TORONTO - There are certain things in life nobody needs to see; things that make your head hurt; things that coerce a cold shiver and foretell doom:
a) Things like having cops knocking on your door in the dark of night.
b) Things like finding the back end of a worm sticking out of your once-bitten apple.
c) Things like walking into a staff meeting late. Everybody is grinning. You’re thinking they must really love me ... then, getting passed a note that it might be advisable to close the lower lobby door when getting dressed. Also explains why the girl, laughing and winking, at the coffee shop counter said that if you wanted some sugar you could’ve just asked...
d) Things like having the coach say your job as an NFL quarterback is safe.
Colt McCoy may not have played kissy face with any worms or ended up zipless in Cleveland lately, but he just got The Stanton. In short, that’s where management says one thing; then does the opposite.
“They apologized profusely and said that this wasn’t their intent,” Stanton, who signed with the Jets, was promised the backup job, then was traded to the Colts after New York signed Tim Tebow, told an Indianapolis radio station Tuesday. “And I understand circumstances change and whatnot.” But he admits he “didn’t like the whole situation”.
McCoy’s “circumstances” change daily.
He has been getting the “they love me; they love me not” vibes from the Browns since the season ended. He watched the team make a play for Robert Griffin III. There were murmurs of Peyton Manning riding over the horizon, or Matt Flynn getting his job.
Then, McCoy got the worst news. General manager Tom Heckert said Monday the club was “fine” with him as their starter. Coach Pat Shurmur chimed in with: ”We’re looking forward to him being our guy ... we believe he has a chance to be a fine player in this league.”
In other words. He was doomed. Done. There was nothing closer to the Judas Kiss.
In McCoy’s case it took 24 hours before the Browns dropped “The Big But” ... on him. The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports the Browns are bringing Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill in for a pre-draft visit.
It’s a sign that while the club has talked about adding weapons to help McCoy, such as Alabama running back Trent Richardson and Oklahoma State receiver Justin Blackmon, they really aren’t convinced that McCoy (rather than Tannehill) should be their quarterback of the future.
If the Browns draft Richardson, McCoy’s life should be easier. Draft Tannehill, and they’re setting him up to become next year’s Kyle Orton.
Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin Tuesday denied reports president and owner Art Rooney II pushed him to fire offensive co-ordinator Bruce Arians and replace him with Todd Haley. “He did not . . . I hired Todd Haley as well ... Art Rooney owns the football team. He can do what he wants to do, but those directives did not happen.”
So, you can believe Mike. But this might be a good time to remember, when it comes to denials, a certain U.S. president once said sort of the same thing about a lady named Monica. Your choice.
It looks like linebacker Bart Scott is going to have to live with the New York Jets.
It’s a marriage of convenience.
Scott, according to his agent, was “frustrated” at his playing time. So the team gave him leeway to seek a trade.
“Bart is still a ferocious hitter. He brings that kind of intimidating presence,” said coach Rex Ryan.
Presence isn’t the only intimidating thing about Scott. There’s also a guaranteed $4.5 million in 2012. No other team is that interested in him. So, he and the Jets are stuck with each other.
D-DAY IN INDY
The Colts plan to bring Andrew Luck, but not Robert Griffin III, to Indianapolis for an individual workout. Indy owner Jim Irsay says the club hasn’t decided who to pick No. 1 and that the decision is “up in the air.” The Colts either are picking Luck No. 1 or this is the biggest hoax since Winston Churchill looked at the German lineup at the Pas de Calais and drafted up Operation Overlord.
The Giants play host to the Cowboys in the NFL season opener Wednesday, Sept. 5, on NBC. President Obama speaks at the Democratic National Convention Thursday so the game was moved up one day ... Dwight Freeney will stay with the club despite counting $19 million against the cap. “We expect him to be a major contributor and a guy who strikes fear in our opponents and those offensive linemen every week,” said GM Ryan Grigson ,,, Atlanta agreed to a one-year contract with centre Todd McClure. Until missing three games with a knee injury last year he had a club-record 144 consecutive starts ... Running back Kevin Smith, one of the few bright spots during Detroit’s dismal 0-16 season of 2008, wasn’t offered a contract last season. Injuries led the team to bring him back in November and in his second game he had 201 yards. Fate decreed him a Lion. Smith always believed he should be, and Tuesday management agreed, giving him a one-year deal in case Mikel Leshoure and Jahvid Best once again end up as collateral damage ... The Bengals are considering adding Terence Newman to their secondary. The Bengals think a reunion with defensive co-ordinator Mike Zimmer might get Newman to rediscover his effectiveness ... Rams signed receiver Steve Smith to a one-year contract. Hampered by injuries the past two seasons, he was one of the NFL’s top slot receivers in 2009 setting a Giants’ record with 107 catches ... Chad Ochocinco agreed to reduce his 2012 salary from $3 million to $1 million but, competing with Deion Branch, Matt Slater, Julian Edelman, Anthony Gonzalez and Donte’ Stallworth, he faces a battle to make this lineup ... Said Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti when asked if he still thinks about the AFC Championship Game: “Only mornings, afternoons and nights. Other than that, no.”
NO TV MEANS NO TV SHOW
When Atlanta Falcons’ star running back Michael Turner tells his kids “no TV” he really, really means it.
Turner settled a custody dispute with the mother of his two children when he agreed — among other things — not to allow them to become part of any reality TV show.
TMZ reports in addition to paying Rasheeda Walker $6,000 a month, Turner will get to see his new son, born in Sept. 2011, regularly during the off-season, and on his bye weeks during the season.
The website reported, citing court documents, that Turner and Walker agree “it is not in the best interest of either of the children to appear on any reality television show or program, absent mutual consent.”
It’s nice to see everyone playing so nice, especially considering Rasheeda and Turner’s current girl friend got into a golf club-wielding brawl last month in front of the NFL star’s Georgia mansion.
What is it with women, golf clubs ... and the men they love to hate? Just asking.