June 2007 - Football Wiretap
Bush's Break A Good One For Oakland?
Instead of being picked in the first round, as projected before the injury, Michael Bush slipped to the fourth round. And should Bush progress well in his return, the Raiders will have landed one of the nation's best runners for a middle-round draft choice. Yet, there's no rush to get Bush on the field. Holding him out most of the season is a realistic option. Bush is also prepared not to practice every day once training camp opens if the leg bothers him. Just don't tell Bush he should accept not playing as a rookie. "I'm looking to play," Bush said. "It's just a bone injury. Those heal. It's already been about nine months, so it's about time for me to get going."
Dolphins Waive Evans After Second Arrest
Dolphins coach Cam Cameron said the recent off-field behavior of defensive tackle Fred Evans would be taken seriously. The team waived Evans on Thursday in the wake of his second arrest in less than six months, prematurely ending what appeared to be a promising career with the Dolphins. Cameron offered no public comment or explanation for the release.
Web Sites Only Allowed To Show 45 Seconds Of Clips Now
Thanks to a new NFL policy, something will soon be in short supply on news-media Web sites: video of almost anything related to the NFL or its players. In a move designed to protect the Internet operations of its 32 teams, the pro football league has told news organizations that it will no longer permit them to carry unlimited online video clips of players, coaches or other officials, including video that the news organizations gather themselves on a team's premises. News organizations can post no more than 45 seconds per day of video shot at a team's facilities, including news conferences, interviews and practice-field reports. The policy, announced last month with little fanfare, has frustrated journalists, who say it constricts the public's access to information about the nation's most popular spectator sport. A coalition of news organizations has been quietly lobbying the league for months to change the rule.
Lambeau To Hold Religious Event
Historic Lambeau Field, just this side of heaven for the most devoted Green Bay Packers fans, will replace beers and cheers with prayers and praise on July 7 as thousands of Christians gather for what may be the first faith-based event ever held there. Advertisement At least 6,000 people have registered for Leap of Faith Lambeau, a day of worship, prayer, music and teaching, said Pat Boyer, president of Leap of Faith Group of De Pere. There are about 45,000 seats available, fewer than at the football games. That's because activities aren't being allowed on the field, and part of the east side of the stadium will be used for the stage.
Culpepper's Hearing Postponed
Daunte Culpepper's grievance hearing, scheduled for Friday, was postponed and will be held July 18, according to a source. In an e-mail, Culpepper wrote that the hearing was originally rescheduled for today. However, all parties weren't available. The NFL Players' Association said it would be Tuesday in Los Angeles, but Culpepper preferred South Florida.
Are You Ready For Some "Mei Shi Gan Lan Qiu?"
Are you ready for some "Mei shi gan lan qiu"? The NFL is intent on finding out if that is indeed the case in China. The league is venturing into untested territory and hoping the country's vast marketplace will respond to its product. Clearly, there are details to sort out. For one, the language. The sport's vocabulary may resonate from Maine to Maui, but it's a poor fit in Chinese. This, after all, is a country where American football is largely unknown. "We've had to come up with an entirely new nomenclature for the sport," Gordon Smeaton, an NFL vice president, said Friday during a promotional tour with the New England Patriots. "This is a situation we don't face in any other country and it will take some time." For the record, in Chinese the game is known as "Mei shi gan lan qiu," which can mean "American-style rugby" or "American-style olive-shaped ball," depending on the translation.
'Mr. Irrelevant' Agrees To Deal With Lions
Mr. Irrelevant Ramzee Robinson, the last player selected in the NFL draft, agreed to a three-year deal with the Lions. Robinson agreed in principle to the deal on Thursday, his agent Andrew Benedict said Friday. The 5-foot-10, 186-pound cornerback from Alabama became the 23rd player to be recognized as Mr. Irrelevant. He was the 255th selection in the seventh round of the April draft, the last of Detroit's eight picks.
Rams Sign Third Round Pick
A second Rams draft pick has agreed to contract terms. Cornerback Jonathan Wade, a third-round selection (No. 84 overall) from Tennessee, received a three-year deal. Financial terms were not disclosed. On Tuesday, the team reached accord on a three-year contract with wide receiver Derek Stanley, a seventh-round pick from Wisconsin-Whitewater. Wade, 5 feet 10 and 195 pounds, was a wideout his first two seasons with the Volunteers. He moved to defensive back as a redshirt sophomore and became a full-time starter as a senior.
Terp Gaither Will Enter Supplemental Draft
Maryland tackle Jared Gaither will apply for next month's NFL supplemental draft, the school announced yesterday. The decision comes a week after Gaither was declared academically ineligible for the 2007 season and concludes the gargantuan lineman's career with the Terrapins. "It's a decision he's put a lot of thought into," Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen said in a statement. "He's expressed a desire to get his degree, but I think the opportunity to make a living and the chance to be successful at the next level was a deciding factor. We wish him the best of luck and hope he achieves success in the NFL and in life."
NFL Development League In Europe Folds
The NFL's development league in Europe folded Friday after 16 years. The decision came less than a week after the Hamburg Sea Devils beat the Frankfurt Galaxy 37-28 in the World Bowl XV in Frankfurt, spokesman Maik Matischak said.
Culpepper's Grievance Hearing Friday
Frustrated QB Daunte Culpepper will make his case for freedom at a Friday grievance hearing.
Tank's Dad: Son Is Being Exploited
Terry Johnson, Sr. said the offense wasn't anything "too big" and his son is probably being "exploited."
Arrington Still In Hospital, Injury Worse Than Let On
LaVar Arrington was more severely injured in his June 19 motorcycle accident than his agent and attorney let on.
Packers Could Add 'Big Name'
The Green Bay Packers offense might get an upgrade before training camp begins.
Teammates Making Fun Of Romo's Relationship With Underwood?
Teammates are having fun with the Tony Romo-Carrie Underwood purse-holding incident in Las Vegas.
Branch: Samuel Deal A Tough Call
Deion Branch knows what Asante Samuel is going through, holding out for a long-term contract.
Smith: 49ers' Offense Ahead Of Past Seasons
The 49ers wrapped up a three-week practice session last week.