America's Most Disliked Athletes
And for the ultimate 180 degree turnaround, look no further than Detroit Lions defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh. Just four months ago, Suh led Nielsen-EPoll’s survey of most liked players in the NFL. But his reputation took a sudden hit after a highly publicized stomping of a Green Bay Packer offensive guard during a nationally televised game on Thanksgiving Day. Suh got hit with a two-game suspension and bruised image.
“He went from being so popular to being a pariah in one season,” says Master. The good news for Suh is that he’s a young player who can shake off a mistake if he keeps it clean from now on.
Something tells me the last thing Ndamukong Suh thinks about in the morning is shaking off his image problem. Detroit loves this guy. He could murder Christian Ponder next season (and probably will) and it would not matter.
OCHOCINCO … NO MORE!
In the worst nickname-on-the-back-of-football-jerseys news since He Hate Me revealed that He Actually Fairly Indifferent Toward Me, New England Patriots wide receiver Chad Ochocinco, the man who wanted his nick on his back so badly he pulled an Ultimate Warrior and legally changed his name, will become Chad Johnson again soon.
Wonder if he'll have to pay the jersey companies anything. Then again, do they even bother making his jerseys anymore?
Ten-Point Stance: Peyton as a free agent still won't top Reggie circus
Look for Peyton Manning and Jim Irsay to meet within the next 48 hours—if they already haven’t done so secretly. Manning, I’m told, wanted some time to pass before meeting with Irsay so his brother could celebrate his championship in peace. Manning knows the minute he and Irsay meet, it’ll become public (mainly because Manning or his agent will leak their side of it).
Speaking of Peyton, everyone I speak to in the NFL—and I mean just about everyone—believes if Manning becomes a free agent, the Washington Redskins will sign him.
Tebow-verkill: This Has Got To Stop, ESPN
But this Tim Tebow obsession you seem to have is starting to take on a life of its own, and I think it’s high time you re-evaluated whether you’re going to stay “ESPN, The Worldwide Leader in Sports,” or if you’re going to change to “TSPN, The Tebow-wide Tebow in Tebow.”
I was informed that tonight, at 10:30 Eastern, a SportsCenter Special will air titled “Tim Tebow: Face To Face.” That’s right, folks. Tim Tebow hasn’t been relevant to the NFL for about a month now, but we’re getting a SportsCenter Special to watch him talk to a geriatric in a short skirt.
It’s low-hanging fruit, and I get that. But your constant haranguing of the Tim Tebow story needs to take a few steps back and take a breath.
Sam's not joking. This really is happening, and it's called SPORTSCENTER SPECIAL: FACE TO FACE WITH TIM TEBOW. The first two TebowCenter specials took place on December 2 and January 12 (an unbearable 36-day wait between episodes), so at least the Worldwide Leader is stepping up their coverage of Tim just when the country needs it most.
New Bears QB coach has ties to Cutler
Jay Cutler has had a strained relationship with offensive coaches for the Chicago Bears, but Tuesday’s hiring of Jeremy Bates as the team’s quarterbacks coach gives him someone he’s worked closely with in the past.
Bates worked with Cutler in Denver and he will serve under new offensive coordinator Mike Tice. Bates was out of the NFL durng the 2011 season after working as the offensive coordinator under Pete Carroll for the Seattle Seahawks for one season.
It was only a matter of time before this bromance lost its status as a long distance relationship. IAOFM has procured a transcript of the text messages exchanged between JB and Cutty:
Cutler: PRW LOL
Cutler: K LMIRL?
Cutler: K QB COACH?
Bates: LOL K
Cuter: OMG 4 REAL?
(Dictionary: WU=What Up; NMU=Not much, you; PRW=Parents Watching; LMIRL=Lets meet in real life; TDTM=Talk dirty to me)
NFL announces 2012 draft order
Here is the order in which teams will select from April 26-28.
Since the Panthers and Dolphins had the same winning percentage and strength of schedule marks, there will be a coin flip at the NFL Combine to determine the order in which they pick. Same goes for the Chiefs and Seahawks.
As we already knew, the Broncos will be picking 25th overall come April. The Raiders' next choice will be in the sixth round of the 2016 Draft.*
* Actually, Oakland has picks in the fifth and sixth rounds of the 2012 Draft, plus third-, fourth-, sixth-, and seventh-rounders in 2013. Good luck with that, Dennis Allen!
Broncos' Knowshon Moreno arrested on suspected DUI
Moreno was stopped on Feb. 1 on Interstate 25 near the Hampden Avenue exit. Investigators say he was going 70 mph in a 45 mph construction zone.
He was driving a Bentley convertible with the license plate: SAUCED.
He was given blood test and arrested.
The personalized license plate is no joke, although, right now, the joke is on the Broncos.
Super Bowl in Denver? A snowball's chance
I have no doubt Denver would be a terrific Super Bowl host, and it would please the league, teams, fans and the media.
Don’t expect it to happen. Why?
Check the recent Denver weather. The city was rocked by more than two feet of snow on Thursday and Friday. It was one of the worst snowstorms the city has seen in recent years.
Of course, Denver has one of the most unpredictable weather patterns in the United States. There have been plenty of Super Bowl weeks in which the weather in Denver was much better than in the host city. But the NFL will look at the storm of 2012 and use that as evidence that a Super Bowl in Denver will not fly.
So, keep dreaming, Denver, and keep expecting to watch the Super Bowl played in other cities. The Broncos shouldn’t feel too bad. None of their AFC West foes are close to hosting the game.
Not sure I agree with The Chop's logic here. I like conspiracy theories, but eventually, Denver will host a Super Bowl.
Gisele Consoles Brady, Rips Bleepin’ Patriots Receivers After Loss
“Eli rules!” exclaimed a fan after the game as Bundchen left her luxury suite at Lucas Oil Stadium. “Eli owns your husband!”
“You (have) to catch the ball when you’re supposed to catch the ball,” Gisele snapped. “My husband cannot (bleeping) throw the ball and catch the ball at the same time. I can’t believe they dropped the ball so many times.”
No word yet if Gisele knows of this person we call Mike McCoy.
Superior snow sculpture honors Tebow
On a quiet street in a town near the foothills a snow version of the Broncos QB was ‘Tebowing’ in a front yard. “I personally moved about ten tons of snow for this sculpture of Tebow, Tebowing,” said Tracy Fox. “We just give all glory to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”
Neighbors took images of ‘Tebowed’ with snow Tim and in short just made the tiny circle a bit of a place to worship Sunday morning.
Next time the little woman asks you to clean the garage, tell her you've got this in mind.