Daily Special, June 2, 2012
79 Posted on June 2nd, 2012 by Himself
There’s a buncha stuff this morning to talk about. First of all, the NFL claims to have a copy of a “ledger” the Saints kept to record its “bounty” payouts—including injuries, and specifically cartoffs.
The first question I have is: how did they get it? If such a ledger actually existed, its possession by the NFL would pretty much doom any efforts by either players or coaches to defend themselves against the charges. And knowing that the NFL had the ledger would call for completely different behavior on their parts, wouldn’t you think? And knowing that such a ledger existed would inspire among all concerned a very strong suspicion that the NFL had it, woudn’t you think? There is a complete disconnect between the existence of documentary evidence providing names, dates, and amounts, and the adamant protestations of innocence among the accused players. It would be like denying you ever paid for a login to “Hot Super-Plus Grannies” when you know your wife has the credit card bill.
Be that as it may…
The news reports specifically mentioned the 2009 season (and the player punishments were all for that season anyway), so I went through every game on NFL’s GameCenter play-by-play. They note every injury, and usually give an assessment (return probable, questionable, etc.) Ignoring any injury to the Saints, and ignoring any defensive injury to an opponent, what we’re left with is this:
- New York Giants: Brandon Jacobs was forced from the game early in the second quarter. He returned to open the second half. More significantly, Kareem McKenzie was injured and carted off when Roman Harper forced an Eli Manning fumble, and the scramble for the ball rolled up McKenzie from behind. Who might possibly have been credited with a cartoff is an open question.
- Atlanta Falcons: Harvey Dahl was injured at the beginning of the 4th quarter. His return was listed as probable. There’s no explanation of what happened (he’s just an offensive lineman, after all).
- St. Louis: Kennan Burton injured his knee when he fell awkwardly during Usama Young’s interception in the end zone. Burton was later placed on injured reserve. He was untouched by any Saint.
- New England: Stephen Neal was injured in the second quarter. As with Dahl, he was listed as probable, but there is no further mention of him.
- Washington: Antwaan Randle El injured his shoulder when he fell on it following a deep reception the last play of the third quarter. He was listed as questionable, and in fact did not return—though he played the next week.
- Tampa Bay: Earnest Graham tore a ligament in a toe (an obviously deliberate target, that one) during the Bucs’ overtime drive. He was placed on IR following the game.
- Arizona: Kurt Warner was knocked into the next time zone by Bobby McCray on a perfectly legitimate hit. He was listed as questionable, but in fact returned.
And that’s it. (Brett Favre, remember, was forced from the field by a change of possession, and missed no snaps at all.) Throughout the entire course of a “bounty” season, those are the only offensive injuries recorded by NFL’s GameCenter.
As things stand now, in the immortal words of the Man From Kansas, “I’m calling bullshit.”
Onwards. Sean Pamphilon is in the news again. This time he claims that…well, hell, you read it. In the immortal words of the Man From New Orleans, “Better you than me.” But while you’re at it, also read the assessment by Jimbo03 at Canal Street Chronicles (it’s the big green block). It provides needed perspective. And if you have any questions for Pamphilon, submit them to AngryWhoDat, who I would bet is angry over this whole circus.
Jermichael Decorean Finley is not convinced that Jimmy Graham is the real deal. This despite being outplayed by Jimmy Graham over the course of…well, a career. I suppose Jermichael’s problem (other than having a shitty name) is that he plays the game, so he doesn’t get to watch it. Anyone who does, and pays attention, can see the difference between Graham (and Gronkowski) and Finley.
And Pete Prisco puts everyone on notice: Matt Ryan = Peyton Manning. Trust him on this one.
On the Jukebox
Scouring the world to bring you the offscourings of the world. Yesterday, we gave you that fine Swedish accordion. Today, how about Bobby Hebert doing his best Louie Armstrong? And how about that prediction?