Knives Don’t Kill People…

Knives don’t kill people, people kill people, right?  Or maybe they just maim them:

At least three people — and possibly four — were stabbed in the parking lot of Sports Authority Field at Mile High amid a large fight following the Broncos’ loss to the Chargers on Thursday night.

One person was in critical condition and two people were stable, but the injuries were not believed to be life-threatening, Denver police said. Police believe a fourth victim who has not come forward was also stabbed. The three victims are men.

Three people were arrested, and Denver police said they didn’t believe any other suspects were at-large.

A police spokesperson also made sure to point this out:

“I don’t know if this is game-related or what caused this.”

Gee, I don’t know either.  I mean, the Denver Broncos had just lost to the San Diego Chargers 27-20, and it was in one of the stadiums parking lots, but who knows what caused this.  What on earth could have caused this?

This comes on the heels of a shooting following the Alabama – Auburn game and rioting following Michigan State’s recent win over Ohio State.

Nothing like a sporting event to help us lose our sanity.

 

 

 

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Hazing “an epidemic”

I saw this in Thursday’s Wall Street Journal:

Financial hazing is “an epidemic,” said NFL agent David Canter. “I think it’s why so many players end up broke.”

At first glance, I think that quote’s a bit strong.  Hazing is why so many players end up broke?  Really?  I would have thought paying for a posse and making it rain at strip clubs would be more of an epidemic than financial hazing, but I’ve never been an NFL player.

 

Ro: “I felt like Aaron Hernandez”

ESPN.com has a new article up with more information about Rolando McClain’s sudden retirement:

Rolando McClain felt so full of anger before he walked away from the game that he was worried he would do something he would regret.

“I felt like Aaron Hernandez, like I just wanted to kill somebody,” McClain said in an interview for this week’s ESPN The Magazine.

After a string of off-field trouble, McClain was released by the Oakland Raiders in April and signed with the Baltimore Ravens. But he abruptly decided to retire at the age of 23.

As you probably know, after McClain left the Ravens, he returned to Tuscaloosa to help get his life straight.

Also, digest this nugget:

Raised in a single-parent home with guns, violence and drugs all around him, McClain ran away at 15 and lived on friends’ couches. Football was an outlet for his growing anger. But he said “football was my mask.”

Most of us don’t really appreciate what it takes to play football at a place like Alabama and we certainly don’t understand what it’s like to be raised in such conditions.  Even in our debauched culture, most of us would think that playing by the rules, keeping our noses clean and working hard would come natural.  But it doesn’t.  Granted, most college players don’t act up like Ro, but I do think we fail to recognize the tough, tough job that most college coaches have.

I think it’s interesting that Ro referred to Hernandez.  (McClain didn’t exactly give him the benefit of doubt, did he?)  But based on how McClain was raised, an outcome “like Aaron Hernandez” is probably very likely.

Good on Ro if he’s being straight up about hitting the eject button to get his life in order.  If that’s the case, he’s extremely fortunate to have come to that conclusion or that someone pointed him in that direction.   I hope everything works out for him.

Our “Rolling Ball of Butcher Knives” Gets Traded

By now you know Trent Richardson was traded from the Cleveland Browns to the Indianapolis Colts.

It’s hard to spin this any other way than the Browns giving up on Richardson, but a couple of guys are trying.

First, Colts head coach Chuck Pagano:

“You got a great young quarterback and a great young runner,” Colts coach Chuck Pagano said. “We know we’re trying to build a monster here, and we’re trying to build a program for sustained success for the long haul.”

“This guy is a rolling ball of butcher knives,” Pagano said. “Ahmad is the same way. He fits our system. He fits our scheme to the tee.”

And then former Browns executive Mike Holmgren:

“How do you make your team better by trading your best player?” Holmgren told Sports Radio 950 KJR in Seattle, according to The Plain Dealer of Cleveland. “He’s the best offensive player. He’s a valuable, valuable guy.”

“I struggled with it,” Holmgren told the radio station. “Philosophically, if I am the coach and someone came in anywhere and did that, I’d say, ‘OK, fire me, or I’m going to quit. Or we’re going to both go into the owner and talk about this and then we’ll see who’s still standing.'”

Ultimately, it’s a good thing that the Browns give up on you.  And that you get traded to play with Andrew Luck.  Something tells me that with Luck’s ability to throw the ball, Richardson’s job may have gotten a lot easier.

Freddie Kitchens Has Heart Surgery

From ProFootballTalk.com:

Cardinals quarterbacks coach Freddie Kitchens had to be taken to the hospital for heart surgery Tuesday, after falling ill at OTAs.

The Cardinals issued a statement on the situation, saying Kitchens began felling poorly during Tuesday’s practice. He was dizzy and light-headed, and trainers determined he should be taken to the hospital for more tests.

Once there, a CT scan showed a defect in his aorta which required immediate surgery at the Arizona Heart Institute.

The doctors who performed the surgery said it went well, and Kitchens’ prognosis was good.

Let’s pray to the Lord for a full and speedy recovery for Freddie.

NFL Gone Crazy

The No Fun League strikes again:

According to Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News, the 49ers quarterback wasthreatened with a $15,000 fine from the NFL if he continues to wear a San Francisco Giants cap to postgame interviews, as he did often last year.

The league considers non-NFL items non-sponsored gear, and players can’t appear wearing it 90 minutes before or after games.

 

Jarret Johnson Votes No on More Padding

Former Tider Jarret Johnson weighs in on the NFL’s new padding rules:

Chargers linebacker Jarret Johnson, who joined the team in March from the Ravens, was more pointed.

“It’s a bunch of guys who never played football before,” Johnson said. “You hear it all the time. They’re saying, ‘Why do players always complain about player safety if they’re not going to wear thigh pads?’ Well, thigh bruises and knee bruises aren’t ending careers.

“The repetitive amount of hits we take, day in and day out — this, to me, is a P.R. stunt. . . . If you get hit in the legs, you’re doing something wrong. You’re either getting cut or standing there. Usually, when guys are aggressive and they’re hitting back, the legs aren’t usually getting hit.”

That’s certainly an interesting perspective from a current NFL player, no doubt.  But I’m not sure this makes sense to the average person.  More padding when playing professional football seems like a no-brainer to most folks.

I do agree with Johnson about the P.R. move, though.  Given the battle waging over concussions, this seems like a well-timed move by the NFL bosses.