This is maaaaybe premature there, ESPN. Maryland #1 FWIW.
I apologize for the source but Michael Rosenberg is out looking for malfeasance again. Hopefully this time he didn't just make shit up, but he (allegedly) tracked the number of arrests by NFL team. There were, at least to me, some surprises (Broncos, Colts on the high side, Patriots and Dolphins on the low side).
Edit: the author is actually not that Mike Rosenberg (NTMR)
PLAYER ARRESTS OVER PAST 5 YEARS
1. Vikings 18 arrests 2. Broncos 16 3. Colts 13 3. Buccs 13 5. 49ers 12 6. Bears 11 6. Lions 11 6. Jets 11 6. Titans 11 10. Ravens 10 10. Bengals 10 12. Raiders 9 12. Seahawks 9 14. Browns 8 14. Packers 8 16. Falcons 7 16. Cowboys 7 16. Eagles 7 16. Wash. 7 20. Cardinals 6 20. Jaguars 6 20. Steelers 6 23. Bills 5 23. Chiefs 5 23. Patriots 5 23. Rams 5 27. Dolphins 4 27. Saints 4 29. Panthers 3 29. Giants 3 29. Chargers 3 32. Texans 1
Lot of grabbing from Trae Waynes early...which is exactly how he covered at Michigan State.— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) August 10, 2015
Every college tape I saw of Trae Waynes he couldn't keep his hands off WRs. I knew he'd struggle with the NFL's rules. Easy evaluation.— Omar Kelly (@OmarKelly) August 10, 2015
It's been well documented how aggressive MSU DBs can be and how much college refs allow them to get away with it, not so much for the NFL. Trae Waynes struggled last night in his first preseason game, mainly because he uses his hands too much. Darqueze Dennard struggled to make similar adjustments to his game last year as a rookie.
Of course, preseason and rookie caveats apply, but question is, does Dantonio's "mug em and hope they don't throw a flag" style make it harder for his players to succeed in the big league? If so, why do they continue to be drafted so high?
EDIT: Sorry if already posted - I looked but couldn't find a topic about this.
Deadspin published the transcript of Tom Brady's appeal hearing last night, including some key highlights from the transcript. It makes for absolutely hilarious reading. Take a look.
I love Ballghazi because it exposes the corruption and profound stupidity of Roger Goodell and the NFL's other top leaders without the sadness and fury that come from reading about domestic violence. It is a wonderful scandal and I hope it continues to fester and humiliate the NFL for months and years to come.
Also, Charles Pierce's column about it at Grantland is terrific. A sample:
Meanwhile, Goodell’s strong support of the NFL’s own decision gave every preening moralist within reach of a keyboard a chance to yell about “cheating” and what ever can we tell the children? More than a few people advised Brady to suck it up and take the penalty because you can’t fight City Hall, overlooking the fact that, in this particular case, City Hall is presided over by a guy who couldn’t pour juice out of his loafers if the instructions were written on the heel.
So the NFL has reached a deal with Tottenham to alter the plans for their new stadium to include a retractable grass surface that gives way to turf for NFL games. The structure seems to be the same as before, 2 games a year. The upshot is it won't be on that terrible Wembley pitch anymore.
As a Spurs supporter it's odd to me how similar Daniel Levy and Dave Brandon are. But the retractable pitch sounds cool.