NFL’s Plaxico Burress Meets Bubba. Ok, This Is Not Even Funny.

Plaxico Burress Heckled by Fellow Inmates Upon Arrival at Rikers: “Chris Burkeby Chris Burke

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Plaxico BurressPlaxico Burress received a rude welcome to prison life Tuesday. When he arrived at Rikers Island to begin a two-year sentence, his fellow inmates taunted him — sometimes obscenely — and heckled him with taunts of ‘Giants Suck,’ jail guards told the New York Post.

Cue the most obvious statement you’ll read all day:

‘He was depressed,’ one of the guards told the Post after Burress spent his first night behind bars. ‘He was trying to keep to himself, but everyone was yelling at him.’

Plaxico Burress Heckled by Fellow Inmates Upon Arrival at Rikers originally appeared on Fanhouse NFL Blog on Thu, 24 Sep 2009 15:00:00 EST . Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Sympathy Or Stupidity? Former NFL Star Plaxico Burress Gets 2 Years For Gun Charges

Can Other Players Learn From Plaxico's Sad, Lonely Tale? NFL Sure Hopes So: “Thomas Georgeby Thomas George

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Plaxico BurressA former Giants teammate who spoke with Plaxico Burress hours before he was sentenced to two years in prison on gun charges Tuesday said that Burress told him it was ‘just beginning to dawn on me I am going in.”

As has often been the case, Burress got it late. Way too late. Executives from the Steelers (where Burress played from 2000-2004) and Giants (2005-2008) painted a similar picture of their time with Burress.

Even so, the league office and each NFL team took notice of Burress clinging to his son before walking that lonely plank into confinement — they did not have to know him well to feel compassion and concern. Or to use this as one more tool to educate their players on guns and football, how the mix is not natural. Only with education and responsibility can both co-exist. That is the NFL’s continued mantra.

They know the next NFL gun case will surface.



Can Other Players Learn From Plaxico’s Sad, Lonely Tale? NFL Sure Hopes So originally appeared on Fanhouse NFL Blog on Thu, 24 Sep 2009 15:00:00 EST . Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Crazy But true: NFL Fines Sheldon Brown Of Philadelphia Eagles For Wearing Jason Mask

NFL Fines Sheldon Brown $10K for Wearing Jason Mask: “Ryan Wilsonby Ryan Wilson

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Pretty sure even those fans with just a passing interest in football probably thought to themselves, ‘Yep, he’s definitely getting fined,’ when the EaglesSheldon Brown was announced prior to last Sunday’s game while sporting a Jason mask. Gretz even fake tweeted it (proof reproduced after the jump).

And yesterday, the Real_RogerGoodell did what everybody expected: garnished Brown’s wages for prematurely celebrating Halloween. Via PFT (via ESPN’s Adam Schefter), Brown is now out $10,000 for the ‘uniform violation.’

Forgetting the ten grand for a moment, Brown might want to tone it down a bit for another reason: the Saints hung 48 on the Eagles last week. The mask didn’t take, apparently.

NFL Fines Sheldon Brown $10K for Wearing Jason Mask originally appeared on Fanhouse Backporch on Fri, 25 Sep 2009 11:00:00 EST . Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Steve Spurrier And Ole Miss Upset South Carolina

Ok, I’m a Steve Spurrier fan. Ole Miss supposedly had 18 guys out with the flu for 9 days. Anyway, congrats Spurrier and South Carolina…
South Carolina Upsets No. 4 Ole Miss: “Brian Grummellby Brian Grummell

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South Carolina had the honors of getting college football’s fourth week off in high fashion, toppling preseason darling Mississippi 16-10 Thursday. Coming on the heels of Miami topping Georgia Tech last week, Thursday is fast becoming college football’s version of Halloween, where underdogs dress up like contenders and make weird and wild things happen.

The win didn’t come easy for South Carolina, however. Gamecock coach Steve Spurrier was the picture of agonized helplessness in the game’s final period, alternating between shrugs, uncomfortable grins and palms-to-the-face while nursing a 16-3 lead. Relief finally came after his defense repelled Ole Miss’ final charge at the Gamecocks’ 41 yard line.

(Not to brag, but we told you so. Sort of. Ole Miss was ripe for an upset, with our only error being the assumption that they’d get through a few more weeks of play before reality set in. Apologies for that.)

South Carolina Upsets No. 4 Ole Miss originally appeared on Fanhouse NCAA Football Blog on Thu, 24 Sep 2009 23:44:00 EST . Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Houston Texans, Tennessee Titans Brawl Results In Hair Loss & Fines

Texans-Titans Brawl Results in Fines, Missing Chunk of Hair: “Stephanie Stradleyby Stephanie Stradley

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Andre Johnson isn’t much of a talker by most accounts, though Cortland Finnegan got his attention last Sunday. During the Texans’ 34-31 win over the Titans, Johnson and Finnegan were yapping at each other the entire day, which eventually turned into a brawl after Johnson threw Finnegan into the players on the Texans sideline.

The other sideline is a dangerous place for any player to be during a brawl, and, according to this report from Jerome Solomon of the Houston Chronicle, one unnamed Texan took a chunk of Finnegan’s red hair off the field as a souvenir of the fight. Titans defensive tackle Jason Jones was ejected from the game for throwing a punch and one of the smallest Texans, wide receiver David Anderson, was assessed an offsetting 15-yard penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct.

Texans-Titans Brawl Results in Fines, Missing Chunk of Hair originally appeared on Fanhouse NFL Blog on Fri, 25 Sep 2009 15:00:00 EST . Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Marvin Lewis Doesn’t Deserve The Cincinnati Bengals: Antwan Odom Gets 5 Sacks

After losing last week on a last second play to the Denver Broncos, Marvin Lewis escapes by the skin of his teeth in a well played win by the Cincinnati Bengals over the Green Bay Packers. However, had it not been for exceptional play by a few key players, the Bengals surely would have lost again. It seems Lewis may end up being their downfall–if he hasn’t been already.

Being one of the worst teams in the NFL in the last two decades, losing for the Cincinnati Bengals has become a habit. It seems Marvin Lewis is ok with it. Can you imagine Bill Cowher, Mike Tomlin, Mike Ditka, Vince Lomabrdi or any of the other coaching greats in history seeming so satisfied with such a lackluster team? Maybe being a wet paper bag is just Marvin’s personality and demeanor, then why is he coaching? What coach other than a loser could sleep at night with the kind of record he has had? How can the man look himself in the mirror? Surely he has donated ALL of his paycheck to orphans, the poor and homeless. No person in their right mind with a good conscience could accept a paycheck for doing what he has done (or really for what he HASN’T done).

Rather than step up and take responsibility for the loss at Denver, he blames it on one freak play at the end of the game. What about the other 90% of the game Marvin where your offense did nothing? Man up and take some responsibility. Who is responsible for their poor record Marvin? If not you, then who? Either coach or get out if you don’t want to coach Marvin. He obviously doesn’t have the killer instinct and isn’t able to go for the jugular when he has a team down.

Being up 7 points with over 4 minutes left in the 4th quarter, rather than try a field goal or go for it on 4th and 1 on the opponents 35 yard line, Marvin punts it. Are you kidding me Marvin? Were the Packers paying him? Why didn’t he go for the kill at that point to swing momentum in their favor? Because he was hoping the Bengals would win–just like he has for the last 10 years. The fact that the Bengals won today has absolutely nothing to do with Marvin Lewis and everything to do with a few exceptional players that didn’t buy into Lewis’ loser-like mentality of whoa is me.

Cedric Benson, a new running back addition to the team, carried the Bengals for 143 yards. Antwan Odom finally played the like player he is and recorded 5 sacks–yes, you read that correctly–5 sacks. Without those 2 players, we lose that game. Really, if Odom doesn’t have such a breakout game, we lose. Are you kidding me? One player with 5 sacks? I could have coached that team and won the game. What the heck does Lewis want??? ¬†Only an idiot could lose a game where you have one player with 5 sacks, a punter that averages over 50 yards a punt in Kevin Huber, and a running back that carries for 143 yards. With those kind of stats, if Lewis can’t win that game, he shouldn’t be coaching in football, period. Not in the NFL, not in college, high school, or pee-wee. That guy walks around like whoa is me–he reminds me of bad-luck Schleprock on the Flintstones. Get a life Marvin. Get fired up and ticked-off win your team loses or when your team loses games they should have won. Or when your team almost loses in games a 3rd grader could have coached and won.

Yah, the responsibility for winning no longer lies with the Bengals. They have shown they want to compete. Many of the players that want to compete are new to the team. So it’s not like Marvin has created this winning environment. In fact, he’s done the exact opposite really. He’s created an environment where losing is acceptable, expected, and it’s ok–as long as you try and keep “fighting.” Marvin hasn’t fought one day since he’s arrived in Cincinnati. He is fortunate enough to be working with players that are new to the system , used to winning, and don’t accept the loser mentality that Marvin has allowed to pervade the Bengals locker room over the years. Yes, the Bengals won. But in no large part due to Marvin Lewis. Hopefully the newer players will continue their winning ways and Marvin will stay out of the way. Just stay out of the way Marvin. Let the players play and the other coaches coach. You keep doing your “whoa is me” routine when they lose. Of course it’s not your fault when they lose Marvin, you’re just the coach!

Michigan State Chokes Against Central Michigan

Central Michigan Stuns Michigan State: “Mark Hastyby Mark Hasty

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Central Michigan quarterback Dan LeFevourApparently, Week 1games really don’t tell you anything. Last week, Michigan State had little trouble polishing off Montana State in a game that quickly got out of hand. Central Michigan, meanwhile, looked feeble and toothless against Arizona, failing to score even a single touchdown.

Things worked out a little differently this week for both teams. Central Michigan quarterback Dan LeFevour hit on more than 71 percent of his passes, throwing for 325 yards and three touchdowns. More importantly, he burned the Spartan secondary repeatedly on big play after big play. Michigan State just didn’t have an answer for LeFevour.

Central Michigan Stuns Michigan State originally appeared on NCAA Football FanHouse on Sat, 12 Sep 2009 16:20:00 EST . Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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