Any time anyone privately or publicly trashes Ben Roethlisberger, it makes me smile. That person yesterday was former teammate Antonio Brown, who tweeted and deleted this tweet in response to Roethlisberger saying their little tiff ruined their "friendship." Chuckle along, you know you want to.
Throwing your quarterback under the bus is terrible, unless it's Big Ben, and then please throw as hard as you can. Thanks.
Former New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski attended an event in New York City on Tuesday and of course since the entire world won't stop talking about the retirement of Andrew Luck, Gronk was asked about it. Reminder in case you live under a rock -- he also retired what would be considered "early" and was also frequently injured.
Gronk explained that he was hurt a lot (duh), and also agreed with Luck, where he stated that he was not mentally able to handle the game of football any longer. One of the anecdotes that he mentioned was during this past Super Bowl when he was hit by two Los Angeles Rams defenders.
Like the tweet mentions, this is a totally normal football play. One that doesn't even make you cover your eyes or wince. That is terrifying. Gronk went on to say that he barely slept for weeks following because of the pain, and therefore couldn't even enjoy a Super Bowl win.
You have to think more players will follow this trend of "retiring early." Even if one of the top players, on the best team of our generation (I hate the word 'dynasty,' so just bear with me here) can't enjoy a Super Bowl -- which is what every single player plays for at the end of the day -- what else is there? I think plenty of players will see top-tier players like Luck and Gronk and compare it to their own football horror stories (and everyone has them, trust me), and will definitely start to weigh their options. I don't blame them one bit.
New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick was asked to respond to the weekend's biggest NFL news -- that Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck just decided to up and retire two weeks before the season begins. Of course, Belichick had the most "Bill Belichick" answer of all time --
The Patriots later clarified to ESPN that that's not what Belichick meant -- he's not that out of touch with the world. He just meant he literally didn't see it coming -- he's just like us!! So before all the Pats fans sit here and harp about how DIALED IN OMG GGGG SHFGSOSILDJ Belichick is, stop right now.
Even the most corrupt of sports franchises (The Redskins) and the biggest squid of an owner (Dan Snyder) should do the bare minimum and take care of the health of their players, don't ya think? We're giving them too much credit here.
Backup quarterback slash starter backslash who the fuck really knows or cares anymore Colt McCoy will sit out tonight's (Thursday's) preseason game because his injury from LAST DECEMBER is still bothering him. Seriously.
Keep in mind this isn't the worst injury the Redskins have somehow botched recently. Something sketchy is going on there, and I'm not even gonna mention RG3.
McCoy broke his leg last season, and the team basically didn't give it enough time to fully heal before putting him back on the field. Sound familiar? He had a third "minor surgical procedure" on his leg just this spring, which for a basic broken leg... sure seems like a lot. McCoy was just the second Redskins quarterback to break his leg and have it become extremely complicated afterwards. Alex Smith suffered a horrific leg injury last season, only to battle a post-op infection that he's still recovering from. He says he wants to play football again, but I highly doubt he will.
Let's keep going, shall we? Derrius Guice, their supposed new star player, tore his ACL last preseason and is also ruled out for tonight's game and still hasn't been cleared by the medical staff to play. He also needed three surgeries, and had to be on a fucking IV all day.
There's more. Su'a Cravens almost retired because of how badly the Redskins handled his concussions, then promptly called them out for being shady and "withholding information." DeAngelo Hall hated the training staff. Trent Williams is literally holding out and refuses to play because he hates the training staff.
Not trying to point any fingers here (I totally am) but someone needs to check this shit out pronto before the entire team's heads fall off or something equally as tragic.
Chicago Bears offensive lineman Kyle Long has been fighting frequently during this year's training camp - once last Sunday, and once on Wednesday, when he did this:
Please note the barfing. Sorry, my guy, but if you want to beat a dude's ass that badly that you're barfing over it, you need to sit down and relax. Do some yoga. Have a beer.
Long was ejected from practice because of it, and head coach Matt Nagy was less than pleased.
Jerry Jones is a weird dude. And this is seen as a weird ass comment by many, but for me, he's literally speaking my language. When asked about the various unresolved contracts of his star players, he said this. Just... yeah read it.
Ok that's totally not the way I talk, although I will ask you who your favorite serial killer is any day of the week.
Jones went on to explain (normally) that while the team and quarterback Dak Prescott are far apart from agreeing to terms, it doesn't affect his play and performance during camp, so he's got that going for him. Ezekiel Elliott is a different story -- he hasn't been to camp yet. But ol' Jerry is sure he's in tip top shape so he can be back to normal when he returns. If he returns.
Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck's latest debilitating injury is a "small little bone," according to Jim Irsay. I'm twelve years old, so naturally my thought was, "is he talking about his dick?"
But, no. Here's the timeline:
Luck has had a calf strain since April and didn't participate in any of the Colts' offseason activities or practices. In May, head coach Frank Reich insisted it was "just a calf strain." Mhmm. Fast-forward to training camp and Luck has been sitting on the sideline twiddling his thumbs the whole time while the team has pushed aside questions, while insisting he's just fine and dandy, and they're just being cautious.
When have we seen this before? Oh yeah, just about a year and a half ago, when Irsay insisted Luck will start the season opener, only to have him sit the entire season.
One of the biggest questions is if this is somehow related to his mysterious calf strain, or if this is a whole other issue. The Colts are a strong team that can make a hard playoff push with Andrew Luck -- without him is another story altogether.
I'm literally on Season 2 Episode 3 of Antonio Brown's bullshit and I'm eating it up.
After Brown's complete and utter shit fit, he now basically has to find a new helmet ASAP. Problem is, he wants a specific kind of helmet that he's in love with, but they're hard to come by. His idea? Ask Twitter.
First - what's with the quotes?
Second - this isn't an extremely terrible idea, social media frequently makes things happen.
Third - I'm ready for Episode 4 because there's no way he's gonna find this specific helmet that he wants, right?
Wide receiver Rishard Matthews retired on Monday, and promptly snapped.
He was released on Saturday by the New Orleans Saints with a "left squad designation" (meaning he straight up left the team) and it's clear from head coach Sean Payton's comments that Matthews was basically a pain in the fucking ass to work with.
Then, he posted this on Instagram that was extremely weird and equally as aggressive.
Tweet and Gram through it my dude.
Now, let me start off before the haters get all worked up that Antonio Brown is one of my favorite players in the NFL. I can finally say that now that he's not a Steeler anymore. I love his athletic ability, his talent, and last but not least, his confidence in himself to say what he thinks and give zero fucks. I've said it before and I'll say it again -- the NFL needs more players like this.
That being said, this whole helmet thing is a fiasco; it was unnecessary, and Brown was never going to get his way, no matter how hard he tried.
So, in a nutshell -- Brown got frostbitten feet and everyone assumed that that was why he hasn't really practiced, etc etc. Turns out, it's also partly due to the league not letting him play with his personal fave helmet. The reason? It's not certified. NFL helmets that are worn by players have to be certified by the NOCSAE, which is a fancy acronym for a committee that certifies athletic equipment (naturally). They also can't be older than 10 years. All valid points.
Antonio Brown literally filed a grievance on the NFL for not letting him wear his lucky helmet or whatever, which was a mistake in itself. This is a wack ass thing to bitch about for two (2) reasons: a) Brown already has a target on his back for all that random drama with his former team and/or quarterback; b) if the NFL has to save face for ANYTHING in the past few years, it's safety. Specifically in the head-area. CTE, all that jazz. You remember.
Part of the grievance was supposedly that if Brown were to get hurt while wearing said certified helmet instead of his personal helmet, he would hold the NFL liable. Bro, you're the one choosing to play this game here, AND choosing to wear a 12 year old helmet. Not gonna fly. Tom Brady even tried to bitch about this a little ways back, but it's different for him because no one is allowed to breathe near him, let alone touch him in or near the head area.
The arbitrator has since ruled against Brown (as of Monday), and now good ol' Antonio has to get himself a brand new helmet that's certified. Supposedly he doesn't intend to appeal -- so was this all for show? Or, better question, was this all for Hard Knocks? If so, I'm so in.
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