Braylon Edwards' idiocy affects us all, including his beard

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Braylon Edwards' idiocy affects us all, including his beard

By Mary Paoletti
CSNNE.com

To his credit, Braylon Edwards has never claimed to be a smart man.
It might be the brightest move he's made. Edwards did make the Patriots look foolish at times on Sunday but he couldn't play it straight. After the receiver pulled in a touchdown pass over New England cornerback Darius Butler, he immediately shot his team in the foot by incurring a 15-yard penalty for excessive celebration.

It was silly. And it wasn't even the headline act of amateur hour.

Just 48-hours after Braylon Edwards did his "If Jeremiah Johnson played football" impression at New Meadowlands Stadium, he was arrested in New York for DWI.

That won't earn a guy nomination for Mensa International. What drinking and driving will get him is pulled over by police. Add in the kind of facial hair that screams, "I'm homeless! And probably up to no good!" and an arrest was inevitable.

Rumor has it that Braylon's BAC was actually below the legal limit and it was the alcohol consumed by his beard that pushed him up to a 0.16 level. The wideout's beard contacted me via Twitter this morning to deny involvement.

@BeardOfBraylon: @Mary_Paoletti I was just sitting there minding my own business.

You know what? I'll buy that.

I think Braylon's beard was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. And it's a shame because I don't think this will be the last time that Edwards does something like this. No matter how he is disciplined by the Jets or NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, Edwards will screw up again because he's an ego-driven knucklehead.

I just hope, for the sake of Braylon's beard and all of us who have to look at such a sad thing, that he shaves. Soon.

Marcus Smart will get start for Celtics for injured Isaiah Thomas

Marcus Smart will get start for Celtics for injured Isaiah Thomas

As expected, Marcus Smart will get the start for the Boston Celtics tonight against the Orlando Magic in place of the injured Isaiah Thomas. 

Thomas, who leads the Celtics (12-9) in scoring (26.0) and assists (6.2) this season, suffered a right groin injury in Boston’s 107-106 loss at Houston on Monday.

Head coach Brad Stevens explained his decision a few minutes ago.

“He’s started a lot of games here in the past as a point guard,” Stevens told reporters. “He’s basically our sixth starter. It wasn’t one that I had to think a ton about.”

Starting Smart also allows second-year guard Terry Rozier to continue in his role coming off the bench. 

Whether he’s starting or coming off the bench, Smart’s production has been consistent. 

In the five games he has started this season, he has averaged 10.0 points, 4.2 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game. 

His numbers off the bench are almost identical with Smart averaging 9.6 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.9 assists as a reserve. 

Stevens also mentioned that Amir Johnson would be back in the starting lineup in place of Jonas Jerebko. Earlier in the day, Stevens told reporters the decision to start Jerebko on Monday was strictly because of the matchup with Houston. 

“We have to be able to be flexible in doing that,” Stevens said. “Houston plays four guards. We didn’t feel like we could defend them unless we switch one through four. I thought he (Jerebko) did a pretty good job. This (Orlando) team is different than Houston other than both are super-hot.”

Orlando (10-12) has won four of its last five games in part because of its size, strength and versatility along the frontline which includes Serge Ibaka, Bismack Biyombo and Nikola Vucevic who now comes off the bench. 

And while the Celtics have benefited heavily from the play of their guards, obviously that plan will be amended tonight with Thomas out. 

“He (Thomas) generates a lot in the open offense what we call flow, spread offense,” Stevens said. “So some of those type of things you may not generate at the same rate. But certainly there are other ways that we’ll look to play when he’s not in the game normally, or when we’re trying to play through bigs in the post. You have different ways to play within all your schemes. Hopefully we can play to each other’s strengths and go from there.”