Carroll and the Seahawks were also fined in both 2012 and 2014 for violating the no-contact rule governing the league’s offseason practices. The team will lose two mini-camp practices this year as a result. Basically, NFL teams are not allowed to block, tackle or use pads during offseason practices, and the Seahawks ignored the rule on two separate occasions. Minor offenses, to be sure, but rules are rules - as we’ve all been arguing since last Sunday. Right?
And let’s not forget Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch. We won’t complain too much about him not talking to the media. But over the past month, the runner known as “Beast Mode” has twice celebrated touchdowns by pointedly grabbing his crotch after crossing the goal line. If he does that in the Super Bowl, have fun watching and explaining it to the kids and grandparents.
Then there's this, if you're not already turned off enough by Belichick's penchant for cheating and Brady's arrogance.
Across the field, the Patriots aren’t all warm and cuddly beyond Belichick. Take running back LeGarrette Blount, who ran for 149 yards in the AFC Championship game. Blount was with the Pats last season, but signed a free-agent contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers for 2014.
Things didn’t go well there. During training camp, he and teammate Le’Veon Bell were arrested for possessing (and apparently smoking) marijuana while driving through a Steel City suburb.
As the season progressed, Blount’s “pouting” became an “internal problem” with the Steelers, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, to the point where he left the field before the end of a victory against the Titans – presumably because he didn’t get a single carry. The Post-Gazette reported at least one player thought the Steelers “should leave (Blount) in Nashville,” and the act “was not well-received in the locker room.”
I won't be watching. I'll just be glad when it's over.
***Bruce Jenner "transitioning into a woman." No he's not. He's male and always will be, no matter how much he freaks out. This kind of stuff is so bizarre.
***A Latina Disney princess. Well, we must be all-inclusive, mustn't we? Apparently the last Latina princess wasn't Latina enough. Probably only a matter of time before they introduce a Muslim princess, but it'll be hard to see her beauty under her burka.
***Apparently we're gonna get some snow here in Indiana starting this afternoon. I'm hearing anywhere from 1" to 8". Guess we'll see, we usually get at the low end of what they predict, so I'm not too worried. Heck, as long as we don't lose power I don't mind being snowed in at all.
***This is good:
There was a story of a little girl named Liza who was suffering from a disease and needed blood from her five-year-old brother, who had miraculously survived the same disease and had developed the antibodies needed to combat the illness. The doctor explained the situation to her little brother, and asked the boy if he would be willing to give his blood to his sister. I saw him hesitate for only a moment before taking a deep breath and saying,
“Yes, I’ll do it if it will save Liza.”
As the transfusion progressed, he lay in bed next to his sister and smiled, as we all did, seeing the color returning to her cheeks. Then his face grew pale and his smile faded. He looked up at the doctor and asked with a trembling voice, “Will I start to die right away?” Being young, the boy had misunderstood the doctor; he thought he was going to have to give her all his blood.
***101 gadgets that changed the world.
Duct tape, stapler, fiberglass fishing rod - interesting read!
***The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. –Amelia Earhart
***Have a great day!