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Daily Jolt: Thursday, September 19: Brees blasts Goldson

Thursday, September 19
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Brees blasts Goldson for 'going after' heads

When asked about Dashon Goldson on Wednesday, Drew Brees didn't hold back. What are your thoughts on [Goldson's] hit and his suspension being overturned? "I didn't see that, so what, he was suspended for a game and then it was overturned? We don't make the rules. I know he has had a lot of those. He certainly has no regard for the rules in the middle. He is going after guys' heads, you can see it." ... Does this seem like hypocrisy from the league? "Obviously there is an evaluation process that goes along with it. It's hard when you are coming off a game where that was one of our guys that he was going after on more than one occasion. And then obviously the hit on Jimmy (Graham), which wasn't him (Ahmad Black), it was another one of their guys, but it was obvious they were going at his head. I have no sympathy for that." (NewOrleansSaints.com) Comment

Gibson, Towers under fire in Arizona

Arizona has taken two of three from the Dodgers this week, but the team has been hovering around .500 for much of 2013. General manager Kevin Towers said everyone is accountable for the Diamondbacks' season, including himself and manager Kirk Gibson, both of whom are approaching the final season of their contracts. Arizona entered Wednesday with a record of 76-74 -- 10 1/2 games behind the first-place Dodgers in the National League West [before topping Los Angeles]. "My job is as much at risk as Gibby's when you have seasons like this," Towers said. "I still fully support Gibby. This happens in baseball. When you're down, everybody is going to start pointing fingers about who's to blame. Good organizations have some solidarity and believe in one another." (MLB.com) Comment

George says he'll sign before season

All-Star Paul George has gone on the record to say Pacers fans needn't worry about him going anywhere. Indianapolis is his professional home and he plans to be here for a long time. "(A long-term contract) is going to get done," George told The Indianapolis Star. "There will be a deal signed and sealed on the table before the season. We're (George and Pacers management) on the same page." George is entering the final year of his contract and the odds seemed long that he would leave Indiana even before Wednesday's comments. ... [Said George:] "Honestly, I love it here. I want to be here. It's a great place. There are no distractions. I can stay focused. It's all about basketball here. I can stay focused and do my job." Pacers President Larry Bird said earlier this week he hopes to reach a deal before the season. (Indianapolis Star) Comment

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