The state of Arizona deported Cardinals quarterback Matt Leinart to Mexico today in a blatant move to build support for its unpopular new illegal immigrant law.
And the move seems to be working.
"This new law is incredibly racist and un-American," said Luis Perez of Tucson. "I am a legal U.S. citizen and I have been stopped on the street and asked to produce identification. But, hey, that's something I'm okay with if it means Matt Leinart isn't our quarterback next year."
Arizona's new law attempts to crack down on the number of illegal immigrants living in the state, but it is likely unconstitutional and has been met with widespread public outrage. Leinart was born in California to American parents and has no Mexican heritage.
"Whatever," said Arizona Gov. Brewer. "All the people of Arizona know is that Matt Leinart is gone to Mexico and that it happened under my watch. My poll numbers are through the roof."
Leinart was reportedly pulled from his home in Glendale, Ariz., on Sunday night by Arizona state troopers, driven across the border into Mexico and dumped alongside the road.
"Don't never come back! You suck!" witnesses say they heard an officer yell. "You'll never be Kurt Warner!"
To which Leinart reportedly responded: "Chill, brah. Chill."
A spokesperson for the Arizona State Police say no such exchange ever took place.
"Mateo Leinart was taken across the border without incident," said the spokesperson. "Our officers found him asleep in his bed and surrounded by empty tequila bottles. Under the new law, we acted accordingly. Also, Matt Leinart has a career 70.8 quarterback rating over four seasons. With the receivers he's had to throw to?! I mean, is he kidding?! It's almost impossible to be that bad."
Leinart's agent, Mike Ornstein, says he is working to secure his client's return from Mexico.
"Unfortunately, that's looking very unlikely," said Ornstein. "The state of Arizona is very adamant that he never play quarterback for the Cardinals. Also, Matt says he is having a great time in Mexico. He just wants to make sure his checks keep clearing."
April 30, 2010 Column
Tweet of the Week
Tweet of the Week
From @shawnemerriman AKA Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman
Texas quarterback Colt McCoy hoped to go among the top picks in the NFL Draft, but he fell all the way to the 3rd round and the 85th pick overall where the Cleveland Browns selected him. Now he has vowed revenge on those who passed on him. Especially the Browns.
"I was initially plotting my revenge on the other 31 teams who didn't pick me, but that seemed unrealistic," said McCoy. "I mean, even if I end up starting for the Browns one day, I may never play all 31 teams in my career. So I thought I'd narrow my revenge."
So that fell to the Browns, who passed over McCoy once in the first round and then two more times in the second.
"Why should I do them any favors?" said McCoy. "They didn't want me three times. Most teams only didn't want me twice. If anything, I should be more bent on revenge against the Browns. And I am."
McCoy says he will do everything in his power to bring the Browns organization down from causing a distraction off the field to playing poorly on the field.
"If I can help it, the Browns will never win a game," said McCoy. "They'll wish they never passed on Colt McCoy three times."
But Browns head coach Eric Mangini says he isn't concerned.
"Big deal," he said. "I don't think we have a player on this roster who doesn't seem committed to making us lose. If he wants to catch our attention, he should play well."
No matter if you want to be an NFL draft pick like Dez Bryant or a retail clerk, you can't get a job without successfully getting through a job interview. So you need to know what kind of questions an interviewer will ask.
Here are the 10 most common questions that I ask in interviews.
And who am I, you ask? Only the general manager of the Miami Dolphins, routinely between the second and fourth-best team in the entire AFC East!
Washington Huskies quarterback Jake Locker, the presumed No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, will reportedly make himself available to scouts at 12 "games" this fall, both at Husky Stadium and at other venues throughout the West.
"This is a great way for Jake to sell himself to NFL teams," says NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock. "It will give scouts a much better look than the NFL combine or a single pro day does."
Locker's workouts will be held at game speed and against a full defense. Each workout will include four 15-minute sessions. The workout's organizers even plan to keep score.
"It will definitely generate attention," said draft analyst Todd McShay. "But I don't think anyone will care about all the scoreboard bells and whistles. They'll be looking more at stuff like footwork and how he works out of the pro set. I would caution him to only run plays out of NFL-style formations regardless of the situation and no matter what those around him suggest."
Six of Locker's workouts will be held in Seattle at Husky Stadium, while there will be one each in Provo, UT, Los Angeles, Tucson, Eugene, OR, Berkley, CA, and Pullman, OR.
"I can understand having workouts in Seattle, and near the Cardinals and Raiders they could all be potential NFL homes for him," said Mayock. "But the other locations are confusing. They are not NFL cities and he needs to make it easier for teams in the East to see him workout."
There has been some talk of Locker concluding his series of pre-draft activities with a high-profile workout in early January, but many are doubting that will happen.
"You don't want to get overexposed," says Mayock. "You can get to a point of diminishing returns. It's crazy enough the reports I'm hearing that he's going to allow these workout defenses to make contact with him. He needs to remember he has a future to worry about."
The Denver Broncos made Tim Tebow a surprise 25th pick of the 2010 NFL Draft. Tebow and head coach Josh McDaniels say they forged a memorable bond when they met for 15 minutes at the NFL Combine in February.
Below is Tebow's quote recalling that fated face-to-face.Just like his wordsafter Florida's loss to Ole Miss in 2008, they will be preserved forever. God bless.
The Denver Broncos provided the shock of the first round of the NFL Draft, using the 25th pick of the draft to select an inspirational mascot: Tim Tebow. It's the first time a team has taken a mascot in the history of the draft.
"I just want to work hard and be a role model," said Tebow. "I want to do whatever is asked of me and just show my passion for the game of football and for this team."
The San Diego Chicken himself couldn't have said it better. And Tebow will follow through.He is expected to sell tons of merchandise, get casual fans throughout the Rockies interested in the Broncos, and also appear at numerous charity and community events.
"We didn't think there were any guaranteed star players available at No. 25 so we decided to go this route," said Broncos team president Pat Bowlen. "It was either bring in Tebow or get a dance team. We decided Tebow was the best option. The insurance premiums on even a 10-girl dance team are pretty high. And most dance teams are 12 or 16 girls. Tim is just one mascot. And, who knows maybe we can teach him to dance, too."
But the Broncos think Tebow is more than just someone who fires up the fans they want him to make an impact on the field, too.
"I definitely think Tebow will help us on the field," said Broncos cornerback and team leader Champ Bailey. "Anything that get fans more into the game, gets them cheering louder that energy is passed down to us players. He can be like our new Barrel Man."
Head coach Josh McDaniels says he can't wait to get Tebow out on the field to see what he can do.
"I am so excited about this pick," he said. "Can you imagine it? Tebow dropping back to throw? That hilarious motion of his? Launching tee-shirts wildly into the crowd? It's going to be so awesome. And so funny. He will be an instant crowd favorite. Would I have liked a player who can come right in and play? Sure. But we play for the fans, and this pick is all for them."
The NFL Draft is tonight. Why not make it more of an event than just watching a bunch of guys have their names called?
Play NFL Draft BINGO! All the cool kids are doing it.
Here are the rules:
1. If you don't know how to play bingo, I'm not sure how you figured out how to access the Internet.