We here at LBS found Brett Sutter’s mug shot from when he punched a cabbie to be hilarious. This dwarfs it.
Laurence Maroney was arrested in St. Louis on Monday night for possession of marijuana and carrying a concealed weapon while under the influence (he has a permit to carry otherwise). The Infinity he was riding in contained Maroney and five other friends who were smoking a whole bunch of weed and carrying three guns. His mug shot could be the greatest we’ve ever witnessed.
What are you thinking, Laurence? Forget the weed. Forget the concealed weapon. Did you lose some sort of dare that resulted in your having to sport the Pippi Longstocking look? This could be the most embarrassing hairtsyle I’ve ever seen on a professional athlete.
Clearly, the Patriots knew what they were doing when they got rid of the first round draft bust. Aside from being a terrible NFL running back, we now realize Maroney is one of the game’s biggest clowns.
Thanks to Deadspin for the picture.
Marc Mariani’s muffed kickoff return. Often times, we have a tendency to overlook a team’s glaring holes when they come away with a win. I’m sure Josh McDaniel’s won’t do the same, as the Broncos head coach needs to realize his team has to run the ball more effectively if they want to win more games.
Knowshon Moreno was inactive once again for Denver on Sunday as he continues to nurse a hamstring injury. As a result, Correll Buckhalter and the newly acquired Laurence Maroney split the rushing responsibilities. Here’s how the tandem did:
Maroney – 11 carries, 5 yards, 0 touchdowns, 1 fumble
Buckhalter – 6 carries, 3 yards, 0 touchdowns
For those of you math geniuses, that’s 0.45 yards per carry for Maroney and 0.50 yards per carry for Buckhalter. Not including Kyle Orton’s scrambles, the Broncos ran the ball 17 times for 8 yards — an average of 0.47 YPC.
My cousin Knowshon Moreno became an LBS favorite during his college career at Georgia for some spectacular plays he made (check em out if you haven’t seen them). Unfortunately, since leaving school early and being drafted in the first round last year, things haven’t worked out too well for Moreno as a pro.
Moreno started off last season entering camp late because of contract negotiations. Once in camp, he promptly sprained his knee which weakened his ability the first few weeks of the season. This off-season, he partially tore his hamstring, though the injury did not seem to bother him the first two games of the year. On Friday, Moreno hurt his other hamstring with a partial pull.
Moreno has already been ruled out for Sunday’s Broncos/Colts game. The shocker here is that a week after acquiring Laurence Maroney from the Patriots, the former Golden Gopher will likely be toting the rock for the orange and blue. Pats fans were always disappointed with Maroney for a number of reasons.
Entering this season, Maroney was on the hot seat because of fumbling issues he had last year. Then he hurt his groin which buried him further down the depth chart. Throughout his career, ribs, groin, and knee problems have bothered Maroney. The entire 2008 season was a disaster when Boney was placed on injured reserve early in the year because of shoulder injury. Clearly the man has had health issues, but for some reason I still believe he can be a decent back.
In Denver’s offense, they pass the ball so I wouldn’t expect any 100-yard games for Maroney, but he’s competent enough to get 80 combined yards and a score. Hopefully he can live up to the price Denver paid to get him (a 4th round pick). He has a good chance to perform against a weak Colts run defense on Sunday.
There’s nothing like getting into your car after a hard day’s work and being treated to phenomenal sports news right away on the radio. The first thing I heard on 98.5 The Sports Hub — my favorite station for Boston sports talk — when I started my engine this afternoon was that Laurence Maroney has been traded to the Denver Broncos. Hallelujah.
Yes, I’m thrilled that the Patriots were able to finagle a 4th rounder from the Broncos in exchange for Maroney and a 6th rounder. His days in New England were numbered to begin with. However, I’m most ecstatic about the fact that I don’t have to listen to broadcasters, talk show hosts, and callers dedicate 75% of the post-game discussion to how much No. 39 sucks and what an epic bust he’s become.
There will be no more, “Why can’t Maroney just hit the hole hard?” No more, “I’m sick of watching Maroney tip-toe and side step.” And, most importantly, no more, “Why don’t the Patriots just get rid of this guy?!?!?”
Maybe Maroney will be successful in Josh McDaniels’ offense out in Denver, but it certainly won’t turn into a situation where Patriots fans regret trading him if he tears it up. The Minnesota product showed very few flashes of brilliance while running the ball with the Patriots and had an insanely difficult time staying on the field. The sad part is I think Maroney has the talent to succeed in the NFL. Sometimes a player just isn’t a good fit for a certain system, and I think this is a perfect example of one of those instances.