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Police Release McNair-Kazemi Text Messages to Refute CBS Report

Back when the surprising news came down to ruin the July 4th holiday, it seemed like an open and shut case of murder-suicide for Steve McNair and Sahel Kazemi. The investigation and conclusion by the police didn’t take too long but it left many Cold Case fans unsettled. Count Armen Keteyian of CBS as one of those people considering he spent the past three months investigating the case to show that the police may have done a poor job. Keteyian’s arguments are that the police cited the wrong day of when Kazemi may have bought a gun, that she wasn’t having financial problems (by uncovering a bank statement), and that she wasn’t distraught (showing a police video from her DUI stop). Apparently feeling some pressure, the police released some text message exchanges from McNair and Kazemi to back up their case:

Text messages show a woman asked former NFL quarterback Steve McNair to transfer $2,000 into her bank account hours before police say she shot him to death, then turned the gun on herself.

Sahel Kazemi texted McNair on July 3 to say she was so stressed she might have a breakdown and asked for money to pay cell phone bills. One text said she might need to go to a hospital because she could hardly breathe. The texts also show Kazemi meeting McNair at the Nashville condominium where he was shot. He asked her to leave the front door open for him.

So far Keteyian seems 1-for-3 on his disputing points, the one being credit for the police erring on the day Kazemi bought the gun. One of the other new developments in the case is that there’s a Mississippi woman who claims McNair fathered her child and that she’s seeking financial support. Given Air McNair’s touchdown dancing ways of the past, I’m not surprised. The bottom line is that maybe nobody will know exactly what happened in the case. I still feel there’s the slightest, most minimal chance it wasn’t a murder-suicide but I’m not sure how it’s going to be proven.

Titans Say Patriots Were Running up Score to Raise Their BCS Ranking

The Patriots offense took off Sunday in a lopsided 59-0 win over the Titans in the snow at Gillette Stadium. For the first time all year, New England resembled its 2007 record-breaking offense by throwing for 432 yards (380 by Tom Brady) and six touchdowns. While I was plenty happy to see Brady go off (I have him and Wes Welker in one fantasy league and Randy Moss in the Yardbarker Coors Light League), I have to say I thought it was the wrong move to send Brady out their to start the second half despite already being up 45-0. The Titans had already cheap-shotted Brady with a helmet-to-helmet hit and Tom had already thrown for five touchdowns. What more was there to accomplish aside from injury? Jeff Fisher says he wasn’t bothered because the entire objective of an offense is to score points. That may be what he’s saying publicly but his thoughts have to be much different privately. Just listen to his Pro Bowl linebacker, Keith Bulluck:

“Ah man, it felt like they were trying to raise their rank in the BCS. But honestly and truthfully, I would expect in anything else. I definitely wouldn’t have expected anything else. It’s not their fault we weren’t matching up today. That’s sports.”

That might be the justification but when you look at it, there’s no reason to send Tom Brady out there and have him risk ANYTHING when the team already has a blowout going and Brady’s already racked up the stats. Makes you really wonder what Belichick was trying to accomplish. What we do know is that the 59 point margin is the largest since 1976. Couldn’t the Titans at least have gotten a few pity touchdowns at the end to save face? Guess not. The Titans will definitely be pissed when these teams meet again and they’ll be out for vengeance.

Tony Romo Is a Hall of Fame Quarterback

All you doubters who don’t believe in the power of the Romo can shove it. Just when you were ready to break out the criticism following the loss in Denver, Romo goes out and shows just why he’s a Hall of Fame quarterback — he puts the ball in Miles Austin’s hands and lets Austin do the rest of the work. That formula led to two touchdown passes and 351 yards for Romo in a win over KC and helped make him a Hall of Famer. OK, maybe the win over KC didn’t do all that, but Romo is getting inducted into a Hall of Fame this weekend while the Cowboys are on a bye week. Romo is in Charleston, Illinois this weekend to see his jersey get retired and to be inducted into the Eastern Athletic Hall of Fame.

Romo is Eastern Illinois’ all-time leader in touchdown passes, second in yards, completions, and attempts. What’s cool to hear about Romo is the way he’s been an underdog he’s entire career. The team’s head coach didn’t think much of him but the offensive coordinator convinced him to give Romo a partial scholarship. The coordinator, Roy Wittke, had this to say about Romo, “Tony is he is a self-made guy. He took the tools he had athletically and made the most of it through hard work.” Yeah, don’t hear that too often about Romo, do you? A partial scholarship guy at Eastern Illinois, undrafted, and now QB of the Cowboys … he’s doing something right.

Mike Sims-Walker Was Too Busy Getting His Freak On to Help the Team

58424292Many a fantasy team was hurt on Sunday by the surprise inactivation of Jaguars receiver Mike Sims-Walker who had been a stud in weeks 2-4, catching 19 passes for 278 yards and 3 touchdowns. Luckily if you had been listening to Sporting News Radio the hour leading up to gametime on Sunday you would have heard the news courtesy of the sports update guy. Anyway, considering there were no signs of Sims-Walker having any medical problems during the week, this news was quite a surprise and all we were told was that he broke a team rule. Since the the Jags were in Seattle over the weekend, you had to figure Sims-Walker violated curfew and now it comes out that was exactly the case:

Sims-Walker missed bed check Friday night due to a late-night rendezvous with a lady friend, according to an NFL source, who described the situaton by saying, “undefeated and untied.”

OK, this might be a dumb question but … “undefeated and untied,” is that referring to Sims-Walker’s record with the ladies on the road? Anyone? Anyone? And dude, you think having 52 guys, a coaching staff, and a fanbase is bad pissed at you is bad, wait til you see what the thousands of fantasy owners who were screwed by this sharade have to say. Next time you want to get your socks blown, Mike, do it earlier in the night or wait until after the game. C’mon now, you can’t be acting this irresponsibly when you have an entire country of fantasy owners relying on you! See what you do to Maurice Jones-Drew??

Deion Sanders on Dez Bryant: ‘I Don’t Prostitute Kids’

Deion Sanders mugshotDeion Sanders has found himself in the middle of two controversies recently, the most recent being of the greatest consequence thus far. Prime Time admitted to mentoring Oklahoma State receiver Dez Bryant who recently was ruled ineligible for lying to the NCAA about his contact with Deion. Deion didn’t deny having any contact with Dez but Bryant denied the contact because he supposedly panicked. Why was Dez panicking? Not because he thought Deion worked for NFL agent Eugene Parker, right? Couldn’t be. Deion had an interview with the NFL Network (for whom he acts as an analyst) where he said he doesn’t work for Parker and that he doesn’t have the time to worry about getting paid for recruiting players. His biggest point was that he helps African American players out of the goodness of his heart — that’s it. At one point Deion got off this comment:

I don’t have time to benefit from [recruiting players]. I don’t prostitute kids. I love them. I try to nurture them, I try to call them, challenge them, change them, and take them to another level and inspire them — that’s what I do.

Deion even sold out his agent, Eugene Parker, saying that Parker is the one who told him there were two teams trying to trade for Michael Crabtree — a piece of information that has led to an investigation into tampering charges. While I can buy that Deion doesn’t exactly work for Eugene Parker, his relationship with young players certainly is a conflict of interest because he’ll push players towards Parker. In this sense, he’s giving players bad advice some of the time. Deion also said he would continue to give players gifts to help them out. Once again, no conflict of interest because of his close relationship with Eugene Parker, right? Regardless of who’s behind all this, it’s pretty clear that both Dez Bryant and Michael Crabtree haven’t received good advice lately. You draw your own conclusions.

Denver Broncos Sport Ugly Yellow Jerseys Against Patriots

Several NFL teams have been wearing their throwbacks uniforms this year in a trend that’s spread across several sports. The Cowboys wore theirs on Sunday as did the Chiefs, and the Patriots and Broncos did the same. The Patriots uniforms look familiar because it’s the same ones they had from ’61-’96. The Broncos however aren’t throwing to their Blue and Orange crush John Elway unis. Oh no. They’ve sent it back to the days of 1960-1961 with the first uniforms worn by the franchise.

Broncos Yellow Jersey

The Broncos are sporting those hideous yellow and brown uniforms that have to be amongst the ugliest NFL uniforms I’ve ever seen — and that’s coming from a Bengals fan. The story has it that the reason the Broncos had those colors is because their original owner was cheap and wanted a uniform that could be worn both at home on the road. He got his wish. He also pained the eyes of everyone in Colorado. Seal brown and burnt gold with striped socks. Yuck. The mid-80s Padres think those are some ugly uniforms.

Michael Crabtree’s Awful, Horrendously Phony Introductory Press Conference

Michael Crabtree 49ersThe whole way Michael Crabtree’s holdout was handled was an embarrassment. First off, we hadn’t seen nor heard from the kid forever. Secondly, there was information circulating that he was considering reentering the draft if the 49ers didn’t meed his demands. Then, with the Niners going 3-1 to start the season, Crabtree lost what little leverage he had, and instead he had to cave and crawl back to the team and accept a contract offer that was available back in July. So not only did he not accomplish his goal of earning more money but he also hurt himself in the process by missing vital practices and training camp time, essentially losing a whole year of his career.

Throughout the process it became clear that Crabtree was getting poor advice and that he forgot the cardinal rule about agents: they work for the players meaning Crabtree is Eugene Parker’s boss, not the other way around. If Crabtree were thinking for himself, he would have had Parker hammer out the deal before the season started when it became clear the 49ers weren’t budging. Anyway, the speculation that Crabtree’s getting poor advice was confirmed by his introductory news conference on Wednesday.

For starters, Michael’s agent wasn’t present, leaving Crabtree high and dry to face the media firing squad. That really didn’t even matter because Crabtree was so schooled and coached up to answer questions. If you watched or heard any of it (which you can at the 49ers website), you would see that this kid was taught to recite the cliches worse than Nuke Laloosh. Crabtree didn’t directly answer any question he was asked. Once he heard a keyword such as “training camp,” “fans,” or “holdout,” he had a ready-made answer prepared. It was like watching a robot, not a person. It’s so clear that someone else is puppeting this guy it’s embarrassing (read all the examples below). And after seeing that display it’s no surprise that Mike Singletary almost made him cry.

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