Even bookies are more humane than Roger Goodell

Some Bettors Get Relief on Game Decided by Botched Call
www.nytimes.com

The site, Sportsbook.com, sent e-mails to bettors who had put money on Green Bay, alerting them to the unusual decision that their bets would be refunded in the form of a free play on the site. At least one bettor, writing on a Twitter account said to be that of the Canadian journalist Glen McGregor, posted a picture of his computer screen showing the message and quoted the Web site’s head oddsmaker, Russ Candler, as saying, “I can’t stand winning unfairly.”

Darren Rovell hears the blown call may have resulted in a swing of as much as $250M, as bets favoring Green Bay apparently comprised around 70-85% of the action in Vegas and online.

Now that the scabs are affecting the gambling world, I'm beginning to wonder if maybe this thing really might get resolved--and soon.  Despite the fact that the NFL wants you to think they are as pure as Tim Tebow, the truth is much more sinister (see: Mara, Tim and Rooney, Art).

Don't mess with the bookies or you get the horns concrete boots, Roger.

Edit: Turns out Sportsbook.com is only offering refunds to gamblers outside the U.S.

Jerrah doe$n’t care

Jerry Jones thinks you're stupid
espn.go.com

Jones said he hadn’t received any phone calls about the controversy: “I just read a little note in the paper that the Seahawks pulled it out,” he said, quickly switching the subject to praise Seattle’s team.

Pressed further on the matter, Jones made his best sales pitch.

“We can have all kinds of what-ifs,” Jones said. “We’ve played three games and we’ve got 16 to play. It’s exciting. It gives us a lot to talk about on our shows that we have. But fundamentally, when I look at where the league is over the first three ballgames, it’s great. Lot of competition.”

That's pretty much all we need to know about the impact of last night. We'd love to hear where Pat Bowlen stands on this.

What we’ve all been dreading Lard

Good Morning, Broncos fans! There are plenty of reasons to be a fan of the NFL over other sports.

It's an exciting game with supreme athleticism, choreographical beauty, and intellectual strategy. At turns, a football game can be won by the strongest men, while at others, its smartest can rule the day. It is played by nimble 330-pound men and brutally strong 230-pounders alike.

For the most part, it is a fair game.

Never before have I thought about why I love the NFL and considered officiating. But I have often viewed soccer matches and boxing bouts, noted the notoriously inconsistent officiating, and found myself grateful to not be a fan of either sport.

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It only took three weeks for the scab officials to decide a game

Reggie Bush just tweeted it best:

These refs gotta go I'm sorry

The Packers and Seahawks battled for several hours tonight only to watch the scab officials make two different calls on the last play of the game, which was a Hail Mary that was clearly intercepted by Green Bay safety M.D. Jennings.  Unfortunately for the Packers, the scabs decided to give the reception (and the touchdown) to Golden Tate of the Seahawks.  Worse, the call stood after the review (which never should have been reviewed to begin with, we should note).  In short, the Packers got screwed.  

Hey, at least it wasn't the Broncos that got jobbed.

I'd wager that this sort of thing might bring Roger Goodell to the negotiating table, but that would require the lapdog to quickly place a call to his masters, Kraft and Jones.  Jones is too busy taking care of his gay cowboy situation.  

Theater of the absurd: Warren Sapp & Brandon Marshall

Ever wonder what would happen if Warren Sapp and Brandon Marshall were in each other's vicinity?

Well, wonder no longer.  Sapp decided to go first last Friday on the Dan Patrick Show, when he said:

Brandon Marshall talking about Shannon Sharpe, who is he to talk? He’s the first 100-catch receiver, back-to-back, retard. What you just did in Denver for three years. You don’t know this? No, of course he doesn’t, because it’s not about Brandon Marshall...it ain't about the past, it’s about me. It’s about personal success, pay me, and now I’ll think about being a team guy.

Retard?  Nice, Warren.

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Open Thread: MNF Week 3 - Packers @ Seahawks

Enjoy the game, everyone!

Andy Benoit, Khaled Elsayed, and Benjamin Hoffman preview the matchup.

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History lesson: Peyton’s throws have always wobbled

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NFL fines Fox, Del Rio for treating incompetent refs like they’re incompetent

There's no mystery (or subtlety) to what we think of the officiating from Denver's Week 2 loss in Atlanta.

John Fox and Jack Del Rio were, shall we say, quite open with their feelings during the game - enough so, that the Ginger Hammer had one of his lapdogs phone the Georgia Dome at halftime to demand Denver's coaches back off the scabs.

Today comes another admonition, in the form of a $30K fine for Fox, and a $25K penalty on Del Rio.

Our message remains unchanged: GFY, Roger Goodell & Ray Anderson.

It’s just another Panic Monday: Jaws says Manning isn’t spinning the football

Jaws on Peyton: “The ball is not spinning out of his hand”
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“It’s still a work in progress,” said Jaws. “And we have to remember Peyton is still going through therapy to get his arm strength to 100 percent. The only thing that really bothers me about Peyton right now, is the ball is not spinning out of his hand ala an Aaron Rodgers, a Matthew Stafford, the guys who really spin it. So I think that eventually will come when he gets healthy. But he made some mistakes in his progressions and reads, which is unusual for Peyton Manning. But in due time, all these misreads will be corrected. When I see the ball coming out of his hand, what I see is a little wobble on it. That’s not what you want to see. We like to see that thing spinning really nice, tight on a spiral.”

...One veteran scout was a bit more candid and harsh in a recent back-and-forth with NFL Network’s Albert Breer. “Peyton Manning can’t throw the ball anymore,” the scout observed.

Quick, everybody freak out.  Certainly you should go off on that dude in the next cubicle.

Feel better?  I do.  That guy next to you deserved it.

Now, let's talk about Peyton Manning's arm.  Ron Jaworski is right, of course.  Sometimes the ball isn't coming out of Manning's hand with much spin.  But let's not get into our hyperbaric hyperbolic chambers and write off the season just yet.  The real issue, which Jaworski rightly notes is Manning's reads, which to my eye, have been up and down during these first three games.

I'll take the wobble as long as Manning is making the right reads come Week 5.   

Kyle Shanahan goes erotic free verse with scab officials

Kyle Shanahan chased officials into tunnel on Sunday, reportedly swore at them; league to review
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Near the end of the game, Shanahan received a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty (which was tacked onto a five-yard false start penalty) forcing the Redskins to throw a Hail Mary from 20 yards further back than they expected. Dan Hellie of NBC Washington reports that “after the game Kyle Shanahan followed the refs as they were going into their locker room and had some choice words.”

ESPN 980 radio in Washington had, via a source, a more specific quote attributed to the younger Shanahan.

“You have no f***ing balls, you r a f***ing p***y,” Shanahan reportedly yelled at one of the refs.

After further review, the play near the locker room has been reversed.  Kyle Shanahan was actually saying: "You have no falling balls, you're a ducking posse."

What?  You gonna fine Mini Shanny for his free verse? 

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