And so we come to the end of the TMQ NFL draft interregnum. What messages does TMQ have for us this week? After the jump…
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Yeah, we know, we’re late. We didn’t realize until Wednesday that it was that time of year again, and it took us a while to work up the gumption to do this. Part of the problem, of course, is that this is the column where TMQ mocks the mock drafts. As we’ve said in the past, TMQ thinks this is more amusing than it actually is, and there’s really no reason to go item by item through his attempts at humor.
But we have an obligation to our reader. So we might as well get into it…
Busy having fun today. More later.
In the meantime, have this NYT article about the disaster area the Jets have become:
Of course, trading Revis makes it much more difficult to imagine a Jets future that includes Ryan. It doesn’t say much good about a franchise that it can be forced by circumstances of its own creation to trade its best player. The Jets have been so mismanaged, so hamstrung by their own misguided talent evaluations and bad accounting, this was the only correct move in what is now a down-to-the-studs rebuilding.
“The standard con man’s line is you can only con someone with larceny in their heart,” Mr. Jay replied. “I can show you 800 ways in which that’s not true, but it’s what every con man will say. Certainly it is true to some extent. I mean, you’re promising people unbelievable returns. Anybody with a brain would be suspicious. Anybody with greed as their motivator wouldn’t care.”
There’s a common variant on that saying: “You can’t cheat a honest person.” I often respond to that by bringing up the bank examiner scam, which works because it targets people’s honesty (and desire to help “law enforcement” catch “bad guys”). But it is nice to see Jay make the same point…
Heard on the CBS coverage: “How do you lock down an entire city?” (Nobody had a really good answer to that question.)
Ten officers were being evaluated at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Brighton early this morning, according to a source, who said the officers said they were hurt from grenades being thrown from the window of a car during a car chase.
“It was more than gunshot wounds,’’ Wolfe told reporters about 5:30 a.m. today. “It was a combination of injuries. We believe a combination of of blasts, multiple gunshot wounds.”
Wolfe said it looked like the man had been hurt by an “explosive device’’ and that the man was struck by “shrapnel.’’ The man was pronounced dead at 1:35 a.m. The hospital officials said they did not know his name.
(CBS, or the local CBS affiliate – I’m not sure which – just ran a commercial featuring an exploding air conditioner. Bad timing, guys.)
I may come back to this later. I want to do some research and possibly talk to Lawrence. In other news:
As a result of last week’s settlement in the legal battle over Broadway’s “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark,” Ms. Taymor’s directing credit on the musical has been enhanced – and it is now listed above the credit for Philip Wm. McKinley, who replaced Ms. Taymor after its producers fired her in March 2011.
Jimmy Haslam recently bought the Cleveland Browns. Haslam made a pile of money off of the Pilot Flying J chain of truck stops and “travel centers”. Yesterday, the FBI raided the Pilot Flying J headquarters:
A 120-page affidavit for a search warrant filed in U.S. District Court in Knoxville, Tenn., says Pilot Flying J sales employees withheld fuel price rebates and discounts from certain companies to boost the profitability of the company and increase their sales commissions. The affidavit says FBI and IRS agents are investigating charges of conspiracy, mail fraud and wire fraud.
The document says “the rebate fraud has occurred with the knowledge of Pilot’s current President Mark Hazelwood and Pilot’s Chief Executive Officer James A. “Jimmy” Haslam III, due to the fact that the rebate fraud-related activities have been discussed during sales meetings in Knoxville, Tenn., in which Hazelwood and Haslam have been present.”
The Browns just can’t catch a break, can they? It will be interesting to see how this plays out as we get closer to the NFL season.
(Heard on CBS: “I was going into this thinking there was some connection to somewhere.” No s–t, Sherlock.)
Edited to add: Since folks are distracted by Boston at the moment, let me note here: the confirmed death toll in West stands at 12.
According to the association, one of those firefighters was from Dallas: all of the others were volunteer firefighters with the West Fire Department.
We were busy most of the morning, all afternoon, and on into the evening. But hey! Today is still Tuesday, and we all know what that means! Girl Scout cookies!
(munches another Caramel deLite)
Damn, these are good.
(puts up the rest of the box before we eat our way through it)
Oh, yeah, we also have this week’s TMQ to deal with after the jump…
Yeah, we know. We got caught up in a bunch of stuff around January 1st, and last week’s TMQ totally slipped away from us. We figure we’ll do this week’s TMQ tonight, loop back and catch up with last week’s TMQ tomorrow (we’re doing them out of order because there’s some stuff we want to address in last week’s column), and then we should be in good shape all the way through to the end of the season.
At least, we hope so.
After the jump…
Hey, remember Bloody Monday? Wasn’t that a time?
Remember how the Kansas City Chiefs fired Romeo Crennel as head coach, but didn’t fire Scott Pioli as general manager?
Well, about that…
Beyond the losing on the field, Pioli’s management style created a toxic atmosphere within the organization. Haley told The Star a few days before he was fired in December 2011 that he suspected rooms at the team facility were bugged so that team administrators could monitor employees’ conversations. Haley also believed his personal cellphone, a line he used before being hired by the Chiefs, had been tampered with.
And this is sportsfirings.com, not sportshirings.com, but we have to add this note:
The move clears the way for the Chiefs to hire…