National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Indianapolis Colts’ Owner Jim Irsay for six games and fined him $500,000 for his arrest back in March. Irsay admitted to a judge that he was under the influence on both hydrocodone and oxycodone. According to ESPN, he also had Xanax in his system as well when he was pulled over near his home.
While I congratulate Goodell for finally reaching a decision in the matter and actually being a bit harsh, the fine is laughable in my opinion. Much like the players who get fined and simply pull the money from the front pockets, Irsay will do the same. If General Managers, Team Presidents and owners are going to commit these types of actions (see the Lions and Broncos for example) then the way you actually get the point across is by hitting them with draft picks.
Most of the reaction on Irsay has been ‘ho-hum’ as expected. Again, I think it’s a great step forward for Goodell but if you really want to put a stop to this stuff then hit’em where it hurts then go after the draft picks because that’s when the fans will get involved too.
Welker Suspension Shouldn’t Surprise You
Late yesterday the NFL suspended Denver Broncos’ receiver Wes Welker for four games after a test for amphetamines came up positive. Welker is already out dealing with his third concussion since November. Welker attended a hearing several days ago in which he argued the sample was tainted but it was to no avail.
When the issue of marijuana use comes around, we are always told that we’d be surprised by the number of players who use the mostly illegal drug. What I believe to be just as prevalent is the use of these amphetamines. Normally taken for things like depression or Attention Deficit Hypertension Disorder (ADHD), the drug is banned by the NFL.
Players in the NFL have been looking for any advantage possible going back to the earliest days of the game. Using amphetamines and other drugs as a way to gain more focus, recover quicker and get stronger faster are as common as a Peyton Manning touchdown pass.
If I’m Wes Welker, I take this as a sign. With so many concussions in such short amounts of times, he needs to think about walking away from the game and perhaps this latest misstep is a sign from above.
Wisconsin Has Another Issue
If you saw the Wisconsin Badgers jump out to a 17-point lead that they carried into the second half Saturday night against LSU then you know they did it on the back of the offensive line and running back Melvin Gordon. QB Tanner McEvoy was making his first start at the position and while he made plays with his feet , he was just 8 of 24 for 50 yards and two interceptions.
The man he was replacing was last year’s starter Joel Stave and there were thoughts that maybe he would return to spark the Badgers’ passing game. That notion is now on the shelf along with Stave who is sidelined with a sore throwing shoulder. It’s been reported that it could be serious enough to keep him out all season. If that’s the case, the Badgers will have to ride with McEvoy which means the running game will have to carry the team.
Along with Nebraska, the Badgers are the favorites to win the Big Ten West but this injury clearly puts them in a tough spot for the remainder of the season.