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The Big Hits 09.24.08

September 24, 2008 Comments off

+ Matt Millen, resigned, fired, whatever, he’s gone from the Lions. Performance-wise, I don’t know when I’ve seen a fellow keep his job that long with that little to show. There is joy.

+ Donovan McNabb and the Eagles are looking real good. It’s good to see his big arm let loose.

+ The Jets were… confused on Monday, and now:

You know the confusion is bad among the Jets when even the day after their Monday night thumping by San Diego, there was still confusion about exactly what the confusion was.

Clearing that up might be a nice starting point when the Jets drag themselves back to work this morning. Does Brett Favre really know the playbook after six weeks or doesn’t he? Was that second first-half interception that San Diego plucked away to set up another Chargers touchdown Favre’s fault, as Favre said it was, or was wideout Jerricho Cotchery right to insist he was to blame? If everyone was telling the truth afterward – they’re all to blame – shouldn’t the Jets be worried about, well . . . everyone after their 48-29 smackdown?

Why was the Jets’ defense shredded so completely, too? Why was the secondary so badly out of position? Did Favre take such a beating because the Chargers’ rushers knew the trailing Jets had to pass? Or was the Jets’ rebuilt offensive line also struggling to read the pass rush in addition to not opening holes for running back Thomas Jones? Jones is fast becoming a tree-falling-in-the-forest question: Would Jones find the holes if the line made them?…

The Jets were badly discombobulated on both sides of the ball. Then they seemed powerless to stop it. Mangini harped yesterday about the Jets’ four turnovers. But the Jets often seemed outfoxed, not just outplayed. The Jets haven’t gotten better with more time together. They have gone from narrowly winning their season opener against Miami to missing a golden chance at home to beat a shellshocked New England that just lost Tom Brady to getting smacked in the mouth again and again Monday by the Chargers.

Some of that has to be coaching.

+ Favre injured his ankle but is still good to go this coming Sunday against Arizona.Brady Quinn shirtless

+ Since Derek Anderson is sucking for the Browns… Brady Quinn might get a look. At least it’ll bring the ladies back to the TV screen. Hell, with Tom Brady out, the NFL needs a new poster boy… and as a bonus, the new Brady loves to take pictures with his shirt off. Win win all around!

+ Plaxico Burress didn’t show up for work on Monday or Tuesday… and is suspended for the game after the bye week.

+ The Steelers are starting Rashard Mendenhall (Willie Parker is out with an injury)! Hells yeah.

+ Lane Kiffin is… still a Raiders coach. Syracuse fans want to see him go to the ‘Cuse and relieve Greg Robinson of his coaching duties. I mean they REALLY want the Kiffin. Keep an eye on the Has Lane Kiffin Been Fired Watch.

Trent Green will start in the place of benched Marc Bulger. The St. Louis columnists smell a scapegoat (I like the phrase “complete system failure”), and worry about concussion-prone Trent Green’s cranium. The times are desperate and the seat is hot, Mr. Linehan.

+ The Chiefs are leaning toward starting Damon Huard. This week. Not even joking on that:

Edwards also said the Chiefs could go week-to-week on their starting quarterback from now until Brodie Croyle returns, which isn’t likely to happen until Week 7…

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Second Chance for Pierre Pierce

September 24, 2008 Comments off

Proving you can always get a second chance… former Iowa Hawkeye basketball player Pierre Pierce won his appeal to “complete his probation” in France, where he has a contract to play professional basketball. The Attorney General of Iowa took it to the state Supreme Court to no avail.

I’m a proponent of guys getting back on their feet after a crime, earning a living in whatever they can, and in this case, at a sport that Pierce has always been regarded as excellent in. While the claim is that there are few restrictions dealing with probation, I’m not sure how Pierre Piercesupervision will be maintained in France. Will he have to check in with the US Embassy? Is there an embassy in Toulon, where Pierce will play for Hayes Toulon with Drew Lavender and others? (the embassy is in Paris.) It’s one thing to complete your sentence… but Pierce was arrested for violating his probation by going to an NBA Developmental League tryout in Vegas, and partying on the side. I guess what happened didn’t stay in Vegas.

As for Pierre Pierce’s transgressions… well, there was the arrest in 2002, where he was charged with sexual assault causing injury and pled guilty to a lesser charge (claiming “inappropriate conduct with a fellow student”) that allowed him to remain with the basketball team. And in 2005, he was sentenced to two years for assault, and one year (concurrent) for false imprisonment and criminal mischief. he also had his sentence suspended for the burglary charge. He did 11 months with time off for good behavior.

If you want to read what he did (and please ignore the bolded misspellings in Pierce’s quoted email, many people can’t spell to save their lives), the search warrant is here, including how Pierce had a domestic dispute, came back the next night, and after the cops came the second time, assaulted his ex-girlfriend, tried to restrain her, and after she got away, trashed her apartment and stole her laptop.

And then, of course, apologized, as any recurring abuser does.

Henry Abbott of True Hoop has kept up with Pierce at summer league and asks a lot of good questions about redemption, and more recently last January, where Pierce says:

Everything in my life is basketball-related. I keep my body right with Pilates once a week, yoga once a week. I’m in contact with my probation officer every two weeks.

I have been seeing a psychiatrist once a week since May, sometimes two times a week. The psychiatrist helps, definitely. We read all kinds of different books, talk about past mistakes, and relate it to my everyday life. It helps me….

I made mistakes. I served time for that. And I learned from the mistakes I have made. Now I’m a better decision maker. I work on anger management, relationship coping skills … all things I wasn’t aware of before. It’s a lifelong experience for me.

I take a very low view of sexual assault; I think it’s an area where the law doesn’t punish hard enough in cases where one party is clearly assaulting the other. There is no cause for holding someone down and for making violent threats. And twice? That is a lot of anger that Pierce has to work through. Can someone clear their impulses and learn to react to their relationships in a different way? But moreover, is a chance at a successful professional career extraordinary enough for a man to move his probation out of the country? Especially when he violated parole before?