Terrell Owens Sticks His Foot in His Mouth … Again

You would think the guy would learn the first time around that you don’t rip on your starting quarterback — at least to the media and the free world. But apparently guys like Terrell Owens are the exception. As I posted at FanHouse, T.O. said in a recent Q&A with Time Magazine that he would prefer Peyton Manning and Donovan McNabb over Tony Romo:

If you could choose any quarterback in the NFL to be the No. 1 in Dallas, who would it be and why? Patrick McLeod, PANAMA CITY

Man, that’s a tricky question. I don’t want to cause trouble … O.K., I would say Peyton Manning, then Donovan McNabb. Peyton has history on his side, with his dad being a quarterback, and you can’t say enough about how studious he is in the film room.

I guess the man just doesn’t learn. Recently, Roy Williams did a radio interview and said he wouldn’t want any other quarterback than Jon Kitna throwing to him. That’s quite a stretch, but that’s the type of confidence one player should have in his teammate, particularly when you’re talking about a receiver/quarterback relationship. In another question, T.O. also said he’s grown more fond of McNabb, who I feel without question, is one of the best quarterbacks in the league.

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Jon Gruden Talks Some Serious Ish

So the Toledo athletic program has been embroiled in a recent point-shaving scandal. Just yesterday, ESPN.com reported that Bucs QB Bruce Gradkowski, had been named in the scandal. As you can imagine, his head coach, Jon Gruden, did not react kindly to the news.

I don’t watch ESPN. I don’t believe half of the (expletive) people on the channel. If Bruce Gradkowski is throwing games at Toledo, why in the hell does he lead the NCAA in passing percentages? That is a crock. You know, these reports make me sick.

I don’t believe there is any truth to it, and I’ll go to my grave believing that. I hope that ESPN3 or 4 or whatever has some real sources behind this story. It has nothing to do with the kid.

Wow. And they wonder why they call the guy Chucky. I would not want to be in a football meeting with that guy. Parents tuck their kids in at night and say Jon Gruden is going to get them if they’re bad. Yikes.

Chest Bump to the Host Known as BBM

Ode to the Single-Bar Face Mask

There was a Punter Named Scott Player,

Who was Cut by Arizona.

Now we Must Bury the Single-bar Helmet.

When Todd Marinovich, a Needle, Spoon, and Meth Meet

SPORTSbyBROOKS notifies us of the latest chapter in the sad story of former star quarterback Todd Marinovich. Attempting to skateboard in an area in Newport where it wasn’t allowed, Marinovich was arrested for resisting police officers. Oh yeah, he was also picked up on felony drug charges too.

He was found hiding in a carport about 1:30 a.m., police Sgt. Evan Sailor said. After searching Marinovich, police found about one gram of methamphetamine, a metal spoon and a hypodermic needle, Sailor said.

Marinovich was charged with possession of a controlled substance, which is a felony, as well as unauthorized possession of a hypodermic needle and resisting a police officer, both misdemeanors.

When it comes to pissing away athletic careers, it’s hard to beat Marinovich. Well, maybe Ookie has him handled these days. I tell you, it’s a sad, sad story for Todd. Lesson be learned: McDonald’s is good.

Did Bridget Diss Tom By Not Naming the Kid Brady?

As I wrote over at FanHouse, apparently the kid has been named. And no, it’s not Jonathan Brady, as was originally reported. His name, pay attention to the initials, is John Edward Thomas Moynahan. William Van Landingham thinks the kid has a long name. So the Jet does not have Tom’s surname. Is that a slap in the face to Brady? Me thinks that could be the case — especially since he appears to be a concerned father and since he’ll most likely be providing tons of financial support.

Then again, it will be easier for the kid to grow up out of his father’s shadow. Somewhat. It’s not as if Moynahan’s a popular name — people will know who his parents are. Anyways, men, where are you here? Isn’t this pretty jacked up? Shouldn’t the kid at least have a hyphenated name or something? He’s got half Brady blood in him, doesn’t he? Isn’t Tom getting a raw deal in all this?

Video of Michael Vick’s Apology

I have to say, I was quite moved by Michael Vick’s speech today. He apologized to Goodell, Blank, his teammates, and the fans. I’ll let you judge it for yourself, with much thanks to Awful Announcing for the video.

Really, I think he knocked it out of the park, and it seems like he will be doing some soul searching. I bet he still can’t believe that the dog fighting led him to this much public embarrassment. Again, I completely bought the speech, and really appreciated the fact that it was straight from the heart, seemingly un-rehearsed. And thank goodness it was his speech — not that of a public relations firm.

Being an NFL Official Is Not Safe

This is why you must be on the look out for everything … head on a swivel, head on a swivel, head on a swivel …

Yes, that was from Sunday night’s Steelers/Eagles game. I know they don’t do it full time, but I sure hope the refs get good health benefits.

Chest Bump to The 700 Level for the video.