Schon: Rumors, Rants & Raves 11/1/06

Watching the Pittsburgh Steelers toss Ben Roethlisberger in the Black Hole on Sunday was like watching a train wreck waiting to happen, I'm laying odds Dennis Green makes it through the regular season and if there's one thing an NFL head coach doesn't need, it's having the entire planet find out your nineteen-year old is blazing on the weekend.

Watching the Pittsburgh Steelers toss Ben Roethlisberger in the Black Hole on Sunday was like watching a train wreck waiting to happen – look I'm all for dancing with the date that brought you, but when the date that brought you is fresh off their second concussion in the last four months, still recouping from emergency appendectomy surgery and lucky to be alive after doing a swan dive into an oncoming windshield – I'm pretty certain we wouldn't be slam dancing in Oakland…(at least not on purpose)

Bill Belichick's kid got tagged for possession of weed on Saturday – two days before daddy's Patriots laid it out on the Vikings. Great move kid – it's one thing to break out the bong - it's another to get caught. That's where it crossed the line. If there's one thing an NFL head coach doesn't need, it's having the entire planet find out your nineteen-year old is blazing on the weekend.

…Given the choice, Denver Broncos "D" lineman Ebenezer Ekuban would rather face Ben Roethlisberger than Charlie Batch this Sunday in the Steel City. Can you blame him?

"Nothing against Ben, he's a Super Bowl quarterback," said Ekuban. "But you know what, the tape doesn't lie. I would rather right now face Ben than Charlie Batch because of how the offense seems to get going with Charlie Batch in there."

…Anybody get an exact count on the number of people Bill Parcells kissed after his Cowboys spanked the Panthers? At first I thought it was commercial for Viagra - T.O. got lucky - he was spared – he did get a nice little pat on the cheek though.

…More madness out of Carolina as a local Charlotte woman was arrested on Sunday for stalking Panthers quarterback Jake Delhome. Deborah Lynn Voit, 47, faces a felony charge of stalking and misdemeanor second-degree trespassing, according to court documents.

…Note to NFL Commisioner Roger Goodell: Will you please-please-please-please-please adopt a mercy rule for the remainder of the San Francisco 49ers season.

Bart Scott didn't mince any words when it came to his love, (or lack thereof) for Saints running back Reggie Bush. The five-year veteran took offense to a shot that Bush gave him on an interception return in the first half, and decided it was time to turn down the spotlight a bit.

"The media darling, aka the golden boy of the NFL, tried to take a cheap shot at me, so I told him I was going to put some extra on it," Scott told the Baltimore Sun. "He must be used to playing against these guys in practice. He can do all those shakes he wants, but I wasn't going anywhere. I put a little hot sauce on that ankle."

Not sure if the commissioner is fan of "hot sauce" or not – but don't be surprised if Scott's paycheck burns a little light this week.

…On the injury front – Jets RB Curtis Martin is done for the year with what's described as a bone-on-bone condition in his right knee – read that as "serious enough to be career ending."

Bucs quarterback Chris Simms is also finished - Doctors informed Sims that the earliest he'd be able to come back would be a week or two before the end of the regular season which, considering Tampa Bay's stellar 2-5 record, seems pretty pointless.

…I'm laying odds Dennis Green makes it through the season – but I wouldn't be surprised to find Allied Van Lines on his speed dial either. Saving grace is the fact that Cardinals ownership is about as tight as they come when it's time to cut a check.

You don't have to look any further than Monday's press conference to tell that Green's about an inch away from a total collapse – here's a few of the best ones…

Q: Have you talked with (team ownership) this morning?
A: "No, I have not."
Q: What do you think about where you are at this point?
A: "Well, we're not doing very well. That's pretty clear. It's surprising and very disappointing."
Q: What about the speculation surrounding your job?
A: "I haven't thought about that."

Well Dennis, your in luck – it's your bye week, you'll have more than enough time to figure out your next move (out of town).



Michael John Schon has covered the National Football League and the Denver Broncos for the past ten years. As a member of the Pro Football Writers Association he has published and syndicated columns to both newspapers and magazines throughout the United States and Canada. His syndicated radio broadcast: "Schon Live" airs weekly on various radio stations around the country.

Schon can be reached at Schon@prostarmediagroup.net



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