Schon: Rumors, Rants & Raves 11/10/06

Think the Raiders got it bad – Pittsburgh's on pace to have the worst record for a defending Super Bowl Champion in the history of professional football.

Nice package shot by Raiders defensive end Tyler Brayton – he and Seahawk tight end Jeremy Stevens locked it up on MNF when Brayton decided to bust out with a knee to the nads - immediate ejection and a quick trip to the showers. Stevens played it off pretty solid – telling reporters on the field "That's fine. I threw him on the ground four plays in a row, it doesn't matter."

I can't really blame Brayton for wanting to roll early on a 16-0 shutout – but a shot to the lugnuts is not your ticket home - the league handed Brayton a $25 grand fine for the hit - Stevens got tagged for $15,000 for his role in the altercation…

…There was a point in the third quarter that ESPN cut to a .30 second shot of Art Shell and I could have sworn he'd been replaced by a wax statue. Just how pathetic are the Raiders? Through eight games this season they've scored touchdowns in exactly three – and they've been shutout twice now on Monday Night Football.

…Think the Raiders got it bad – Pittsburgh's on pace to have the worst record for a defending Super Bowl champion in the history of professional football.

"I would have bet my house that this wouldn't have happened, and I'd be homeless right now,"
Pittsburgh Steelers nose tackle Casey Hampton on the teams 2-6 recordArizona Cardinals held a ‘players only' pow-wow after defensive end Bertrand Berry threw them under the bus on a local radio show – "Big Red Rage" – Berry laid it out on his teammates for caring more about their off-week plans than their 1-7 record, and said that he didn't want to hang out with some of his teammates "because I don't like them. I don't like their attitude. I don't like their approach to the game, and I don't like their actions on the field."

Wow, that's a quick spin – wasn't it just a few weeks ago you pulled out the standard – "We win as a team, we lose as a team" cliché after getting slapped in Green Bay?

…You got to love the job Drew Brees is pulling off in the Big Easy this year. After getting unceremoniously jacked in San Diego he flips a Saints franchise into the top slot in the NFC South. Mark it down - Comeback Player of the Year.

…It looks like Pats safety Rodney Harrison busted his shoulder blade during Sunday night's loss to the Colts. Harrison missed most of the 2005 season with a torn ACL – there's no timetable set for his return at this point.

…Former Dolphin Ricky Williams made his second playoff appearance with the Toronto Argonauts on Sunday, pulling down 40-yards off six carries. According to his agent Leigh Steinberg, Williams supplements his income by teaching yoga classes in Toronto on his off time and is eager to return to the Dolphins next season (so he can collect the $670,000 due in his contract's final year).

He's also planning to co-author a book on his life – Now that should be some interesting reading.

"You have to be given opportunities to make plays. Four (catches) for 32 (yards) - that's @*&$## ridiculous. You've got to be @*&$## kidding me. When Christmas comes around, I might as well be a hood ornament. Because all I've been so far is a decoration - a decoration sitting out there all pretty, ready for people to jump on."
... Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chad Johnson whining about his lack of production

"Twelve years down the road, whoever I'm playing for, I'm going to get him - promise you…promise you. If I see him on the field again, I will try to take his head off. That's all I have to say about that. I'm ready to go back and play right now."
... Lions center Dominic Raiola vowing revenge on Falcons cornerback DeAngelo Hall, who eveled a cheap shot on Detroit quarterback Jon Kitna

"I might tackle him out of the stands - I might get him if I see him on the street, I don't know. "
... Lions center Dominic Raiola covering all his bases

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.

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