The Saint’s staff is gutted by suspensions, Goodell lowers the boom for BountyGate
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has sent his message loud and clear across the NFL. There will be no more bounties !!! Goddell suspended New Orlean’s HC Sean Payton for one year, ex-Saints and current Ram’s DC Gregg Williams indefinitely, and Saint’s G.M. Mickey Loomis for eight games. In addition, the Saints were fined $500K and will lose a second-round pick in both 2012 and 2013. Supensions for LB coach Joe Vitt and participating problems will come in the future and will likely include games and heavy fines.
With hundreds of millions of dollars in upcoming litigation regarding concussions and head injuries from retired veterans in the pipeline, the league has now set a zero tolerance policy regarding issues involving player’s health.
“We are all accountable and responsible for player health and safety and the integrity of the game,” Commissioner Goodell said in a statement released by the league. “We will not tolerate conduct or a culture that undermines those priorities. No one is above the game or the rules that govern it. Respect for the game and the people who participate in it will not be compromised.”
“A combination of elements made this matter particularly unusual and egregious,” Commissioner Goodell continued. “When there is targeting of players for injury and cash rewards over a three-year period, the involvement of the coaching staff, and three years of denials and willful disrespect of the rules, a strong and lasting message must be sent that such conduct is totally unacceptable and has no place in the game.”
According to the NFL, Williams will “have his status reviewed” after the 2012 season, at which time Goodell will determine whether or not to reinstate him.
When Peyton Manning signed his five-year $95 million dollar deal with the Denver Broncos, you knew that it was just a matter of time before Tim Tebow would be dealt somewhere. Well …… less than 24-hours later, Tim Tebow is a New York Jet. The Broncos sent Tebow and a seventh round pick for the Jets fourth and sixth-round picks. The deal, announced literally with one minute of the Saints suspensions, was almost nixed because of fine print in Tebow’s contract that required any team acquiring Tebow to pay back Denver $5.06 million in advanced salary. That obstacle has been cleared and now we’ll see how it goes for Broadway Tim and The Sanchize.
In other dealings around the NFL yesterday, The Law Firm is moving on. BenJarvis Green-Ellis has signed a three-year deal with the Cincinnati Bengals where he’ll split the load with Cedric Benson. The ex-Patriot has 1675 yards (4.1 ypc) and 23 touchdowns the last two years as the primary back in New England. Suspensions didn’t keep the Saints from signing DT Broderick Bunkley to a five-year $25 million dollar deal with $9 million guaranteed. Bunkley was a first-round pick of the Eagles in 2006 and played last year in Denver. The Bills got some more help for Mario Williams when they signed Mark Anderson to a four-year $27.5 million dollar deal with $8 million guaranteed. Anderson is coming off his best year ever where he recorded ten sacks as a member of the Patriots.
The NCAA tournament resumes play tonight with four games from the Swell Sixteen. The action starts with an East Region showdown in Boston where No.4 seed Wisconsin face top seeded Syracuse. The Orange are favored by 3.5 points with a total of 120 1/2. The game tips at 7:15 PM EST. A half hour later in the West Region in Phoenix, N0.4 Louisville takes on top-seeded Michigan State. Sparty is favored by 5 with a total of 125. A half hour after the conclusion of Wisky/Syracuse, No.6 Cincinnati takes on No.2 seed Ohio State. The Buckeyes are -7.5 over the Bearcats and the total has settled at 129. In the night’s finale and possible the best game of the night, the No.7 Florida Gaors face the No.3 Marquette Golden Eagles in what figures to be a very well coached shootout. Marquette has taken money in rising to -2 and the total is a hefty 147.
(CBB) Cincinnati +7.5 over Ohio State
(NBA) Indiana/Washington Under 200.5
(NBA) Clippers -3 over New Orleans
(NHL) Tampa Bay -125 over Edmonton