The Green Bay Packers official website conducted an “Ask Vic” session this afternoon, in which fans can post questions for Packers.com editor, Vic Ketchman.
Well, a Packers fan from Saint Paul, MN named Brandon had a question for Vic about team character:
“Vic, it seems the Packers place a high emphasis on character during their selection process, as can be shown by the tremendously low arrest rate. This seems like a simple strategy to sustain success, yet, it seems more of a rarity in the NFL than the standard. What other teams are as committed to personal character?”
The Packers responded by posting this photo:
Then they proceeded to give Brandon his answer:
“Nobody wants a locker room full of criminals. All teams place a premium on character. Draft picks are too valuable to waste on guys in jail. It’s all a matter of where you draw the line. Some teams are a little more willing to gamble on a guy with some issues in his past. Aldon Smith had some red flags when he was coming into the draft, and it might be catching up to him just as it did with Holmes, but the 49ers have gotten a pretty nice return from their investment in Smith. Where do you draw the line? Every team has to answer that question in its own way. George Young said it’s not a game for the well-adjusted, and I am a George Young devotee. I don’t need a locker room full of choir boys. My line has some loops in it.”
What do you think? Are the antics of Smith worth his play-making ability and the success he brings to the defense of the 49ers? Or, do the Packers have a point about his behavior catching up with him and sticking to high-character players?
Never forget the Orlando Magic are still paying Gilbert Arenas.
Gilbert Arenas hasn’t played a game in the NBA in two years, but he was still one of the highest-paid athletes in the world in 2013.
ESPN recently released its list of highest-paid athletes in the world based solely on salary and prize money. Among the Floyd Mayweather’s, Cristiano Ronaldo’s, Lionel Messi’s and Kobe Bryant’s of the world was the mercurial Arenas.
That’s right, Arena’s checked in at No. 30 on the list, ahead of Tigers star Miguel Cabrera.
The former Washington Wizards guard made more money than every NBA player except Kobe Bryant and Dirk Nowitzki.
This all stems from the Wizards signing Arenas to a six-year, $111 million deal. After being traded, the Magic used the amnesty clause on Arenas in 2011, so his salary doesn’t count against the team’s salary cap or luxury tax.
Derrick Rose looks like he’s gonna be better than ever when he returns.
There are currently eight women and five states who are accusing Darren Sharper of drugging them and then sexually assaulting them.
Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report did an extensive and frankly quite frightening report on Darren Sharper . One of the things that was included was that police believe there are more women out there who may have been drugged and raped by Sharper.
Two law enforcement officials who asked not to be identified—one in Arizona and one in Louisiana—believe in the possibility of more alleged Sharper victims who have declined to come forward.
Also, it appears that Sharper had a type of woman he sought out.
Few details about Sharper’s accusers have been made available by law enforcement. Yet police reports in Tempe show that at least some of the female complainants aren’t just similar in terms of their allegations—they are also similar in appearance: white, with long hair, in their early 20s or younger, thin build, standing approximately 5’6″ tall.
I encourage you to read Freeman’s entire article. It is a chilling account of what may have happened to these women. It is always innocent until proven guilty, but it certainly doesn’t look good for Sharper.
Not exactly sure what is going on here.
It will be probably followed soon by “I was hacked” or maybe this is how Dwight shows affection to his teammates. I get confused by the acronyms, so maybe Dwight thought it was Man Crush Monday even though it is Tuesday.
A couple of questions.
1- If she was allegedly passed out how could she refuse to leave?
2- If she wasn’t passed out, why did she lie to cops?
3- What happened before the refusal?
Just some things to consider while you are reading this.
In my mind the Dodgers have never needed a mascot and never will as long as that roly-poly, cartoonish parody of himself, Tommy Lasorda, is alive. But look above: yikes!
But they have one now. Although the team would really prefer — no, they insist — that you not call the thing you see above a mascot. For one thing, it has no name. Also it has no apparent gender and is not allowed inside Dodger Stadium … just like Justin Bieber. But it has been around outside, posing for pictures and such, since the team’s opening day against the Giants this past weekend.
Dodgers executive vice president Lon Rosen refuses to let him come out of the closet, however. LA Times:
“It’s not a mascot,” said Rosen. “It’s a unique performance character.”
See, that’s what’s great about being a marketing wiz, you can just make stuff up. Rosen also called it a “bobblehead character,” so you can see he’s really trying hard.
Rosen said three more “performance characters” will be unveiled in the coming weeks, though he was unwilling to say if they would all look like variations of Godzilla-sized bobbleheads.
Actually Godzilla would be cool.
But it’s just like the Dodgers to create a mascot for the first time in its history, and deny that they did so. Hey, he’s just a friendly fan with a big head.
Does the unnamed mascot know how dangerous it is out in the Dodgers parking lot?
But above all we’re just glad that Larry King is working again.
The Tampa Bay Lighting told a true love story through the kiss cam.
We could give you our own recap of UConn beating Kentucky to win the 2014 NCAA Basketball title, but we wouldn’t add much to the discussion. Connecticut played great defense, made enough threes, somehow limited the Wildcats on the offensive boards and couldn’t miss from the free-throw line, literally (10-for-10). Kentucky didn’t shoot well and couldn’t make a free throw (13-for-24).
But none of that is important. The only game recap you need, ever, is the Taiwanese animation recap, complete with bloody ankles.
NBA great Dikembe Mutombo was on the “Dan Le Batard is Highly Questionable” show where he talked about his time in the NBA, who he loved giving the famous rejection finger to and what it was like growing up in The Congo. But the most entertaining part of the interview came when Le Batard asked him about the rumor that he would walk in the club asking ¨who wants to sex Mutombo?¨
“I always say, ‘who came up with that crap? It’s tough when you get to the top. There’s always somebody trying to come up with some funny thing. Or maybe you took away all the girls from the guys,” said Mutombo, suggesting that sort of story was made up by some jealous guys.
“It’s a great story but it didn’t happen! I always try to correct that!”
Although Dikembe denies this rumor, for some reason I think it’s very true. That’s too awesome a line to be made up.