speech on Saturday evening in Canton. Expected to deliver the longest speech during the induction ceremony and hog the spotlight, Emmitt stole the show — in a good way.

Speaking last of the seven accomplished Hall of Famers from the 2010 class, Emmitt was just that in his speech — total class. He explained how he dreamed of playing for the Dallas Cowboys at the age of six, how he wrote down a list of goals he hoped to accomplish in the NFL, and he wound up making good on all of it with hard work and dedication. While Emmitt did talk about himself, he spent most of his time at the podium recognizing and thanking others. He talked about his family, his teammates, and his coaches.

Emmitt spent time thanking the other members of the triplets (Michael Irvin and Troy Aikman), all of his offensive lineman, and his lead blocker, Daryl Moose Johnston. In fact, Emmitt broke down while thanking Moose in what was the most emotional moment of the entire night. Here’s the Emmitt Smith crying video from his Hall of Fame enshrinement speech:

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Tim Tebow Gets the Friar Tuck Haircut

We’ve already established that Tim Tebow was a certified pad carrier when it came to NFL rookie hazing, but now we know he also takes whatever they do to him like a champ. Giving rookies jacked up haircuts has become quite the trend amongst hazing rituals, and nothing compares to what the Jaguars did to their rookies. But as we found out via Sports by Brooks through LenDale White’s twitter account, messed up haircuts are the best when they’re administered to star players. Check out a picture of Tim Tebow’s new haircut from the rookie hazing:

Well, if there was one benefit from the Broncos signing LenDale White, this was it. He just earned his pay.

Friar Tebow: Denver Rookie Gets Haircut Hazing [Sports by Brooks]
LenDale White on Twitter