By Marc Lawrence – The most disgusting thing I saw this week was the Dallas Cowboys signing of DE Aldon Smith to a contract. Leave it to Jerry Jones to sign a checkered player that has not played in the league since 2015. Smith’s first incident came when he was arrested in 2013 for a DUI. In 2014 he was suspended for 9 games for violating the league substance abuse policy. In 2015 Smith was released by the 49ers after being arrested on a hit-and-run, DUI and vandalism charges. He signed with the Raiders a month later but was suspended for a year for once again violating the league’s substance policy. He then signed a two-year deal with Oakland in 2016 but they released him in 2018 after being arrested on a number of charges, including domestic violence, assault, and false imprisonment. He was re-signed and released by the Raiders in 2018. To top it off the Cowboys could also see the return this season of DE Randy Gregory, suspended (again) by the league in 2019. Gregory, whose rap sheet is almost as long as Smith’s, has played just 16 games in the league since his rookie season on 2015. Nice job, Jerry. It must run in the blood.
Forbes SportsMoney reports that while it would be ideal to have college football teams and conferences kick off their seasons at the same time and play the same number of games, things are currently far removed from ideal. Hence, uniformity could be out the window when the college football season (hopefully) gets underway. It wouldn’t be the first time. On account of World War II, and not a global pandemic, the 1943 season was one of staggered starts and conference standings that appeared rather uneven. Seventy-seven years later, with preseason camps scheduled to get underway in less than three months, the discussion of whether students will be able to return to campus for the fall semester is one that has been heating up as summer nears. For more on how all this could happen click here.
Grinding Out The Profits
From the 2020 PLAYBOOK Football Preview Guide magazine: UNCHARTERED WATERS: It’s not often you’ll find an NFL team win 10 games despite averaging less than 20 points per game. Yet, the Bills became just the seventh NFL team to do so last season since 2005. But then again Buffalo has averaged only 18.1 points per game in three seasons under Sean McDermott while failing to crack the 20-point barrier each year.