Friday NFL update: The brave, the old, and the stupid

Quick NFL update before I head out for a jog and then back for some sweaty Shaolin Kung Fu.

Topic 1:  San Francisco 49ers Running Back Frank Gore said he has no problem with the Saints bounty program, and the fact they called him out to specifically hit and injure.

“When you hear another team call your name, that means respect,” Gore said. “That’s a lot of respect, and you’re doing something right for your team. So it don’t bother me at all.”

I like Gore. Man knows how to handle his biddness.

Topic 2: The New England Patriots, one of my favorite teams, released receiver Chad Ochocinco. No reason on why, but he only caught 15 passes last year, so I’m assuming Bill Belichick figured that was reason enough.

I got to admit I loved some of Ochocinco’s antics in Cincinnati. He changed his name (from Chad Johnson) and had some hilariously touchdown routines. And if you’re playing for Cincinnati, you got to find something to laugh at. (Best of Chad Ochocinco.)

And I respect the fact he dropped that stuff to play with the Patriots. But even more so, I respect the fact Belichick kicked his ass to the curb.

I’d close my business and go work for minimum wage as a water boy to get the chance to be around Belichick’s leadership. The man’s a warrior and a general in the wrong career field.

Topic 3: No one ever said all NFL players are smart. Denver Broncos linebacker D.J. Williams takes the cake at least for this week.

Williams tweeted a photo of his team’s playbook on Friday, saying he has to “learn a new position” to his 10,000 fans. Talk about stupid.

But, of course, this is coming from a guy who’s currently serving a six-game ban for failing a performance-enhancing drug test.

Either he’s too stupid to know it’s illegal, or not able to follow instructions on how to cover up/avoid failing a drug test. Given that he thinks tweeting part of the plays is no big deal, I’m going with the former excuse.

All right, guys. Hit me back with some comments and your thoughts on this stuff. A blog’s supposed to be like an old tavern where folks discuss (and cuss) about the news. If you all don’t start yammering about this some, honest to goodness I’m going to put up another post about China, politics, and national security.

You’ve been warned.

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

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4 responses to “Friday NFL update: The brave, the old, and the stupid

  1. Julio Ibanez

    Hopefully the Denver coaches are smarter and gave him a fake playbook.

    WILLIAMS: “This cool, coach! I’m going to put this on Twitter!”

    FOX: “Knock yourself out, man. Knock yourself out.”

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  2. Julio Ibanez

    Also, good on Gore for his positive reaction to the bounty program. The idea of it still leaves a bad taste in my mouth, but then again, given the nature of the sport, I’d imagine there’s gotta be some unspoken or unofficial such system for most if not all defenses in the league.

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    • I think you’re right about the unspoken or unofficial system. I think defensive players have always tried to knock the other team’s players out of the game.

      Now, normally, this means hit them hard enough that they’re out of their zone and unable to concentrate, and in doing so, you know that a few may actually sustain injuries. But when you put a bounty on it, and are trying to hurt someone and knock them out of their career, then you’re definitely taking it too far.

      And I’m surprised the Saints players didn’t realize that they were crossing the line.

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