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Vince Young Now Seems to Want out of Tennessee for a New Team

Vince Young, our favorite double-sided quarterback, seems to be going back on his promise to no longer speak to the media. I’m guessing his latest remarks to WMAR-TV, presented by Pro Football Talk, will have Jeff Fisher and the Titans organization panicking:

“I definitely want to get back out there playing ball and picking up where I left off, winning games and having a good time with my teammates and with the fans. At the same time, if them guys don’t want me to be in there, it’s time for me to make a career change for myself. Because the fact is I’m ready to play ball. If they’re not ready for me to play ball, then somebody is.”

Sounds like a threat to me! I’m guessing teams will be lined up for an immature, retirement-minded 25-year-old quarterback with a lifetime passer rating of 68.8. Maybe Vince Young will be able to regain his confidence over time, but one thing’s for sure — it’s not going to happen with Tennessee. The guy needs a new team, a new city, and he needs to start over with new teammates that he hasn’t already bailed on. At least the time on the bench gives him plenty of nights to try and pimp it at the clubs. Oh yeah, what do you think he had in mind when he said it’s time for a “career change?”

Maurice Clarett Is Blogging, Says His Career Isn’t Over

I can’t even remember the last time I mentioned the name Maurice Clarett. I think it’s been so long since he’s been in the consciousness of the American public that I’ve never even written a story about him here at LBS. Well our favorite Grey Goose chugging running back apparently is still in prison and trying to turn his life around. Oh yeah, and he has some lofty goals of trying to play professional football again:

I can’t hold these feelings in anymore. I want to play football again. I have a deep desire to play. I love the game. I have so much penitentiary aggression pinned up inside of me. I want to hit someone. I want to run the ball. I want to tackle someone. I want to play. I am going to play somewhere. I cannot accept how things ended. I won’t accept how they ended. I am 220, rock solid. I am moving swift, running fast, and jumping high. My mind is right and my life is in order. I am 25 but I feel like I am 18. I am still young. Those who do support me deserve and want to see me out there playing again. I play with some pretty good athletes back here. In the penitentiary you could say basketball is football. Back here everything is aggressive. Everything is intense. I know I am an asset to someone’s locker room on so many levels.

That’s nice that Clarett has the passion for the game again and really wants to play football but let’s be real here: the guy had a golden opportunity to play years ago and couldn’t cut it physically. Why would anything be different six or seven years later? They wouldn’t be. I’m not even sure he’d have a chance at making it in the UFL or Arena League should it come down to that. It’s just been way too long and Clarett will just have to channel his energy and passion into something else, sorry to say. Not many others saw such a 180 degree turnaround the way Clarett did. Man.

(via MJD’s Shutdown Corner)

Jake Long’s Even Richer Than Before

The South Florida Sun Sentinel posted this weekend about Dolphins left tackle Jake Long and his contract. Apparently the writer was cruising through the NFLPA and saw that Long’s going to be making some serious coin in the upcoming seasons. The former first overall selection signed a five-year $57 million deal worth $30 million in guarantees. Apparently he’ll be seeing almost all of that money thanks to a bump likely for making the Pro Bowl. Check out the raises Long is getting in the upcoming years.

    2009 – $3.75 $6.5 M
    2010 – $4.5 to $9M
    2011 – $5.25 to $10M
    2012 – $6 to 10M
    2013 $6.75 to $10.75M

Now we’re not 100% sure about this one but it seems likely that the increase was due to Long making the Pro Bowl as a rookie. Whether or not that’s the case, spending $9-$10 million a season on a starting offensive lineman seems a little absurd. Especially consider that the franchise tag for a running back only pays around $6.5 million a season (that’s the average salary of the top five players at the position). Then again, you put the right blockers in front of a runner and anyone will be a Pro Bowler.

Terrell Owens: Blame Romo and Garrett for Me Being Cut by Cowboys

Pretty much only Jerry Jones and a few people inside the Cowboys inner-circle know the real reason why Terrell Owens was released this offseason. Everyone else has a guess at it — albeit a good one — but we don’t know the real reason. Now either Terrell was told why he was released and he’s shared the reason, or he’s just pinning it on the guys he feels are the culprits. Anyway, here’s the evidence as it comes to us from Twitter. A comment to T.O. said the fan wasn’t happy Owens got released by the Cowboys. Here was T.O.’s response:

neither ws i, blame the OC & romo!! but i’m happy 2 b where i am but i miss the other guys tht were & r true teammates!!

By the way, I feel dirty even posting that comment in it’s ridiculously pathetic grammatical form. If Twitter’s encouraging such terrible shorthand and bad habits then I’m not about it. I can’t wait for the national media (aka ESPN) to pick up on this one and run with the ball. I bet T.O. denies this comment. He could have just taken the high road and skated but apparently he hasn’t. And what about the Bills? Giving him a king’s entry to Buffalo? They’re setting themselves up for serious disappointment.

(via Dallas Cowboys Blog and DC Fanatic’s Blog)

Video: President Obama Welcomes Super Bowl Champ Steelers to White House

With the Steelers making their appearance in D.C. to be honored for winning the Super Bowl, James Harrison was missing. President Obama I’m sure was told about his comments but did not address it. Instead, he limited the talk to those in attendance. If you check out the video, you’ll notice that the Steelers all wore white polo shirts with team logos on them because they got down-and-dirty putting together care packages to send to our troops. Obama also admitted that he was rooting for the Steelers. Even though he’s the President, he does come across as just a “regular guy.” Check it out:

It’s nice that Obama actually knows sports so he doesn’t make a fool of himself like that guy from Florida International who called Isiah Thomas Isiah Thompson. And of course, there was a strong presence of Steelers fans in attendance. They are freaking everywhere.

Michael Vick’s Suspension Should be Lifted by Roger Goodell

Usually I take a pretty hard-line stance when it comes to disciplining athletes for off-field issues, especially when it’s something that involves hurting other people such as driving drunk or using steroids. Michael Vick’s case is pretty unique because there’s no precedent for bankrolling an illegal and brutal dog fighting operation. On one hand, you could make an argument that dog fighting isn’t much different from people and athletes who enjoy cock fighting, and that even horse racing can be considered inhumane. On the other hand, Vick was a megastar in the league, and rather than concentrate on his quarterbacking skills, he completely headed up a disgusting organization and participated firsthand in some heinous activities.

I could give Michael Vick a pass and say the guy had way too much money on his hands and got caught up in the wrong group, almost like hazing in a fraternity. I won’t do that, but I’ll say that the guy definitely served his time and was punished much more than other criminals in the league. The guy’s losing about two years of his life and should get another shot in this league — only if a team wants to take him. Problem is Vick wasn’t more than an average quarterback before going to prison — he was all sizzle and no steak. The guy was so well-marketed and such a creation of hype that he sold jerseys and packed stadiums and highlight reels. Now? Who’s going to be bold enough to buy a Mike Vick jersey? Tough question.

What sucks for Vick is that there are plenty of guys in the league who have done far worse. Take Leonard Little and Jared Allen for example, both guys have multiple DUIs and Little’s repeat offense came after he killed someone while driving drunk. Pacman Jones inciting strip club shootings and Chris Henry getting arrested 40 times since being drafted are both worse than what Vick did. Thing is Vick’s popularity, stardom, and hype is all coming back to bite him four-fold because now he’s the most notorious of all NFL criminals. It’s almost like the same way he got extra pub on the field for stuff he didn’t deserve he’s now getting excess negative backlash. Guys like Henry, Pacman, Allen, and Little should be out of the NFL faster than Vick should be. No matter how you slice it, they’re all scum and impossible to root for unless they’re helping your team win. But Vick wasn’t that good too begin with, so who would even bother with him?

Steelers LB James Harrison Spits on Super Bowl Champ White House Tradition

James Harrison was the Defensive Player of the Year in the NFL and a big reason why the Steelers reached and won the Super Bowl this past season. The win marked Harrison’s second Super Bowl win in his career, meaning his team was invited to the White House to be honored and recognized by the President once again. Harrison declined the invitation to attend the first ceremony and will do the same this time around as well. He explained his decision to WTAE:

“This is how I feel — if you want to see the Pittsburgh Steelers, invite us when we don’t win the Super Bowl. As far as I’m concerned, he [Obama] would’ve invited Arizona if they had won.”

Man, I am all for the idea of not wanting to bend over for anyone or smooch butt, but this is the President we’re talking about here, not some team passing you up in the draft or a coach saying you’re not good enough. There’s no reason to hold the grudge against the Prez — these things are determined beforehand — everyone knows the winning team of all major sporting events gets honored at the White House. It’s not like the Prez is channel surfing ESPN for players to hang out with and play golf with, he’s got a few other things to take care of. If Harrison had won MVP would he have declined the invitation to Disneyland saying Disneyland should come visit him?

I appreciate Harrison’s attitude, edge, and underdog mentality, but being invited because of tradition isn’t a sign of disrespect. I hope he doesn’t get pressured into going now that he’s shared his thoughts and sure to take criticism — he should stick to his guns.