NFL lockout after school special

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NFL lockout after school special

By Justin Aucoin
WickedGoodSports.com

The lockout is still in its infancy and already NFL players are already finding ways of getting themselves into trouble.

Seriously. Check this out.
Dez Bryant gets kicked out of the mall for low slung pants.
True story. Apparently his pants were hanging too low for mall standards and he got booted. When police arrived, Dez threw his friend under the bus and said it was his friends pants that were too low.

Childish enough for you? No? How about this:

Aqib Talib charged with shooting at, pistol whipping sisters boyfriend.
Tampa Bays cornerback decided to take the role of the protective brother a bit too far. And it wasnt just Talib. Mamma Talib also (allegedly) got in the action.

Per NBC:

Once there, according to Sarans boyfriend Shannon Billings, Talib produced a handgun and attempted to pistol whip him with it. According to the report andBillings account, Okolo Talib, theNFLstars mother, as well as Talib himself fired shots in Billings deirection as he fled the scene on foot.

First: Props to NBC for spelling direction incorrectly. Second: What the hell did Billings do!?

Dez Bryant sued for not paying for his bling.
Our buddy Dez was back at it, getting sued for failing to pay for 246,000 worth of bling.

If that wasnt enough, another group also decided to sue Dez for not paying almost 589,000 in jewelry.

Holy smokes. The guy owes more than 850,000 in jewelry. Where the hell is he wearing all this stuff? Even Mr. T thinks this is excessive.

Were not going to do the math to find out how many years worth of salary itll take us to hit even a portion of what Dez owes in bling bills. Too depressing.

Oh look more millionaires not paying for their bills.
Everyones favorite NFL Twitter hound, Chad Ochocinco owes over 11,000 in clothing from Amm OneExclusive Wear. Hes been ordered by the court to pay his bill.

We think his outfit is punishment enough.

Whos letting these NFL stars walk away with so much merchandise without paying for it? Theyre pulling in more bank than most countries and are having issues paying for their bills.

Who knew that the NFL was really an after school program to keep players from getting into trouble? Its like the Boys & Girls Club for grown men.

Amazing.

If this is just what the lockout offseason is like we cant wait to see what the fall brings when these guys are used to practicing and playing.

Tuesday, May 3: Stamkos, Subban as 10-year-old teammates

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Tuesday, May 3: Stamkos, Subban as 10-year-old teammates

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while starting to actually feel badly for the Republican Party.

*Lukas Head revisits an old photo taken with Steven Stamkos and PK Subban when all three were youth hockey players together.

*A disappointed Brooks Orpik gets emotional when discussing his playoff suspension. Maybe he should stop lining up guys for predatory hits if he doesn’t want to be suspended. His track record, and unwillingness to answer the bell for his actions, is well-chronicled.

*Barry Trotz hints that the Pittsburgh Penguins received preferential treatment in the aforementioned Brooks Orpik suspension.

*A heartwarming story of the San Jose Sharks saving the black cat that somehow jumped on the ice at the Shark Tank prior to Game 1 of their playoff series.

*Congratulations to the inspirational Travis Roy, who was inducted into the Maine Sports Hall of Fame last weekend.

*Bob Hartley is fired by the Calgary Flames. Could it be that it was done to make room for Bruce Boudreau, asks Puck Daddy?

*Former Bruins enforcer PJ Stock did some kind of FaceTime television hit with Rogers Sportsnet to make some playoff predictions.

*For something completely different: Jerry Thornton has a number of local Boston businesses banning Roger Goodell from their premises.

 

 

New QB Brissett comes in with high praise from Parcells, Weis

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New QB Brissett comes in with high praise from Parcells, Weis

Suddenly, there’s an awful lot on the plate of young Jacoby Brissett.

Drafted in the third round by the Patriots, he’s charged with learning one of the most difficult offenses to in the NFL, performing in one of the league’s most demanding programs, dealing with being two heart attacks away from being the starter for a dynastic franchise and living up to the advance billing that’s built him up as one of the great Americans of the 21st century.

Bill Parcells, who’s known Brissett since the NC State product was in high school, spoke to Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald. The Tuna pumped Brissett’s tires up beyond all reasonable inflation levels.

“He’s a Curtis Martin, Willie McGinest, Troy Brown-type player,” Parcells said, reeling off the names of one Pro Football Hall of Famer and two Patriots Hall of Famers. “That’s the kind of guy he is. That’s what New England is getting. Those kinds, those Tedy Bruschi types, those players who’ve been successful — he’s very similar in his personal life to those kinds of guys.”

Former Patriots offensive coordinator Charlie Weis, who coached Brissett at Florida in Weis’ vagabond post-Patriots career, was also reached by the intrepid Guregian.

“I only got to coach him for one season, but I absolutely loved the kid as a player and a person,” said Weis. “I couldn’t be any happier that he ended up in New England.”

There’s much more from both Weis and Parcells but I’m not going to scavenge the whole article so click here to see it. 

Meanwhile, Josh McDaniels on Monday also spoke about Brissett in complimentary but far-less-fawning terms.

“We’ll find out more as we get to know him in our building, but I know we feel good about the kid,” said McDaniels. “He did a lot of good things in college. He played in a lot of big games and played against some really good football teams. He performed well and admirably for his team. He takes care of the ball, makes some smart decisions. He’s a big kid and sometimes he’s hard to bring down in the pocket. There are some other things that we’ll get a better chance to see and evaluate when he gets here, but I’m looking forward to working with him.”

We already heard from Brissett in his post-draft conference call and he was enjoyable. But it will be interesting to speak with him in the flesh when the 2016 rookies are introduced en masse. No doubt by then the Patriots will have stressed to Brissett the importance of being a name, rank, serial number conversationalist rather than delving too deeply into his pre-Patriots relationships with former New England coaches.

 

Patriots release a pair from end of roster

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Patriots release a pair from end of roster

After importing a fleet of corners over the weekend, the Patriots released veteran Rashaan Melvin on Monday.

Melvin was claimed off waivers in October of last season as the Patriots were combing the league for cornerback depth. He’d been with the Ravens previously and was targeted repeatedly by Tom Brady in the 2014 AFC Divisional Playoff win. Soon after joining the Patriots, he was on the field against the Giants in Week 9 when Justin Coleman got injured. It didn’t go well as Eli Manning sought Melvin out and chewed him up.

The Patriots released Melvin in mid-December and then signed him back to their practice squad.

The Patriots drafted Cyrus Jones on Friday and reportedly added four more undrafted corners (the team hasn’t confirmed those agreements yet) so Melvin became expendable.

The Patriots also released linebacker James Vaughters, who they signed to a futures contract in January.