Suspended Green Bay Packers defensive tackle Johnny Jolly has been sentenced to six years in prison for violating probation.
Jolly was on probation for a drug charge and violated the terms of his probation when he was arrested in October for possession of the drug known as "purple drank". The arrest was Jolly's third drug related arrest in three years.
Judge Denise Bradley refused Jolly's tearful apology and plea for another chance and sentenced him to six years in prison.
Jolly, 28, played for the Packers in 2008 and 2009, he did not play for the Packers in their Super Bowl winning season last year. At the time of the sentencing, Jolly was indefinitely suspended by the NFL.
Talk about rubbing salt in the wounds, the Philadelphia Eagles' Michael Vick suffered two broken ribs during the Eagles loss to the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.
Andy Reid said on Monday that Vick had broken two of his lower ribs. He may have broken them early in the game when he was hit hard and was slow to get up. He sat out for a play two plays later. Reid also went on to say the injury may have caused Vick to be inaccurate.
Vick's status for next Sunday night's big game against the NFC East leading New York Giants is unknown at this time.
The Eagles have lost five games this season in which they have held a fourth quarter lead, including Sunday's loss. The Eagles now sit at 3-6 tied for last in the NFC East with the Washington Redskins and are three games back from the New York Giants.
The NFL's Week 10 is just about over (Okay it is over, Monday Night's game is going to be a stinker) and there are things to take away for it and things to learn. I will go over each game in short responses. So here we go.
Norv Turner's seat just went from hot to 5 alarm fire. The AFC West has become this year's NFC West.
Never count out Belichick and Brady. Jets continue to underachieve and Sanchez is still overrated.
PUNT THE BALL!
The Steelers' defense finally showed up and in the most opportune time. Could this be the end of the Bengals this season?
It always something for the Browns and note to Coach Shurmur: defenses do win championships, but you do need an offense as well.
Midnight just about struck for Fitzpatrick and the Bills. Cowboys surprisingly still alive.
Good news Colts fans, you have a bye next week. Just six more games, Colts.
Look like you can win with a quarterback who can't throw. Also, Kansas City seriously, with Denver's offensive strategy you still didn't predict they would run.
Congrats Miami, you won your first game at home in seven tries, now there is no way you get Andrew Luck now.
The Eagles once again prove my theory: The Eagles are HIGHLY OVERRATED. Andy Reid's seat is ingulfed in flames, but then again it is every year.
Houston has the best record in the AFC? Good for them. I still don't trust them.
Welcome back, Chris Johnson! Wherever have you been?
Will the real Seahawks or Ravens please stand up?
Don't look now, but here come the Bears, even without Cutler playing well.
The Niners are in fact for real and looks like Eli Manning can't win them all.
Well that's it for my brief synopsis of the week that was in the NFL. Next week has some big games, Cincinnati will prove if they are for real when they play the Ravens. The Eagles go into MetLife Stadium to try get back on track and beat the NFC East leading Giants and will the Chargers end there horrendous skid when they face he red hot Bears? Until next week, folks.
As many sports fans know, athletes, and simply sports itself, are superstitious. Don't step on the base line while going back to the dugout. Always keep your same number, even when traded, hold a candle while your team is in the playoffs (trust me it worked for the '04 Red Sox and the Patriots Super Bowl titles).
Fans already know about the big one, the Madden Cover Jinx, but another curse is older and just as big as the Madden Curse. The Sports Illustrated Cover Jinx.
The legend states that if an athlete or team appears on a cover of Sports Illustrated then they will have a bad outing or be cursed. The first instance of the Cover Jinx was in 1954 when the Braves Eddie Mathews became the first person to ever appear on an SI cover. Shortly after, the Braves snapped their nine game win streak and Mathews breaks his hand.
A common explanation for this curse is that whenever athletes or teams appear on a cover it is after a great achievement or performance. Future performances are likely to display the regression towards the mean and make the performance seem less than it really was.
Many athletes have appeared on the cover and didn't affect them one bit. Michael Jordan, for example, was on the cover a record 49 times and he still went on to win six NBA Finals. Emmitt Smith appeared on the cover, although he initially refused, before Super Bowl XXVIII. Dallas still won the Super Bowl.
However, the curse has reared its ugly head many times. In 1955, skiier Jill Kinmont almost died in a crash the same week she appeared on the cover. She became paralyzed from the waist down.
Indianapolis 500 winner Bob Sweikert dies three weeks after appearing on the cover in a sprint car crash in 1955. Driver Pat O'Connor dies four days after appearing on the cover in the Indianapolis 500. Figure skater Laurence Owen appeared on the cover after SI named her "America's Most Exciting Girl Skater". Two days later, she was on the plane that crashed and killed the United States Figure Skating team as they were en route to Prague.
Streaks have been broken too by SI's curse. An Oklahoma Sooner appeared on the cover with the headline "Why Oklahoma Is Unbeatable", the next game Oklahoma loses for the first time in 47 games to Notre Dame.
Texas high school pitcher Jon Peters was on the cover after he set the national high school record for wins. He was 51-0. Next game, he loses for the first and only time in his high school career.
The Texas Longhorns' Earl Campbell appeared on the cover after his Longhorns started the season 11-0. They would lose their next game, the Cotton Bowl, to Notre Dame.
The Kansas City Chiefs started of 9-0 in 2003 and was "rewarded" with a magazine cover. However, the Chiefs would go 4-3 to finish the season, lose home field to the Patriots, and lose the divisional playoff game to the Colts.
The Cover Jinx struck just over a week ago, oddly enough on Halloween, when Texas Rangers catcher Yorvit Torrealba appeared on the cover after the Rangers win Game 5 of the World Series. We all know how this story ends, the Rangers lose the Series in heartbreaking fashion.
Does the jinx exist? Only if you believe it does. It's easy to think that there's a curse, but look at all the other covers and nothing happened to all these people. It however there have been a lot of people and teams affected by this. So basically the curse is just what you make of it. That being said I still don't want my favorite player or team on the cover.
Albert Haynesworth have been claimed off waivers by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, according to sources.
The New England Patriots had put the much maligned defensive tackle on waivers yesterday. Teams had until 4PM today to claim Haynesworth.
Tampa Bay has a need for defensive lineman with Gerald McCoy out for the season with a torn bicep. The Bucs also signed former Buffalo Bill defensive tackle John McCargo.
Haynesworth was a non-factor for the Patriots defense this season only making three tackles in six games played.
Albert Haynesworth is on the market again. The New England Patriots waived the much maligned tackle Monday afternoon.
Haynesworth was benched for more than 20 minutes during the Patriots loss to the New York Giants on Sunday. Reports were stating that Haynesworth and Patriots defensive line coach Pepper Johnson got into a heated exchange during the game. The Patriots deny that was what caused them to waive Haynesworth.
New England acquired Haynesworth from the Washington Redskins for a fifth round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. Haynesworth only had three tackles in just six games with New England.
Teams have until 4PM tomorrow to claim Haynesworth.
The season is halfway through and we are now starting to see who the pretenders are and the contenders are. Now I am ready to give out my midseason NFL awards, I haven't thought up a name for them yet. After consulting the writers at The Mark Graham Sports Blog, I have come up with the winners and they are:
There was one of two players I was considering for this award, Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson and Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. I ultimately decided on Rodgers because he simply is the best player in the NFL. Period. The Packers are at 8-0 and he is having a career year. Rodgers is completing 72.5 percent of his passes and leads the NFL in touchdown passes with 24. Fred Jackson is a huge reason the Bills are tied atop the AFC East, but Rodgers is THE reason the Packers are 8-0.
Notable Mentions: Buffalo Bills RB Fred Jackson
Notable Mentions: Buffalo Bills RB Fred Jackson, New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees
The San Francisco 49ers appear to have turned their ship around and are finally playing well again. Patrick Willis is a huge reason why. Willis has 67 tackles, one sack, three forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries. Willis has become the leader and this 49er defense. The 49ers are in the top ten in total defense and without Willis in the lineup they drop down considerably and might not lead the awful NFC West.
Notable Mentions: Dallas Cowboys DE DeMarcus Ware, Green Bay Packers CB Charles Woodson
A lot has been said about Cam Newton and his great year, but being overshadowed is Bengals QB Andy Dalton. The Bengals are surprisingly tied atop the AFC North with the Baltimore Ravens. No one could have seen this coming at the beginning of the year. Dalton, a second round pick from TCU, was overlooked in the NFL Draft and is now making people pay for their mistakes. The Bengals now have a franchise quarterback in Andy Dalton and because of his play, the Bengals were willing to trade Carson Palmer for two 1st round picks to set the Bengals up for further success in the future.
Notable Mentions: Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton
Von Miller has lived up to his best defensive player in the Draft expectations. Miller is really the only thing going for the Broncos right now. He leads all rookies in sacks with 6.5 and has forced two fumbles. Miller is going to be the future of the Broncos defense, lets just hope Tim Tebow lives up to his expectations.
Notable Mention: San Francisco 49ers LB Aldon Smith
If anyone told you that the Bills would be tied for the AFC East lead halway through the year, you'd think they were crazy or a Bills fan (usually they are both). But Chan Gailey has turned this once hapless franchise around and are in a position to actually win the AFC East. The Bills came back and beat the Patriots and beat the Philadelphia Eagles, games once thought to be losses for the Bills when the season first started. Gailey was once considered to be on the hot seat in Buffalo, now is the toast of the town. Time will tell if they are a one hit wonder.
Notable Mentions: San Francisco 49er coach Jim Harbaugh, Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz
In 2010, Peyton Hillis broke out and became a star for the Cleveland Browns. He rushed for 1,177 yards and had 11 touchdowns. Hillis also became the cover boy for Madden NFL 12. The Browns had their future running back in Hillis. Now in 2012, Hillis has pulled a complete 180, he missed a game, on advice from his agent, because of strep throat, complained about his contract, lost his players support in the locker room, and was seen throwing balls from the goal post while he was supposedly injured. One Browns player said that Hillis was the locker room leader last season bringing so much energy to the team, but now is a pariah in the locker room. One has to wonder if fame got to his head.
Dishonorable Mention: Tennessee Titans RB Chris Johnson
Well that is all for the midseason awards and we will see if these winners keep the same pace throughout the second half of the season.
Last week I predicted the upset of the Chiefs over the Chargers, maybe I'm better than I thought. I just kinda knew that Philip Rivers was going to have a bad game and boy did he. Now to ride this wave of success, I pick the winner of the Chicago Bears at the Philadelphia Eagles. And away we go!
The Eagles appear to be back on track after losing four straight and try to win their third straight tonight. The Bears are coming off a bye week and have won three of the last four against the Eagles and pummeling Tampa Bay and Minnesota in their last two games.
The Eagles finally ran the ball well last Sunday night against the Cowboys with LeSean McCoy running for a career high 185 yards. Michael Vick looked like Tom Brady (of last season) going 21-28 with 279 yards passing.
The Bears have the 11th best run defense in the NFL and held Tampa Bay and Minnesota to a combined 83 yards rushing. However, the Eagles have the number one ranked run offense in the NFL and LeSean McCoy is red hot right now. In order for the Bears to win they need to stop McCoy and make Vick try to throw the ball.
Both teams have quarterbacks that could play a lot better. Jay Cutler has only completed 59 percent of his passes, ranked 24th in the NFL. When Matt Moore of the dreadful Miami Dolphins has a higher completion rate than you, you have some problems. Michael Vick turns the ball over. A lot. Vick has thrown eight interceptions this year and is careless with the ball with his scrambling style.
Philly has the second best defense in football and the Bears need to be clicking on all cylinders and Jay Cutler and the Bears offense needs to play th ebest football they have had all year. The Bears ranked 30th out of 32 teams in total offense and against the second best defense in football it makes for a poor matchup.
So considering the game is in Philly and the Eagles high powered running game and tough defense I will pick......
Next week on Monday Night, the Minnesota Vikings head to the Frozen Tundra of Lambeau Field to play the Green Bay Packers.
An arrest warrant was issued for free agent wide receiver Terrell Owens after failing to show up for a court hearing regarding child support payments.
Owens tried to reschedule the October 24 hearing due to his televised workout for NFL teams. However, no teams attended Owens' workout.
According to a spokesperson, Owens is looking for a new attorney and was representing himself while trying to change the hearing date. Owens now has new attorneys and will deal with the issue of the warrant later in the week.
Owens is trying to modify his child support payments. The payments were based on his salary with the Dallas Cowboys when he was making $12 million in 2007.
Owens, 37, is trying to latch onto an NFL team after undergoing knee surgery earlier in the year. He last played for the Cincinnati Bengals in 2010, making 72 receptions for 983 yards and scoring nine touchdowns.
A third round pick by the 49ers out of Tennessee-Chattanooga, Owens has played for the 49ers, Eagles, Cowboys, Bills, and Bengals. He ranks sixth all-time in receptions with 1,078, second in receiving yards with 15,934, and tied for second, with Randy Moss, for touchdown receptions with 153.
Yale quarterback Patrick Witt is a talented, smart quarterback. He is on pace to break nearly every Yale passing record, he has a 3.91 GPA, and is a Rhodes Scholar finalist. He is living the good life right now. However, there is one problem.
His Rhodes Scholar interview falls on the same day as the annual "Big Game" versus vaunted rival Harvard.
Witt has said in the past that the game against Harvard means everything to him, but now he is faced with the biggest decision in his life. Do you give up an opportunity that many students dream of to play football? Witt has received some attention from NFL scouts and it is not uncommon for Ivy League players to play in the NFL, most notably Harvard grad and Buffalo Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick is succeeding on the field.
If you ask me, Witt needs to go to the Rhodes Scholarship interview. Needs to. An NFL career could end with a big hit or one wrong step, but many new doors could open up with a Rhodes Scholarship and he could always play football afterward, see Myron Rolle.
Lesson for you kids out there, academics before athletics.
New York Jets coach Rex Ryan will play a New England Patriots fan in an upcoming Adam Sandler movie.
Ryan plays a Patriots fan who is a lawyer that helps get Adam Sandler's character out of trouble. According to Sandler, Ryan plays the cheapest lawyer in town. Sandler, a Jets fan, had written the part before Rex Ryan was cast.
Apparently Ryan praises the work of Tom Brady and Bill Belichick in the movie. I'm also guessing, that he insults Rex Ryan in some way in a stupid and predictable tongue in cheek joke to the audience.
The movie is due out sometime in next summer and is expected to be critically panned, yet a big office hit. Also, the movie is expected to have Rob Schneider in some capacity.
Boston police are saying that New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman was arrested early Tuesday morning outside a Boston nightclub.
Police say Edelman was arrested outside a Boston nightclub and charged with indecent assault and battery. According to reports, Edelman is accused of groping a woman below the waist.
Edelman is scheduled to appear in Boston Munincipal Court later on Tuesday. Edelman was taken into custody and released on bail.
Edelman, former Kent State quarterback, has three receptions on the year for 25 yards and serves as the team's kickoff and punt returner.
The New England Patriots were not available for comment.
Philip Rivers' abysmal performance on Monday Night Football cost his team the win and gave the red hot Chiefs a share of the AFC West lead. Rivers threw two interceptions, now a league leading 11 interceptions, zero touchdowns, and one very costly fumble. With the Chargers in range for a game ending field goal, Rivers fumbled the snap from center Nick Hardwick that the Chiefs recovered in an improbable turn of events. The Chiefs then forced overtime and won the game with a Ryan Succop field goal.
Philip Rivers is continuing to drag the Chargers team down. The Chargers should have won last week and again should have won last night, but alas Rivers turnovers late in the game caused a Chargers loss in both games. One has to wonder if Philip Rivers has a case of the yips. Looking at Rivers' play and body language last night, it appears as if Rivers' has lost all confidence in himself and needs to regain it soon or the Chargers are headed for a tailspin. ESPN analyst and former NFL quarterback Trent Dilfer has said his costly fumble will haunt him still ten years from now and will continue to chase demons. Quarterbacks are headcases and if they let things haunt them and keep thinking about the past then they will continue to play poorly. Rivers needs to get better and play smarter. Things won't get better next week when they face the 7-0 Green Bay Packers.
With Rivers' and the Chargers poor play, head coach Norv Turner could find himself out of a job. Turner has had many chances with this club and it appears as if time is running out. You can't put all the blame on Turner however, some of the blame belongs to Philip Rivers. Not only is Rivers' recent poor play costing his team, but it could be costing his head coach his job.
Another question is, "Is Philip Rivers an elite quarterback?" Rivers has a ton of talent, true, but he seems like he doesn't play up to his potential. Rivers, in my opinion, will never be among the elite like Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Ben Roethlisberger, etc. Rivers still has time to turn this ship around, but how many opportunities will he get? The Chargers every year are picked as a sleeper team, but disappoint a legion of Charger fans everywhere. You can compare it to Peyton Manning in the way that Peyton never won in the postseason after winning a ton in the regular season. Manning eventually figured out how to win in the playoffs and won the Super Bowl. Rivers, on the other hand, can't win in the REGULAR SEASON, so how can he win in the playoffs.
In four playoff appearances, Rivers has only made it to the AFC Championship once and has a record of 3-4. This was when the Chargers continually had one of the best defenses in football, and in a league where defenses win championships, the blame falls squarely on the offense. The Chargers had both LaDanian Tomlinson and Shawne Merriman in their prime and yet failed to win a Super Bowl, or even make it to one. The Chargers are nowhere near talented as they were three, four years ago. I don't see the Chargers as a contender anytime soon.