Good Morning, Broncos fans! On Friday night, Boston police towed a silver Toyota 4-Runner with Rhode Island plates that had been kept at the house of Aaron Hernandez's uncle.
Investigators think Hernandez, accused of first-degree murder in the killing of Odin Lloyd, may have been involved in an unsolved drive-by double homicide that took place in Boston last July. It's been suggested that Lloyd's knowledge of Hernandez's alleged involvement in this crime may have led to Lloyd's execution-style killing.
To that end, TMZ reports that police believe Hernandez viewed Lloyd as a threat to his relationship with his fiancee and the Patriots. Per TMZ, it's not believed that Lloyd tried to extort Hernandez, but that the then-Patriots TE flew into a rage after Lloyd "mouthed off" to him. (per LBS)
Witnesses of the drive-by killing say the killer(s) were in a silver or gray SUV with RI plates, and police seem to believe the impounded 4-Runner may be the vehicle in question.
The shooting followed a nightclub altercation between the victims and a group that included Hernandez; according to relatives of the victims, the murdered men had no prior ties to the ex-Patriot.
More than 300 mourners gathered yesterday to remember Lloyd, a landscaper who played semipro football with the Boston Bandits.
In other Hernandez news, he was apparently the passenger in a high-speed chase in Connecticut earlier this year, while the driver was the man now suing Hernandez for having allegedly shot him while the two were in Florida.
Dan Pompei Len Pasquarelli, Ryan Clady's agents are preparing a counteroffer for a long-term deal with Denver.
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, who recently held his annual three-day hoops camp in Florida, spoke about his decision to sign with the Broncos.
Mark Kiszla and at least one of his readers are well aware that Champ Bailey is still a stud corner.
Jacob Hester helped out at fellow LSU alum Morris Claiborne's football camp yesterday, after Claiborne had done the same for Hester earlier in the week.
Colts special teamer Joe Lefeged was arrested in DC Friday night on multiple gun-related charges.
Old friend Clinton Portis says he stopped counting the number of concussions he suffered at some point, but thankfully says he's not suffering any ill effects in retirement. Here's hoping those injuries never catch up with CP.
Gay former NFL player Wade Davis seems to confirm our suspicion that NFLers are less homophobic than your average fan.
Packers great Gary Knafelc thinks the NFL wants older players like him die off so it can avoid dealing with their health problems, and he likewise says the union doesn't care about players from pre-NFLPA days.
Mike Lupica thinks it's time for Roger Goodell to start suspending players who are found to possess unregistered guns.
If you ever use statistics to back up an argument, whether related to football or not, here are some words to live by from Chase Stuart, who discusses the crucial difference between stumbling upon a statistical pattern and discovering a meaningful relationship. Someone should forward this piece on to Kerry Byrne - who butchers arithmetic daily, and John Clayton, who thinks there's a trend to be found in every bit of NFL data in existence.
Another guy who needs to follow Stuart's advice is Pat Kirwan, who discusses run/pass balance without even considering that teams abandon the run when they're trailing big and/or late.
Here's an excellent analysis of the potential costs of changing the blatantly racist name of the Washington football franchise.
Jason Fitzgerald calls Andrew Whitworth's and Michael Johnson's contracts the Bengals' best and worst, respectively.
New ESPN ombudsman Robert Lipsyte thinks the network moved on a bit too quickly from having provided Chris Broussard a platform to spew his homophobic vile.
With the departure of Bill Raftery from the Worldwide Leader, AA rues the breakup of what has probably been the best broadcast team in all of sports television.