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Junior Seau’s House Was Robbed

Junior Seau's house was robbed five days after Seau was found dead in his Oceanside home.

Just about two weeks later after reports broke out of former NFL Linebacker, Junior Seau’s death new reports are breaking tonight as they’re saying that Seau’s house was robbed.

The home of Seau’s was burglarized last week on May 7th according to police officials who told the North County Times on Tuesday. The robbery came just five days after Seau’s death which officials diagnosed as a suicide.

The Times reported that someone forcibly entered the Oceanside home’s garage through the doggy door at roughly 2 p.m. PT on May 7th. The thief went through the cabinets before stealing a bicycle worth around $500 that was the property of a friend of Seau, the paper said.

Oceanside police Lt. Leonard Mata told the Times that the burglar did not enter other sections of the home and the only item that appeared to be missing was the bike.

“I can’t put into words how I’m feeling right now. I’m shocked and devastated. Junior was my friend. We all lost a friend today. Junior was an icon in our community. He transcended the game. He wasn’t just a football player, he was so much more. He was loved by everyone in our family, our organization and throughout the NFL. This is just such a tragic loss. One of the worst things I could ever imagine. My prayers go out to Junior’s family. It’s heartbreaking,” said San Diego Chargers Team President, Dan Spanos in a statement following Seau’s death back on May 2nd.

Seau was 43, before he took his life on that day that will forever remain a tragic day for not only his family members and friends, but for NFL fans and sports fans all over the world.

Seau’s suicide now marks the 12th suicide done by an NFL player within the past 25 years.

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New York Jets, Mark Sanchez And Santonio Holmes Booed At Knicks Game

What do you think of the boos by the Knicks' fans?

Regardless of any NBA team, on any given night, no matter whom the opponent is, there’s always fans there supporting their home or away team. And even sometimes, one, two, three, or more of those fans are celebrities. Also, usually those celebrities that are cheering (usually the home team) are as a result cheered on by the home crowd fans.

However, at the New York Knicks game at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night, where the Knicks took on the Los Angeles Clippers, New York Jets football players, quarterback, Mark Sanchez and wide receiver, Santonio Holmes weren’t cheered on…they were booed.

Matter of fact, booed loudly.

The New York Jets, whose season ended months ago after they went 8-8 last season and didn’t make the playoffs certainly wasn’t forgotten by the displeased Knicks’ fans.

Now while it wasn’t clear why the Knicks’ fans were booing, the answer to the question that has been out there since the addition of newly acquired quarterback Tim Tebow was certainly answered and that question; when will Sanchez first be booed?

Is it too soon?

As for Sanchez and Holmes they would decline to comment to ESPN about the fans boos at halftime. Though, Holmes would comment to twitter as he posted on his account:

Jets cornerback, Antonio Cromartie was also at Madison Garden Tuesday night. However, he wouldn’t bee booed, though he would be introduced as the wrong player.

The Knicks would go onto defeat the Clippers, 99-93, improving to 35-30 and move closer to locking up the 7th seed in the Eastern Conference.

Sanchez, threw for 3,474 yards, 26 touchdowns, and 18 interceptions last season and Holmes, who caught 51 passes for 651 yards and 8 touchdowns last season. As for Cromartie, known to Knicks’ announcer as “Shonne Greene” had 45 tackles, one forced fumble, and 4 interceptions last season.

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Hines Ward Has No Other Choice But To Retire

Hines Ward crying during his press conference in which he announced his retirement.

About a month after being released from the Pittsburgh Steelers, wide receiver Hines Ward despite announcing that he still wanted to play football, announced today that he plans to retire.

“I just wouldn’t feel right,” Ward said. “I can say I’m a Steeler for life and that’s the bottom line, that’s all I’ve really ever wanted.”

Since being drafted in the third round by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1998, the only team that Hines Ward has been on was Pittsburgh. Ward played 14 seasons with the black and yellow Pittsburgh Steelers and won two Super Bowls with the team as well as several awards including being the leader in Steelers career records for receptions, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns.

However on February 29th, 2012 Hines Ward was released.

“We had a conversation today with Hines Ward and informed him that we plan to release him of his contract prior to the start of the 2012 NFL calendar year,” Rooney told Ward back in February. “Hines has been an integral part of our success since we drafted him in 1998, and we will forever be grateful for what he has helped us achieve.”

Though, despite taking in that very detonating news, Ward still felt that he had some more football left in him as he told reporters that he was still ready to play.

“I do feel that I still have more football left in me and I am looking forward to playing in the NFL, again, this upcoming season,” Ward said.

However, just about a month later (today), Hines Ward despite still having the same mindset that he could still play, announced that he’s going to retire.

“I feel like I have a few more good years in me left,” Ward said. “I would love nothing more to get back to the Super Bowl.”

Though he could only get back there with one team, the Pittsburgh Steelers.

“I want my legacy here to say, you know what he was one hell of a football player who gave it his all,” Ward said. “I’m truly blessed. I played in three Super Bowls, won two Super Bowls, was Super Bowl MVP … what more could a player want out of his entire football career?”

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DeSean Jackson Gets A New Deal: 5 years, $51 Million

DeSean Jackson gets a 5 year $51 Million contract.

Last year Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver, DeSean Jackson held himself out of the Philadelphia Eagles training camp due to contract issues. Though despite not getting his way Jackson wouldn’t hold out as he would “play” in the 2011-12 NFL season. Though, “play” is the word. Just like Barry Bonds’ home run record has an asterisk; DeSean Jackson’s 2011-12 has one as well.

15 games, not 16 because he was late for a team meeting, 58 receptions, 961 yards, four touchdowns, and more dropped passes and plays taken off then any other NFL player ever seen before DeSean Jackson had one of his worst seasons of his career. However he would still be rewarded for it.

Five years, $51 Million according to a league source.

51 Million dollars for pretty much maybe not even 50 percent of effort. Though Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid listed Jackson as a priority to sign.

“Signing our own players was a big priority for us this offseason,” Reid said. “And DeSean was certainly high on our list. We are very excited about his future as an Eagle.”

Reid would go onto continue.

“We are thrilled to be able to keep one of the NFL’s top playmakers in Philadelphia,” Reid said. “DeSean is a gamebreaker. He has the speed and ability to score from anywhere on the field, and he has proven himself to be a big threat for our offense.”

A great threat in a hurtful way, at least as you could say that’s how Jackson was to the Eagles last season. Though, he still managed to get paid, I just don’t get it. I mean how a player could player play almost as worse as he did in his rookie season (62 receptions, 912 yards, and 2 touchdowns) and not to mention all the distractions that he caused with his contract issues last year still get paid?

I don’t know. Though, it’s Philadelphia. There are a lot of things that people don’t know about Philadelphia like, why did the fans throw snowballs at Santa? Or why did they cheer when Dallas Cowboys wide receiver lay on the ground in pain after a blind-sided hit?

There are a lot of things in life that we’ll never have an answer too; however I guess we know one thing in the Philadelphia Eagles organization, you certainly don’t have to work for your paycheck.

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Peyton Manning Has A List And He’s Not Checking It Twice

He played 14 years for the Colts but now he'll be playing this season and for seasons to come somewhere else.

A day after having a joint press conference with Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay quarterback Peyton Manning who’s now a free agent wants to find a team. Though he has a couple requests; have a team selected within the next week, have that team be an AFC team, though he did say that he would be open to playing on an NFC team, and lastly make sure that the team he selects is the right fit.

However, despite making those requests, Manning may have to break some of them as he told a few media members outside in a parking lot in Miami that he doesn’t know who wants him.

“I have no idea who wants me, what team wants me, how this process works,” Manning said. “I don’t know if it’s like college recruiting where you go take visits. I mean, this is all so new to me.”

Though luckily for Manning he wouldn’t have to worry about if anyone was interested in him for too long as sources close to Manning’s representatives said that 12 teams have contacted Manning’s representatives already.

As for who those teams may be, the only ones that have become publicly known are the Arizona Cardinals, the Seattle Seahawks, the Washington Redskins, the Miami Dolphins, the Kansas City Chiefs, the Denver Broncos, and the New York Jets.

As for the other five, they still aren’t known.

Though not only does Manning know who wants him, but he also knows who doesn’t want him as a couple teams, the Cleveland Browns and the Dallas Cowboys have come public as they both said that they will not pursue Manning.

“Probably not a direction we’re going to go,” said Browns General Manager Tom Heckert about pursuing Manning. “We will not go crazy in free agency.”

Sources have also said that despite showing interest in Manning the Washington Redskins will not be a destination for Manning as he’s not interested.

Though as it stands right now Manning has yet to make a decision on where he plans to go however, when that decision comes, former teammate wide receiver Reggie Wayne who’s also a free agent may be right behind him.

“It can definitely be dangerous,” Wayne told Michael Irvin in an interview about Manning and him playing in Miami together. “It can truly be dangerous, if they put us all together. The league might not want that, Mike. They might not want that. They might not want to see that. South Florida is already hot out here, baby, so you put us all together, it’ll be burning up.”

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Sources: Peyton Manning To Be Released

Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts will part ways.

After months of wondering what the answer to the question of, will Peyton Manning be an Indianapolis Colt in 2012-13 has been answered. Sources close to the team have said that owner Jim Irsay informed the 14 year Colt and four time M.V.P. that the team will release him.

Not even longer than one month after Irsay told the media that Manning can be a Colt if he wants, Irsay going completely against what he said has decided to release him.

“We can work out the contract if he wants to come back,” Irsay said. “We want him to make the call. He’s earned that. We want him to have the chance of finishing his career here if that’s what he wants to do.”

Sources have also said that Irsay who was traveling with Manning to South Florida on Irsay’s private jet will tell the news at their press conference tomorrow.

The decision to pass on Manning doesn’t come as to much of a surprise as people have been prepared for this to happen for quite sometime now.

As a result to Manning being released the billboard that manningtomiami.com sponsored becomes a likely possibility now as Peyton Manning will have the opportunity to go to any team that wants him.

Though the question that comes up now is who wants Manning? Also too, is Manning healthy enough to play and last a whole season? Well according to Manning, yes he is.

As to where Manning will land, the New York Jets have hinted that the Miami Dolphins aren’t the only team that Manning could go to as one player on the team told the New York Daily News that, they need Manning.

“I want him in New York,” a disclosed Jets player said. “He needs to be a Jet.”

As for Jets head coach Rex Ryan he defend that disclosed player as he felt the same.

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for me to coach,” Ryan told the Daily News. “I’m never going to have a regret. So whatever that means.”

“I think Mark does have a bright future,” Ryan said. “He’s our quarterback. And those are facts. I don’t care who the player is. If Tom Brady gets released, we’re going to look at Tom Brady…We’re going to look at every single guy out there.”

So will it be the Dolphins? Jets? Or someone else? Where ever Manning will stop, not even he knows.

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Pittsburgh Steelers Release Hines Ward: The Teams Reaction As Well As What Player May Be Next

Hines Ward as always been known as a Steeler, though come this 2012-13 NFL season he may be known as someone else.

Since being drafted in the third round of the 1998 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers, wide receiver Hines Ward has always been black-and-gold. Since 2001 when Ward had his first 1,000 yard season catching 94 balls for 1,003 yards and 4 touchdowns. Since 2001 when Ward went to his first Pro Bowl. Since 2006 when Ward went to his first Super Bowl, where he would not only win his first Super Bowl but his first Super Bowl M.V.P. Since 2009 when Ward won his second Super Bowl. Since it all, Ward has been through it all, through the ups and the downs, Hines Ward has seen it all, all as a Pittsburgh Steeler.

Though come Wednesday, February 29th Hines Ward would see something that he never saw coming, and that was a phone call from Steelers owner Dan Rooney saying that he was going to be released.

“We had a conversation today with Hines Ward and informed him that we plan to release him of his contract prior to the start of the 2012 NFL calendar year,” Rooney said. “Hines has been an integral part of our success since we drafted him in 1998, and we will forever be grateful for what he has helped us achieve.”

Ward was the Steelers all time leader in just about every notable receiving category for the teams franchise as he owns the career records for receptions, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns.

“This isn’t how I wanted this chapter of my career to end,” Ward said in a statement. “I did everything in my power to remain a Steeler and finish what I started here 14 years ago.”

Everything in his power, however according The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, who cited an unnamed source, reported that the Steelers didn’t approach Ward about taking a pay cut to remain on the team.

As for Ward’s teammates they feel the same pain.

“Hines is black-and-gold,” Roethlisberger told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “I see him and wonder what it’ll be like for me late in my career, things like that. It’s hard. Two of my favorite players growing up, Joe Montana and Jerry Rice, they’re still 49ers. Hines will always be a Steeler.”

Roethlisberger who began playing with Ward in 2004 after being taken with the 11th pick that year also told the newspaper that he left Ward a message on his cell phone “letting him know, ‘Thank you for everything.’ ”

Ward is coming off of a second career low season (only his rookie season was lower) as he only caught 46 passes for 381 yards and 2 touchdowns though despite being released he still has plans of playing.

“I do feel that I still have more football left in me and I am looking forward to playing in the NFL, again, this upcoming season,” Ward said.

“I gave my heart and soul for (the fans) every down and I will always bleed black and gold,” Ward said.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette also said that the Steelers may consider releasing long time great line backer, James Farrior as well.

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Randy Moss Comeback?


No happy birthday song was needed for free agent wide receiver Randy Moss as the only gift that he wanted on his birthday Monday was an NFL team to play on.

“I wanna play football,” Moss said on UStream on Monday morning. “Your boy is going to come back here and play some football, so I’m really excited. I had some things I had to adjust in my life.”

In 2010 Randy Moss had his worst season of his career as he bounced from team to team, playing with the New England Patriots for four games, then being acquired by the Minnesota Vikings, and then acquired by the Tennessee Titans where he remained there for the rest of the season. Moss caught just 28 passes that season for just 393 yards and five touchdowns.

Soon after the season ended Moss would retire to a career that many thought was over with 202 games, 954 receptions, 14,858 yards, 153 touchdowns, and many special moments.

However one year after sitting out, Randy Moss has decided to call it a come back and at age 35 as of Monday a lot of questions now come to the table.

Can Moss still play?

Will he be able to fit into a teams’ system?

Will his attitude get in the way?

All questions that were all answered by his former head colligate coach at Marshall, “It didn’t surprise me when he retired, and it doesn’t surprise me he wants to come back,” said Bob Pruett. “I think he can be a great player for whoever picks him up.”

Though that’s just one take and one opinion on Randy Moss and unfortunately for him, Pruett’s opinion doesn’t help him lock up a spot on an NFL roster.

However, I do too, have faith in the great Randy Moss that he can still play and as far as his attitude, I don’t see that as a concern either

“Faith, family, and football, that’s my M.O., bro,” Moss said. A “motto” that seems like a different Moss

Continuing with that, after listening to Moss’ comments about returning it seems, at least at the moment that he has changed as he seems wiser and more mature. Though is that enough to get him on an NFL roster? That I do not know.

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Should Even Bad Teams Rest Their Starters?

To play or not to play? That is the question.

Coming down to the last few remaining weeks in the NFL you start to see players on certain teams, usually the ones who have already clinched a playoff berth rest their players. But what about the teams that don’t have anything to play for as they already know that their not going to the playoffs, should they rest their players too?

It’s a question that certainly comes up as on Saturday, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson tore both his ACL and MCL against the Washington Redskins on Saturday. It was a meaningless game for both teams as all they really had to play for was draft order and pretty much nothing. So did it make sense to play Peterson? Well it did for fantasy football owners and maybe fans, but looking at it now as Peterson’s 2012-13 NFL season may be in jeopardy, playing him didn’t look like the right call.

Now this isn’t the first injury for Peterson this season as he already missed three weeks of the season with an ankle injury. Luckily for the Vikings they didn’t have anything to really play for as they were already out of playoff contention at the time. However back-up running back Toby Gehart filled in well for the superstar running back while he was out. Though, it didn’t really change the Vikings out come of their games as they still lost each one, however it showed them that in the occurrence of another Peterson injury they would be okay to run with Gehart as the lead back.

Unfortunately on Saturday the Vikings would get that other occurrence as Peterson would go down with a knee injury that would sooner be revealed as a torn ACL and a torn MCL. Gehart would rush for 109 yards off of 11 carries in the absence of Peterson and the Vikings would defeat the Redskins 33-26.

But the Vikings weren’t really thinking about a win as losing Peterson with an injury of this severity this late in the season, really hurts them. Now of course it doesn’t hurt them this season, but next season it’s going to.

Now reports have come out saying that Peterson looks like he’d be okay to return week one next year, however it’s not 100 percent as no one can determine that being so far away from the 2012-13 season. Though what they do know is, that training camp will mostly be Gehart taking the first string snaps as a timetable for this injury at least a couple months.

Though, other there has been other reports saying that Peterson may be placed on the PUP list to start next season which would put him out until at least week 6. So taking all of this into account, does it really make sense to play your players in a meaningless game?

In my opinion, it depends on the scenario. For instance if the player was already hurt that season or that player has a history of injuries, then no, you don’t play him. However if their healthy and playing good let them play.

Though on the flip side, each year come this time, there’s about 12 to 15 teams that are already out of the playoffs, and of those 12 to 15 teams about half of them are very bad to the point where they should rest their starters as they should test out the backups and the younger players to give them a chance. In doing that, maybe they find out that they have something hidden talent on their team which they could then go ahead and make a trade to bring in some new talent or stay put and keep them.

So looking at both of the scenarios, I say just let the players go out and play the game. That’s what they get paid to do, so play them. Yes you don’t want to put them at risk of missing anytime or the rest of the next season, but at the same time it’s there job and injuries come with the game and they new it from the time they signed up.

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Donovan McNabb Waived: Where Will He Land Next?

Now that Donovan McNabb has been waived, where will he land?

After signing with the Minnesota Vikings this off-season 35 year old Donovan McNabb was waived today as it was in the best interests of both McNabb and the Vikings coaching staff. Both parties felt that it wasn’t necessary for McNabb to sit the bench as after starting 1-5 for the Vikings he was pulled in week 6 and the rookie quarterback Christian Ponder replaced him and took over the starting quarterback duties.

Now despite having the worst season of his career (1,026 yards passing, 4 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions) since his rookie season McNabb still seemed like he had it. Though some would say that “no he doesn’t” and “he’s done” as after seeing the stats and the 1-5 record would make one think that. But you have to add in some factors as well; the lockout.

Due to the NFL Lockout and training camps and all of the other pre-season preparations being cut short was very valuable time lost for McNabb and any other player joining an organization. Because, not only did he lose preparation time, but he wasn’t able to learn the play book as fast, get connected with his teammates; get on point with his receivers, etc. So to see what McNabb did and how he played this season and taking in all of those factors you really have to give the 13 year veteran a pass on this one. Though why dwell on the past as what’s done is done.

Looking ahead to the future now there are some spots that McNabb could land and really be in use, starting with the Houston Texans. With quarterbacks Matt Schaub and Matt Leinart both out for the remainder of the season, McNabb would be a perfect fit. With wide receiver Andre Johnson and running back Arian Foster to take the pressure off of McNabb would be a perfect situation. Now even though he would have to learn the play book and get connected with his teammates in this situation it would be okay for him to jump right in.

Next up is the Jacksonville Jaguars, they remove quarterback David Garrard in the beginning of the season and put faith in Luke McCown and rookie quarterback Blaine Gabbert. Well fast forward to now at 3-8 the decision didn’t really work out and that’s the not even the beginning as did you guys not just fire your coach, but your owner sold the franchise…ouch. McNabb would be a good fit for this team, but there’s no chance that they’ll make any moves as this season is as done as Ryan Leafs career.

Last but certainly not least for now, the Chicago Bears. They suffered a tough break with quarterback Jay Cutler as he broke his thumb and will miss at least six weeks and possibly more as there have been reports of him to possibly miss the remainder of the season. So bringing in McNabb would really help as Caleb Hanie isn’t really what you want if you’re trying to make the playoffs and compete for a Super Bowl. Because, three interceptions and a 25-20 loss to the Oakland Raiders who struggled on offense with 18 of their 25 points coming from field goals just isn’t going to cut it. Now yes it was his first week of action so the Bears will cut him a break, but bet your bottom dollar that they’re keeping McNabb in the back of their mind.

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