TORONTO - Gisele Bundchen is more than just a pretty face.
And, it has left the super-model wife of Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady, jitter-bugging through the cow-pies ever since.
Bundchen made a potty-mouthed reference about Brady’s receivers getting butter-fingered in the Super Bowl as she waited for an elevator after the game. “My husband can not (bleep ... ing) throw the ball and catch the ball at the same time. I can’t believe they dropped the ball so many times,”
Now, on the fashion runway that catty type of sniping might be acceptable, but in the more delicate world of professional football it’s just not fair game. So, the Giants’ Brandon Jacobs told reporters Bundchen should stick with what she knows best: Looking good.
“She just needs to continue to stay cute and shut up,” Jacobs told reporters.
And, if you felt the earth move, relax. It’s just Betty Friedan rolling over in her grave. Somewhere the National Organization for Women is pinning up a poster of Public Enemy No. 1, with Jacobs’ picture on it.
KAEPERNICK’S SAN FRANCISCO DREAMIN’
Colin Kaepernick was expected to move in next season as the No. 1 quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers.
But that was before Alex Smith became the biggest human reclamation project California has seen since politics discovered Ronald Reagan.
Kaepernick told reporters this week he still believes he will get a “fair shot” at taking the job from Alex Smith.
No word on whether Kaepernick also believes that a cow just jumped over the moon, or that John Wilkes Booth was misunderstood. Let’s just say he may be slightly deluded. There’s about as much chance of the second-round pick inheriting the job now as there is of the UFC going more than a week without hosting it’s one-and-only, until-the-next-time, best-ever, FIGHT (insert drum roll, dummy!) OF THE CENTURY.
Incumbent Alex Smith took the 49ers to the NFC Championship game this year and showed he could manage an effective offence. “We’re all in lockstep as an organization that Alex Smith is our guy,” said head coach Jim Harbaugh. “It’s well-documented. You saw the way he played this year. (He is a) tremendous leader on our football team.”
Smith not only has Harbaugh’s confidence, the two have become “best buds”.
They car-pooled to Pebble Beach Tuesday, then pairing during a five-hole shootout with members of the San Francisco Giants organization. At the annual Pro-Am event, Smith caddied for Harbaugh. Last Saturday, Smith was in Indianapolis to accept the “Coach of the Year” award on Harbaugh’s behalf.
LIFE’S NOT ALWAYS FAIR
Sometimes who you are matters more than what you are. Or, so it seems.
Redskins tight end Fred Davis was suspended four games for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy this season. Now the NFL Network reports that Davis will have the franchise tag put on him. That move would come with a guaranteed salary of about $5.5 million in 2012. He had his best season catching 59 passes for 796 yards.
Vincent Jackson is a two-time drunk driving miscreant and served a three-game suspension and will sign for multiple millions this off-season. He’s Pro Bowl material.
Meantime, just a few weeks ago, the Bears Sam Hurd was caught in a cocaine bust. He had the felon tag put on him. That would come with a guaranteed appearance in federal court.
He was cut.
Hurd was a part-timer, not having his best season and definitely not Pro Bowl material. But that was probably just a coincidence.
BEARS’ KNOX FEELS LUCKY
Chicago Bears’ receiver Johnny Knox might have to walk the sidelines rather than play football next season. That’s good news.
For a while Knox, who emerged as Chicago’s top receiver last season, wasn’t sure he’d even walk again.
Knox admitted to a fan on Twitter this week that he believed he might be paralyzed after an awkward collision cracked a facet joint in his spinal column.
Asked how close, Knox replied, “If (I) tell (you), (you) won’t be able to sleep.”
Knox had a vertebral fusion and will have to wear a back brace until March, and his timeline for recovery could be more than six months.
In a scary scene at Soldier Field, Knox had just caught a pass from Caleb Hanie when Seattle’s Kam Chancellor poked the ball out of his hands. As Knox made a diving attempt to retrieve it, he was hit by Anthony Hargrove and was bent backward. He stayed down for close to 10 minutes while medical teams strapped him to a stretcher.
Knox, who also posted a picture of the brace on his Twitter account, finished the season with 727 yards and two touchdowns, averaging 19.6 yards per catch, which ranked second best in the NFL.