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Commish Condi Update
Well, Condi Rice has pulled her name from consideration for the NFL Commissioner job. I wouldn't write her off completely, though. And just remember, if it does happen, you heard it here first.

Posted by Jason Thornbury at 3/22/2006 11:03:00 AM
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4.5 more years in prison to watch the Super Bowl
After Tank Carter, the brother of Steelers safety Tyrone Carter skipped reporting to prison to serve a six month sentence for driving with a revoked license, instead going to watch his brother in the Super Bowl, he had his sentence extended to five years. "Even knowing what I know now, I would do it again," Tank said. "It was the greatest game in my life." Astonishingly, his brother backed him up publicly, saying "I would have done the same thing," and that winning the Super Bowl meant "we finally made it together."

It's too bad they can't celebrate together. Watching one sporting event costs you 4.5 years of your life. And Tyrone says he would have done the same thing! If he would have done the same thing, maybe he should serve half of the five-year sentence for his brother, I'm sure he'd really be up for that...

Posted by Bret Cohen at 3/22/2006 9:37:00 AM

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John Abraham
The Jets, in my opinion, just gave away Abraham with the pick they received not nearly enough compensation for him. Say what you want about the drunk-driving arrest and his injury history - and yes, I was upset when he sat out the end of the regular season and playoff game against Oakland two years ago - but he still was at times, a dominant pass-rushing end who had 53.5 sacks in his six seasons in New York. To get just the 29th selection in the draft and think you made a great deal is ridiculous. The Jets originally asked for Atlanta's 15th pick and were told no way, then wanted Matt Schaub and a second-rounder and were rebuffed, and because they moved up from Seattle's offer of the 31st pick to Denver's 29th, that is a great deal? When Abraham and Shawn Ellis were right, the team had bookend pass rushers that created havoc, now, their defense is a shell of what is was two years ago, partially because of the loss of Jason Ferguson, since Jonathan Vilma has to engage blockers and has no one to set him free to roam. How the heck do they plan on stopping Tom Brady and Daunte Culpepper with no rush? I hope Mangini and Tannenbaum know what they are doing, but the only thing green about Gang Green, is the way this team is making me feel.

Posted by Jan at 3/22/2006 6:50:00 AM
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Hutch the Vike
The various twists and turns of Steve Hutchinson's contract situation were certainly interesting from sports business point of view. But here's the thing that is inescapable: Hutchinson really really wanted to leave the Seahawks. Why is a larger question that remains unanswered. But I think it's obvious he wanted no part of the Seahawks anymore.

The provision that he be the highest paid lineman on the team or that his whole contract be guaranteed made it impossible for the Seahawks to re-sign him. The Seahawks went so far as to re-work Walter Jones' contract, making Hutch the highest paid lineman. But that wasn't enough. Hutchinson had to be the highest paid lineman at the very moment he signed Minnesota's offer sheet, which an arbitrator confirmed in Monday's hearing.

Hutchinson knew the day he signed the offer he wasn't the Seahawks top paid OL. So, he knew his only chance of staying with Seattle was if the Seahawks guaranteed the totality of this contract. And he had to know no one in their right mind would guarantee $49 million to a guard.

So, in essence he called checkmate on the Seahawks before they ever made a move. Why? Maybe he was upset with the Seahawks initial offer of $5.8 million per year. Seems a little drastic, though, to leave a Super Bowl contending team just to make a point when you knew it would match virtually any offer received in free agency.

Posted by Jason Thornbury at 3/21/2006 11:35:00 AM

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Goodbye Tags...Hello Condi
Tagliabue says he's retiring in July. Various NFL insiders are mentioned as possible replacements. Here's a dark horse: Condoleeza Rice.

NFL Commissioner is her "dream job." She is known in NFL circles because of her "relationship" with Gene Washington, NFL Chief of Football Operations, and Tagliabue invited her to watch this year's Super Bowl from the Commissioner's box.

Bet on it.

Posted by Jason Thornbury at 3/20/2006 11:10:00 AM

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