Earlier this week, the UFL — the attempted upstart league that would challenge the NFL (ed. note: Yeah right, never heard that one before) — held its inaugural draft. In the second round, the team from San Francisco drafted a defensive end out of Auburn, Marquies Gunn. Normally, that might not make headlines, except for the fact that Mr. Gunn has a few, how should we say, indiscretions on his record.
(Dude, don’t be so threatened, he just wants to know if you want any cocaine …)
Yes, the aptly named Mr. Gunn is a drug dealer. According to this report from the ASSOCIATED PRESS, Gunn was arrested in February for trying to sell cocaine to an undercover police officer three times across a six month period. Hey, we can at least give him credit for his persistence, right?
Like everywhere else, the NFL needs to find new revenue streams to ward off recession and accommodate new expenses for things like paying medical benefits for veterans. It’s hard to see how they’ll be able to do it given the current economic climate, unless you take a suggestion from a BLOOMBERG editorial written by Joe Saumarez-Smith into consideration. Saumarez-Smith claims that, by licensing betting on the league’s games, the NFL could easily net $1.5 billion per year … as a starting point.
Granted, Saumarez-Smith has his own interests in mind; he’s the CEO of Sports Gaming, a British management consulting firm to the gaming industry. But he does make a number of important points, not the least of which is pure logic: Why should the league allow bets to be made in Las Vegas but not everywhere? All it would take is licensing casinos in other states to allow betting on NFL games. It’s not a hard thing to do.
Though it may seem buried by an avalanche of pwned videos, naked ladies and racial epithets, the Internet can still surprise and amaze.
Presenting Exhibit A. It’s called SPACE SPORTILIZATION, and it’s as mind-blowing as its name implies. And yes, this is going to be explained by four-time NFL Pro Bowler and Washington Post contributor Ken Harvey, because why wouldn’t it be?
The BILOXI (MS) SUN-HERALD scores an exclusive with home boy Brett Favre and the 238-year veteran (ok, it’s 17) provides the paper with a couple revelations.
Favre, who is having his best season since 1996, first says, “I am trying to enjoy it because this could be my last game in Green Bay. For the first time in three years, I haven’t thought this could be my last game. I would like to continue longer.”
Obviously the Packers’ profound success is pushing him to possibly stick around. But later in the convo the former USM Eagle reveals who is really pushing him to stay in Green Bay for another 12 months: His daughters Brittany and Breleigh.
Great post today from RUMORS AND RANTS about Brady Quinn. They first remind us that the Cleveland Browns are set to extend head coach Romeo Crennel and will now likely re-sign restricted free agent quarterback Derek Anderson to a long term deal.
Now just what are you thinking if you’re Brady Quinn, who is parked firmly behind Anderson as the Browns’ backup? You’re probably plotting the demise of your agent, Tom Condon, who had you hold out of training camp for what turned out to be around $500K. While we’re not discounting that kind of jack, consider that as Quinn held out, Anderson put himself ahead of BQ on the depth chart and eventually claimed the full season startership.
After a fantastical first season as starter, Anderson is now set to be made by Romeo & Co.
As usual, Scott Wolf of the L.A. DAILY NEWS has the best perspective on USC football news. Wolf reports today that Pete Carroll “spoke to the Atlanta Falcons on Wednesday about their vacant head-coaching position.“ This despite Carroll “denying any contact with the Falcons.”
Wolf also notes several sources saying that “Carroll spoke to the Falcons on Wednesday by phone from his vacation house in Haleiwa, Hawaii. Sources said the Falcons did not offer him the job.”
Much more interesting (and amusing for that matter) are comments Wolf recorded Carroll saying before the Rose Bowl - in which he essentially trashed the quality of the Falcons head coaching position.
We’ve generally found NFL.com pretty worthless from an editorial standpoint, since those churning out the content either work for the NFL or the individual teams. So the stories you’re likely to get are akin to something out of a high school student newspaper.
But we now stand corrected, considering this piece of provocative editorial content put out by the Jacksonville Jaguars on their official website this week. Like every other website not nailed down, the NFL-sponsored site puts out weekly NFL power ranking from someone named Vic Ketchum.
This week’s power rankings have the Patriots, the Jags opponent in a Saturday playoff game, at #1, with an accompanying asterisk that says “cheated in one game“.
We suppose it’s a good thing Ketchum won’t be suiting up on the Jax punt team at Gillette in two days.
One small detail. He’s not leaving after this season. Nor after next season. Or the Season after that.
He’s retiring when his contract expires after the 2011 season. Done laughing?
Does this sound a little attention-whorish on Bradshaw’s part? Or is the NYP manufacturing breaking news that is actually rather deflating (now, they would never do that).
The only thing mildy interesting thing in the piece is Bradshaw suggesting that Michael Strahan could replace him. But that probably won’t happen, since we doubt Strahan is going to put his life in suspended animation with the off-chance that he could get to rub elbows with Curt Menefee in four years.