Are You Ready For Some Football...Drama?
I used to think that the most drama occurred around NASCAR, as evidenced by the ongong "As The Engine Revs", but right now, NASCAR has nothing on the NFL. Take a look at these stories, and let me know if I've missed something:
Tank Johnson a Dallas Cowboy?
On Monday, former Chicago Bear Tank Johnson (he of the dubious night club shooting/illegal weapons fame) said that once his eight-game NFL suspension is up, he expects to play for the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys brought him to Dallas and have him staying in the hotel players use before home games. I'm here to work some things out. I'm looking here for a fresh start," Johnson said. Geez, guys, good luck with that! Last time you picked up one of our rejects it was Allonso Spellman! Hope this one works out better for you! They haven't officially signed him yet. Any team could sign him during the suspension, but he can't work out or have contact with a team until it is over.
Of course, it seems as if the Cowboys might be just a wee bit concerned about Tank's off-field activities. According to ESPN.com, a high-ranking team source said the team's coaching staff and owner Jerry Jones have had lengthy discussions about the Tankster's off-field problems and his playing ability. After all, this guy only became a starter after Tom Harris got hurt, so...
Wild Time in Ohio
What was with that Cleveland Browns - Cincinnati Bengals game? Holy cow! 51-45 and the BROWNS win it? This is a team people are saying won't even make it to .500 this year. Of course, giving up 45 points in a game in any other situation would almost certainly guarantee a loss, but not this time. I expected Carson Palmer to have some problems without Chris Henry, but he's had eight touchdown passes in his first two games. Unfortunately, his defense probably couldn't have stopped a local high school game last Sunday. They made Derek Anderson look like every fantasy-leaguer's dream QB. Sorry guys, this was a once in a lifetime deal, I'm afraid.
Da Coach Speaks to Congress
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, players' union leader Gene Upshaw and Hall of Fame members Mike Ditka and Gale Sayers are appearing in front of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation to provide their views about what some say is shoddy treatment for former players who suffer from various debilitating injuries they received while playing. Needless to say, there are differing views about the claim that owners are failing to provide properly for the guys who made football what it is.
At a hearing in June before a House subcommittee, former Vikings player Brent Boyd, who suffered a series of concussions, compared the NFL to the tobacco industry, saying, "They lie about the NFL and concussions the same way the tobacco companies lied about tobacco and cancer." Former players claim there is fraud and corruption. The team owners say not true, that many former players are now collecting more on disability and pensions than they received in salary compensation when they were active players. Just hope Iron Mike doesn't throw his wad of gum at a senator!
Oh, never mind.