Sunday, June 22, 2008

The Post Mortem

Javon Walker isn't a bright guy.

The enigmatic Raiders receiver told some convoluted story about how he was beaten and coerced to get into a car at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. Obviously Walker was not paying attention to Terry Benedict in Ocean's 11 when he said, "In my hotel, there is always somebody watching."

Seriously, it was like a key point in the movie.

Turns out that the video tape shows that Walker went into a car pretty willingly, according to Norm Clarke in the Las Vegas Review Journal.

Oakland Raiders wide receiver Javon Walker was seen entering a car under his own power at the Bellagio the morning he was found beaten and unconscious, it was learned Friday.

Metro police have surveillance tape of Walker going to the car, and it doesn't match the abduction story he told a Web site Tuesday, the source said.

Good one. How soon until Roger Goodell makes Las Vegas off limits for NFL players? That has to be coming, right?

  • The Green Bay Packers are upset that they made only $21 million in 2007. We should all have such problems. Nobody who is paying $4.60 for a gallon of gas is going to be able to offer up much sympathy for the Packers $21 million profit.

  • The NFL Network could become a part of ESPN, according to this report in the Wall Street Journal. The writing has been on the wall for a long time with the NFL Network. Why should the team's owners pay money to fund a network that isn't seen by anybody, when they could just turn around and sell it to a network like ESPN? The NBA went through something similar before it had to buckle. And the NFL let go what little leverage it had back in December when they buckled by allowing the Patriots vs. Giants game to be shown on free television.

  • Michael Strahan said that he will not be on Dancing with the Stars because he doesn't want to embarrass his legacy. And yet, he will still do appearances on The Best Damn Sports Show, Period. Makes sense, but surprising that Strahan would pass up an opportunity to whore himself out. Maybe this was just a negotiating ploy.

  • Daunte Culpepper is still looking for work. Was this supposed to be surprising? But when you look at some of the stiffs still playing in the league, he should at least get another look.

  • The Packers have interest in Jason Taylor, but the feeling isn't mutual. That is kind of a shock, because Wisconsin seems like the kind of place where Dancing with the Stars probably did well. But it is obvious that Taylor seems himself as the next "Rock" and wants to play for a "high profile" team that will elevate his Q rating. Winning and stuff, probably isn't as important.

  • Free agent tackle Shane Olivea partied himself out of the league, according to some with inside knowledge. Olivea was a promising young lineman for the Chargers, but now, not so much. Don't worry, Shane. The Cowboys will be holding a space for you. All you have to do is change your first name and you're cool. Speaking of which, call me NFL Pacman from now. "Adam" has a negative connotation to it.

The Angels completed a sweep in Philadelphia as K-Rod notched his 30th save of the season. That actually should be alarming that the Angels are playing in so many games that prompt save opportunities. Can't they finally just put a team away for a change?

And a few more random thoughts:
If you are taping the Euro Cup, don't answer text messages. And is the Kings top draft pick any good?


Jeff V said...

It's only a matter of time until we find out Javon's situation was due to a drug deal gone wrong right?

I mean he was definitely up to some shady stuff since he made up a lie about abduction right?

FFJewbacca said...

Is the King's draft pick good?


An offensively skilled young rear-guard with great instincts for creating scoring chances and break-outs. Has excellent speed and can bring you out of your seat with his end-to-end rushing ability, when successful. The truth is they are rarely successful and can leave him far out of position, relying on team-mates to cover up for him. Is an excellent passer and has a wickedly hard shot.

Can play very well defensively when necessary, as evidenced by his play at the World Juniors for Canada, where he was the top defenceman in the tournament. Doughty has very quick feet, coming from his background of playing soccer and it shows when contesting the puck with his skates.

I'd say he's pretty good...

Fletch said...

Please please please let the NFL Network get bought by ESPN - I'm dying to hear Gregg Easterbrook try to bitch about it then. Maybe DirecTV could be in on the purchase, too, thereby nullifying another one of TMQ's favorite punching bags. Oh wait, maybe it's his audience and editors that are being punched by having to endure the same rants time and again...

(Yes, I know I can skip those parts or avoid altogether. Thank you for thinking of my reading experience, though.)

Diane said...

"Javon Walker isn't a bright guy."

This is why he's a perfect fit for the Raiders. Bight guys and Al Davis don't mix - just as Marcus Allen.

Diane said...


bright guys . . .

NFL Adam said...

I'm trying to get used to the idea of the Kings make the right pick in the draft.

I think that Javon was roughed up by the mob who now run the clubs in Las Vegas, after being pushed out of the casino business.

Good point on Marcus Allen.

And Fletch, you missed Con Air last night. What a brilliant film.

Seitz said...

I'm more excited about the Kings' second pick, Colton Teubert:
Colton Teubert: A Derian hatcher clone in every way, Teubert has a mean streak and the desire to punish the opposition which can get him into penalty trouble.

Even better, from the redline report, listing the 8 best fighters in the draft:
4) Colten Teubert- No one wants to go with him anymore. Doesn't so much clear the crease as he just starts cracking skulls!

Seitz said...

How could anyone not already love this guy? Check it:
In a 5-1 loss to the Russians on Nov. 28 at Cranbrook, Teubert ended the game with a thunderous check that sparked a melee.

"I finished my check and the buzzer hadn't gone and the Russian players are a bunch of babies -- they didn't like it," recalled the 6-foot-4, 185-pound blueliner. "They decided to slap us Canadian players and we basically had to beat the crap out of five of their guys on the ice.

"The ref was pretty lucky that I wasn't let loose. I wanted to kill that kid. I don't like European players when I'm playing against them."