Schon: Rumors, Rants & Raves 9/22/07

O.J. Simpson, Bill Belichick, Donovan McNabb and all the picks from Week Three - Check out all the insanity in this week's edition of Schon: Rumors,Rants & Raves.

Wow, there's nothing like another O.J. arrest to get your week started off right. Late Sunday - the man that everybody in the world knew was guilty - got popped in Vegas on a multitude of charges - two counts of robbery with a deadly weapon, two counts of assault with a deadly weapon, and conspiracy to commit a crime and burglary with, you guessed it, a deadly weapon.

That's brilliant Juice - not only do you "allegedly' murder your ex-wife and Ron Goldman - now you rough up a couple of dudes for stealing memorabilia?

Gotta love the guys over at - they got the whole thing captured on tape - Check out the amount of F-bombs the Hall of Famer drops trying to shock these guys into submission (for mature audiences only).

. Man - did I bite it on this last weeks picks or what? I swear I could have done better flipping a freaking coin. Maybe I'm reading too much into this - but the next time I get the brilliant idea to give up any points on the Broncos, would someone please shoot me.

To make matters worse, the only person I know that didn't tank this weekend was my wife - a woman that knows as much about football as I do about brain surgery. She hit every single pick she made using a method I believe started around the time she was an embryo. It goes something like this - a certain guy she used to go out with, affectionately known as Dirtbag (not his real name), loves the Dolphins so… considering the fact that she can no longer stand Dirtbag, she takes whoever the Dolphins happen to be playing that week - it's that simple - no preparation, no statistics, no thought process whatsoever (ok, maybe just a little), anyway it worked…

Five correct picks based on people from her past, that she would love to see run over by a bus. I can't emphasize enough how logic like this scares me.

… Raiders fans are going to have to seek refuge elsewhere this Sunday - television coverage of Oakland's match up with the Cleveland Browns has been blacked out in the Bay Area due to a lack of ticket sales. Here's the ultimate punch to the package - local affiliates will be broadcasting the Broncos - Jaguars game in it's place.

… Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb opened the flood gates with his comments to Bryant Gumbell, claiming that, when it comes to the media, "white quarterbacks don't receive as much criticism as black quarterbacks." You've got to be kidding - I actually like McNabb, but I'm not buying the race card on this one. You're 0-3 in your last three starts and you play in Philly - of course they're going to hammer you - you're lucky your car's still intact. Try being Jake Plummer for the day, or Rex Grossman, or Jeff Garcia… it has nothing to do with the color of your skin - it's what have you done for me lately - and in your case that amounts to what …I don't know… nothing? That's life in the NFL - deal with it.

Speaking of the NFL - from the RR&R "I Told You So" files - The NFL has received and destroyed all materials (evidence) it requested from Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots.

"The Patriots have fully cooperated and complied with the requirements of the commissioner's decision," the NFL said in a written statement. "All tapes, documents and other records relating to this matter were turned over to the league office and destroyed, and the Patriots have certified in writing that no copies or other records exist."

Yea, ok, whatever… it was kind of fun watching Bellichick hung out to dry though.

… Titans QB Vince Young got tagged $7,500 for unsportsmanlike conduct in last Sunday's 22-20 loss to the Colts. Young got fed up with Colts defensive back Kelvin Hayden bashing him in the head and responded by firing off a rocket at Hayden's feet. Browns safety Brodney Pool got racked for five grand for a helmet-to-helmet on Bengals receiver Glenn Holt and Bears DT Tommie Harris was smacked for five large on a major facemask penalty in their win over the Chiefs.

I know there's a new Sheriff in town but come on - explain to me how throwing a football at somebody's feet is substantially more threatening than scrambling their brain or potentially breaking their neck - Young got jacked on this one.

… If anybody happens to run into former Raiders center Barrett Robins, you might want to let him know that Florida authorities are looking for him - something about facing extradition for violating his parole. For those of you not old enough to remember the last time Oakland was in the Super Bowl - Barrett Robins was the guy that went AWOL in Tijuana a few nights before the Big Game, then got suspended when he showed up totally incoherent. Now this is the kind of guy I want to party with...

Enough of the madness - I'm diving back in on the picks.

Washington - 4 over the Giants - Portis takes it to the limit
Jets - 3 over the Dolphins - remember Dirtbag - I'm rolling with my wife's pick
Colts - 6 over the Texans - Kubiac get's buried in this one
Chargers - 4 ½ over Green Bay - Farve sets a record - what's new
Chiefs - 2 ½ over the Vikings - KC's gotta bust out sooner or later - don't they?
Philly - 6 ½ over Detroit - It's McNabb's revenge tour
Bills + 16 ½ over the Patriots - purely based on points
Steelers - 9 over San Francisco - Big Ben's on a roll
Baltimore - 8 over AZ - Cardinals stink on the road
Tampa Bay - 3 ½ over St. Louis - Gruden's still on a high over the Saints blowout
Broncos - 3 over the Jaguars - I know… but I promise this is the last time
Seattle - 3 ½ over Cincy - Bengals gets smacked down again
Cleveland + 3 in the Black Hole of Oakland
Panthers + 4 over Atlanta - Joey Harrington's getting gun shy
Chicago - 3 over the Cowboys - T.O.'s been too quiet - it scares me
Monday Night Football -
Saints - 4 ½ over the Titans - Brees turns it around in the Big Easy

Week One - 10 wins - 3 losses - 2 Ties - I'm a freaking genius
Week Two - 3 wins - 12 losses - 1 Tie - Ok - I admit - I tanked it
Week Three - 6 wins - 8 losses - 2 Ties - Only slightly hungover
Season to Date - 19 wins - 23 losses - 5 ties - against the spread

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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