NFL for (two) dummies

MIKE GANTER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:47 PM ET

Talk about poor timing.

Or should we call it moronic behaviour at the worst possible time.

Georgia linebacker Justin Houston and Iowa defensive lineman Christian Ballard decided some time just prior to the biggest job interviews of their lives that it would be alright to spark up a joint.

Now, two days before teams determine their NFL fate, word leaks out via FOX Sport’s Jay Glazer that the two actually failed drug tests at the NFL Combine, putting their draft stock in jeopardy.

Testing positive for marijuana just when teams are trying to get a read on what type of employee you will be is downright stupid.

Houston was ranked a late first- or early second-round pick in the draft. Ballard was a second- or third-round ranked guy.

Whether they still are or have dropped from that standing only the teams know.

What we know is it’s never a good idea to give a future employer a reason not to like you and these two did just that.

OWNER SUES CRITIC

Daniel Snyder is determined if nothing else.

With a whole pile of ill will already out there and plenty more building, Snyder, the unpopular owner of the Washington Redskins is forging ahead with a lawsuit against a local Washington newspaper and one of its writers.

Snyder initially filed the suit in New York and then re-filed in Washington earlier this week.

It all stems from a piece written by Dave McKenna entitled “The Cranky Redskins Fan Guide to Dan Snyder.”

The piece was a cover article and accompanied by a picture of Snyder with devil’s horns and a devil’s face drawn onto him.

Snyder claims there are factual inaccuracies in the piece and he wants a retraction and apology if the paper wants him to drop the suit. The newspaper, Washington City Paper, is standing by its writer.

On Tuesday, an op-ed piece penned by Snyder appeared in the Washington Post explaining the reasons he was going ahead with the lawsuit.

All it served to do was rally the anti-Snyder campaign.

The courts will ultimately decide the merits of the lawsuit, but in the court of public opinion, Synder has already lost.

Even local radio station ESPN 980 which is owned by Red Zebra, a Dan Snyder company, isn’t siding with the Skins owner.

Granted the comments were all masked in “Please Mr Synder, don’t fire me for saying this” but the gist of the comments from a three-person panel on the Tony Kornheiser Show was that none of them would have proceeded with this lawsuit, including Kornheiser.

NFL DRAFT NOTES

Canada’s own Danny Watkins isn’t going to the draft alone. The former West Kelowna, B.C., fireman has invited the Kelowna fire chief and the four station captains in addition to one of the fire fighters to New York for the draft. The group will visit Ground Zero and various firehouses before the start of the draft Thursday night. Watkins, an offensive guard out of Baylor who turns 27 in November is late to the game of football but making up for lost time. He could go as early as the 17th pick to New England ... NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock is predicting Jake Locker will be the third quarterback off the board while Jason La Canfora of the same network is going way out on a limb and suggesting Tennessee Titans will take TCU pivot Andy Dalton with the eighth pick in the draft ... Da’Quan Bowers’ stock continues to fall with concerns over his knee. Bowers, who was at one point considered a very high pick had his torn right meniscus operated on in January. He attended the Combine but did not participate in the drills and then pushed his own pro day back almost a full month. Even then the workout was said to be less than impressive ... Turns out Bill Parcells’ draft strategy has always been to keep his ears open. Parcells, in an interview on ESPN radio, suggested he got a lot of information just listening to gossipy scouts at the various pro days and workouts he attended. Learning who his competition was high on was a huge benefit in Parcells’ draft strategy ... TCU offensive tackle Marcus Cannon has much bigger concerns than where he will go in the draft. According to the National Football Post, Cannon has been diagnosed with a treatable form of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma that will require four treatments of chemotherapy. All 32 teams have been informed of the findings along with the information that as long as there are no setbacks the cancer should be in remission by the time an NFL player would normally arrive for training camp. Cannon has been listed as a possible late first rounder on some boards.


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