Sour Rankings: Tom Brady's new look, a Cowboys moral victory and more
You’ve seen (and likely disagreed with) the Week 5 Power Rankings. Now the Sour Rankings take a spin through the worst of the past week in the NFL …
@Elias_Trejo We're not sure what you mean, Elias. Have Flynn contact us directly if assistance is needed.
— American Airlines (@AmericanAir) October 7, 2013
9. The NFL's new Hard Knocks rule: HBO's Hard Knocks series has had a bit of a tough time convincing teams to let its cameras in for the preseason. So the NFL is going to provide a little help. The owners passed a new measure giving the league the right to force a team to be on Hard Knocks. The only teams that could say no would be: those with new coaches, those that had reached the playoffs in one of the previous two seasons or those that had been on Hard Knocks in the previous 10 years.
8. Tom Brady's press conference look: Tom Brady's a good-lookin' guy. That's just telling it like it is. Something went very much awry, though, during his press conference after the Patriots' loss to the Bengals.
We get it, Tom Brady. You're investigating a haunted house in the 70s. pic.twitter.com/Pwr5ELWQUw
— Jarnold (@dagotron) October 6, 2013
7. Dominic Raiola band run-in: Lions center Dominic Raiola is no stranger to bad behavior -- you might remember him giving the middle finger to his own team's fans during Detroit's 0-16 season. He took his show on the road Sunday, shouting obscene remarks at the Wisconsin band, which performed during the Lions-Packers game.
Tuesday, Raiola apologized and announced he would make "a significant donation" to The Marching Band Fund.
"My interaction with the Wisconsin Marching Band was inappropriate," Raiola said in a statement. "I apologize to those I offended along with all of the members of Wisconsin’s Marching Band.
6. The Broncos-Jaguars Twitter fight: Denver's a four-touchdown favorite over the winless Jaguars this week. And the Broncos' official Twitter feed did not waste any time laying a little groundwork for Sunday's matchup:
No shots, just stats. RT @jaguars: Stay classy, Denver. MT @DenverBroncos: #Broncos' 51 pts Sun. are as many as JAX has scored all season.
— Denver Broncos (@DenverBroncos) October 7, 2013
5. Dallas' "moral victory": The Cowboys had the ball with a shot to knock off the Broncos on Sunday, until a Tony Romo interception helped hand the game to Denver. Jerry Jones' verdict on the effort? Good enough!
"This was a moral victory today for us," Jones said, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
Jones is right that the Cowboys did a lot of promising things Sunday, but ... come on. Dallas is in first place and had a chance at home to knock off a Super Bowl contender. Anything less than a victory should stand as a major disappointment. But enjoy your participation trophies and juice boxes.
4. Steve Smith's opinion on Sunday's officiating: It's a pretty safe bet that Panthers receiver Steve Smith will be hearing from the league this week, following his postgame tirade after a 22-6 loss in Arizona: "No. 64, he was garbage," said Smith of umpire Dan Ferrell. "To be honest, I make enough money where if Roger [Goodell] wants to fine me, he can. I really think that referee probably was the sorriest referee I have ever met.
"I got a [pass interference] penalty, which is very interesting. I got leg-humped and hugged a few times."
3. The 2014 Pro Bowl uniforms: Nothing wrong with the NFL deciding to upgrade its Pro Bowl uniforms, especially as the league continues to search for ways to make the game more exciting for fans. Not sure whose idea it was, however, to go with an Oregon State-vs.-Oregon motif:
Worse yet, the NFL shot down my idea for the new uniforms:
2. A Broncos' baby bump: A second spot on our list for the Broncos, and you can all blame Denver radio host Peter Burns for this one. Cannot unsee ...
Yes, yes that is a #Broncos baby belly. http://t.co/zaSkfrbEF5
— Peter Burns (@PeterBurnsRadio) October 6, 2013
1. Those pink penalty flags: The NFL's commitment to Breast Cancer Awareness month is admirable -- pink cleats, pink gloves, even pink first-down lines on TV. Those pink penalty flags, though? Pass. The flags were difficult to pick up on television, especially since several players sported pink towels in place of the usual white ones. The league will scrap the pink flags this week, but did say that it will continue on with its other pink apparel for the remainder of the month.