Sour Rankings: A battered mascot, another Buttfumble and the bumbling Bucs
You’ve seen (and likely disagreed with) the Week 4 Power Rankings. Now the Sour Rankings take a spin through the worst of the past week in the NFL …
10. The NFL's crackdown on ... Lacoste?: Robert Griffin III was fined back in the preseason for wearing an "Operation Patience" T-shirt that did not fall under the NFL's game-day apparel guidelines. DeAngelo Hall ran into similar trouble with the NFL's clothing police on Sunday.
D'Hall was in a great mood giving us great answers and then a NFL official walked over and told him to change his shirt. He wasnt happy.
— Dianna Marie Russini (@DRussNBC) September 30, 2013
HIs shirt was plain black, with a small Lacoste sign. He pretty much flipped out. As did most of the lockeroom.
— Dianna Marie Russini (@DRussNBC) September 30, 2013
9. Bernie Kosar's ability to let things go: Former Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar was arrested over the weekend on suspicion of DUI. Kosar was asked by the officer who pulled him over if he had any medical conditions that would "prevent him from performing the one leg stand or walk and turn test," according to the police report.
Kosar, who has not played in the NFL since 1996, said yes: "Mr. Kosar stated that he had a lot of surgeries on his knees and ankles because his line couldn't block."
8. Jack Del Rio's look-alike: Del Rio, currently the Broncos' defensive coordinator, is thought to be one of the favorites for Lane Kiffin's vacated USC job. But the Broncos are insistent that Del Rio will not bail during the season -- so insistent, in fact, that they may have planted a Del Rio stunt double.
Just spotted Jack Del Rio in LAX #USC
— Patrick Sullivan (@coachPSully) September 30, 2013
That's University of Houston men's tennis coach Patrick Sullivan claiming to have a Del Rio sighting, hours after Denver's win over Philadelphia. Denver head coach John Fox countered that Sullivan was mistaken:
John Fox on report last night Jack Del Rio was spotted at LAX: "He was not in LAX. He was actually at Del Frisco's when that came out.''
— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) September 30, 2013
I'm guessing Del Rio is a prime rib type of guy.
6. Another Super Bowl blackout conspiracy theory: Terrell Suggs has jumped on the Ray Lewis crazy train, as it pertains to Super Bowl XLVII. In an interview with Lisa Salters for an E:60 segment, Suggs followed Lewis' footsteps in blaming the Super Bowl blackout on commissioner Roger Goodell.
“I was like Vegas, parlor tricks, you know what I mean?” Suggs told Salters. “I was like, ahh, Roger Goodell, he never stops, he always has something up his sleeve. He just couldn’t let us have this one in a landslide, huh?”
“So you thought Roger Goodell had turned the lights out?” Salters asked.
“I thought he had a hand in it,” Suggs said. “Most definitely, he had a hand in it.”
5. Cris Collinsworth's memory: Unlike a lot of folks out there, I think Collinsworth does a pretty terrific job as NBC's Sunday Night Football analyst alongside Al Michaels. But this was not his proudest moment.
“All Bill Belichick does is brings them in here, and there hasn’t been one ounce of a problem,” Collinsworth said of Patriots players with troubled pasts. “There’s something about when they come in and play for Patriots, whatever their issues may have been before, they disappear. They play great football for them, and Aqib Talib is on that list.”
Aaron Hernandez will be responding with a hand-written note from his jail cell as he awaits his murder trial.
4. Jaguars mascot adds injury to insult: Kudos to Jaxson DeVille (yes, that's his ... its? ... real name), the Jaguars' mascot, for standing behind his winless team. He might want to come up with less painful ways to show it, though.
Before Jacksonville's Week 4 game with Indianapolis, Jaxson bet the Colts' mascot, Blue, on the outcome. The mascot of the losing team had to wear a speedo (over the mascot costume) and allow himself to be shot with paintballs. "Number of paintballs=total pts!" was Deville's wager on Twitter.
The Jaguars lost, 37-3. That's 40 paintballs to the gut.
3. 11:30 p.m. ET start times: Because the Oakland A's host a home playoff game on Saturday night, the Chargers-Raiders contest for Sunday had to be pushed back so workers could get the dilapidated O.co Coliseum set up for football. That Week 5 kickoff is now set for 8:30 p.m. local time -- or 11:30 p.m. ET.
The NFL Network has picked up the broadcast of the game, which means it probably will rake in some strong ratings. Once the league notices, we'll be one step closer to a 24-hour around-the-world kickoff marathon that mirrors ESPN's college basketball day-long tipoff extravaganza.
I'm thinking a game in Australia at 4 a.m. ET, then one in China three hours later. London could host again, with an 11 a.m. ET kickoff, followed by an East Coast game at 2, a midwest game at 4:30 or so, Dallas or Houston at 7 and one of the California teams at 10. And, finally, a 1 a.m. ET start in Hawaii, to round it all out.
2. Buttfumble 2.0: Geno Smith Boogaloo: Mark Sanchez delivered the infamous Buttfumble last Thanksgiving. Jets rookie QB Geno Smith did his best to match Sanchez Sunday, coughing up a fumble for a touchdown as he attempted to pull off a behind-the-back move (GIF via Deadspin):
Not great, Geno. Not great.
1. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers: The increasingly absurd Josh Freeman-Greg Schiano saga continues to drag on for the 0-4 Bucs. It hit a new low point Monday, when Chris Mortensen reported that Freeman was in Stage 1 of the NFL's drug program.
Stage 1 is, well, really nothing in this case. Freeman released a statement explaining that he takes Adderall for ADHD and swapped it for Ritalin one time. So as to avoid any issues, he voluntarily allowed himself to be tested by the league -- and he claimed that he has passed 46 drug tests since.
Mortensen could not have had this information without a leak somewhere along the line, with the arrow seemingly pointed at someone in the Bucs' front office or on the coaching staff. Schiano flatly denied that he had provided the information. Just another day for what is quickly becoming the league's most disheveled team.