The Jolly Roger has put his cards on the table. And his hand is a full house. Goodell Tuesday stated what we all have known—that he believes Deshaun Watson’s actions warrant a suspension of at least a full season. I fully agree. Anything less than that would make a mockery of the player conduct policy, establish dangerous disciplinary precedent and further damage the league’s shaky relationship with women in general.
Goodell described Watson’s actions as “egregious” and “predatory.”
I was a huge Deshaun Watson fan. Was.
Not that there really was ever a doubt, but Baker Mayfield will clearly be the Panthers’ starter. Even though he is still learning the playbook, Mayfield is tearing it up in camp. Look, he’s done things that drive me crazy and I think he has often behaved immaturely. But let’s not forget how very well he played in 2020 in leading the Browns to the playoffs. Last year was a bust because of injuries. He’s once again healthy and hungry.
Can the Bears win even four games this year? They have no healthy receivers, Justin Fields is nowhere near ready to play at a winning level, and now the Chicago front office has ticked off their most athletic player. LB Roquan Smith is demanding a trade.
Remember Week One last season when the Packers got blown out by the Saints 38-3? Green Bay coach Matt LeFleur does. And for that reason he has hinted that Aaron Rodgers may see at least a little action in the Pack’s final preseason game at Kansas City. Rodgers has not played in a preseason game since 2018.
What’s going on at Patriots’ camp, particularly on offense? It looks and sounds chaotic and uncertain. Imagine ever associating the Pats with “chaotic and uncertain.”
Did you see the video from Bills camp? Backup QB Case Keenum dressed up like a fan—complete with a hat and very dark glasses—and started pestering Josh Allen for an autograph after practice, telling Allen, “You’re my favorite player.” That warranted a noogie from Allen once he caught on.
Yes, I often can’t remember where I left my cell phone. Maybe I should start checking third base. Pirates infielder Rodolfo Castro was sliding into third Tuesday night against the D-Backs when his phone came flying out of his back pocket. Oops. Wanna get away?
Sportsmanship is not dead. That was quite a moment Tuesday in Waco in a Little League playoff game. A pitcher quite unintentionally hit an opposing batter in the head. The batter was able to stay in the game and go to first base. The pitcher cried uncontrollably. The batter then came to the mound to console the pitcher who had just hit him in the head. Hugs ensued.
Finally, a U.S. District Court judge told three pro golfers who have defected to the Murderous Saudi Blood Money Sportswashing Tour to get outta here. The golfers had the audacity to contend they should be allowed to play in the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup Playoffs. That won’t be happening.