Apparently the NFL has copped to another blown call that worked against Detroit last weekend, which raises an existential question:
If the league is as good at this officiating stuff as it says it is, why didn’t it just notify the Lions to save the screwing and the airfare? Just trying to help.
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We await Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the NBA’s unofficial sleuth du jour, to ferret out the crime LeBron James committed in an earlier life to deserve a brand new coach, a brand new injury, and J.R. Smith. I mean, how much hell does a man have coming?
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Chris Christie, who may have committed a violation of New Jersey ethics laws by helping guide a government contract to Jerry Jones. From the International Business Times:
On March 19, 2013, Christie and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued a press release announcing their selection of Legends Hospitality LLC to operate the observation deck on the top floor of One World Trade Center. The next day, the Port Authority board (which is appointed by Christie and Cuomo) specifically cited the governors’ announcement in voting to approve the contract for the company, which is jointly owned by the Dallas Cowboys, New York Yankees and Checketts Partners Investment Fund. The Port Authority press release announcing the vote quotes Dallas Cowboys executive Jerry Jones, Jr. as saying: “We are humbled to have been chosen to operate the Observatory Deck.”
As Christie is a politician in America, he will not be given the benefit of the doubt, but will cackle his way through this scandal like all the others because, well, because Christie is a politician in America.
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And speaking of New Jersey, Jets tight end Jermaine Cunningham has been charged with three crimes, including revenge porn (disseminating material obtained consensually in some fashion without the subject's consent). Whatever happened to, “It’s not you, it’s me”?
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Snoop Dogg is the kind of meddling parent I wish my dad had been. Bleacher Report says Cordell Broadus, a 2015 4-star wide receiver, based on 247Sports' composite rankings, who is also Snoop’s kid, was paid $2000 by Pops at age six to play football.
Ladies and reprobates, I give you the father of the year.
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Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny celebrated his difficult performance and early exit in New Year’s Day’s 3-0 loss to Southampton by getting fined the equivalent of $30,000 after being caught – wait for it – smoking in the showers after the match.
This seems unduly harsh, since I know lots of people who would pay 30 grand for Szczesny to tell them how he kept the damned thing lit.
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And finally, here’s to UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, who checked himself into a rehab center after testing positive for a cocaine-like substance a month before his win over the weekend against Daniel Cormier. This is a good thing, this acknowledging a problem, but his fellow performers aren’t all in lockstep. As one fellow fighter, Ben Askren, the light heavyweight champ for One Fighting Championship, tweeted, “Kilo for kilo, the best fighter on the planet.”
Guess what? He and Dana White have been bitching at each other over the past few months. Good clean fun, kids. Good clean American fun.