Suspended Green Bay Packers defensive tackle Johnny Jolly has been sentenced to six years in prison for violating probation.
Jolly was on probation for a drug charge and violated the terms of his probation when he was arrested in October for possession of the drug known as "purple drank". The arrest was Jolly's third drug related arrest in three years.
Judge Denise Bradley refused Jolly's tearful apology and plea for another chance and sentenced him to six years in prison.
Jolly, 28, played for the Packers in 2008 and 2009, he did not play for the Packers in their Super Bowl winning season last year. At the time of the sentencing, Jolly was indefinitely suspended by the NFL.
Talk about rubbing salt in the wounds, the Philadelphia Eagles' Michael Vick suffered two broken ribs during the Eagles loss to the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.
Andy Reid said on Monday that Vick had broken two of his lower ribs. He may have broken them early in the game when he was hit hard and was slow to get up. He sat out for a play two plays later. Reid also went on to say the injury may have caused Vick to be inaccurate.
Vick's status for next Sunday night's big game against the NFC East leading New York Giants is unknown at this time.
The Eagles have lost five games this season in which they have held a fourth quarter lead, including Sunday's loss. The Eagles now sit at 3-6 tied for last in the NFC East with the Washington Redskins and are three games back from the New York Giants.
The NFL's Week 10 is just about over (Okay it is over, Monday Night's game is going to be a stinker) and there are things to take away for it and things to learn. I will go over each game in short responses. So here we go.
Norv Turner's seat just went from hot to 5 alarm fire. The AFC West has become this year's NFC West.
Never count out Belichick and Brady. Jets continue to underachieve and Sanchez is still overrated.
PUNT THE BALL!
The Steelers' defense finally showed up and in the most opportune time. Could this be the end of the Bengals this season?
It always something for the Browns and note to Coach Shurmur: defenses do win championships, but you do need an offense as well.
Midnight just about struck for Fitzpatrick and the Bills. Cowboys surprisingly still alive.
Good news Colts fans, you have a bye next week. Just six more games, Colts.
Look like you can win with a quarterback who can't throw. Also, Kansas City seriously, with Denver's offensive strategy you still didn't predict they would run.
Congrats Miami, you won your first game at home in seven tries, now there is no way you get Andrew Luck now.
The Eagles once again prove my theory: The Eagles are HIGHLY OVERRATED. Andy Reid's seat is ingulfed in flames, but then again it is every year.
Houston has the best record in the AFC? Good for them. I still don't trust them.
Welcome back, Chris Johnson! Wherever have you been?
Will the real Seahawks or Ravens please stand up?
Don't look now, but here come the Bears, even without Cutler playing well.
The Niners are in fact for real and looks like Eli Manning can't win them all.
Well that's it for my brief synopsis of the week that was in the NFL. Next week has some big games, Cincinnati will prove if they are for real when they play the Ravens. The Eagles go into MetLife Stadium to try get back on track and beat the NFC East leading Giants and will the Chargers end there horrendous skid when they face he red hot Bears? Until next week, folks.
As many sports fans know, athletes, and simply sports itself, are superstitious. Don't step on the base line while going back to the dugout. Always keep your same number, even when traded, hold a candle while your team is in the playoffs (trust me it worked for the '04 Red Sox and the Patriots Super Bowl titles).
Fans already know about the big one, the Madden Cover Jinx, but another curse is older and just as big as the Madden Curse. The Sports Illustrated Cover Jinx.
The legend states that if an athlete or team appears on a cover of Sports Illustrated then they will have a bad outing or be cursed. The first instance of the Cover Jinx was in 1954 when the Braves Eddie Mathews became the first person to ever appear on an SI cover. Shortly after, the Braves snapped their nine game win streak and Mathews breaks his hand.
A common explanation for this curse is that whenever athletes or teams appear on a cover it is after a great achievement or performance. Future performances are likely to display the regression towards the mean and make the performance seem less than it really was.
Many athletes have appeared on the cover and didn't affect them one bit. Michael Jordan, for example, was on the cover a record 49 times and he still went on to win six NBA Finals. Emmitt Smith appeared on the cover, although he initially refused, before Super Bowl XXVIII. Dallas still won the Super Bowl.
However, the curse has reared its ugly head many times. In 1955, skiier Jill Kinmont almost died in a crash the same week she appeared on the cover. She became paralyzed from the waist down.
Indianapolis 500 winner Bob Sweikert dies three weeks after appearing on the cover in a sprint car crash in 1955. Driver Pat O'Connor dies four days after appearing on the cover in the Indianapolis 500. Figure skater Laurence Owen appeared on the cover after SI named her "America's Most Exciting Girl Skater". Two days later, she was on the plane that crashed and killed the United States Figure Skating team as they were en route to Prague.
Streaks have been broken too by SI's curse. An Oklahoma Sooner appeared on the cover with the headline "Why Oklahoma Is Unbeatable", the next game Oklahoma loses for the first time in 47 games to Notre Dame.
Texas high school pitcher Jon Peters was on the cover after he set the national high school record for wins. He was 51-0. Next game, he loses for the first and only time in his high school career.
The Texas Longhorns' Earl Campbell appeared on the cover after his Longhorns started the season 11-0. They would lose their next game, the Cotton Bowl, to Notre Dame.
The Kansas City Chiefs started of 9-0 in 2003 and was "rewarded" with a magazine cover. However, the Chiefs would go 4-3 to finish the season, lose home field to the Patriots, and lose the divisional playoff game to the Colts.
The Cover Jinx struck just over a week ago, oddly enough on Halloween, when Texas Rangers catcher Yorvit Torrealba appeared on the cover after the Rangers win Game 5 of the World Series. We all know how this story ends, the Rangers lose the Series in heartbreaking fashion.
Does the jinx exist? Only if you believe it does. It's easy to think that there's a curse, but look at all the other covers and nothing happened to all these people. It however there have been a lot of people and teams affected by this. So basically the curse is just what you make of it. That being said I still don't want my favorite player or team on the cover.
Albert Haynesworth have been claimed off waivers by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, according to sources.
The New England Patriots had put the much maligned defensive tackle on waivers yesterday. Teams had until 4PM today to claim Haynesworth.
Tampa Bay has a need for defensive lineman with Gerald McCoy out for the season with a torn bicep. The Bucs also signed former Buffalo Bill defensive tackle John McCargo.
Haynesworth was a non-factor for the Patriots defense this season only making three tackles in six games played.
Albert Haynesworth is on the market again. The New England Patriots waived the much maligned tackle Monday afternoon.
Haynesworth was benched for more than 20 minutes during the Patriots loss to the New York Giants on Sunday. Reports were stating that Haynesworth and Patriots defensive line coach Pepper Johnson got into a heated exchange during the game. The Patriots deny that was what caused them to waive Haynesworth.
New England acquired Haynesworth from the Washington Redskins for a fifth round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. Haynesworth only had three tackles in just six games with New England.
Teams have until 4PM tomorrow to claim Haynesworth.
An arrest warrant was issued for free agent wide receiver Terrell Owens after failing to show up for a court hearing regarding child support payments.
Owens tried to reschedule the October 24 hearing due to his televised workout for NFL teams. However, no teams attended Owens' workout.
According to a spokesperson, Owens is looking for a new attorney and was representing himself while trying to change the hearing date. Owens now has new attorneys and will deal with the issue of the warrant later in the week.
Owens is trying to modify his child support payments. The payments were based on his salary with the Dallas Cowboys when he was making $12 million in 2007.
Owens, 37, is trying to latch onto an NFL team after undergoing knee surgery earlier in the year. He last played for the Cincinnati Bengals in 2010, making 72 receptions for 983 yards and scoring nine touchdowns.
A third round pick by the 49ers out of Tennessee-Chattanooga, Owens has played for the 49ers, Eagles, Cowboys, Bills, and Bengals. He ranks sixth all-time in receptions with 1,078, second in receiving yards with 15,934, and tied for second, with Randy Moss, for touchdown receptions with 153.
Yale quarterback Patrick Witt is a talented, smart quarterback. He is on pace to break nearly every Yale passing record, he has a 3.91 GPA, and is a Rhodes Scholar finalist. He is living the good life right now. However, there is one problem.
His Rhodes Scholar interview falls on the same day as the annual "Big Game" versus vaunted rival Harvard.
Witt has said in the past that the game against Harvard means everything to him, but now he is faced with the biggest decision in his life. Do you give up an opportunity that many students dream of to play football? Witt has received some attention from NFL scouts and it is not uncommon for Ivy League players to play in the NFL, most notably Harvard grad and Buffalo Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick is succeeding on the field.
If you ask me, Witt needs to go to the Rhodes Scholarship interview. Needs to. An NFL career could end with a big hit or one wrong step, but many new doors could open up with a Rhodes Scholarship and he could always play football afterward, see Myron Rolle.
Lesson for you kids out there, academics before athletics.
New York Jets coach Rex Ryan will play a New England Patriots fan in an upcoming Adam Sandler movie.
Ryan plays a Patriots fan who is a lawyer that helps get Adam Sandler's character out of trouble. According to Sandler, Ryan plays the cheapest lawyer in town. Sandler, a Jets fan, had written the part before Rex Ryan was cast.
Apparently Ryan praises the work of Tom Brady and Bill Belichick in the movie. I'm also guessing, that he insults Rex Ryan in some way in a stupid and predictable tongue in cheek joke to the audience.
The movie is due out sometime in next summer and is expected to be critically panned, yet a big office hit. Also, the movie is expected to have Rob Schneider in some capacity.
Boston police are saying that New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman was arrested early Tuesday morning outside a Boston nightclub.
Police say Edelman was arrested outside a Boston nightclub and charged with indecent assault and battery. According to reports, Edelman is accused of groping a woman below the waist.
Edelman is scheduled to appear in Boston Munincipal Court later on Tuesday. Edelman was taken into custody and released on bail.
Edelman, former Kent State quarterback, has three receptions on the year for 25 yards and serves as the team's kickoff and punt returner.
The New England Patriots were not available for comment.