This ledger business isn’t going to go away anytime soon, no matter how much we might wish it would. I’m not going to devote a whole lot of time to it, though, so here are some of the highlights.
First, our good buddy Mike Florio gently rips Jason Cole and Yahoo a new one over their revised exclusive (does the revision count as a second scoop?). The week 3 2009 Buffalo game was originally given as an example from the ledger of payments for injuries. Oops: no injuries. So now the example is the week 9 Carolina 2009 game. Oops: no injuries. Just typical NFL propaganda, folks. Nothing new to see here.
But AngryWhoDat wasn’t satisfied. He went over the tape of the entire Panthers game, noting down the “payable” big plays. None of them involves an injury, let alone a cart-off.
[And this, for the record, is my position: I have never doubted that the Saints had an incentive program that paid players for big plays. That's against the rules, and if caught they deserve to be punished. By being fined a few thousand. Incentive programs are no big deal when it comes to either competition or safety. The NFL has blown it up into a huge scandal by conflating performance with "bounties."]
Andrew Juge does a good job of cutting to the chase regarding not only The Ledger, but all the other evidence the NFL has leaked in an attempt to frame the Saints:
“The more the NFL attempts to publicly incriminate the Saints players, the less they seem guilty, and the worse it makes Roger Goodell look. What no one understands is what or who exactly they are trying to protect? The other theory is they just don’t really have anything, and they’ve been called out on it, so now they are backed into a corner. Once again, let’s be clear about this: NO ONE TRUSTS YOU ANYMORE.”
Well, not no one. Mike Freeman still trusts Roger. He continues to pump out advice to Jonathan Vilma: “Yeah, well…maybe there’s no smoking gun, but you’re still full of bullet holes, so there.” When will Yahoo finally get it through their heads that this guy is a laughingstock? About the same time Roger Goodell apologizes? Yeah, you’re right.
In other news: Mike Detillier gives us his meticulous take on what’s happened in Metairie so far this spring. Pat Y hasn’t been to the Saints minicamp (because the next session starts Tuesday), but gives a sort of preport as to what he will be looking for (hint: stuff). And if you ever wondered what that phrase “football IQ” means, check out Matt Bowen’s breakdown of Drew Brees’ 44-yard TD to Darren Sproles against San Francisco.
On the Jukebox
First, a personal note. A few of you may be aware, from comments I’ve posted elsewhere, that I’m a heavy user of adblockers and custom stylesheets for my preferred browser, Safari. That’s because most of the interwebs experience reminds me of a long drive on a short bus. What that means, though, is that large portions of even sites I like simply do not display for me—things like sidebars, which are usually a mass of widgetized irrelevancy. Occasionally, though, I do miss something—such as the fact that Grandmaster Wang has, for only he knows how long, offered “Today’s Tuneski” on his site. Just wanted to let you know, Wang: I had no idea when I started this that I was stepping on your turf. Does this mean I’ll stop? Fuck no. Get a grip.