Schon: Rumors, Rants & Raves

Can you believe the numbers LaDainian Tomlinson's busted out this year? Fifteen touchdowns in the last five games – or to put it in perspective – more touchdowns than Buffalo, Tampa Bay or Oakland have scored the entire season.

Sometimes there are things in life so unbelievably wrong, it's hard to imagine they even happened, or in this case, are about to happen – as in O.J.'s latest scam.

The former Hall of Fame running back, better known for hacking up his ex-wife Nicole and her friend Ron Goldman, is releasing a book based on hypothetical ways he could have killed the two, entitled "If I Did It." What's worse is the fact that the most celebrated criminal to ever beat the system, also pulled down a two-night television gig on FOX to promote this garbage.

Nice slap in the face, Juice.

If you did it? – everybody in America knows you DID it – we're just don't understand how you can live with it.

Reports in the San Francisco Chronicle claim that Raiders' wax statue Art Shell is complaining to the NFL over a penalty last Sunday on special teams ace Chris Carr. Carr got flagged for going out of bounds during an Oakland punt – drawing an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.

The penalty negated a David Kircus fumble, which would have given possession back to the Raiders on the Denver Broncos twenty-yard line.

Shell insists that Carr was forced out of bounds and was not allowed back in by the Broncos defenders.

Nice try – officials are standing by the call claiming that Carr did not try to get back on the field immediately, so they tagged him.

"I felt we got screwed," Shell told reporters.

Ok, so maybe you did, but let's take it a step further – whether you did or didn't get jacked on that particular play, the fact remains that you're still screwed – you've got the league's worst offense, run by a second-year backup that's telling anybody that will listen how your playbook's got about as much depth as a Jennifer Lopez movie.

You've got Randy Moss blaming his last seven drops on the fact that he's unhappy and "Not too excited about what's going on…so my concentration and focus level tend to go down sometimes when I'm in a bad mood."

And you've got Jerry Porter, who led the team in receptions last season with a career-best 76 catches for 942-yards and five touchdowns, watching his career circle the drain faster than Dennis Miller - how can you not be screwed?

Leave it to the Arizona Cardinals to mess up an emotion halftime tribute to former player turned national hero Pat Tillman. A video montage of Tillman was scheduled to run during the intermission of the Cards – Cowboys contest, while Tillman's name was added to the team's Ring of Fame. Unfortunately fans were forced to lip read due to an audio glitch in the multi-million dollar sound system. The Cardinals issued an apology on Monday, confident that stadium technicians could figure out where to plug the cable in by this Sunday, when the Lions come to town.

From the "You'll Never Guess Who They Just Dug Up" file – the New England Patriots have signed forty-three year old Vinnie Testaverde to the roster. No word yet on how it affects Tom Brady's job security – but as soon as he's done laughing he'll make a statement.

Titans tackle Albert Haynesworth is officially done with his five game suspension for bludgeoning the face of Dallas center Andre Gurode – Haynesworth, who's been receiving anger management counseling since the attack occurred last month, says he's "Glad the suspension is over with and I'm allowed to come back to work and participate."

He also claims that after four sessions he's begun to understand the need to talk to people and seek help with his problem, adding that he also "learned to talk more with his wife," which - I've got to be honest with you – kind of gives me the creeps.

Can you believe the numbers LaDainian Tomlinson busted it out this year? Fifteen touchdowns in the last five games – or to put it in better perspective – more touchdowns than Buffalo, Tampa Bay or Oakland have scored the entire season. The only place he really hasn't lit it up has been Invesco Field in Denver, the site of this week's battle for supremacy in the AFC West.

"Well, they take me out of the game, Tomlinson said matter-of-factly. "I haven't had the ball much in Denver, they end up taking me out of the game, whether we get behind and we're not running the ball much. That's been the case."

Redskins officially placed Clinton Portis on injured reserve Thursday, shelving their top running back for the remainder of the 2006 season. Since he had the time off, Portis, who underwent surgery on Monday to repair a broken bone in his right hand, also elected to have surgery to repair a separated shoulder, an injury suffered during the opening drive of the preseason.

"You know in football you're going to have nicks and bruises, and it's only a matter of time until a serious injury arises," Portis told the Washington Post. "Before it does I want to get the most out of this game, and if my carries pile up, I'm going to have the opportunity to walk away on top of this game with money."

Give him credit, at least he admits it's all about the money - I admire that.

I think...



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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