Jeff Hart: Tuesday Linkfest for April 10, 2012
By: Jeff Hart | Posted: April 10, 2012
Here’s video of Rob Gronkowski lobbying to be on the cover of this year’s Madden by schooling and assaulting a Megatron action figure (Calvin Johnson is his competition for the cursed cover spot).
Gronk is funny and all, but the real takeaway here is the state of his apartment. If the TE fails to win over the Madden voters, he can at least look forward to snagging the cover of Interior Design’s annual Frat-House Meathead edition.
Former journeyman QB Jim McMahon is one of seven former Broadway Bank board members facing a $104mil lawsuit from the FDIC. So much for players being unable to find careers after football, right? McMahon’s defense for his negligent performance at the bank is pretty much “well, none of the other bankers saw the recession coming either.” While he’s using standard banker dogma for now, what are the odds that McMahon eventually incorporates his concussion lawsuit into his defense? “Sorry about those bad loans, but I don’t remember making them.”
Speaking of litigation and headshots, Roger Goodell upheld the Saints bounty penalties yesterday. However, he did drop hints that cooperation from Payton and company could result in reduced fines or the return of New Orleans’ draft pick. It’s unclear what “cooperation” means at this point, although it probably involves wearing a wire to meet with Jonathan Vilma.
Vikings great Fran Tarkenton believes the bounty penalties should include prison, which is surprisingly beyond the scope of Goodell’s power. Please note that Tarkenton also appears in that McMahon banker story on the list of other NFL players with financially suspect post-career dealings.
Also, former Saints defensive lineman Hollis Thomas would like to clarify that it wasn’t so much a “bounty” as it was a “kill shot pool.” Oh, okay, that sounds better.
Maybe the best thing to come from all this bounty fallout – you know, besides improved player safety and the banning of Gregg Williams – is the demise of loudmouth Warren Sapp’s broadcasting career. Sapp also filed for bankruptcy this week, just to bring things full circle. Maybe Jim McMahon was his banker?
Oh, and in case anyone is still worried, the Mike Wallace that plays football for the Pittsburgh Steelers is still very much alive.
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