The Plaxico Burress Sweepstakes!

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The Plaxico Burress Sweepstakes!

By Jon Fucile
WickedGoodSports.com

Do you guys and gals remember Plaxico Burress?

He was that marginally talented receiver with a head fun of bricks who shot himself in the leg at a night club and then went to jail because carrying weapons and firing them in a night club, even if it is an accident, is often frowned upon.

On a side note, someone should also look into bringing charges against his parents for naming him Plaxico. Seriously parents, think before you name your kids. Just because a name is different doesn't mean it is good or cool. This is borderline child abuse.

Anyway...where were we? Oh right, Mr. Burress.

He is getting out of jail next week and there is talk about him continuing his NFL career this season, assuming players and owners get over their petty arguments and there is a season, and apparently a few teams are interested.

Michael Vick spent a good amount of time in jail and is now thriving in the NFL and teams with a need for a receiver who isn't afraid to pack some heat are sniffing around Plaxico. If the NFL has a season, where would he fit in?

Here's a few teams that are interested and reasons why Plaxico could thrive there.

Baltimore Ravens

Burress has spent time in jail....and many believe Ray Lewis should have, so they have that in common. If you remember, years ago Lewis was accused of murder but got off by making a plea and testifying against his buddies.

It could potentially be a match made in heaven, especially when it comes to team costume parties.

Plaxico shot himself in the leg and rumor has it they used crude methods to replace his leg in prison. Supposedly he's got a peg leg like a pirate. Ray Lewis, much like a parrot, never ever shuts up when you want him to. They'll be fast friends.

Philadelphia Eagles

Michael Vick would welcome Plaxico with open arms. Perhaps having another guy on the team who made a terrible, idiotic mistake will take away any of the lingering talk of Vick's dog fighting ring. The two could give talks to their teammates about how bad jail is, detail all the lessons they learned and talk about how much they missed their mansions while in jail.

This would also be a huge boost for Eagles head coach Andy Reid. He could finally live out his dream of re-enacting that movie The Longest Yard with his ever growing collection of ex-convicts.

Vick has a much better arm than Adam Sandler. Not entirely sure Andy Reid is a better coach than Burt Reynolds though.

New York Jets

The Jets, as an organization, seem to love grabbing headlines more than grabbing titles and signing Plaxico would be about head line grabbing score for them and they'd have another receiver Mark Sanchez could under throw a ball to in a critical moment of a game.

Plaxico used to play for the Giants and is already accustomed to the New York night life, as the hole in his leg can attest to, and he can always bring his gun when the Jets play the Patriots and challenge those guys dressed like Minutemen on the sideline to a shooting contest!

Plus, Rex Ryan looks incredibly similar to the Big Boss Man, a wrestler who dressed like a prison guard, so maybe he could keep Plaxico in line.

Oakland Raiders

Just look at facts. Al Davis will sign ANYONE. You have to believe the Raiders will be in the mix.

Seriously, why is Al Davis still allowed to make decisions. And how is he still alive?!?!

New England Patriots

We know what you're thinking.... it is crazy to think the Pats would be interested. But Bill Belichick is a vengeful, vengeful man. He will probably sign Burress and then just bench him every game while Brady and Welker throw footballs at his head.

Yeah.this could be BIG trouble for Burress. Belichick is an angry man.

Dustin Pedroia taking cues from Tom Brady to extend his career

Dustin Pedroia taking cues from Tom Brady to extend his career

Dustin Pedroia is no stranger to injuries. That's a big reason why he's no longer a stranger to the sometimes peculiar practices of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

In an interview on WEEI's "Bradfo Show," Pedroia told Rob Bradford that he's been taking cues from the five-time Super Bowl-winning QB to help extend his playing career and make his body healthier and more durable.

“I understand what he does and know what he does. I think it’s awesome,” Pedroia told Bradford. “There’s a reason why he’s successful at his age (39), and he looks better now than he did when he first came to the league. You have to be smarter as you get older and learn different styles -- the way to train and the way you take care of your body to be able to perform and stay on the field. It doesn’t matter what sport you’re playing. He’s definitely got that figured out.”

Pedroia, of course, played the entire 2013 World Series-winning season with a torn ligament in his thumb. He's battled through various other lower body and hand injuries over the past few seasons, as well. But in 2016, he had his best season in recent memory, posting his highest OPS since 2011, as WEEI notes.

Part of that is with his own take on the Brady approach -- which focuses more on pliability and resistance training than extensive, heavy weight lifting -- and a healthier overall lifestyle, something Brady is notoriously infamous for having.

"There’s tons of ways to take care of your body. It’s not just get in the weight room and throw weights around,” Pedroia explained. “As you get older, the human body can’t take the pounding if you’re going in there and power lifting. When you’re younger, you can handle some of that. But as you get older, you got to be smarter. Sometimes less is more -- whether that’s weight or reps or whatever. You’ve just got to be smart. And eating wise, that’s a big part of recovery. If you put the right foods in your body, you’ll heal faster if you’re injured or recover faster. It’s like a car, man. Put bad gas in, bro. It’s not going to be the same as good gas.”

He hopes the approach can, at the very least, keep him moving for quite some time.

“I plan on living until I’m 100," he said. "So we’re not even halfway home."

Raptors, in pursuit of Celtics in playoff race, lose Lowry for perhaps rest of regular season

Raptors, in pursuit of Celtics in playoff race, lose Lowry for perhaps rest of regular season

The Eastern Conference playoff race, seemingly altered by the moves -- and non-moves (hello there, Celtics) -- of some of the contenders, just took another twist.

The Raptors, bolstered by the acquisition of Serge Ibaka and appearing poised to make a run toward the top of the standings after a come-from-behind victory over the Celtics on Friday, were hit with a body blow Monday when it was announced All-Star point guard Kyle Lowry needs surgery on his right wrist and may miss the remainder of the regular season.

ESPN reports Lowry is expected to be sidelined from four to eight weeks. Toronto hopes to have him back for the playoffs.

The Raptors are currently in fourth place in the conference at 35-24, trailing Cleveland (40-17), Boston (38-21) and Washington (34-23). Without Lowry, and facing a rough, six-of-their-next-seven-games-on-the-road stretch, Toronto may stop focusing on catching the Wizards and/or Celtics and focus on holding off Atlanta (32-26) in order to hold onto home-court in the first round.

Lowry, 30, who missed the last two games because of the injury, is averaging a career-best 22.8 points per game. He also is averaging 6.9 assists and 4.7 rebounds.