As Johnny Manziel's problems with alcohol and domestic disputes continue, news broke today that his agent has parted ways him. His father also has concerns for his son, who he fears will not live to be 24 years old unless he seeks rehabilitation.

This is the Carolina Panthers rap we played on Dale & Holley with Thornton’s Final Drive on Thursday. And I post it here as an instructive life lesson.

The girl’s name is Lang Maddox, which sounds less like the “actress” she claims to be and more like the evil business magnate from a superhero comic, but that’s neither here nor there. Lang is, to be fair, about a Carolina 6. And my guess is she’s been told all her life that she’s a 9. Which means no one has ever leveled with her and told her she’s awful at rapping, this song is horrendous, she should never post this video and instead just stick to trying to land a role in some local community theater production of “Rent” or something.

But that sort of frank, honest leveling almost never happens with semi-cute chicks. Guys tell them what they want to hear in hopes of maybe getting to see them naked, and in the long run do them a grave disservice. It’s how we end up with Rebecca Black’s “Friday” and pageant contestants who think America is bad at geography because we don’t have enough maps of “the Iraq.” I know it’s difficult, but a little cold, hard truth might have spared us from lyrics like, “It takes more than negativity to make Superman frown.” And that would be a pure good.

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Rob Gronkowski is in Santa Clara for Super Bowl 50 festivities. During a segment with FoxSports1 reporter Julie Stewart-Binks, Gronk told a story about giving lap dances in college. Stewart-Binks asked Gronk to replicate the performance. Gronk did. Predictably, the internet was outraged. The guys discuss the national reactions.

At the first ever NFL Women’s Summit on Thursday, Commissioner Roger Goodell announced that he will be implementing an update to the Rooney Rule that will make it a requirement that women be interviewed for executive positions throughout the league, as well as in NFL offices.

“We believe in diversity,” Goodell said. “We believe we’re better as an organization when we have good people at the table. We have great people at the table. We’re also seeing it on the field.”

The first full-time female assistant coach, Kathryn Smith, was hired by the Bills last month. Jen Welter made headlines when she joined the Cardinals as an inside linebackers coach during the preseason, and this season Sarah Thomas became the first female official in NFL history.

“Sarah was our first female NFL official on the field this year,” Goodell said. “She did a fantastic job, and we’re very proud of her. We also have people breaking into the coaching ranks. Jen was the first coach last year. She set a trend, and we now have a second coach with the Buffalo Bills.”

Because of the new rule, the NFL should see this trend continue in the near future.

“You can see that progress is being made and our commitment is, we have something called the Rooney Rule, which requires us to make sure when we have an opening that on the team or the league level that we are going to interview a diverse slate of candidates,” said Goodell. “Well, we’re going to make that commitment and we’re going to formalize that we, as a league, are going to do that for women as well in all of our executive positions. Again, we’re going to keep making progress here and make a difference.”

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Travis Upham

 

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Washington PostFive days before a documentary alleged that quarterback Peyton Manning and other star athletes had used performance-enhancing drugs, two men hired by Manning’s lawyers visited the parents of the documentary’s key witness. Both men wore black overcoats and jeans and, according to a 911 call from the house that evening, one initially said he was a law enforcement officer but didn’t have a badge.

After they told their daughter to call 911 the night of Dec. 22, Randall and Judith Sly stepped outside to talk to the strangers, who clarified they were private investigators, not cops. They had come to this red brick house with a well-manicured lawn looking for the Slys’ 31-year-old son, Charlie, a pharmacist who was the primary source in the upcoming documentary. …

Manning’s lawyers … hired investigators to identify, locate and interrogate Sly, and sent a lawyer to examine Peyton and Ashley’s medical records at the Guyer Institute of Molecular Medicine in Indianapolis. …

The story Sly said he made up contained at least a bit of truth, though: The Guyer Institute did ship medication to Ashley Manning, [Manning spokesman Ari] Fleischer confirmed.

Nothing to see here, folks. No need to be alarmed, citizens. It’s nothing more than Peyton Manning‘s hired goons doing a little bit of witness intimidation. Men in Black, showing up at the door of Charlie Sly’s parents and sister in order to make him forget all about the HGH he shipped to Peyton’s place. Only instead of using those little strobe light things, these guys take your memory with fear and passing themselves off as law enforcement.

So this is the way America’s Sweetheart conducts business. His thugs scare the crap out of old people at the door of their private residence while his other operatives are going through the medical records. And now all Manning is asking us to believe is:

  • Those gorillas who showed up at Mr. and Mrs. Sly’s door and lied about being cops were paying a friendly visit, not scaring anyone to the point they’d call 911.
  • The lawyer who “examined” the medical records at Guyer didn’t take out anything that would damage Manning if there was a further investigation by the NFL.
  • The HGH that was shipped to Manning’s house was for Ashley. Peyton might have been flying around the world seeking treatments for his four neck surgeries that aren’t legal in the United States, but he drew the line at taking his wife’s hormone treatments. That would be wrong.
  • He came back after his surgeries to have the best year of his career in his late 30s and set a record for touchdown passes. But he wasn’t on anything illegal.

I want to be clear: I don’t care that Peyton Manning might have used the miracle of modern chemistry to get back on the field and enhance his performance. All I’ve ever demanded is that he be judged by the same standard Tom Brady was on Deflategate. But that was before this latest development. Now that we know Manning’s people are running around scaring witnesses, tampering with evidence and admitting that he did get HGH sent to his house, we’ve got something no one ever had on Brady — an actual case. Well done, Washington Post. Now let’s see if anyone in America cares.

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Jerry Thornton
Legendary author Mark Leibovich joined us to discuss Brady and Goodell.
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