Tuesday Stew: Brian Banks, Colt McCoy & LaDainian Tomlinson’s Retirement
Can LT rebound against the Patriots?
Summer has officially started, at least for me, and I am saddened that NFL stories will now begin to decrease. The months of June and July usually have very few notable NFL stories, and it is usually the months when NFL writers take their vacations. However, I think this “few NFL news in June and July” mentality might go away this year, because we’re learning that there really is no offseason in the NFL.
Main Story of the Week: LaDanian Tomlinson Retires a San Diego Charger
Finally the speculation ends. Tomlinson will retire, and he will retire a Charger. Tomlinson signed a one-day deal with the Chargers, and officially retired on Monday.
I’m overjoyed that Tomlinson decided to retire as a Charger, and that he retired this year. I think he knew he was only going down, and a future first-ballot Hall of Famer doesn’t want to tarnish his legacy.
Tomlinson ranks fifth all-time in rushing yards, second in rushing touchdowns and set the single-season rushing touchdown record with 28 in 2006. He also threw seven touchdown passes, in many Charger fan’s favorite trick play, and even had a 100-catch season. These reasons, along with countless others, will likely get Tomlinson in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility, in 2018.
Just as a side note, due to the fact I saw Tomlinson play in person (I live in San Diego), I can tell you there will likely never be anything like him in a Chargers uniform again. Even if Ryan Mathews becomes great, he will never compare to the electricity that Tomlinson produced at Qualcomm Stadium.
From all the Charger fans that saw you play, Thank you L.T.
Question of the Week: Will Brian Banks Make a Roster?
Per SI’s Peter King, Brian Banks measured in at 6-2 ½, and 239 pounds at his workout with the Kansas City Chiefs. He also ran a 4.77 40-yard dash, which puts him higher than eight of the 29 NFL linebacker prospects that ran a 40-yard dash at the Scouting Combine in Indianapolis this year.
For a guy who hadn’t worked out seriously before being exonerated on May 24th (he had been 10 years away from the game serving time for a crime he never committed), Banks is extremely athletic.
We can’t tell whether or not Banks has what it takes, but we know he has the heart. It seems extremely far fetched that somebody who was 10 years away from the game of football, and never played college ball, will make an NFL roster. However, if he doesn’t make a team, it won’t be due to a lack of opportunities.
Whether it’s likely or not, I think everybody is cheering Banks on.
1) Jonathan Vilma’s image is forever tarnished. I think many people look at this statement as something that Vilma is just saying to help his appeal, and lawsuit. However, I definitely think it’s true. Whenever Vilma’s name is brought up, it will always be followed by the words “bounty system”. And that’s a hell of a lot of tarnishing to Vilma’s image, if there is no hard evidence to support the claim.
2) NFLPA has problems with league evidence. I’m not about to plagiarize, so you can read the full story here. That seems like a lot of problems the NFLPA has with the league’s evidence, and something that once again questions the league’s evidence.
3) Cleveland Browns to trade Colt McCoy for cheap. This according to multiple reports that the Browns want to get rid of McCoy, and to spare him the humiliation of being released, will trade him for “minimal compensation”.
4) Rashard Mendenhall to start year on Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list. Pittsburgh Steelers G.M. Kevin Colbert told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that he guesses Mendenhall and Casey Hampton will “open the season on the PUP”. This would mean that both players would be uneligble to perform until Week Eight (Steelers have their bye week in Week Four).
5) Kellen Winslow “had to roll” because of Greg Schiano’s ways. Checkout the video here, that explains Winslow’s “decision”. Winslow starts talking at the 4:20 mark. The question now arises, after seeing that video, if Winslow wanted out of Tampa Bay, or if he was just kicked out.
6) Bills coach Chan Gailey says we’ll see the old Shawne Merriman this year. Gailey told the Buffalo News that Merriman works hard, looks quick, and looks healthy. Also adding that he thinks “we’re going to see the old Shawne Merriman this year.” Let me stop Gailey right there, I’m not buying it. Merriman was a genius in his San Diego years, racking up 39.5 sacks in his first three NFL season. However, since then, he’s only had five sacks. Maybe Merriman will be better than last year, but I highly doubt we will see the old Shawne Merriman.
7) Kevin Kolb booed at Arizona Cardinals Fan Fest. That was a shocking headline for me, and I would imagine many others. The Cardinals are 0-0 and the starting quarterback is already getting booed? Maybe it was because he got paid so much, but did so little last year. Or, because they would prefer Peyton Manning, whom the Cardinals eagerly pursued in the offseason. No matter what the reason, I find it weird Kolb was booed because the Cardinals have no other quarterback besides John Skelton on the team. I just wonder what the Cardinals’ fans are asking for.
8) Mike Holmgren reached out to Jim Brown. Finally, a great decision was made in the Holmgren-Brown feud. A little bit of trash talking back and forth, and finally Holmgren does the right thing. Read the full article here, but I like the decision by Holmgren. He needs to show Browns fans that he loves the Jim Brown, and is willing to work with him. Also, Browns fans are much less likely to riot against Holmgren if Brown backs him up.
9) Pittsburgh Steelers can, but won’t reduce Mike Wallace’s tender. Apparently NFL owners aren’t as big of scumbags as some may think. The Steelers could cut Wallace’s contract from $2.7 million to $577,500 at any time now, but they apparently won’t. I think this shows that both sides want to get a fair deal done, and that they both want to do it in a respectable fashion.
10) NFL to make coaches film available to public. It would be very difficult for me to explain this subject well, and provide my opinion in the NFL Wrap-Up layout of a paragraph per topic, so I’ll just supply you with this link. Now, I am very excited about the NFL’s decision, and the NFL should be too. Most media personnel are going to buy this, and in turn, possibly make their articles even better. Cheers to the NFL for the good idea that people have been asking for, for years.
Non-Related NFL Wrap-Up:
a) Checkout this interesting article on how bad the New York Yankees’ ticket market is…it’s shocking. I thought that Deadspin had accidently used the words “Yankees” instead of “Astros”.
b) Bobby Valentine not opposed to automated balls and strikes, because he says the umpires can’t do it. Read the full story here. I know Valentine was angry, but I don’t see this change happening to baseball in our lifetime. The MLB isn’t even expanding replay, so I highly doubt they are thinking about automated balls and strikes, even though it would make sense to do so purely for the fairness of the game.
c) Golf is the ultimate underdog sport. Webb Simpson became the ninth first-time winner in a row at gold’s major championships, and the 14th consecutive different winner of golf’s four Grand Slam events. This officially makes golf one of the most unpredictable sports in the world.
d) Euro 2012 isn’t my forte, well soccer in general isn’t unless it’s the World Cup, but I would just like to let you guys know who I am rooting for and why. My two teams are Poland and Spain. I’m rooting for Poland because my grandfather was born there, and I’m rooting for Spain because they have Fernando Torres. Why does it matter that they have Fernando Torres? Well, we have the same first name, and he was the first soccer player I ever scored a goal with in the FIFA.
e) The Miami Heat take a 2-1 lead over the Oklahoma City Thunder. That’s just what I expected, and I’m very excited to see the Heat on their way to winning the championship.
Recommendations of the Week:
i) Don’t get all your sports information from ESPN. Believe it or not, there are thousands of other places that provide great sports knowledge and information.
ii) Have a fabulous Summer. I’ll still be writing Tuesday Stew’s, and I hope you still come back to read them.
Here is a quote for these Summer vacations, that my friend Omar showed me:
“Nobody remembers a good night’s sleep.”
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