The line between pro sport and reality TV at times seems to be blurred.
The latest example comes courtesy of Miami Dolphins receiver Brandon Marshall, who will suit up in a prime time game Monday night when they take on the New York Jets.
In prepping for the game, youíd think members of the 0-4 Dolphins would have little to say but thatís not Marshallís style.
In the age of Ďlook at meí Marshall has vowed he will get booted out of the game.
ďI donít care if I have two, three cameras on me,Ē he told reporters. ďI donít care if I have penalties. It doesnít matter, Iím going to let it all out.
ďI donít care what you guys write or what the commentators say. Iím just going to play football. Thatís what Iím best at. Iím best when I play emotional. Iím best when I play with passion. You guys are going to see that on Monday Night Football. I donít know if itís throwing a football 15 yards in the bleachers, or getting a 15-yarder (penalty), or punting the ball and getting thrown out of the game. But something is going to happen. Iíll probably get kicked out after the second quarter.Ē
Marshall added that he wasnít just running his mouth, that he is serious.
ďIím not joking,Ē he said ďIím serious. They want to fine me, hit me with a $50,000 fine. Iím going to play. The quarter and a half Iím out there, Iím going to play like a monster. I might get into a fight with Bart Scott. (Antonio) Cromartie, we pretty much matured our relationship a little bit. We used to fight in Denver and San Diego. If that happens, it happens. Weíll see.Ē
And weíll be watching.
ELEVEN MILLION DOWN THE DRAIN?
Remember Carson Palmer?
Thereís no doubt that a lot of teams with quarterback issues do.
Palmer is the disgruntled Cincinnati quarterback who refused to report to the Bengals after his request to be traded fell on deaf ears.
With next Tuesday being the NFLís trade deadline, Bengals owner and president Mike Brown was asked if there was any change of plan, if the Browns would consider moving Palmer. The answer was negative.
ďI donít have anything more to say on that,Ē Brown said. ďIíve had my say on that, and it remains all there is to say.
If he isnít moved by Tuesday, the next opportunity to trade Palmer would not occur until the beginning of March. So it appears that Palmer will on the Bengalsí reserve/did not report list and in doing so he is forsaking $11 million.
In the interim, the Bengals have turned to rookie Andy Dalton and both the team and Dalton have been a bit of a surprise as the Bengals are 3-2 and in the mix in the AFC North.
ďI think heís our quarterback right now and heís doing very well,Ē Brown said of Dalton. ďIím pleased with how heís doing and think he can be the guy here.Ē
HALEY DODGES COMET
Rumours out of Kansas City suggest Todd Haley would have been the first head coach to be fired this season if his Chiefs had not rallied from a 17-point deficit to down the woeful Indianapolis Colts 28-24 last Sunday.
So thatís what it comes down to, lose against the 0-5 Colts and youíre out of here?
This rumour doesnít seem that far-fetched given how the Chiefs are the defending AFC West division champs and were blown out in back-to-back games by the Buffalo Bills (41-7) and then the Detroit Lions (48-3) to open the season.
They came close to upsetting the San Diego Chargers in Week 3 but a late drive ended with a Matt Cassel interception and a 20-17 loss.
Then came a victory over Minnesota followed by the game against the Colts.
Still, it appears that Haley is hanging on to his job by the thinnest of threads.
Now in the third year of a four-year contract, Haley guided the Chiefs to a 4-12 record in his first year and came back to lead them to their amazing 10-6 record last season.
The goal this campaign was to prove that 2010 was not a fluke but instead the team has looked flat and has taken several steps backwards.
A bye week is the prefect time for an owner to dump a coach and Haley appears to have weathered that particular storm.
When the Chiefs return to action a week Sunday they are on the road in Oakland, which is no picnic given the way the Raiders are playing. They then have three home games against San Diego, Miami and Denver.
If they donít show a winning record over that stretch, the rumours for Haley could become reality.
DENVERíS LLOYD ON THE BLOCK
The Brandon Lloyd sweepstakes are underway with the Denver Broncos pushing to trade the Pro Bowl receiver prior to Tuesdayís deadline.
The price for Lloyd, who led the NFL last season with 1,448 yards, is said to be anywhere from a third- to fifth-round draft pick. Among the teams that are said to be interested in the 30-year-old veteran receiver are the Carolina Panthers and Tennessee Titans.
The Titans are intriguing as they have lost their star receiver Kenny Britt for the season and the addition of Lloyd, who had 77 catches, 11 for touchdowns, last season would seem to be a good fit.
And at 3-2, the Titans are in a tie for first with the up-and-down Houston Texans in the AFC South. So the division title is up for grabs thanks to the neck surgery undergone by the Coltsí Peyton Manning.
A free agent next season, Lloyd is making just $1.395 million this season which is on the cheap side for a player of his ability.
The Broncos, meanwhile, have two younger receivers about to return from injuries including Demaryius Thomas, who was a first-round pick in 2010.
The Broncos are also about to embark on the Tim Tebow era which would seem to suggest they will become more run-oriented
This season, Lloyd has 19 receptions for a team-high 283 yards and no touchdowns.
If heís going to be dealt, the move should come following this weekendís action.
Lloyd should start packing his bags.