Thursday, June 17, 2010

The Weak Ender: Andrews' Attractive Free Agent

Erin Andrews told the USA Today recently that she is surprised that her sex tape and run through Dancing with the Stars has led to a flood of offers (not that kind sickos), with her ESPN contract expiring on July 1. Seriously, that is what she looked like when she found out.

"It's actually been surprising. I will be honest: I did this show to get happy. I never thought of what it would do for me in my career. It's crazy."

Yeah, that seems pretty sincere. Kind of like a politician's campaign promises. Come on, you did not think it would help your career at all? Then why wait until you are on the verge of free agency to have a sex tape leak? To be on Dancing with the Stars? This could not have been the first time the show asked you.

Oh well, enjoy sparring with Elisabeth Filarski on The View.

SOMETIMES YOU wish that Joe Theismann would really come out of his shell and lay into a player. And yes, that last statement was facetious. Theismann is one of the go-to guys for outspoken opinions. If you want Joe Montana to lead your team on a two-minuted drive, Theismann is one of the first choices if you need a two-minuted soundbite.

So you can imagine Theismann has a pretty strong opinion about the recent stalemate between the Redskins — his Redskins — and enigmatic DT Albert Haynesworth. Theismann appeared on SIRIUS NFL Radio’s “The Sirius Blitz” on Wednesday, and called Haynesworth a “classless” player. (Via the Red Zone.)

“Lets just put it out there, we’re not looking at Albert Haynesworth as a very standup individual, ok?” Theismann said. “So the fact that he took the money — which he had rightfully coming to him — doesn’t surprise me. But I remember last year sitting down with him before the season, when he signed the big contract, and everybody talked about ‘Hey look, are you gonna be a guy who gets the money and runs?’ And he told me point blank, he said ‘I want to be not just the best defensive player on the field but the best player on the field.’”

Do not fret, Theismann was not done. Here are some of the other highlights.

  • “He’s not a team player. He doesn’t give a damn about anybody but himself, which has become painfully obvious. And you know what, Albert doesn’t care what anybody says. He’s pocketed 21 million dollars.”
  • “And he’s classless, ok? I mean, there’s nothing else that you can say, but the man has very little respect for teammates, very little respect for anyone. Last year at the end of the season, he chose to stay home on Christmas Day to open presents and not go to work when every other member of the football team had to go. That, to me, spoke volumes about Albert Haynesworth. You have a person that the Redskins are gonna be much better without than with.”
  • “He really offers nothing as a person, as a player, as a teammate.”
  • “He’s selfish, but he’s also limited in what he can do.”
  • “He doesn’t respect authority. He only respects his own opinion, and he has a very lofty opinion of himself.”
If Theismann’s quotes were a tackle, Lawrence Taylor would be waving to the trainers on the sidelines to come attend to Haynesworth.

THE CHARGERS will be moving on from WR Vincent Jackson and T Marcus McNeill, at least if the comments from A.J. Smith are any indication. The embattled general manager talked about Jackson and McNeill in the past tense in a report in the San Diego Union-Tribune.

“We lost a couple of great players today, and it hurts,” Smith said in response to a question about the Chargers being better with Jackson and McNeill. “We are trying to build a championship team, and losing the services of both Vincent and Marcus just made that more difficult — but not impossible. In due time, Coach (Norv) Turner will name two new starters. We will rally as a team, compete and try to win as many games as we can.”

The Chargers recently signed WR Josh Reed and T Tra Thomas in anticipation of Vincent and McNeill holding out until November. Both Jackson and McNeill are expected to rejoin the team in November to accrue a season.

This is also a huge blow to fantasy enthusiasts, too. Jackson is a Top 10 fantasy WR, or near it depending on your rankings. Jackson’s loss also impacts the value of QB Philip Rivers, who is expected to lean on talented but untested receivers such as Malcom Floyd, Legedu Naanee and Buster Davis. And what about running back Ryan Mathews? This could work in concert with Norv Turner‘s desire to give the rookie 320 attempts.

GOOD LUCK to the Devils and Bruins in the College World Series. And props to Utah on going to the Pac-10.

AND FINALLY ...

RB LenDale White is dealing with something he has likely not faced in his entire football career — humility. The outspoken White told the Tennessean that he has been humbled by his recently release.

White looked like he was destined for a second chance in Seattle, playing for former coach Pete Carroll. NFL pundits and fantasy enthusiasts figured that White would eventually take over the top spot on the Seahawks’ depth chart. Instead, came his stunning release which left White to wonder what exactly happened.

“No one told me why I was really released, so I don’t really know and I don’t like to comment on what-ifs or why,’’ White told the Tennessean.

“Obviously it didn’t work out for a reason. But … I love football and I am going to work hard. I did work hard. I look myself in the mirror and there are things I obviously need to change and I am working on that. But I had no clue it was coming. It’s crazy, really.’’

White alluded to a possible suspension and his past dalliance with marijuana, saying that, “the stuff that I did in my recent past caught up to me in the present and it’s affecting my future.”

Even if a suspension is looming, being released by your college coach seems a bit harsh. Especially when you consider that coach Carroll stuck with the University of Southern California and did not go scampering for an NFL job when the possibility of probation loomed.

Alright, that last comment might have been facetious, but White apparently agrees.

“Pete Carroll? The same Pete Carroll who ran out on ’SC?” said White, shaking his head. “I have no comment on Pete. I better wait ’til I’m on a team one day before I say anything.”

You kind of hope for White to land on a team soon so he can really unload on Carroll and the USC situation. White might not be Theismann, but he is outspoken in his own right.

2 comments:

Diane said...

Didn't Joe T. predict - maybe ten years ago - that Kerry Collins would never play another game after he "quit" on his team?

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