Maroney's arrest all kinds of surprising


Maroney's arrest all kinds of surprising

By Mary Paoletti

Okay, okay, okay. What's more surprising: Laurence Maroney getting arrested? Or Laurence Maroney getting arrested for unlawful weapons and drug charges?

Trick question. Both details are surprising for different reasons. Want to know why? Sure you do.

1) Maroney is "The Stuff" and "The Stuff can't break the law because "The Stuff" is above the law. Naw, I'm just kidding. That's ridiculous.

1 (For real) The Lau-Mo I saw in New England looked like a happy-go-lucky guy. It would have been better if he had been a happy-go-lucky professional football player instead, but that's besides the point. Point is, when I saw him during training camp he was rolling around on the grass, playing with people's kids and being a gap-toothed silly goose.

Did any part of me think 'This guy is on a crash course to legal and moral disaster?' Nope. I thought 'This guy should run a day care out of his house.' I bet you the Patriots would have kept Maroney around if he had volunteered to babysit Brady's kids instead of take up space on the bench.

2) Guns and drugs sound like these fellas were up to something, as if they had some plan that got foiled. Here's where Maroney's involvement is surprising: making plans involves not being a complete idiot.

Lau-Mo is an idiot.

I mean that in the nicest way possible. Remember those gems he spit before the Patriots traveled to London?

When told the British use the word cheerio to say goodbye, Maroney said, Like the cereal? For real? How do they say hello, Kellogg? Frosted Mini-Wheats?When asked if hed go out and talk to people in England, Maroney said, They might not understand me in London. What do they speak over there? I dont like repeating myself, so over there, if they dont understand me, Ill have to do a lot of repeating myself and itll make me frustrated.

You can't make that stuff up, and I'm saying this as someone who makes stuff up for this blog all the time. All. The. Time. Had the cops not intervened, I'm positive that Maroney and company would have ended up on this list.

The back-up back is out of jail already. I'm assuming the judge apologized for the incarceration after hearing this stellar defense:

He just happened to be behind the car, by pure coincidence. He has a permit for the gun, but the permit was in a wallet that wasn't on him.

Sorry, Denver, but it's not like New England forced him on you.

Geno Smith has torn ACL; Ryan Fitzpatrick to start for Jets


Geno Smith has torn ACL; Ryan Fitzpatrick to start for Jets

The Jets’ quarterback situation took a comically typical turn Monday, as Ryan Fitzpatrick will be under center after an MRI revealed that Geno Smith has a torn ACL. 

After starting New York’s first six games of the season, Fitzpatrick was demoted to backup for Sunday’s game against the Ravens. Smith was injured on a sack by Baltimore’s Matt Judon, forcing Fitzpatrick back into action. 

After leading the Jets to a 24-16 win, Fitzpatrick made his dissatisfaction with being benched known. 

“The biggest thing in this game in order to last, is to have belief in yourself,” Fitzpatrick said in his postgame press conference. “Because when the owner stops believing in you and the GM stops believing in you and the coaches stop believing in you, sometimes all you have is yourself. That’s something that I’ve had to deal with before. That’s something I’m dealing with now.”

On the season, Fitzpatrick has completed 136 of 237 passes for 1,561 yards with six touchdowns and a league-leading 11 interceptions. 

McQuaid cleared to play, nearing return to Bruins lineup


McQuaid cleared to play, nearing return to Bruins lineup

BRIGHTON, Mass. -- It was a bitter pill for Adam McQuaid to sit out the first five games of this season, but it looks like the veteran Bruins stay-at-home defenseman is nearing a return to the lineup. McQuaid was cleared to potentially play in Saturday’s loss to the Montreal Canadiens after an upper body injury kept him shelved for the team’s first four games, and could be approaching a return in the next few days as Claude Julien mulls a number of possible lineup changes.

“It was obviously frustrating, but I’m where I’m at now and trying to move on from it. Looking forward to getting back into the lineup hopefully as soon as possible here,” said the 30-year-old McQuaid, who had a goal and nine points in 64 games for the Black and Gold last season. “The excitement level is high for me, and it is for everybody after a loss when you’re looking forward to getting back out there.

“It would have been nice to have started the season with the guys, but you can’t change that now. I’ve had some good practices, and I’m just trying to my game as simple as possible, and take it as it comes. Obviously guys have played some games and it’s been a couple of weeks for me, so I’ll just have to keep my game simple.”

The B’s bench boss indicated it was only a matter of time before McQuaid makes his 2016-17 regular season debut, but that he’s got plenty of things to decide prior to dropping the puck against the Wild.

“[McQuaid] was cleared last game. I haven’t made any decisions based for [Tuesday night vs. Minnesota]. There’s a lot of things that are up in the air, and I’ve just go to juggle those things,” said Julien. “Who knows? Hopefully tomorrow morning I’ve got a better picture [of injury situation], and if not then it will be game-time decisions. I wish I could have a better answer [on if McQuaid will play], but I’ve got no answers right now.”

With Colin Miller (minus-4), Joe Morrow, Torey Krug (a rough minus-3 against Montreal) and John-Michael Liles all minus players after the first five games of the season, there are ample options for Julien on which potential blueliner to bump up to the press box. McQuaid is just happy he’s getting closer to a return while skating with 23-year-old Rob O’Gara at practice, and he can get back to helping a B’s team that’s smack dab in the middle (ranked 15th allowing 3.0 goals per game) of the NHL for team defense this season.