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Will the Colts Get Luck-y?

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Fireman Mike at theherdsword.com

Andrew About To Get Lucky

Standing six-foot-four, weighing 234 lbs., and a handspan of 10″, the man is a tough Quarterback to knockdown.  The way he moves in the pocket reminds this journalist of a later-career Brett Favre.  The calmness in spite of the blitz, the completions he makes before the hits, there’s no argument that he is one of the most coveted QBs this year.

One could argue that the Heisman winner this year, Robert Griffin III (or more commonly refered to as RG3), has a better game, and no team could do wrong with him, but let’s face it; only eight people to receive the prestigious award have ever made it to the Football Hall of Fame, and only six have ever been named MVP.  For such awesome honor, it really is its nickname: The Kiss of Death.

The statistics aside, should we really put so much stock into a system where the winner isn’t evaluated by skill alone?  I can hear the protests already, so let me explain my meaning.  In 2005, Reggie Bush won the Heisman Trophy.  Yet, when you look up the winner for the Heisman that year, you won’t find one.  Even though the Heisman Trophy Trust never made an actual ruling, Reggie Bush made an official announcement to return his Trophy.  Why?  The official reasoning consisted of an investigation by the NCAA.  It was claimed that Bush and his family recieved over $290,000 in gifted money, which went against the rules of the NCAA.  Let me repeat that, so the hugeness of the late situation can sink in further.

Reggie Bush received $290,000 in gifts, including a limo ride to the Heisman Trophy Award presentation for his family, nice clothes for the ceremony they otherwise couldn’t afford, along with lodgings and other such expenses, which were expected to be paid back (and allegedly were, according to the person who allegedly handed it out).   If these “gifts” were improper according to NCAA (which not only tarnished the reputation of this brilliant player, but banned USC from playing two seasons, vacating scholarships for three years and forcing them to permanently disassociate themselves from Bush [which is impossible by the way]) why is it that the Heisman Trophy Trust never officially asked Bush to give the trophy back?

It makes no sense that talent is rated, voted upon, then not acknowledged.   So the most talented man in 2005, a Super Bowl winner in 2008, and the man on everyone’s tongues last year couldn’t keep his trophy over… money?  That doesn’t sound fair, and the NCAA should be ashamed.  They may have rules about a player and his family receiving money, but if someone makes a deal with someone, or gives someone a gift, why should they turn it down?  Even Vince Young said Reggie Bush deserved that trophy, but Bush let it go, beacuse he understands the thing isn’t all that important.  What is important is the heart, and talent, of the player.

That taken into account, Robert Griffin III is a phenomenal player.  He’s not exactly what the Colts want though.  After their last season, I’m sure the Colts want to bury their head in the terf and call it a year, instead, they’re going rise up and lay claim to Andrew Luck (if they know what’s good for the team anyway), leaving Griffin available for the Redskins, who need all the help they can get.  This leaves one unanswered question: What will happen to Peyton Manning?

Sure, the Broncos welcomed him to the family three weeks ago, that much is clear.  They say he’s ready to start, and he’s just as strong as he used to be.   Their preseason games, however, don’t look promising, and no one will know whether Peyton can avoid injury long enough to play through the season.  This journalist would love to see Manning take the field and dominate the season and make it to Playoffs.  The absence of Peyton Manning was felt, though there was a distraction: his brother, Eli, who fought his way to Super Bowl glory, recreating an unthinkable rematch against the Patriots.  Perhaps this year, we’ll get to see more of Peyton.  Time will only tell if Denver got lucky or not, but the word on the street is the Colts will definitely get Luck.

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Raiders’ Antonio Brown Threatens ESPN’s Ryan Clark

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Oakland Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown doesn’t appreciate the constant comments made by former Steelers teammate and current ESPN analyst Ryan Clark, and is threatening to handle it physically should he sees him.

Brown made his threat public, directed towards Clark on Twitter.

Brown is no stranger to making threats, and stirring up drama, especially on social media, and FOX Sports host Skip Bayless added his own hot take to the fire.

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Chiefs’ Tyreek Hill Not Facing Child Abuse Charges

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Kansas City Chiefs star wide receiver Tyreek Hill, or his fiancee will not face charges, as the Johnson County (Kansas) District Attorney’s office has declined charges against the pair, according to ESPN.

However, there is a wrinkle as District Attorney Stephen M. Howe said that although he believes that a crime occurred, the evidence in the case doesn’t clearly establish who committed the crime.

Back on March 14th, Overland Park, Kansas officers were called to Hill’s home to investigate an alleged battery in which a juvenile was a victim, police reports indicated.

While Hill was not listed in the report, his fiancee Crystal Espinal was listed under “others involved.”

The Kansas Department of Children and Families has been investigating the alleged battery.

“This office has reviewed all the evidence compiled by these agencies and has declined to file charges against Tyreek Hill and Crystal Espinal,” Howe said on Wednesday during a news conference.

“We are deeply troubled by this situation and are concerned about the health and welfare of the child in question. We believe a crime has occurred. However, the evidence in this case does not conclusively establish who committed this crime.”

This wasn’t the first incident involving the Hill residence as officers were called to the home on March 5th to investigate a report of child abuse or neglect.

In that situation, Hill was named on the police report, but the Overland Park police closed the case three days later when prosecution was declined.

Hill could still face discipline from the NFL, such as a fine and/or suspension.

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Broncos’ Von Miller Avoids Charges for Bloody Shark Photo on Instagram

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Denver Broncos superstar linebacker Von Miller will not face charges for catching and posing with a bloody hammerhead shark back in 2018, according to documents from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (h/t Deadspin).

Miller came under fire for a controversial photo posted on his Instagram story last year showing him with the bloody shark.

According to Florida Law, catching and releasing in this particular scenario would be fine, as long as the shark was “immediately returned to the water free, alive, and unharmed.”

Per TMZ Sports, Miller and the group pushed the shark back overboard after catching it, and the compilation of Miller’s Instagram story shows that process as well as the shark swimming away.

Despite that, and as Deadspin’s story points out, the picture doesn’t exactly 100% convince that the shark was “unharmed”.

According to USA Today, the boat Miller was on was called ‘Spellbound’ and the owner and operator of the boat were not as fortunate as Miller in regards to the investigation.

“Owner and operator were charged under the Magnuson-Stevens Act for fishing for sharks without the proper permit and for failure to release a shark in the manner that will ensure maximum probability of survival. A $2,000 NOVA was issued.”

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission classifies hammerhead sharks as a Group 3 shark, and harvesting them in state waters can be met with a second degree misdemeanor.

In the state of Florida, second-degree misdemeanors are punishable by up to a $500 fine and 60 days in jail, as determined by a judge.

Miller defended himself following the post, claiming that the shark didn’t die; “Everybody knows that I hunt and fish. It’s what I do” Miller said (h/t ESPN).

“But I also believe in conservation. I’m not just out there going crazy. We followed the rules. I did everything I was supposed to do.”

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