In other news, Bob Sanders is out (shocking I know) and Anthony Gonzalez is out (I see he is following the Bob Sanders model for football careers). Here is a stat on Bob Sanders. He has played 48 of the 97 games since he has been drafted. Bob Sanders is Football's answer to Mike Hampton...Big money for 2 or 3 games a year. Sheesh. Kevin Kolb is out after suffering a concussion in a game that saw way too many injuries. The Eagles/Packers saw Kolb out, Stewart Bradley has a concussion, Leonard Weaver has a torn ACL, and Ryan Grant messed up his ankle (He and Weaver are out for the year.). Dear NFL, as much as I would like an 18 game season, this game (plus Connor Barwin of the Texans disturbing injury) was reason enough not to have one. I actually would like my favorite players to be able to have healthy lives after football.
Michael Vick showed glimpses of the old Michael Vick, Tom Brady and the Pats ran rough-shot over Cincinnati, but two of the biggest stories of the week were Reggie Bush and Inez Sainz. Reggie gave back the Heisman trophy this week, without admitting anything. Reggie, I'm aware that many college athletes take money, just as I'm aware that some take steroids, are binge drinkers, and cheat in the classroom, too. That said, it doesn't make it right. Sure players should probably receive some of the revenue from the sale of their jerseys or their likeness; however, they know what they are signing up for. They promise just like other scholarship students to maintain integrity. Sorry, Reggie, you got caught. Just like the cheater in the classroom or the speeder on the highway, everybody does it, but you got caught. Too bad, so sad. On average, one year at USC costs over $50,000. That's more than some adults make working every single day. That's not enough? You want them to pay for your parents, too? You want them to pay for custom suits and fancy cars, too? Sorry, that's for after college, just like all of the other students. Until the rules change, follow them or don't get caught. Don't feel too bad for Reggie. He has a Super Bowl ring, a gambit of girlfriends, and millions of dollars, while USC lost 30 football scholarships over three years and vacated 14 victories in which Bush played from December 2004 through the 2005 season. Reggie cost 30 other kids the opportunity to shine at USC.
This is all I have to say about the Inez Sainz vs. the Jets story. Really? On both cases. You are grown men working in a professional capacity. You are professionals and your office is the field and the locker room as the way the rules are written now. Act like it. How would you feel if that reporter had been your sister, wife or other female relative? Even if she were wearing a bikini and stripper heels, she was granted a press credential. You have to treat her as a member of the press, period. You are not 12 year old boys with no self-control. You are grown men. Act like it. Ms. Sainz, I'm aware that you have a "provocative style" that you don't want to change. I'm not saying that you deserved whatever was said or done to you (still unclear to this day). You have a responsibility to act like a grown up, too. You are not a 20-something newbie. You are a 32 year old woman. Act like it. When you are in the studio, do whatever you bosses will allow you to do, but when you are in the field dress appropriately. Act like a professional. If you don't know how, see Pam Oliver or Suzy Kolber, I'm sure they can help you out. If both parties had acted like professionals we wouldn't have had a story. Period.
I don't even want to talk about how my fantasy teams went 0-5 last week. Turrible, just Turrible. *Throws hands in the air.* Giving up my manager card...
I did a better job with my picks last week going 10-5. Thanks San Francisco, Indy, Atlanta, Denver, and Dallas for messing up what could have been a good week. So here we go!
Pittsburgh vs. Tennessee- Tennessee
Baltimore vs. Cincinnati- Baltimore
Philadelphia vs. Detroit-Philadelphia
Arizona vs. Atlanta-I'm picking Falcons as they celebrate Tony Gonzalez day
Kansas City vs. Cleveland-Romeo Crennel and his defense roll into town to take on the team that fired him. Taking my Chiefs!!!!
Tampa Bay vs. Carolina-Carolina
Buffalo vs. Green Bay-Aaron and the Packers
Chicago vs. Dallas-Dallas to rebound
Seattle vs. Denver-Seattle
St. Louis vs. Oakland-(can we call this a draw?) St. Louis, just because I hate Oakland
Jacksonville vs. San Diego- Merriman v. Jones-Drew II, San Diego to rebound.
I'm a little mean, so I hope Merriman returns the favor...
New England vs. New York Jets-New England, because I think Brady and Belichick are already licking their chops.
Houston vs. Washington-Houston
New York Giants v. Indianapolis Colts-I'm taking big brother Peyton to win this game
MNF-San Francisco vs. New Orleans-New Orleans, even though I would love to see the 49ers win the night they retire Jerry Rice's jersey.
That's it guys. Until next week... "That was a disgraceful performance. We threw that game away. We gave them the game. It was pitiful, absolutely pitiful"~Jim Mora. Thanks, coach.