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Old 04-23-2006, 10:51 AM   #16
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they're the defending division champs, have filled every single weak spot on their team... and because of their incredibly tough schedule & the improvements made by dallas, probably won't be the favorites to win their own divison.

before this move i had 'em behind the redskins, too... but this pushes them past washington... setting up a dallas vs. new york showdown for the NFC East, and maybe the entire NFC

just like old times
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The NFC East is going to be a dogfight. While they won't be the team they once were, the Eagles should certainly be better than they were last year.
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the eagles would probably be a playoff team in most other divisions, and they just might be the worst team in the NFC East.
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Surpised no one picked up on this....Reggie Bush and family....

Yahoo! Sports report: Reggie Bush's family home
By Charles Robinson, Yahoo! Sports
April 23, 2006

Charles Robinson
Yahoo! Sports Exclusive
SPRING VALLEY, Calif. – In this sprawling hilltop community with a breathtaking view of Sweetwater Lake, it was no secret who lived in the 3,000-square-foot house at the corner of Apple Street and Luther Avenue.

That home, residents would tell you, was where Reggie Bush's family lived.

That is, until this weekend, when the family abruptly packed up and vacated the residence – less than 24 hours after Yahoo! Sports approached Bush's mother about information linking the property to Michael Michaels, a man who is alleged to have tried to play a role in steering Bush toward an agent and who also has ties to a sports marketing company.

Days before Bush is expected to be the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft, unanswered questions about the residence and how his mother, stepfather and brother came to live in it within the last year have prompted the University of Southern California to refer the matter to the Pacific-10 Conference for an investigation.

NCAA statutes prohibit student-athletes or their families from receiving extra benefits from professional sports agents, marketing companies or their representatives. A breach of these statutes could result in an athlete being ruled ineligible, and games in which they played could be forfeited.

USC finished 12-1 last season, its 35-game winning streak and national championship bid both ending with a loss in the Rose Bowl to Texas. Bush, a junior running back, won the Heisman Trophy and elected to skip his senior season and turn pro in January.

In response to reporters' questions about the matter late last week, USC athletic department officials said they would look into it.

"Rather than jumping to conclusions, we need to determine the facts before commenting on this report," Trojans athletic director Mike Garrett said in a statement released by the school on Friday. "We have asked the Pac-10 to look into this."

State records show the Apple Street home was built in late 2004 and early 2005, then purchased by Michaels on March 29, 2005 for $757,500. Around that time, neighbors say Bush's family moved in. Whether they had visited the house while it was being built is unknown, but there is an inscription in one of the cement slabs in the driveway reading "The Griffins '05."

Michaels is the only person who has been listed on the deed to the home.

Bush's mother, Denise Griffin, was approached in the driveway of the house on Thursday, but declined to comment.

"I have absolutely nothing to say," Griffin said when asked about ownership of the property, which is where Bush's mother, stepfather LaMar and brother Jovan lived during USC's 2005 season.

Before moving to the house on Apple Lane, Bush's family was listed as living in an apartment elsewhere in Spring Valley, a community located about 13 miles east of San Diego.

At some point after Bush's family moved into the residence, Michaels and an associate named Lloyd Lake are said to have contacted San Diego-based sports agent David Caravantes and offered to facilitate Bush's recruitment. A source with intimate knowledge of the meeting said it took place during the 2005 college football season and that Michaels was looking for a local agent to handle the contract negotiations for players he intended to sign to his marketing firm.

Michaels and Lake told Caravantes they were planning to start a sports marketing agency with Bush as their anchor client. It was also during this meeting that Michaels and Lake mentioned the potential name of the agency: New Era Sports & Entertainment.

The pitch to Caravantes was said to have been simple: He would be Bush's agent and Michaels' marketing creation would handle the promotion of the USC star. At some point after pitching this idea, Michaels informed Caravantes that Bush's family was living in a home Michaels owned. Caravantes isn't believed to have met with Bush and was never considered to be in the mix before the USC star hired Reebok adviser Mike Ornstein and agent Joel Segal of Worldwide Football Inc. as his representatives.

Repeated attempts to reach Segal and Bush were unsuccessful.

While it's unclear what official role Michaels played in New Era Sports, indications are that the company barely got off the ground – if at all. According to corporation filings in California, paperwork for New Era Sports & Entertainment was drawn up on Nov. 23, 2005, and records list the business address in Los Angeles under an attorney named Phillip M. Smith Jr.

Contacted late last week, Smith Jr. refused to talk about New Era Sports – even declining to give public details such as a phone number for the company, where the New Era offices were located or who was serving as the company's current president or manager.

Asked why he wouldn't provide such information, Smith ended the brief telephone conversation, saying, "That's really not an issue that I want to deal with." He has failed to return multiple follow-up messages left at his office.

Further attempts to identify New Era produced a single web page with a company logo (http://newerasports.tv/) that contains no active links to indicate where New Era is located, what services are provided or how the company could be contacted. Searches also produced the internet blogs of three self-proclaimed employees of New Era Sports. One such blog included the company logo of New Era and pictures of several NFL players. That blog was taken down shortly after Yahoo! Sports obtained a hard-copy of the page.

Contacted about his alleged meeting with Michaels, Caravantes declined to comment.

Michaels – who is a member of the Sycuan Indian Tribe and works as a business development officer for the tribe's development corporation – failed to return multiple phone calls and was unavailable when Yahoo! Sports visited his home on three occasions this weekend.

The Sycuan tribe, which owns a casino and resort and is engaged in a number of business enterprises in the San Diego area, denied any knowledge of Michaels' relationship with the Bush family.

"The tribe is not aware of his involvement," said spokesman Adam Day, who had been approved to speak for the Sycuan's tribal government. "Any involvement that he has in this situation is his personal involvement. It has no connection or correlation to the tribe, its businesses or Mike's employment by the tribal development corporation.

"What tribal members do on their own time is their own business. It's not the business of the tribe."

Back at the house on Apple Street on Saturday afternoon, the moving trucks had come and gone. A flier offering cleaning services for movers was hung on the front door, and all the shades had been drawn shut. Through a garage window, only a few empty cardboard boxes and straggling trinkets were visible.

Across the street, neighbor Grant Sitton could only shrug.

"I don't know, I guess it didn't work out," Sitton said. "Oh well. They have a big payday coming next week anyway."
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no effect for Reggie, could be very bad for USC football.
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i wonder if the pats are going to trade up- ive been reading a lot of things that they will attempt to. how high i dont know.

ty law also remains unsigned with the pats, titans , chiefs and seahawks all lookin at him...
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i'm interested to see what the giants are going to do... they pretty much filled the linebacker and cornerback spots... maybe a widereceiver or DT

it's nice being in a position where ya can just take the best player available and not really worry about filling any immediate needs. been a few years since big blue's been in that position.


should be a very interesting season for the giants... in by far the toughest division in the entire NFL... don't have any significant holes... on paper this should be a Super Bowl team, and really only one thing, one person, holds the giants championship hopes in his hands... Eli Manning. if he makes the jump, the giants are going to be very very good. if he continues to struggle with his consistancy and accuracy, the combo of a brutal league and an equally brutal out of division schedule could leave the giants with a 10 loss season.

very strange going into a season where your realisitc expectations range anywhere between a championship and a top 5 draft pick.
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i wonder if the pats are going to trade up- ive been reading a lot of things that they will attempt to. how high i dont know.

ty law also remains unsigned with the pats, titans , chiefs and seahawks all lookin at him...
Even if the Pats sign Deion Branch to an extension, they should still be well under the cap, and supposedly Belichick himself has spoken to Ty Law. I wouldn't be at all shocked if he came back.

As for the draft, they certainly have options. I could see them giving up one of the third rounders to move up into the 13-17 range and grab either a corner (cuz we can never have enough of them) or one of the top receivers on the board.

I think they'll use their second rounder on a linebacker because the draft is so deep at that position.
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i agree, i've seen many people say the linebacking corps in this draft is really deep. ive read since the ravens lack draft depth and the pats have six picks out of the first 118 (or so?) that they'll try to move up to #13. i wouldn't mind seeing them grab the top CB or WR on the board at that time. Im more inclined to say they'll get a corner because brady will have branch, caldwell, graham, watson as targets, and hopefully a healthy corey dillon. i also suspect theyll draft a RB at some point in the draft.

i also read that belichick and law spoke personally as well...would be a big boost to the defense to have him and rodney harrison back.
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Dolphins halfback Ricky Williams lost his appeal with the NFL for violating the substance abuse policy and will be ineligible for the 2006 season.


The appeal was of his fourth violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy, a ruling that places his football career in jeopardy.


Two sources said Williams was told of the ruling earlier Tuesday. This will mark the second time in three years that Williams will sit out a full season. Williams missed the 2004 campaign when he abruptly retired days before the start of training camp that summer, following his third violation of the substance abuse policy.


"I'm disappointed with the decision but I respect it," Williams said in a statement issued through the Dolphins. "I'm proud of my association with the National Football League and look forward to returning to the Dolphins in 2007."


Williams can apply for reinstatement to the league after one year. He will not be allowed to train at the Dolphins' facility for the next year.


But even if he were to be reinstated in 2007, Williams would return as a 30-year-old running back who had appeared in just 12 games in three years. Life is difficult enough for a running back in the NFL once he turns 30. It would be especially difficult for Williams, given the rust he would have accumulated. And there are no guarantees that he will want to resume his career when eligible for reinstatement.


"Ricky is obviously disappointed," his agent, Leigh Steinberg, told The Associated Press. "He'll need to work hard to get back to the league in 2007."


The four-time 1,000-yard rusher returned to the Dolphins in 2005, served a four-game suspension for his past drug-related offenses and forfeited an additional four game checks as part of the sanctions against him. He then ran for 743 yards and six touchdowns while serving as the backup to rookie tailback Ronnie Brown, the team's first-round pick. Williams played in 12 games, starting three.


League officials have yet to comment on the resolution to Williams' appeal, which was heard April 10 in a session presided over by league counsel Jeffrey Pash. There had been no indication of when a resolution might come on Williams' appeal, but in the hearing, the Dolphins requested an expedited decision. That was because Miami wanted to go into the draft the weekend with a clear picture of their tailback situation.


Decisions on such appeals can often take months, but the league clearly viewed the Williams situation and the proximity to the draft as a mitigating circumstance and made a quicker determination.


According to various reports, Williams tested positive, likely in December toward the end of the 2005 season, for a substance banned by the league. In at least three other violations, Williams tested positive for marijuana. Several sources have claimed that the substance in the latest positive test was not marijuana.


News that Williams had failed another drug test surfaced in February, while he was in India studying yoga and holistic medicine.


In the lengthy appeals hearing, it is believed that attorney David Cornwell, who represented Williams, claimed that the positive test was inconsistent with his client's behavior over the past year. A former league counsel, Cornwell helped craft the NFL's substance abuse guidelines, is eminently familiar with the policy and has represented many players in the past in the appeals process.


"We raised substantial and legitimate issues arising out of the application of the NFL's policy and program for substances of abuse," Cornwell said in a statement. He urged the players' union and ownership to "review the issues we raised on the appeal ... and restore the original intention of the NFL's policy to put equal focus on helping NFL players as is put on testing and suspending them."


One of the witnesses who testified in support of Williams in the appeal was Dolphins coach Nick Saban, who has repeatedly praised Williams' conduct and performance last season.


"This is a league decision, and we are disappointed in what it means for Ricky and the team," Saban said in a statement. "Ricky did an outstanding job for the Dolphins, not only as a player but also what he added as a person to the team's chemistry and to our overall success."


For his career, Williams, the first-round draft choice of the New Orleans Saints who was traded to Miami in 2002, has rushed for 7,097 yards and 47 touchdowns on 1,757 carries. The former University of Texas star has appeared in 82 games and started 73 times.


The suspension represents a financial blow for Williams, who owes the Dolphins $8.6 million for breaching his contract when he retired in 2004. His return to the NFL was motivated partly by the need for a paycheck.


The Dolphins recently re-signed backup tailbacks Sammy Morris and Travis Minor, but neither figures to provide them the kind of productivity that Williams did in 2005.
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Yeah, there's a surprise.

I wonder what he got caught with, if not pot.
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Brett Favre will be back.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/200....ap/index.html
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Brett Favre will be back.

But why? Nothing in particular makes me think Green Bay is going to be a contender next year.

The way Favre has handled the whole retirement decision has been a giant fiasco. I don't know what's really on his mind, but he should have said "I'd like to come back and play, if we have a chance at the Super Bowl. But if we don't, it makes no sense for me to be taking playing time away from a quarterback who needs to develop." But he didn't, and he's opened himself to all sorts of attacks.

As it is now, he is returning to a team that likely won't contend, so he is either (1) hurting the team's long-term future or (2) setting himself up for a huge embarrassment if he sucks and gets benched.
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He's coming back because, while he hopes the team will be better, I think he's really disappointed in his own performance last year. He had 29 picks. Even if the Packers don't improve this year, I'll bet he's looking to at least have a better year himself and go out with a more respectable ending.
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That's a Favre pass, by the way. Looks like more are coming.
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