Matt Cooke is a saint!

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Matt Cooke is a saint!

By Justin Aucoin
WickedGoodSports.com

Someones gotta say it (other than thePensblog):

Its time to lay off Matt Cooke.

Instead of damning Cooke, the NHL should be celebrating their biggest personality outside of Sidney Crosby (currently inactive) and Alexander Ovechkin. In fact, were jumping on the Matt Cooke for Lady Byng bandwagon.

Yea, we know hes a controversial player, but arent all the finest figures in human history controversial? Abraham Lincoln. MLK Jr. Gandhi. Bluto Blurtarsky. All are controversial in their own right. All are heroes.

And Cookes no different. Hes a champion of the people off the ice! He gets tailored suits for his son.

Collects antiques!

Seriously? Can you really call a guy who goes antiquing a garbage player? Of course not! Dumpster diving would mean soiling all those sweet cashmere sweaters.

Cooke also gives back to the common person. Hes a modern day Robin Hood or Zorro, donating to the peons of America and other things millionaire athletes typically do not only because its the right thing to do, but also because of the sweet tax write-offs!

He also wears an 'A' on his jersey, and it has nothing to do with his nickname among non-Penguin fans. Remember: You dont wear that 'A' on your jersey if youre a jerkface. The 'A' is a sign of respect. A sign of integrity. A sign that possibly half your team is on the IR, so theres no one else to wear it.

In short, Matt Cooke is a saint. The guys just doing what he needs to do to keep a job. And in these tough economic times, who can blame him!? From the National Post:

Ive always said that, you know, what I am on the ice is a persona that has enabled me to stay in the league for 13 years, Cooke said. Its not who I am, and its not what makes me. Its just something I have to do to stay in the NHL.

Preach it, brotha! Haters gonna hate. Dont let them keep you down.

Lets not forget that Matt Cooke is the victim here. Its impossible to control such a killer instinct when its been fused into your DNA.

So lets not suspend Cooke for the very rule that he helped create. Lets commend him.

We hear the British have a fun way of celebrating such infamous characters.

Felger on Ortiz: ‘He keeps passing the tests’

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Felger on Ortiz: ‘He keeps passing the tests’

Major League Baseball is reportedly set to release more PED testing results, but Mike Felger is growing increasingly more confident in the fact that David Ortiz is clean. He's passing all the tests, isn't he?

Caserio: Wasn't the plan to aquire 2017 4th-rounder for Deflategate

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Caserio: Wasn't the plan to aquire 2017 4th-rounder for Deflategate

When the Patriots walked away from last weekend's draft, they did so with an extra fourth round pick to be used in 2017. That was especially noteworthy given that the Patriots will be docked a fourth-rounder next year as part of the Deflategate punishment handed down to the team by the league. 

But when Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio joined Sirius XM's "Move the Chains" program this week, he said they weren't dead-set on grabbing an extra fourth-rounder for next year. 

"Not necessarily," Caserio explained. "When you get into the draft, you're not really sure how it's going to unfold. You go into the process, you get yourselves prepared to pick whenever you're going to pick."

The Patriots traded down twice and up once during the three-day draft process. On Day 2, they traded the No. 61 overall pick to the Saints in exchange for picks No. 78 and No. 112, which turned into North Carolina State guard Joe Thuney and Georgia receiver Malcolm Mitchell, respectively.

On Day 3, Caserio and Bill Belichick made two more deals. First, they dealt two sixth-rounders (No. 196 and No. 204) and a seventh-rounder (No. 250) to Miami for the Dolphins' fifth-rounder (No. 147). Then the No. 147 overall selection was flipped to the Seahawks, along with No. 243, in exchange for No. 225 and a fourth-rounder in 2017. The Patriots eventually spent No. 225 on Arizona State receiver Devin Lucien.

"I don't think anybody had a master plan, like, 'This is how it's going to go,' " Caserio said. "I think you look at the draft, and you kind of assess where you are relative to the players you're going to pick. If you feel it makes sense to make a trade, then you go ahead and do it. If you don't, then you go ahead and pick.

"Like, we were prepared to pick there with that fifth-round pick [at No. 147] that we ended up moving. But the way it worked out, like, I don't any of us would've said going to the draft, like, 'This is how we think it's going to go.' "

The league's punishment for Deflategate states that the Patriots will lose the higher of their two selections in the fourth round for next year so it's unclear as to whether it will be their own fourth-rounder or Seattle's that will be erased. Either way, at least now they are scheduled to pick in the fourth round in 2017, whereas before the Seahawks deal they were not.