Carson Palmer Ripping Ohio State Was Cool, Apologizing Was Weak

Given that I’m a Bruin and dislike darn near everything SC (with the exception of a few reasonable Trojan friends and other things), it’s pretty hard to say that I have a favorite Trojan. So I guess if I had a Trojan who I disliked the least, it would probably be Carson Palmer. It’s pretty tough when you have a guy beat on your school like a drum (while you’re a student no less) and pretty much hate him, and then see your favorite NFL team take him with the first pick in the draft and make him the face of their franchise. So no, I don’t like Carson, but I dislike him the least. Keep in mind that in addition to performing like one of the top five QBs in the NFL the last three years, Carson has also done pretty much everything right (with the exception of a few ill-advised hot dog ads) and stuck to saying all the right things from day one. Rather than complain about going to the Bengals, he embraced the opportunity and vowed to turn them around. Rather than rip on Chad for being Ocho Cinco or his teammates for getting arrested, Carson’s pretty much avoided the fray. In addition to maintaining a good image, Carson has a lot of school and Pac-10 pride, both of which I appreciate. So it was pretty cool when Carson Palmer ripped on Ohio State when he joined PMS on KLAC recently:

I cannot stand the Buckeyes and having to live in Ohio and hear those people talk about their team, it drives me absolutely nuts. We got Keith Rivers out there and we got Frostee Rucker, we finally got a couple other ‘SC guys. It’s amazing to hear what those guys think about that university and what they think about that football program and Tressel and all the crap I got to put up with being back there.

“I just can’t wait for two years from now when ‘SC comes to the ‘Shoe and I get to, hopefully have a home game that weekend and I can go out there and watch us pound on them on their own turf and kind of put all the talk to rest, because I’m really getting sick of it. I just can’t wait for this game to get here so they can come to the Coliseum and experience L.A. and get an old fashioned, Pac 10 butt-whooping and go back to the Big Ten.”

Now that I can stand for! Carson’s very much a fan like us who listens to sports radio and watches local sports on TV and gets fired up about his team. Does it get much better than that? And this is the same Carson who ripped Nebraska on The Jim Rome Show before USC ran through them last year. Like I said, always appreciate a guy with a lot of school and Pac-10 pride. Unfortunately just as Carson was racking up all the cool points, he had to go out and issue a statement.

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Bill Parcells: Romo’s Botched Field Goal Sent Him Into Coaching Retirement

Coaching in the NFL is no easy proposition. The typical coach probably puts in like 18 hour days during the season, and probably just as many in the off-season. They work hard, gameplan, study video, do everything possible to try and give their team an edge come Sunday. But sometimes all the preparation in the world doesn’t help you with onfield activities, such as kicking a field goal. Bill Parcells knows that quite well. As Game On tells us, he told HBO Real Sports that Romo’s miscue in the playoff game against Seattle led to his permanent retirement from coaching:

“We’d just lost to Seattle and I’m flying back,” Parcells told Andrea Kremer of HBO from his summer home in Saratoga Springs. “I’m sitting up with the pilots, you know, I have a little fear of flying so I ride up in the cockpit. And I said, ‘This is probably going to be my last trip.’ And you just know. You don’t want to go through the whole process again, to get to right where we were. You know?

“And all you got to do is kick a field goal, the most elementary of plays, and then you just don’t do it. And so I don’t want to go through that process again. Too much blood.”

Parcells also apparently said he won’t be butting into Tony Sparano’s business as far as coaching the team goes, though he will continue to have a large say about player personnel decisions. After so many retirements from coaching, I don’t know how much credence we can put into Parcells’ latest comment that he’s done, though this seems more convincing. Depending on how successful he is with the Dolphins, I could see him back on the sidelines again. And how about Tony Romo? Poor guy can’t catch a break.

NFL Players Bet Mortgage Payments on Games of Madden

If there’s two things we know about NFL players, it’s that they make a lot of money and they like to play video games. When you mix the two elements together, naturally you’re going to get some pretty competitive games for some even more competitive stakes. Check out what former cover boys Daunte Culpepper, Marshall Faulk, and Ray Lewis say is on the line when they bust out a game of Madden, courtesy of ESPN the Magazine:

Daunte Culpepper: “Ain’t nothing to bet $15,000 on a game. I’ve won and lost mortage payments over the years.”

Marshall Faulk: “One time, I lost my Bentley for a week. I didn’t think anyone could beat me. I found out the hard way.”

Ray Lewis: “I don’t bet money. I bet push-ups on demand. When I tell you to, you get down and do as many as I say. I might make you do them at dinner, on a date, wearing a suit, I don’t care. My little brother owes me 2,500.”

While I’m not one for watching a bunch of loser teenagers playing Madden on TV, I would love to watch Culpepper playing a game with 15 large on the line. Or even better, imagine watching Ray Lewis win a game of Madden and demand a thousand push-ups on the spot. 2,500 push-ups, are you kidding me? I don’t think I could knock that many out over the rest of my life. Anyone else think these guys have way too much money if they’re winning and losing mortgage payments on video games?

Brady Quinn Is Not Gay, But Homosexual Websites Sure Do Love Him

Though the man has made it pretty clear that he’s not gay (not that there’s anything wrong with that), Browns quarterback Brady Quinn continually seems to find himself in the middle of conflicts with the homosexual crowd. From the alleged homosexual bashing outside a restaurant, to being named “queer of the year,” Quinn’s had a tough time since his entry to the NFL. It also doesn’t help when you’ve been caught in suggestively homosexual poses (on multiple occasions), not to mention grooving to the Village People at a wedding. But the latest homosexual issue for Brady Quinn is sure to draw plenty of embarrassment across the NFL.

Apparently a topless photo of Quinn (pictured above) has been used lately to promote a gay dating website. TMZ says Quinn’s lawyers have already sent a cease and desist letter to the site telling them to remove all images of Quinn immediately. I wouldn’t be surprised if Brady’s people sued at this point. While Quinn says he’s not gay and we know who his girlfriend is, the photo evidence sure has been mounting lately. Check it all out after the jump.

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Josh McCown Wood Chopping His Way Out of Starting QB Job

LBS reader and commenter Jeff emails in with the story of Dolphins quarterback Josh McCown (he’s with the Dolphins now???) who is doing his best to play his way out of the starting quarterback competition. With Chad Henne and Cleo Lemon as the other candidates, McCown actually has a legit shot. Or had, shall we say, since he just injured his hand. From the Palm Beach Post:

McCown said he suffered the injury while cutting wood with his brother, a back-up quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The McCown brothers had cleared trees in a lot near a lake back home Texas and decided to cut some of it up into firewood.

McCown was holding the wood when his brother grazed his finger with a chainsaw.

“It was kid of some miscommunication about where we were cutting,” McCown said.

Yeah, a miscommunication, you don’t say. This ranks right up there with some of our other classic weird injuries on the site. I’ll leave the final word to Jeff who sums things up perfectly: “What schmuck of a QB who makes millions with his hands would be out cutting wood. Isn’t that what he’s supposed to use the money for. Have someone else cut it for him.” Couldn’t have put it better myself.

Paul Hornung Would be Nailing Five Girls a Week if He Were Playing Today

I’m a relative youngster so I guess I wasn’t too familiar with the ladies’ man reputation that precedes Paul Hornung. And in case you hadn’t heard about it, Hornung was there on Tuesday on The Monty Show on Sporting News Radio to remind you. Hornung was talking about the sexual escapades he and teammate Max McGee enjoyed when he was asked this:

Monty: “You guys had a great life, but I don’t think you could live that lifestyle today.”

Hornung: “Oh hell you could. You’re in such good shape, are you crazy? When you’re 24-years-old, you weigh 215 pounds, you can work out every day of your life, you could make love to five girls a week and play 44 games of football. Hell.”

Think Hornung doesn’t wish he could get back into a time machine or that he were born 40 years later? As for how he’d handle things seeing as what happened to Matt Leinart, Hornung said, “Don’t get on the internet.” Maybe he’s only seeing the positives in the equation here. For the record, I could get down with the five girls a week, but I think he has a death wish asking to play 44 games a season. Or maybe he just wants to follow in Travis Henry’s footsteps.

No Right or Wrong Answer for Brett Favre and Packers

I’m glad I held my tongue on commenting on the Packers/Brett Favre situation until now because I’ve just watched the entire Favre/Greta Vantriloquist interview and feel I now have both sides of the story. In case you missed it over the weekend, Ted Thompson laid out an entire timeline of events of what transpired between the Packers and Favre, from his point of view. Since it was coming from Thompson, it obviously painted the Packers as patient folks who gave Favre plenty of opportunities to let them know what was going on and makes Favre look like the bad guy for springing his comeback on them. Now that I’ve heard Vantriloquist’s interview, I have a more balanced perspective and I’ve drawn a conclusion.

My feelings on the Brett Favre/Packers duel is that there is no right or wrong answer and that both parties have been screwed over by matters. I completely understand the Packers wanting to build and prepare for not only this year, but the next few years. That means finding out what Aaron Rodgers can do before the guy’s a freaking free agent. How much would it suck from their perspective for Rodgers to never start a game for them and go somewhere else where he becomes a star, or at least a playoff-type quarterback? How much would it suck for them to have wasted a first-round pick on the guy, get nothing, and have Favre really leave after this season? At the same time, Favre is dealing with a tricky situation because he is a veteran who has the skill to keep playing yet his mental desire and drive to play is tested by the taxing nature of the game. I understand why he wouldn’t feel 100% committed to the team in March — at that time he probably still felt beat up. But four months later, sure, I could see where the fire would be burning once again. I also got an even stronger feeling that he felt pushed out, much like I said back in April when I predicted Favre’s comeback.

Initially I thought Favre was being selfish and holding the team hostage. I still partially believe that’s true, but I also feel that he has earned that right, and that the Packers should be able to call an audible late in the offseason like they did last year and make an adjustment. At the same time, it could be in the franchise’s best interest to prepare for the future by sticking with Rodgers. It’s not often that I am on the fence on an issue, considering I’m pretty opinionated. But this is one where I truly cannot make up my mind because I understand the argument for both sides and I’m honestly 50/50. Yet there is one ultimate conclusion I can draw: this isn’t Hollywood, this isn’t a movie. There doesn’t have to be a storybook ending between the Packers and Brett Favre. He’s already had a brilliant career with them and nothing more needs to be said than that, regardless of what transpires over the next few months. Things will work themselves out for the best.