While the quarterback with the deflated balls dominates the headlines—we’ll get to him—we turn our attention to America’s Halfway House.
Well, what do you call a place sheltering La’el Collins, Greg Hardy, Randy Gregory, and Rolando McClain? Some people would call it a halfway house. We call it the Dallas Cowboys roster.
If orange really is the new black, then blue, white, and a five-point star are the new orange.
La’el Collins, 21, is a 6’4”, 305-pound offensive lineman signed as a free agent after going undrafted. He was questioned by the police in connection with the murder of his ex-girlfriend and her unborn baby. He’ll make about $1.5 million this year.
Greg Hardy, 26, is a 6’4”, 275-pound defensive end and pass-rush specialist, signed as a free agent after being released by the Panthers. He was convicted of assaulting a woman. But the charges were dropped at retrial. He was suspended for 10 games (appealing). He made $13.1 million last year. He’ll make $11.3 million this year.
Randy Gregory, 22, is a 6’6”, 260-pound linebacker/defensive end, pass-rush specialist. He came up positive for marijuana at the combine—costing him about $10 million—knowing full well going in he’d be tested. His rookie slot salary is a multi-year, $3.8 million deal.
Rolando McClain, 25, is a 6’4”, 260-pound linebacker, arrested three times in the last three years, although the latest charges were dropped. What, did he give the judge season tickets? Anyway, he signed a $40 million contract with the Raiders coming out of Alabama. He’ll make $2.8 million this year.
Josh Brent, 27, is a 6’2”, 320-pound defensive lineman, convicted of involuntary manslaughter after the death of his passenger, teammate Jerry Brown, in a 2012 car crash. Had the decency to retire this week.
Somebody wake up Jerry Jones. Tell him this is the NFL, not Florida State, or The U.
No, more like deflated egos.
Tom Brady should’ve known it was all over when he said, “I don’t think I’m a cheater,” back just before the Super Bowl. He should’ve admitted it or outright denied the deflated ball controversy, or deferred to Gisele Bundchen. But not to Bridget Moynahan. Not about cheating, that is.
Instead, he gave a tentative deferment. Now, he’s in trouble. Or as Jim Gray put it, How do you feel about that, Tom? The guy remains as hard-hitting as he was in his now-famous interview with LeBron before the, “I’m taking my talents to South Beach” telecast.
The Patriots are tacitly denying the charges and relying on the science, but say they are taking the punishment, whatever it may be.
Brady’s agent, however, is on the attack. Don Yee is not saying anything of substance, but he’s on the attack. On ESPN’s Mike and Mike, he kept saying it would take too much time to answer their questions. Which only means that it would likely take longer than it did to deflate the balls.
Or is that a question for Gisele?
What we want to know is, how long till Gisele dumps the cheating bastard or how long till Bob Kraft and Yee run out of bluster and just fess up and admit it?
You cheated. Say so. And move on. Who do you think you are, A-Rod?
By the way, did anybody see that he hit No. 661? And nobody noticed. Or cared.