NFL Network had an excellent commercial that aired during the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl that sparked the question: who is Leon Sandcastle?
Sandcastle was the fictional alter-ego created by NFL Network analyst Deion Sanders, who shows up at the 2013 NFL Combine to prove that stars like RG3, Russell Wilson, and Andrew Luck are not the most dominant rookies ever.
During the commercial, Sanders wears a wig and signs up for the combine under the name “Leon Sandcastle.” He runs a 4.2 40-yard dash, and gets hyped up by NFL Network analysts Mike Mayock and Kurt Warner. Eventually, the Kansas City Chiefs supposedly select Sandcastle No. 1 overall.
The Dallas Cowboys finished 8-8 for the second straight season and missed the playoffs for the third straight year after losing to the Washington Redskins 28-18 Sunday with the NFC East on the line. Tony Romo threw three interceptions, including picks on back-to-back possessions in the first quarter, and a third to ruin a comeback attempt late in the game. The performance cemented nearly everything about Romo’s reputation as a player; he commits too many turnovers and chokes under pressure.
Former Cowboys legends Michael Irvin and Deion Sanders, who work for NFL Network, were among the commentators who were hard on Romo following the poor ballgame.
“I’m never going to say 8-8 is a success, not a guy who holds three rings. Playing hard is good. Winning is better,” said Irvin, via the Los Angeles Times. “You watch all these guys, Robert Griffin III, Eli Manning, Michael Vick — these are top quarterbacks, drafted in top spots, they know and feel like they belong in that situation. Tony Romo is the only undrafted QB in the East and sometimes, in those moments, he feels like, ‘I have to prove to everybody I belong here,’ and tries to do so much and that gets him into trouble.”
Sanders seemed even more fed up.
“How many times are we going to sit here as fans and say, ‘Here we go again?'” Sanders said. “I love to win at all costs. 1-6 in elimination games, that’s telling me something is not getting better around here. The kind of person I am, I need to jump off and try to correct this thing…. I can’t put this one thing all on Tony. But Tony brings me to the same situation at the conclusion of every year. Take a picture, this date, and see if we’re playing the same picture next year. We always think it’s going to get better, but it’s the same-old same-old.”
I don’t really agree with Irvin that Romo is out to prove he belongs with these other quarterbacks, but how can you not agree with Deion? It feels like the same thing over and over with Romo. The guy makes some spectacular plays and can move the ball, but he’s so unreliable with the game on the line. Dallas’ front office would have to be foolish not to see that by now and realize they need to make a change.
The video was of Hogan having sex with the ex-wife of radio personality Bubba the Love Sponge, Heather Clem. Reports last month claimed that Clem regularly had sex with other men with Bubba’s consent, so long as she videotaped it.
Now, Gawker, which is being sued for $100 million for posting a clip of the sex tape on their website, reports that Deion Sanders, Warren Sapp, Tony Stewart, and Aubrey Huff are among those who also had sex with Clem on tape.
It seems like an odd group, but we can at least explain two of the hookups: former Bucs DL Sapp and former Rays 1B/OF Huff were both big athletes in the Tampa area where Bubba broadcasts from. And Stewart, well Stewart just loves women.
Deion Sanders took some heat last week for making his personal drama with estranged wife Pilar Sanders public on Twitter. Last week, Deion tweeted about being physically attacked by Pilar and her friend in his Texas home. But Sanders defended his actions Wednesday on “Good Morning America,” saying that he went on Twitter to protect his public image.
“I can’t be alleged the guy that’s lost his mind,” Sanders told Robin Roberts. “That’s not who I am or what I am. I’m opening up schools. I’m doing many things for the community. I have endorsements.
“My son came and said, ‘Daddy, mommy’s called the ambulance, she’s getting to the ambulance, nothing is wrong with her.’ I said, ‘Oh my god, that’s the last thing that I want to see is the first thing the public hear is that I’ve abused my wife’
“So sporadically, and quickly, we said, you know, we got to really tell our side of the story first and get it out there and that’s where it came from.
“I’m not happy, I’m not going to say I’m proud, but that’s the truth. When you have an allegation that I’ve hit you, that I’ve touched you, that I’ve assaulted you? That’s straight-up ignorant.”
After last week’s incident, Pilar was arrested and charged with assault family violence, a misdemeanor. She and Deion have been involved in an increasingly nastydivorce. Again, we only have Deion’s side to the story right now, but if Pilar was trying to leave the scene in an ambulance in an attempt to drum up sympathy in her favor, Deion’s explanation for taking the situation to Twitter makes complete sense.
Deion Sanders is involved in a divorce with his wife, Pilar, that has become nasty at times. Pilar has made some damaging accusations about her soon-to-be ex-husband, and Deion has shot back. But things got really bad between them recently if the following two tweets sent from Deion’s account on Monday afternoon are true:
Pray for me and my kids now! They just witnessed their mother and a friend jump me in my room. She’s going to jail n I’m pressing charges!
Deion Sanders is going through a divorce with his soon-to-be ex-wife Pilar Sanders that has gone from ugly to hideous in a hurry. What started out with the two still living together during the split has turned into a $200 million lawsuit. Pilar is alleging that Deion caused her “mental distress, public humiliation, and financial loss” with the “emotional and physical abuse” inflicted on her by him and others. Deion thinks it’s laughable that someone would claim he has $200 million lying around.
“Where they going to get that money from?” Sanders said during an interview with ESPN Radio’s Ben and Skin Show in Dallas. “Where they going to get that money from? That’s like me suing a homeless dude for a burger and some fries.
“I’d have four schools built right now (if I had that much money), at least. Just when you think they can’t get any more ignorant. Let me tell you what’s going to be next. Me and — what’s the little dude’s name? — Mini-Me are going to be sleeping together. Or he’s going to be my adopted son or something like that. That’s next. It’s horrendous, but it’s to distort my focus man.”
Some solid metaphors from Deion right there. Couldn’t have said it better myself. He also added that he’s only being attacked because he’s happy with where his life is at and because he’s “making a difference.” In reality, his wife is suing for $200 million in hopes that she can take him for everything that he has — whether it’s $200 million or much less. As for how much she will get, I suppose that depends on Pilar’s lawyer’s ability to prove that Deion really did cut her off financially and only offer her $300,000 in exchange for sex.
Deion Sanders and his soon-to-be ex-wife Pilar are going through a nasty divorce. There is the standard amount of he said-she said disputes in their highly-publicized split, but things have been taken to a new level.
In a recent court filing, Pilar complains that Deion has cut her off financially. She’s asking for the court to make him pay her because she and her children are in survival mode. But here’s the kicker:
“Since [Deion] filed for divorce on December 21, 2011, he has given [Pilar] $300.00 and offered her money in exchange for sexual favors,” the filing claims.
Pilar says she turned that down.
At first it looked like matters between the two were amicable considering they were living together, but that has changed. It’s not going to get prettier anytime too soon, you can believe that.
The Dallas Cowboys are no longer the Cowboys of 1990s. We all know that. Even the younger players on the team know that. As long as Tony Romo continues to find ways to lose games and the Cowboys prove they lack toughness, they will not return to the top of the football universe.
Yet Dallas continues to attract the same amount of attention and has as rabid a fan base as ever. Despite the fact that his team has not advanced beyond the Divisional round of the playoffs since it won the Super Bowl in 1996, Jerry Jones continues to rake in the cash. According to Deion Sanders, he has done so by setting false expectations for the team year after year.
“You got to give your hats off to Jerry Jones,” Sanders said Wednesday on his NFL Network show. “He creates this persona, this image that this team has a chance. They’re going to win it all every year. And that says a lot from the ownership position. But I don’t think they think about, ‘Hey, we’re going to the Super Bowl.’ It’s not like that. ‘We just got to get in the playoffs and anything can happen.’ So the expectations has lessened.”
In other words, Sanders thinks ownership is convincing the fans of something that even they don’t believe in. Romo and company have done some reassuring as well, but it’s tough to tell if Deion is saying this as a back-handed compliment. Whether Jones believes he has assembled a Super Bowl contender or not, it’s his job to make sure the fan base thinks he has. The expectation has not lessened in Big D — only the results have.
When its quarterbacks are playing their best, the NFC East may be the best quarterback division in football. Most divisions have two or three viable starters at the quarterback position, but you could argue the NFC East has four. Tony Romo may be a choke artist and Michael Vick may be an excuse-maker, but when healthy they rank among the top-10 quarterbacks in football. Say what you will about Eli Manning, but he has kept the Giants in playoff contention every year. What about Rex Grossman?
This season, Grossman has played efficiently enough for his Redskins to be in first place in the division after five weeks. They have a long way to go if he wants to fulfill his promise, but Rex has protected the ball and put his team in position to win every week. But would you call him the best quarterback in the NFC East? That may be a statement only Deion Sanders could make.
“I’m going to say something that could shock you,” Sanders said in a video on NFL.com that can be seen here. “Let me look at my camera and spit this game. Rex Grossman may be the best quarterback right now in the NFC East. Yeah I said it and I didn’t stutter. He may be. And the team with the most balance may be the Washington Redskins.”
Michael Irvin then looked into his camera and said he would take all three of the other NFC East quarterbacks over Grossman. Do the ‘Skins have the most balance? That is very possible. The Giants are a different team every week, Romo can’t stop making mistakes, and the Eagles can’t stop anything on defense. Is Grossman better than Vick, Romo, and even Manning? From a skill perspective, there is no way. From a winning football games perspective, the records do the talking. If the Redskins win the NFC East, Rex could validate Deion’s statement in some senses.
Disgraceful. Disgusting. Shameful. Reprehensible. Sell out. Those were some of the words that came to mind as I witnessed Deion Sanders’ speech at the Pro Football Hall of Fame. It wasn’t so much the speech that bothered me (though there are some aspects that made him seem phony). Rather, it was Deion’s choice to sully his esteemed gold jacket with a corporate logo, and plug his corporate sponsor during his speech, that ticked me off.
As you can see in the picture above, Deion prominently placed a pin with the logo of a sports apparel company on the right jacket lapel. Marshall Faulk also wore a logo pin, but his was on the left and hardly noticeable because it was covered by the flower. Deion’s pin stood out.
Then, four and a half minutes into his speech while Deion was thanking people in his career, he paused as he got to another category: sponsors.
“[sponsor’s name] you see a bunch of kids around here with ‘truth’ on. It would have not been possible had it not been for [sponsor]. I thank you [sponsor], and I love you. Dearly,” Deion said, becoming the first person I know of who sold commercial time during a Hall of Fame induction speech.