The Tuesday Stew: Jonathan Vilma, Robert Kraft and Ryan Tannehill
Oh, the joy of this year’s summer. It has the perfect amount of NFL news for my liking. It has just enough where I still check my regular websites for news, but there is also just the right amount of a lack of news where I still get to hangout with friends and family and have a good ol’ summer’s day.
Not to mention, there is just the right amount of news for my Tuesday Stew’s. Not too much where most of you would be too lazy to read, but just the right amount to still have good news and commentary, and keep you guys interested.
Main Story of the Week: Jonathan Vilma Files a New Lawsuit Against the NFL
Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma has unloaded in a new 27-page, 190-pargraph civil compliant. The lawsuit has two requests, and you’re welcome for taking out all the mumbo jumbo words, and simplifying the requests: (1) to require Commissioner Roger Goodell to rule on the bounty appeals; and (2) to prevent the league from implementing the suspension against Vilma if the suspension is upheld.
Skip to the fourth paragraph of this Pro Football Talk article, that summarizes the complaints, and judge the lawsuit for yourself. Then, see this video explaining why, and what evidence, Jonathan Vilma has of accusing former Saints assistant Mike Cerullo of being the whistleblower of this whole situation.
To me, after seeing both those things, I am on Vilma’s side. It seems like some pretty compelling evidence on both accounts, and if the courts would acknowledge either of those articles, it would question the NFL’s entire investigation (if it isn’t questioned enough already).
Let’s hope this whole bountysaga gets resolved soon.
Question of the Week: Is Vilma right?
Only time will tell, but from what I am hearing, reading, and seeing, it seems like he is.
1) New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft wants a team in England. Kraft has definitely got the right idea. Like he said, then NFL is pretty much as popular as it can get in the United States, and the NFL should try to expand globally. It would be a great move for the NFL, and its fans.
2) 99.6 percent of New Orleans Saints season ticket holders have renewed. Wow is the only word I can use to describe that statistic. In one of the toughest offseasons that any team in the history of the NFL has ever endured, and the fact that their franchise player Drew Brees remains unsigned, the Saints fans still pulled through. They are defying the odds and leading the league in season ticket renewal rate this year.
3) Miami Dolphins rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill a distant third in QB competition. The Palm Beach Post reports that Tannehill made too many mistakes at minicamp, and sub sequentially is number three on the quarterback depth chart. Apparently this is largely because coach Joe Philbin has really stressed the importance of his quarterbacks avoiding turnovers. Now, before you get ahead of yourself, this is what many people expected from Tannehill. Many people agree that he just needs time, but he’ll get there.
Non-Related NFL Wrap-Up:
a) Congratulations to Spain on a well deserved EURO 2012 championship. We may all be seeing the best soccer team ever. By the way, I loved everything about Spain’s last two goals. I loved the third goal because Fernando Torres scored it, and I already explained why I love him. And I loved the fourth goal because it was the guys first touch of the game! Marvelous.
b) Bountygate and the Dwight Howard saga are the two most annoying stories in sports right now. They both have a ton of a twist and turns, but in the end, we go back to where we were before the twist and turn. So, I hope this Dwight Howard drama finally ends soon, and then bountygate follows.
c) MLB All-Star Game is going to be a good one. The rosters are almost completely set, and it looks like an exciting game. I can’t decide whether I want Bryce Harper to win the Final Vote, or if I want Chipper Jones. Harper said he wants Jones to win it because he “should be able to go to the All-Star Game in his last year.” I would tend to agree with Harper, but either or would make a great storyline.
Recommendation of the Week:
i) Have fun, its Summer!
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