Christ, talk about blowing your chance. Eric Wright’s failed physical costs him a pretty penny to say the least. He looks at losing out on his $7.15 mill deal and signing a league-minimum one year $710,000 deal. Ouch. The speculation is that the Niners didn’t know about the recent DUI arrest in El Lay on the 10th, and just said pfffffffffft, do not pass go, do not collect $200.00. Either way, the guy is being pretty stupid. Either way, this seems to be the year of being stupid in the NFL.
Last year was the thrill of Peyton Manning’s free-agent flirtings with NFL suitors. The Andrew Luck / RG III stories, the never ending saga of Tim Tebow and his signing by the Jets, and various other stories to keep the wolves, uh press, at bay. We had our own Alex Smith saga still in full swing, and this was seen as his full blown charge to the Super Bowl.
This year? Murder, aggravated mayhem, DUIs up the wazoo, and in general, a big black eye (and stitches to the head) for Roger Goodell and his vast and unholy empire. He’s been strangely mum during all these legal snafoos, but he is of the same mind as the fans. It’s offseason! This doesn’t count!! The Niners had Ahmad Brooks trying to rearrange Lamar Divens’ head, and Divens trying to extort a cool mill from Brooks for his troubles, and nearly signing a recently busted Eric Wright. Aldon Smith has stayed out ot trouble this year. This can be seen as a plus. And the fans don’t give two shits about it anyway. For the most part the fans are ‘who cares?’ in the overall scheme of who did what to whom (murder excepted, I think), and just want the season to start.
Frankly (Gorely), so do I. Here’s to the squeaky clean start to the 2013 season. One rife with possibilities. The 49ers are poised to make another Super Bowl run. Peyton Manning will try to keep his head attached to his body one more year, the Packers are trying to overcome their recent playoff failings, and the usual drama around the Chokeland Traitors will continue it’s death spiral as Prince Valiant tries and fails to channel his father for some meaningful direction to the team as they search once again for a home. New England has another gasp as they try to wring one more Super Bowl out of Tom Brady. Pittsburgh and the Ravens renew their rivalry as Pitts looks to stave off their imminent decline into mediocrity. The Jets and Cowboys resume their laughable offseasons, hoping they don’t turn into laughable seasons. Sanchez and Romo look to be highly scrutinized once again as their recent failings haven’t led to the kinds of coaching changes that usually happen around this sort of foul play. Jason Garrett and Rex Ryan both share the unblinking spotlight as their seasons are already teetering on the edge of doom.
Oh yeah, Denver star and erstwhile defensive stud Von Miller was suspended for 4 games for suspected PED use. He’s appealing the suspension. The new season has already lost a little squeaky cleanness.