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Eagles Shocker: Donovan McNabb Traded Intradivisionally to Redskins

After an entire offseason of speculation, Donovan McNabb was finally traded to the Redskins Sunday. The price tag was somewhat hefty but certainly less than what the Bears gave up to acquire Jay Cutler. The Redskins gave up a second round pick in this year’s draft and either a third or fourth round conditional pick in next year’s draft as compensation for the five-time Pro Bowler. Ever since drafting Kevin Kolb in the second round in ’07 a mini-controversy had been brewing, not to mention the addition of Mike Vick. Once the team was impressed with Kolb’s back-to-back 300-yard games in a starting role weeks two and three you knew they were eager to make him their new quarterback. That time has unsurprisingly finally arrived, but the shocking aspect of the news to me is that the Eagles traded McNabb intradivisionally to the Redskins.

McNabb may be 33-years-old and entering his 12th year in the League but he’s coming off one of the finest seasons in his career and showing no signs of slowing down. The chances of McNabb starring for the Redskins the next four years is quite high and that means Washington will have a very legitimate shot at beating Philly twice a season for the next several years. While many Eagles fans may have grown tired of McNabb and been anxious to launch the Kolb era, they probably are concerned now that he’s on the Redskins. I’m really, truly shocked that they traded him within the division. It really does show me how confident the Eagles are in Kolb’s ability and how little they think of Donovan. Remember the lengths the Packers went to ensure the Jets couldn’t deal Favre to the Vikings? I can’t believe the Eagles didn’t have more reservations about trading him to Washington, regardless of what they received in return.

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McNabb headed to Washington [ESPN]
Photo Idea: Shutdown Corner

About Time NFL Overtime Rules Changed

What the heck took them so long? The NFL has been around since the 1920s but it took them 90 years to come up with a fair overtime system. The League announced that the rules for overtime will be different in the 2010-2011 season, although as of right now it will only apply to postseason play. I still want to see changes for all games like we said a month ago, but for now, some change is better than none.

The new change says both teams will have an opportunity to possess the football unless the first team scores a touchdown. Although it’s not the change I’d like to see, at least it’s something. I’m the type of person who likes to see teams battle it out in overtime. If I were NFL commissioner I’d tell the owners that this new rule is an improvement but it still sucks and they should follow my suggestion: the same rules should apply as if you were coming back from halftime. One team will have to kick the ball off and obviously the other return it. Overtime will be played just like any other quarter except this is your last chance. The first team to score seven or more points will be declared winner of the game and it should be for regular season games too.

Yup, that’s how I’d do it. I don’t know about you but I’m tired of the whole one-and-done field goal scoring; I want to see touchdowns in overtime. I want to see hardcore defense so frightening that even while I’m protected by a television set I’m still left shaking. While I’m happy that the NFL is changing its rule I feel that it still needs more tweaking. Thankfully the League has shown they will be proactive with the matter and the new system should provide for more interesting football. For playoff games for now.

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Proposal to change OT rules in playoff games passed by 28-4 vote [NFL.com]

Tim Tebow Is Not a Real Quarterback and He Was Told to Shut the F*** Up

Tuesday was not a good day for Tim Tebow. I do concede that there is no such thing as a bad day for Tim Tebow (SEC title game excluded), but Tuesday had to be up there. First, comments his former Florida teammate, wide receiver Deonte Thompson made on Monday were publicized. Thompson was discussing his work at spring practice with new Florida starter John Brantley and praised his new qb. He also took a shot at Tim Tebow in the process. Here were his comments:

“You never know with Tim,” Thompson said. “You can bolt, you think he’s running but he’ll come up and pass it to you. You just have to be ready at all times. With Brantley, everything’s with rhythm, time. You know what I mean, a real quarterback.”

Interpret that comment however you please. As a side note, I was thoroughly impressed with Brantley in his backup work with Florida and I’m expecting big things from their offense next year. As if getting semi-bashed by one of your former teammates wasn’t bad enough, Pro Football Talk relayed a story from the Wonderlic that anti-god squaders will love. Apparently Tebow was trying to lead his classroom in a prayer prior to the players taking the Wonderlic exam. Here’s what PFT says happened: “Said one of the other players in response: “Shut the f–k up.” Others players in the room then laughed.” One of PFT’s commenters summed up the thoughts of many people quite well: “He scored a 22 of 50. He should have studied more and prayed less.” Amen to that.

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Florida Gators WR Deonte Thompson sounds happy to usher in post-Tebow era [Orlando Sentinel]
Tebow’s pre-Wonderlic prayer request falls flat [Pro Football Talk]

Giants and Jets Should Have Opened Up New Stadium Against Each Other

The New York Jets and the New York Giants both wanted to be the first to play in their new home, Meadowlands Stadium. Unfortunately, their fate was decided for them by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell via a coin flip. The almighty coin decided that the Giants would play the first game in the new stadium on Sunday Sept. 12, and the Jets would play the next night for Monday Night Football. Naturally, this led to some pretty ticked off Jets.

Neither of the team’s owners were present for the “coin flip,” leading Jets owner Woody Johnson to release the following angry statement:

“An NFL coin toss has a few fundamental elements that are missing here, most notably the presence of the teams involved,” Johnson said. “That’s how it’s always done in the league, whether it’s determining the order of the draft or deciding who’s going to kick off the game.”

Call me crazy, but couldn’t this have been worked out in way that would make both teams happy? How about doing a little inter-conference play? It’s not unheard of to make the first game of the season an inter-conference match-up. The Chicago Bears and the Indianapolis Colts played against each other for the first game of the 2008 season. The Cowboys and Patriots did it too in 1971. (I know that is an old reference but I have a point…)

Guess what else? The Bears vs. Colts and the Cowboys vs. Patriots were both played as the first regular season game in a NEW stadium.  It’s just boggles my mind as to why the NFL didn’t even seem to consider that as an option.

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Giants, Jets both christen Meadowlands [ESPN]

LFL’s Orlando Fantasy Making Dreams Come True

What used to be a simple form of Super Bowl halftime entertainment has now evolved into a flourishing business. As surprising as it may be, the Lingerie Football League is making sure more fantasies come true by adding franchises.

The Lingerie Football League, or the LFL, debuted last year and enjoyed much success across the nation. Teams are already established in Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York amongst others large cities. The newest additions to the LFL are the Orlando Fantasy and soon-to-be-named team in Baltimore, not to mention the Nashville squad which was looking for a coach.

While the Lingerie Football League has enjoyed initial success, I have to wonder about the message it sends to women. I think it’s empowering. It’s showing that women play with as much heart as the athletes we see in the NFL, or maybe more. These women are playing to prove that talent and beauty can go hand-in-hand. If they have to play in boy shorts and bikini tops then so be it — at least it’s a form of positive attention. If you got it flaunt it, and these girls definitely have it.

Lingerie Football League Pictures

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Baltimore’s Newest Football Franchise [ABC 2 News]
Orlando Fantasy: Lingerie Football [Click Orlando]

Jake Delhomme Is now the Highest Paid Quarterback in the League

Even though Jake Delhomme said he was “blindsided” when the Panthers decided to release him, it wasn’t surprising that Carolina decided they needed a new starting quarterback for the upcoming season. What surprised me was that they didn’t keep Delhomme around as a backup considering he was still owed $12.65 million guaranteed from an extension he signed the prior offseason. Instead, the Panthers cut Delhomme loose, and Jake started looking around for a new gig — one where he could still start. Enter the Cleveland Browns.

The Browns decided to beef up their impressive haul of Seneca Wallace by agreeing to a two-year deal with Jake Delhomme on Saturday. Clearly Wallace and Delhomme will combine to form the most intimidating tag team of quarterbacks since Dan Orlovsky and Drew Stanton. The merits of debating Cleveland’s past quarterbacks (Derek Anderson, Brady Quinn) versus this year’s quarterbacks (Seneca Wallace, Jake Delhomme) is humorous but not intriguing. What catches my attention is that Delhomme reportedly will make $7 million — starter’s money — in his first year with the Browns. Add that to the $12.65 million price tag he’s scoring from Carolina, and Delhomme ends up pulling in $19.65 million this upcoming season, good enough to make him the highest-paid quarterback in the league. Attention Eli Manning: you’ve now been trumped.

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QB Jake Delhomme agrees to 2-year deal with Cleveland Browns [Cleveland Plain Dealer]

Police Officer Jerry Blash Took Pictures with Roethlisberger Before Investigation

What’s worse: an on-duty police officer posing in pictures with Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger hours before investigating him for sexual assault, or his superior not seeing anything wrong with it? I’m still trying to figure that one out because it’s pretty egregious that sergeant Jerry Blash’s police report didn’t even include Ben Roethlisberger’s name. Yes, the same Ben Roethlisberger who’s being investigated for sexual assault didn’t even appear in the initial report. Perhaps even more disturbing is the following comment: “The photographs did not and have not affected the investigation at all,” said Police Chief Woodrow Blue.

No surprise people have wondered about a cover-up in the media when it’s evident there was an initial attempted cover-up with the police. Clearly the legal system doesn’t at all play favorites towards athletes. Not at all.

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Officers posed for photos with QB hours before complaint [The Union-Recorder]
Cop posed for photos with Roethlisberger before investigating complaint [Pro Football Talk]