Just when you were starting to realize that the NFL could have been trying to protect fans by fining the Jets’ Shawn Ellis for throwing a snow boulder into the stands in Seattle, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell signs off on this atrocity: The league is fining Patriots wide receiver $10,000 Wes Welker for making a snow angel, according to Christoper Gaper of the BOSTON GLOBE.
(Welker being an NFL deviant, evidently.)
That’s right, despite the fact that Welker’s second-half touchdown celebration A) didn’t involve any teammates, B) only involved props provided by nature, C) lasted for less than five seconds and D) was clearly an improptu reaction, the league is still handing down it’s standard $10G celebration fine. Talk about a crappy Christmas present to one of the league’s hardest-working, most reliable players.
To call the fine humorless is a significant understatement. To call it a cynical holiday present doesn’t do it justice. This, in its most pure, bottom line, is the NFL outlawing any expression of impetuous personal jubilation.
A sampling of the New England Patriots assembled for a good cause put together by their special teams captain, Larry Izzo.
That cause, apparently, was getting drunk and looking silly. And really, what better cause is there? Read more…
• NO OFFSEASON.COM can’t bear to hear the Redskins’ Anwtaan Randle El claim that he can out-gallop a grizzly.
• USA TODAY’s GAME ON finds Ron Hunter getting off on the good foot, as the IUPUI basketball coach is on his way to Africa with 200,000 pairs of shoes for the poor.
• BRAHSOME tees up news that Phil Mickelson will be showing up in an episode of “Entourage” this season.
• The gun show goes on in Tallahassee. First it was Preston Parker. Now Scott Carter of TAMPA BAY ONLINE reports that Charlie Graham is the latest FSU Seminole facing firearm charges.
STEELERS SAFETY SMITH SAYING SAYONARA TO NE STREAK: According to Anthony Smith, New England’s pursuit of perfection will peter out at 12:
The PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE prints some billboard material for the Patriots, as the Steelers safety promises victory on Sunday:”We’re going to win. Yeah, I can guarantee a win.”
Smith’s confidence seems to stem from the Steelers’ 24-10 shellacking of the Bengals Sunday night, inching Pittsburgh closer to an AFC North title.
As such, Smith also takes a side shot at Pats pass-catchers like Randy Moss, Wes Welker and Donte Stallworth, by saying, “I don’t think it gets much better than Cincinnati’s corps of receivers. We’ve already seen the best.”
With close calls against the Eagles and Ravens in the last two weeks, Tom Brady & the boys have looked vulnerable. If anything is assured, it’s that Mercury Morris will definitely be bedecked in black & gold this weekend.