By Mary Paoletti
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.
Amidst the current turmoil at the NHL level, the Bruins delivered a little good news about the future today . . . with more potentially to come.
The Bruins announced the signing of a pair of prospects/former draft picks -- Boston College forward Ryan Fitzgerald and defenseman Emil Johansson -- to entry-level contracts that will kick in next season. There will likely be another wave of signings with the Bruins from the amateur ranks once players like Charlie McAvoy, Anders Bjork and Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson are finished up with their college teams in the NCAA tournament, though it remains to be seen exactly which players end up taking the NHL plunge.
There was some uncertainty as to whether Fitzgerald would definitely sign with Boston after completing his senior season at BC, but he will immediately join the Providence Bruins on an amateur tryout agreement after signing a two-year deal. Johansson will join the Bruins on a Professional Tryout Agreement with a three-year entry level deal that kicks off next season.
The 5-foot-10, 177-pound Fitzgerald was an alternate captain for BC in 2016-17, with 12 goals and 19 assists for 31 points in 34 games with 56 penalty minutes and a plus-14 rating. Fitzgerald is also the son of Billerica native and former Bruins forward Tommy Fitzgerald, who took to Twitter on Friday to voice his overwhelming pride over his oldest signing an NHL contract. He was a fourth-round pick by the Bruins in 2013.
Johansson, 20, completed his first season with Djurgardens IF of the Swedish Hockey League in 2016-17, establishing career highs with 7 goals and 10 assists for 17 points with 26 penalty minutes in 49 games. The B's selected him in the seventh round in 2014.
With all attention focused on overtaking the Cavs for the No. 1 seed in the East, the offseason -- trades, the draft, free agency -- is on the backburner in Celtics Nation these days.
But that pot's still simmering,
And it began to boil a little today when Bleacher Report's Kevin Ding, in the middle of a story on the Clippers being at a crossroad, threw a little accelerant on that old Blake Griffin-to-Boston flame . . .
But more and more people around the league believe he would be open to a fresh start — perhaps with the Lakers or the Boston Celtics, who have coveted Griffin for years and would offer a new chance to win. The most intriguing fit might be if he were to go home to Oklahoma to join Russell Westbrook and the Thunder, but his interests in the entertainment industry make staying in Los Angeles a priority.
Not much of a thread to grab there. But that didn't prevent cbssports.com's James Herbert from looking into it . . .
Jumping to another contender on a max contract might not be simple. As CelticsBlog’s Keith P. Smith pointed out, Boston would have to dump Terry Rozier, waive Tyler Zeller and renounce all its free agents, including Kelly Olynyk, Jonas Jerebko and Amir Johnson, in order to even get near the amount of cap room that would be required to offer Griffin or someone like Gordon Hayward a max deal.
Then again, Herbert says the Lakers and Thunder, Griffin's supposed other two destination spots, are even less financially flexible than the C's.
For now, it's all just a temporary diversion from the battle for No. 1.
It's also a reminder, though, that a whole new season -- the offseason -- is just around the corner.