Any way you look at it, this is bad for all of New England. Here is just another case of a member of the Patriots organization thinking he can get away with something. Acting like the rules don’t apply to him. Thinking he’s smarter than everyone else and he won’t get caught.
And once again, his arrogance will get the best of him. When the cops come to haul Edelman away, he’ll have nobody to blame but himself. He’ll probably have a sit-down with Mr. Kraft, who’ll ask him, “Have you played that game in the last 12 years? Well, then, you’re a schmuck.” And there is no way the commissioner won’t come down hard on him. After all, there’s a pattern of behavior here. Skirting the rules. Flaunting authority. Always trying to gain an advantage over all the other gamers who returned their rentals on time. Not to mention, Roger Goodell went easy on the Patriots over Deflategate, so he’s got to make an example of Edelman to appease the rest of the league.
I fully expect we’ll see Commissar Goodell invoke the “conduct detrimental” clause on this one. And if Edelman is suspended for all of 2016, I won’t be surprised. After all, he’s on the Patriots, which makes this way worse than being involved in a double homicide or knocking a woman unconscious. And it’ll serve Julian Edelman right.
P.S. I know I used this last week. But there’s no way I can post this without the library cop scene. I’d deserve to have my blogging license revoked if I left it out.
Step aside, Drunken UConn Food Court Kid. Your title of Most Insufferable Dooshnozzle With No Respect For Service Industry Workers has been taken away from you by this University of Michigan freshman.
Our newest champion of the working man has been outed as Steve Croman from (surprise!) New York City by way of Michigan’s Tau Kappa Epilson. And it shouldn’t come as a shock to anyone he inherited both his sense of entitlement and his perfectly punchable face from a notorious NYC slumlord named Steven Croman, who’s been under investigation from the state attorney general for kicking people out of their homes illegally.
So congratulations are in order for the Croman family. You’ve added to America’s surplus of abrasive, self-important snots who treat anyone with a blue-collar job like they’re beneath them and who will never do a productive day’s work in a wretched, miserable life spent being dicks to people trying to earn a living while their equally obnoxious buddies cackle with delight. Thanks. Here’s hoping the next ride service car you call ends up parked on your stupid fur hood.
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In a 2011 email exchange recently unsealed in court, several NHL officials discussed a connection between fighting and concussions. The messages were sent in a group that included league commissioner Gary Bettman, deputy commissioner Bill Daly and former head of player safety Brendan Shanahan.
The findings are in direct conflict with statements made by the league during an ongoing lawsuit filed by several ex-NHL players. Following the death of three players in 2011 which were all attributed to health issues, league officials discussed the state of fighting in hockey.
“An interesting question is whether being an NHL fighter does this to you (I don’t believe so) or whether a certain type of person (who wouldn’t otherwise be skilled enough to be an NHL player) gravitates to this job (I believe more likely),” Bettman wrote.
“I tend to think its a little bit of both,” Daly wrote back. “Fighting raises the incidence of head injuries/concussions, which raises the incidence of depression onset, which raises the incidence of personal tragedies.”
What these league officials acknowledged in private, they never have admitted publicly. These recent findings certainly are not a good look for the NHL as it faces a very serious lawsuit.
“I believe the fighting and possible concussions could aggravate a condition,” Bettman wrote. “But if you think about the tragedies there were probably certain predispositions.”
One former NHL player, Derek Boogaard, died after overdosing on prescription pain killers he was given by team doctors and medical staff. His family is fighting the NHL in a wrongful death suit. Some of the messages revealed in these documents comment on the use of such pills.
“This is not the same role as it was in the ’80s and ’90s,” Shanahan wrote. “Fighters used to aspire to become regular players. Train and practice to move from 4th line to 3rd. Now they train and practice becoming more fearsome fighters. They used to take alcohol and cocaine to cope. (Kordic) Now they take pills. Pills to sleep. Pills to wake up. Pills to ease the pain. Pills to amp up. Getting them online.”
The class-action lawsuit against the NHL is ongoing at the United States District Court in Minneapolis.
TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NHL: Bruins at Devils, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Avalanche at Blues, 8:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA: Rockets at Cavaliers, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Wizards at Warriors, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: Collegeinsider.com championship, UC Irvine at Columbia, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: NIT semifinals, BYU vs. Valparaiso, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: NIT semifinals, George Washington vs. San Diego State, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Vegas 16 semifinals, Old Dominion vs. UC Santa Barbara, 9 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Vegas 16 semifinals, Oakland vs. East Tennessee State, 11:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
MLB preseason: Yankees at Phillies, 1:05 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB preseason: Athletics at Cubs, 4:05 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB preseason: Giants at Royals, 9:05 p.m. (MLB Network)
Soccer: World Cup qualifying, Guatemala at United States, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: U-23 Olympic qualifying, Colombia at United States, 9:20 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: Exhibition, Italy at Germany, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: Exhibition, Netherlands at England, 3 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: World Cup qualifying, Canada at Mexico, 10:20 p.m. (FS1)
AROUND THE WEB:
— The Mets’ hopes of repeating as National League champions took a hit Monday when the team announced that ace right-hander Matt Harvey has been sidelined by an undisclosed medical issue. On the positive side, the Mets said it’s not related to his surgically repaired right elbow. However, the team’s lack of information has raised more concerns.
“I wouldn’t assume anything until we hear from the doctors,” manager Terry Collins said, adding: “It’s mysterious, but I’m not at liberty to discuss it right now.”
Harvey was pulled from his Grapefruit League start Tuesday after team medical personnel alerted the front office of an issue.
“It came up [Monday] morning,” general manager Sandy Alderson said. “There will be follow-up tests and consultations over the next couple of days.”
The secrecy reportedly is due to the fact that it’s non-baseball related, and to respect Harvey’s privacy.
Harvey, who went 13-8 with a 2.71 ERA in 2015 and was named Comeback Player of the Year after missing all of 2014 while rehabbing after his shoulder surgery, had been slated to pitch in the team’s opener April 3, a rematch with last season’s World Series champion Royals, but that now is in doubt.
“It’s hard to say right now,” Collins said. “Don’t know just yet. Certainly what I do know, we’re very lucky to have the pitching we’ve got.
“In case he can’t go, we’ll have somebody else ready.”
Added Alderson: “I understand Opening Day is not too far away. We are dealing with tomorrow. We should know something tomorrow or the next day. For right now, he’s not pitching [Tuesday]. That’s where the story ends.”
— The UConn women’s basketball team advanced to its ninth straight Final Four with an 86-65 victory over Texas on Monday night, as a national discussion continued about whether the Huskies’ dominance is bad for the sport.
Boston Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy started the latest revival of the debate with his recent tweet that he has no interest in watching a UConn team that is “killing [the] women’s game.”
UConn coach Geno Auriemma responded by telling Shaughnessy not to watch. After Monday’s game, Auriemma joked that when it was close early on, he was thinking about how great it is for the game. And he insisted that despite the score, the game was no cakewalk.
“I tell you the same thing I said to the team: This game is the most difficult game to win,” Auriemma said. “I say that every time we play one because it’s true. And it showed tonight. We played against a really good team that really tested us at both ends of the floor. It forced our best players to play great. That’s exactly what you need at this time of the tournament.
“You don’t want to be going to the Final Four thinking games will be easy. In spite of the score, this was by no means easy at all.”
UConn has won 73 straight games as it looks to win its fourth straight national title.
The 28-year-old, the brother of recently traded Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones, was arrested last Thursday in downtown Albuquerque, New Mexico, for drag racing in his white Corvette. Jones received five citations, including equipment modifications and failure to maintain a traffic lane.
He claims he simply revved his engine to acknowledge a fan, but he admitted that he lost his cool and was disrespectful to the police officer.
“I was not drag racing nor was I speeding. I did not get a speeding ticket. I was driving within the speed limit of the 35 mph zone,” Jones said in a statement. “I feel that police used a technicality to ticket me for drag racing, for simply revving my engine and acknowledging some of my local fans. I regrettably said words to the police officer out of frustration, for which I apologize for, but I do feel this was excessive.”
Jones, who earlier this month said he was sober for the first time in his athletic career, is under supervised probation as part of plea agreement stemming from a felony charge for leaving the scene of a crash last April. He was stopped of his UFC title after his arrest. In February he was cited for driving without a license, registration or proof of insurance. He received a 90-day deferred sentence in a court hearing last Wednesday, one day before this latest incident.
Jones is scheduled to fight UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier on April 23.
“We are aware of the situation and are looking into the matter,” the UFC said in a statement Monday. “We’ve also been in touch with Jon’s team regarding the matter.”
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On March 29 of which year did the Bruins beat the Rangers, 2-1, to complete a two-game sweep of the Stanley Cup finals and win their first championship?
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I believe this: that the game has always been a risk, you know, and the way certain people are. Look at it. You take an aspirin, I take an aspirin, it might give you extreme side effects of illness and your body … may reject it, where I would be fine. So there is so much we don’t know.” — Colts owner Jim Irsay, on possible health risks from playing football
Mikey, Mut and Lenny are talking about the Red Sox as we are one week away from opening day. There's some excitement around the report that the San Diego Padres had a scout in Ft. Myers today looking at Sandoval.