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Barring an unlikely change of events, Christian Ponder and Andy Dalton will not be duplicating the careers of Brett Favre and Peyton Manning. You could say this about nearly every quarterback, but Ponder and Dalton are not looked at as top-tier quarterbacks, yet surprisingly have stats comparable to legendary quarterbacks Favre and Manning over the first three years of their careers.
It should be noted that Dalton actually has posted winning records and good stats in each of his first three years, but is generally looked at as the weak link on an otherwise loaded Cincinnati Bengals roster. Ponder, on the other hand, has more touchdown passes than interceptions, but has posted a career losing record of 14-20-1.
— SNF on NBC (@SNFonNBC) August 25, 2014
Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay has agreed to a plea deal that could have him facing a six-to-eight game suspension according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. On March 16, Irsay was pulled over and charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated and four counts of possession of a controlled substance. The case won’t be finalized until Tuesday so any league discipline won’t be issued until after the case has ended.
Via Pro Football Talk:
The question now becomes whether the NFL will hold Irsay to a higher standard by suspending him for a first-offense DUI. Players typically are fined two game checks for a first offense, absent serious injury or other discipline under the substance-abuse policy.
Adam Schefter of ESPN previously has reported that league insiders expect a six-to-eight game suspension for Irsay. Don’t be surprised if the suspension comes this week, before the Colts travel to Denver for the first Sunday night of the season.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will be watched closely during this process because of the heat he has already taken for previous suspensions he has imposed. It seems whatever decision Goodell decides – if he does, in fact, impose a suspension, will be criticized. Stay tuned…
Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers apparently has a strong dislike for his former point guard, Rajon Rondo. While Rivers had a very successful run as coach of the Boston Celtics, there was several reports of friction between the two. And it doesn’t stop there. Rondo had a beef with sharpshooter Ray Allen during their tenure together as well.
Which leads us to a behind the scenes segment of ESPN’s Around the Horn. During a break, Frank Isola and Jackie MacMullan were discussing potential trades for Rajon Rondo. When the suggesting of the Clippers came up, MacMullan flat-out said that Rivers doesn’t like Rondo and that he drives him nuts.
“He doesn’t like Rondo, remember that,” MacMullan said. “I mean, he’s done with Rondo. They went a good, long way together, but that guy — Rondo drives him nuts. And then (the Clippers have) Chris Paul anyway, they don’t need him.”
H/T: Pro Basketball Talk
Houston Rockets star guard James Harden is expecting big things from Kobe Bryant this year. Harden says that he knows Kobe has been putting in the work and expects the Los Angeles Lakers longtime star to be the same as when he was 20 years-old.
“We talk and he’s ready. He’s 20-year-old Kobe. It’s going to be a crazy environment.”
I highly doubt we’ll be seeing the 20 year-old Kobe, but would anyone be surprised if the Black Mamba didn’t put up a great comeback year? It will be interesting to see how Bryant has changed his game when the 2014-2015 NBA season kicks off. Bryant has an uphill battle ahead of him, but if he can resemble anything of his former self, the Lakers should be competitive.
Check out the video via The Post Game.