Two of the scab refs, Wayne Elliott and Jim Core, appeared on Showtime’s “Inside the NFL” last night for what turned out to be an illuminating segment, even if the subject of scab refs is one most of us would rather move on from. Still, nuggets were shared, including the revelation from Elliott that the scabs were school not to enforce pass interference on Hail Mary passes, which makes the league look even worse about its handling of the Packers-Seahawks game. Elliott also explained that Mike McCarthy called him last week to offer support and kind words.
Which is all well and good, but I’m looking for stories of players and coaches being dicks to the scabs. They delivered on that too. Wouldn’t you know it, but the story shared was about Jay Cutler.
— Peyton Manning is now part-owner of the Memphis Grizzlies. This should be exactly what Memphis needs to land Brandon Stokley and Jacob Tamme in free agency.
— Liam Neeson appeared on SportsCenter to plug Taken 2 and field some basic questions about the NFL. Except Neeson’s particular set of skills doesn’t seem to include even elementary knowledge about American football. Awkwardness doth ensuit.
— The Wall Street Journal’s Jason Gay gets the story behind the trip that Barry Sanders took unaccompanied to London immediately after shocking the NFL world by retiring abruptly at the age of 31. Also appreciated is this illustration of Barry as a
Beefeater Royal Guard. Editor: “Hey, we got a story about Barry Sanders in London we’re running tomorrow.” Illustrator: “Well I have been dying to do Barry Sanders as topless Kate Middleton, but we’ll see if I can make it tasteful.”
— The Steelers are referring to Eagles rookie corner Brandon Boykin as “the candy bar” because of his tendency to give up big plays. Also because it helps to use figurative examples similar to Choco Tacos for THE BEN to understand.
— The NFL is allowing Sean Payton, Mickey Loomis and Joe Vitt to be in the Superdome on Sunday to watch Drew Brees attempt to break Johnny Unitas’ consecutive games with a touchdown pass streak. A rare moment of decency from the league that will hopefully be rewarded by the three of them continuing to blow off Peter King during NBC’s pregame show.
— As always, SoundFX upholds its weekly mission of giving NFL fans unprecedented access to Jets fans picking their nose in the stands.