New Number for a Legend -
Despite having played twenty-years in the NFL with the No. 80 on his back, newly acquired Denver Broncos receiver Jerry Rice has no intentions of asking Rod Smith, current Broncos wide receiver, to relinquish the number he's worn the past ten-years in Denver.
Instead he's taken a more mild approach, speaking about his role as a team player just fighting just to make a roster spot.
"I'm not trying to catch 12-14 balls a game," he told reporters on the NFL Network. "I'm just trying to contribute."
While he may not be the fastest of the Broncos receivers, he can't help but improve Denver's red zone efficiency, which ranked a dismal 28th place in the league last season.
What are the Odds?
Looking at some of the Las Vegas betting line as we head into the 2005 season and we find some interesting options of handing over your money.
According to Veas Vic, the NFL MVP will be. Peyton Manning, at about 4-1, followed by Patriots QB Tom Brady (8-1) and Donovan McNabb (10-1). You can get Brian Westbrook at 30-1.
The New England Patriots (3-1) favored to win their third consecutive Super Bowl with the Philadelphia Eagles (4-1) a close second.
As to which NFL coach will be the first to be fired orstep down? Oakland Raiders head coach Norv Turner at 3-1. New York Jets coach Herm Edwards is one of four guys at 5-1, while Eagles coach Andy Reid is a whopping 250-1.
USC is once again even money to win it all in college football, while quarterback Matt Leinart is nearly even money to repeat as the Heisman Trophy winner. Leinart's closest competitors are teammate Reggie Bush and Oklahoma's Adrian Peterson (5-1).
Exotic Dancer or Exotic Imagination?
Prosecuters in the Broward State Attorney's office are investigating claims by an unnamed Florida dancer that she was sexually molested by a man she believes was cornerback Al Harris, a member of the Green Bay Packers.
According to the incident report, the victim told Deputy Samuel Sirico that she went into the Cheetah II strip club's Champagne Room at about 1:30 am with a tall man with dreadlocked hair.
The woman told Sirico that the man wanted to have sex with her and she told him no and tried to push him away. But he did not stop, she said. She also told investigators that there are cameras in the Champagne Room, a private dimly lit area, and that customers must fill out a form before they enter the room, and believed her alleged attacker paid with a credit card.
''The allegations in there are entirely false," said Keith Seltzer, who represents Harris. "These are obviously the creations of someone with a vivid imagination. It's totally, totally fiction."
"All I can say is I haven't broken any laws or anything of that nature," Harris told reporters. "So I'll sit back and see what happens."
Whether or not theses allegations are true, the idea of an NFL player checking out the inside of a Florida strip club's Champagne Room with an exotic dancer, and dolling it all out on his credit card has got to be a new low on the stupidity test.
Just ask Kobe.
More Stupidity -
After three failed drug tests and a years' retirement spent getting into yoga and sleeping on the Australian shores in a tent, Ricky Williams is interested in returning to the Miami Dolphins.
Dolphins coach Nick Saban said he had spoken with Williams last week, whom he described as "very, very interested in coming back." Agent Leigh Steinberg also said Williams "has expressed a desire, excitement and resolve to play football for the Dolphins this season."
If Williams returns before July 28th, the year anniversary of his retirement, he would be subject to a one-year suspension under the NFL's substance-abuse policy. Reporting after then, and he would face a four-game suspension and must undergo the league's most stringent testing program which, in Williams' case, includes being subject to as many as 10 tests per month.
Considering Williams' inability to put down the pipe, let's hope he hasn't sold the tent.
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