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Female Reporter Outdoes Albert Haynesworth in Conditioning Test

We already told you about Redskins defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth failing his conditioning test for the second straight day on Friday. Haynesworth actually appears to be in pretty good shape, making me believe that Coach Mike Shanahan is intentionally trying to make Haynesworth look bad. I understand where Shanahan is coming from — he’s trying to assert his dominance after Haynesworth skipped the team’s minicamp.

So just how bad is the test Shanahan’s been putting Haynesworth through? Not so bad apparently, as FOX 5 reporter Lindsay Murphy can attest. Murphy decided to run the 300 yard shuttle runs (25 yards back and forth six times) to see how her times stacked up against Albert’s. Remember, Haynesworth has to complete the first 300 yard shuttle run in under 70 seconds and complete the second shuttle run in under 73 seconds with only a three minute break between sets. Murphy finished her first set in 68 seconds, besting Albert’s time. Not too bad for a reporter. Here’s the Lindsay Murphy conditioning video from MyFoxDC:

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How Hard is Albert Haynesworth’s Conditioning Test? [MyFoxDC]

But Did He Sign it ‘Straight Cash Homey’?

I came across a blurb on Friday night so bizarre I had to post it. Reading through some of NESN’s Patriots training camp notes, they pointed out that a fan asked Randy Moss to sign a $100 bill for them. Putting aside the obvious issues of whether or not Moss’ signature raises or lowers the value of the bill, or whether or not the value remains unchanged, there is a better question: did he sign it “straight cash homey”?

“When you rich you don’t right checks. How do you pay? Straight cash homey.” True badass. And you wonder why (aside from all the victories he’s led my fantasy teams to) I love the guy. There’s your answer.

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Randy Moss Signs $100 Bill for Fan As Patriots Begin to Feel Pain of Training Camp [NESN]

Haynesworth Gets Karma at Camp by Failing Second Conditioning Test

albert-haynesworth-redskinsI couldn’t help but smile on Thursday when I heard that Albert Haynesworth had failed the conditioning test that he needs to pass in order to participate in training camp. You can only imagine my joy when I heard that Mr. Haynesworth failed again on Friday morning. In my opinion, it’s all just Karma for the Redskins defensive tackle.

2010 has been quite the year for Haynesworth. It all started when he decided he didn’t want to be a team player and show up for two voluntary minicamps. Apparently, he thought his absence would suddenly change the mind of defensive coordinator Jim Haslett and he would leave their defense at a 4-3 instead of the 3-4 that Haynesworth doesn’t like. Well think again. Then he had some baby mama drama with his ex-girlfriend who is apparently pregnant with his child. If things weren’t bad enough with this guy, he not only took the $21 million bonus the team gave him on April 1st, but then it looked as if he was trying to destroy the Redskins too.

So I say Ha! Haynesworth’s behavior is finally catching up to him. When he finally decides he wants to play with the Redskins, he can’t pass the test. It’s awesome. The funniest thing about Friday’s failure was that he needed to complete the first part of the test in 70 seconds or less — and he finished in 71 seconds. Just a thought, but maybe you wouldn’t be in this situation if you showed up for minicamp like the rest of your teammates? Oh well, what goes around comes around.

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Haynesworth fails 2nd conditioning test [AP/FOX Sports]

Robert Kraft: Tom Brady is Staying

If the unthinkable happens and the Patriots are unable to retain Tom Brady beyond the 2010 season, the team’s owner, Robert Kraft, has set himself up to look pretty bad. We all know I think Brady’s staying right where he is, as I pointed out when dicussing how the media is blowing NFL quarterback contract situations out of proportion.  It would appear that Kraft couldn’t agree more and if you put any stock into the guarantees of a team owner, you should have no doubts that Brady and the Patriots will reach a long-term deal.

Kraft recently gushed about his franchise quarterback to the New York Times in a way that we’re almost not accustomed to hearing from an owner.  Here’s what he had to say about Tom Brady’s contract situation, courtesy of Pro Football Talk:

He’s going to be here,” Kraft told Judy Battista of the New York Times. “I love the guy. We’re so lucky to have him. I have an emotional attachment because I remember him coming in as the fourth quarterback, being a skinny beanpole of a kid.”

In my mind, he will be [here],” Kraft said. “One way or another. I believe he wants to be here. We want him here. We have a complicated situation we’re dealing with. There are a lot of forces at work. One way or another it will work out.”

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David Tyree’s Run Comes to an End

David Tyree is known for one thing and one thing only: making one of the greatest catches in Super Bowl history. Unfortunately, making a memorable catch is good enough to get you tryouts with teams in the NFL but not good enough to land you a roster spot if your ability is not up to par. That’s the case for Tyree who played five seasons for the Giants and 10 games last year with the Ravens. He admitted that he wasn’t really in playing shape and sensed that his retirement was coming. The time has indeed come and Tyree is signing a one-day contract with New York to retire as a Giant. How quaint.

For the occasion of his retirement, let’s roll video of David Tyree’s catch in the Super Bowl. Close your eyes Pats fans:

How the heck Eli escaped the pressure and Tyree made that grab is beyond me. I guess some things are just meant to be. Tyree certainly left his mark on the game and will be remembered by football fans everywhere.

Marvin Lewis Not Happy to Have T.O.?

The Cincinnati Bengals have certainly had their fair share of problem players in the past.  Marvin Lewis has shown us that he’s not afraid to stick up for some of those players when they’re being criticized by the media, as evidenced by how quick he was to come to the defense of Cedric Benson, who’s arrested about once a year on average.  In fact, I’d even go out on a limb and call Lewis an enabler.

While we’ve yet to hear much from the Bengals coach publicly about the signing of Terrell Owens, sources close to the situation are saying he doesn’t seem thrilled about owner Mike Brown’s decision to bring him aboard.  Bob Glauber of Newsday is reporting that Lewis has “reservations” about the T.O. signing — although he may not be showing it — and that he’s not entirely in favor of the move.  Here’s what Glauber wrote about Lewis’ opinion on the pairing of Owens and Ochocinco, courtesy of Pro Football Talk:

He’s got big concerns,” a source with “direct knowledge” of Lewis’ mindset told Glauber.  “T.O. is more than just a receiver, and Marvin is aware of the potential for problems.”

In other words, Lewis is willing to defend criminals but it sounds like he’s nervous about bringing in another loud mouth.  I can’t say I blame him really, as T.O. and Ochocinco have the potential of turning into a huge headache.  The fact that they’re best friends is either going to translate into one of the best receiving duos in the NFL or the league’s most exquisite circus act.  Then again, given Ochocinco’s history with TD celebrations, it could very well end up being both.

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Report: Lewis not “entirely on board” with Owens addition [ProFootballTalk]

Patriots Will Bring Young, Underrated Defense in 2010

There’s been a significant amount of chatter over the last couple of seasons that the New England Patriots are a franchise in decline, and rightfully so. Tom Brady has not signed an extension with the team and will turn 33 before the start of the 2010 season.  David Tyree’s miraculous catch prevented New England from enjoying the greatest season any team could ever put together.  Key pieces from their three-time Super Bowl champion roster like Troy Brown, Tedy Bruschi, and Richard Seymour are no longer a part of the team.  They were embarrassed by the Ravens in the opening round of the playoffs last season.  Bill Belichick’s legacy took a major hit as a result of Spygate, and he missed his chance at quieting the critics when the Pats lost to the Giants in 2008.

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