Green Bay TitleTown MNF Fall Is Here Trash Talk (NFL Week 3)

Hi there lugnuts, it is time for another edition of Emptywheel’s Famous Trash Talk! I actually would have started this last night, and therefore had it up earlier this morning, but had to go out to dinner and my new iPhone 6S had been delivered and was waiting when I got home. So, you know, I had to play with that and get it set up.

Thing sure is pretty. The experience deteriorated after unboxing it though. Apparently many of the early units shipped with iOS 9 and there is a bug in that OS which cause many users to have their phones freeze up on them during the setup process. I was one of those, and a very frustrated one of those, until I called AT&T help. A lovely chap named Nate helped me through the fix, which literally took about half an hour on the phone guiding me through it all. Nate was great, and now the device is functioning beautifully. It really is a fantastic bit of electronic hardware. Today (if the tracking is accurate), my wife’s will be delivered and we will now know what to do for it too. So, a hassle at first, but pretty wowed by the product in action.

Okay, Trash Talk came, in one sense, a little early this week with my early morning post yesterday on the Patrick Kane alleged rape case in Buffalo. There are a couple of new developments. First, the Erie county DA, Frank Sedita, held a presser yesterday a few hours after I had posted. I was in court and did not see it, but here is, to me at least, the key takeaway via Michael McCann and SI:

Sedita’s revelation was the latest bizarre development in an investigation that now seems less likely than ever to result in the Chicago Blackhawks superstar being charged with any crime.

Sedita said that the bag—which had been identified by the lawyer for Kane’s accuser as proof that key evidence had been tampered with—had actually been given to the accuser’s mother when she accompanied her daughter to the hospital to have a rape test performed. She was the last known person to have the bag, he said, and it was used to store one of her daughter’s garments and not the contents of a rape test kit.

He then showed video to prove that no bag had ever been used to store the kit and to verify that the chain of custody for the evidence has always been secure.

If true, this case is dead. The only question is whether Sedita himself declines to go further, or whether he seeks the imprimatur of submitting it to a grand jury to likely decline to prosecute. McCann seems to believe it will be the former. If there is no positive evidence in the real rape kit, and the chain of custody is as Sedita has consistently stated from the start, then he probably should decline prosecution. Cases without a reasonable likelihood of conviction should not be brought, and they all too often are.

Okay, on to the games. F1 is in Suzuka Japan for the Japanese Grand Prix. Nico Rosberg took pole last night over Mercedes teammate Hamilton, with Bottas, Vettel, Massa and Raikkonen of the Williams and Ferrari teams alternating in P3 through P6. Red Bull’s Daniil Kvyat had a nasty crash, but seems to be okay. Suzuka is a great track, this could be a pretty interesting race.

As to the NCAA men, it is such a pitiful week’s schedule of games that the ESPN Game Day folks are holding fort in freaking Tucson, where Rich Rod and Arizona are hosting the UCLA Bruins and their wonder boy true frosh QB Josh Rosen. And hot damn! they have Arizona alum and southern Arizona guy Bob Baffert on the set. Excellent! UCLA looks to be a far better team. But DANGER WILL ROBINSON DANGER!this is exactly the kind of upset that very often happens down in Tucson when the Cats Bear Down. We shall see, but I take the Cats. The only other game worth squat is USC here against the Sun Devils in Tempe at night on ESPN. I actually have tickets to the game, but not sure I am going to be able to go. Neither the Trojans nor ASU appear to be as solid as was thought before the season started. I’ll take the Devils, but don’t feel good about it at all.

As to the Joes in the Pros, well, of course I am excited about the MNF game between the Chefs and Packers at Lambeau. Seriously, what is better than a rematch of Super Bowl 1 played under the lights on the not yet Frozen Tundra? Doesn’t get any better than that. The Chefs are going to do some cooking this year, but not in Mr. Rodgers’ neighborhood. Take the Pack.

Niners are coming to Phoenix, where the Cardinals are not usually very hospitable. And, shhhh! don’t tell anyone, but the Cards are getting close to having a run game. Not there yet, but getting closer. Bengals at Ravens is a critical game for the Northern Dirty Birds. Bengals looks more solid this year, but then they always do until they don’t (half ass tribute to the great Yogi Berra there). Falcons at the Cowboys will be interesting only because Romo and Dez Bryant are gone. Eagles at Jets interesting because everybody thought the Iggles would be 2-0 and the Jets Jets Jets 0-2 right about now, not the other way around.

Oh well, talk amongst yourselves and, always, rock and roll. Music this week by my new favorite band from down under, Boom! Bap! Pow!

Bmaz is a rather large saguaro cactus in the Southwestern Sonoran desert. A lover of the Constitution, law, family, sports, food and spirits. As you might imagine, a bit prickly occasionally. Bmaz has attended all three state universities in Arizona, with both undergraduate and graduate degrees from Arizona State University, and with significant post-graduate work (in physics and organic chemistry, go figure) at both the University of Colorado in Boulder and the University of Arizona. Married, with both a lovely child and a giant Sasquatch dog. Bmaz has been a participant on the internet since the early 2000’s, including active participation in the precursor to Emptywheel, The Next Hurrah. Formally joined the Emptywheel blog as an original contributing member at its founding in 2007. Bmaz grew up around politics, education, sports and, most significantly, cars; notably around Formula One racing and Concours de Elegance automobile restoration and showing. Currently lives in the Cactus Patch with his lovely wife and beast of a dog, and practices both criminal and civil trial law.
104 replies
  1. emptywheel says:

    Some fact check:

    As to the NCAA men, it is such a pitiful week schedule of games

    You forgot to mention the rematch of the 1984 Holiday Bowl, though this time with Wolvereenies at home rather than the BYU Mormon Missionaries in what might as well be a home game cause San Diego is hella Mormon. UM just went up a TD, so we shall see whether Jim continues to have a better year than John.

    Then this:

    Seriously, what is better than a rematch of Super Bowl 1 played under the lights on the not yet Frozen Tundra?

    Better would be on Frozen Tundra, you gotta admit.

    Finally, maybe you were being courteous because I didn’t preempt Trash with Brady Pron (I note you haven’t discussed the now expedited appeal), but you forgot to mention emptywheel will prolly be Lemon Sucking Facing when Old Noodle Arm and the Donkos impressive D stomp over the Kitties in our home opener.

     

    • Peterr says:

      Here in KC, the Chefs fans are getting pumped over their defense, but the local KC Star beat writer threw a dose of cold reality on them:

      Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters has collected an interception in each of his first two NFL games. The odds against a third straight, though, are already great. Where he’s playing this weekend, and the quarterback he’s facing, pushes the task toward the impossible.

      Aaron Rodgers not throwing a pick in a game at Lambeau Field, where the Chiefs and Packers tangle on Monday, is about the most sure thing in sports these days.

      Since his last home field interception, in Week 13 of the 2012 season, Rodgers has thrown 545 passes and 43 touchdowns.

      That’s precision.

  2. dakine01 says:

    Currently watching LSU/Syracuse from the Air Conditioner Dome while waiting for WKU/Miami (Ohio branch) to start at 3:30.

    After losing to Florida last Saturday for the 29th year in a row, Kentucky is favored (!?!) against #25 Mizzou tonight – the folks favoring da Cats must be smokin’ some finest kine sh*t for a fact.

  3. bmaz says:

    From the even crack smokers would have never predicted department: Miami (the Ohio Branch) is now pretty much as fearsome and Miami (THE U). Who would have guessed?

    • Jim White says:

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      In our household, we don’t call them “The U”, we call them “Uhh”. Because we assume that’s about all the dimwits on the team can come up with when asked why they lost or when called upon to answer a question in class. And it says that right on the side of their helmets…
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      And WTF is up with the Wolvereenies putting such a whipping on the Mormon Boys on Bikes? 31-0 as I type.

      • emptywheel says:

        The D has always been in place, even last year, and remains so here. But Rudock, the QB who was basically just meeting his receivers when he was throwing picks in the first games is really making smart decisions today. Plus our big receiver who just became a citizen had an O’Dell Beckham Jr type catch early, which helped.

    • dakine01 says:

      Well, the Florida Branch of Miami must be seriously sucking eggs these days (as they are) as with about 10 minutes left in the 2nd quarter, WKU is up 28 – 0. Toppers aren’t playing a perfect game by any stretch but Miami is def over-matched right now.

      • bmaz says:

        Hilltoppers!
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        Been trying to watch this Tennessee v. Florida game. Now searching for a Law and Order rerun, or maybe Gilligan’s Island or something on MeTV. Blergh.

        • Jim White says:

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          You missed a bit of fun there at the end.
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          But it doesn’t get any easier. After dispatching of the Rocky Floppers, next week the Gators get rewarded by Ole Miss coming to town. Could get ugly…

  4. JohnT says:

    Just guesses, but the games I feel comfortable with, are Ok State over Texas; Miss State over Auburn; and I have a feeling Utah will stay within the spread at Oregon; and if you like offense, I think Cal should win, but Washington will put up a lot of points

    I’ll see if I like any NFL games later

  5. emptywheel says:

    Meanwhile, MSU is struggling almost as much w/CMU as OSU did with Northern IL last week.

     

    It’s actually not going to be long until the MAC breaks through in an interesting way. They’re close and they’re graduating an increasing number of good players.

  6. John Casper says:

    Congrats to the Maize and Blue.

    FWIW, alums of the Michigan Daily, such as @BobMcGinn, are having a reunion today in Ann Arbor.

  7. Jim White says:

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    Rut roh. The Gators trail Tennessee 14-7 in the second quarter and aren’t looking too good. My wife is really worried, because she will be at UT late this week.

  8. bloopie2 says:

    “You forgot to mention the rematch of the 1984 Holiday Bowl”. Honestly? You remember a football game from 30 years ago? Sheesh. Now I know how you can so easily call up a perp’s past statements to use against him in the Court of Emptywheel. You obviously don‘t subscribe to Sherlock Holmes’ notion of the memory as a library that can store only a finite number of books. Good on you.

    • emptywheel says:

      In truth, that’s what the press has been talking about–it’s the only time they’ve played before. All that said, I had a chance to go to that game, as we had just moved to SD and my father consistently got at least 2 tickets through work. At that time I was more a hoops fan and baseball curious, as I had basically moved at the same time a bunch of NY Yankees did, too, after which teh Padres went to the World Series. I lived in the same neighborhood as several of the Pads, most notably Tony Gwynn.

      So why would I want to see BYU play UM? I had no ties to UM! I had no dream I ever would have ties, in the future, to UM.

      So my bro went with my dad, not me.

      • bloopie2 says:

        “In truth, that’s what the press has been talking about–it’s the only time they’ve played before.” I get a kick out of that with the sporting press. You see it a lot in English football reporting – “Well, Arsenal beat Bayern Munich seven years ago, and we can learn a lot from that to help us predict what will happen in today’s match/tie/fixture/game, even though all the players and coaches are different.”. Right. Well, I guess even in the digital age they still have column inches to fill.

        • bmaz says:

          This part:

          McCann: There remains a chance that a grand jury will be convened, but the odds of that occurring are plummeting. Sedita has two choices: administratively closing the investigation (which would effectively end the criminal inquiry) or convening a grand jury. In his press conference, Sedita noticeably stressed that the question is not “when” a grand jury will be convened but “if.” This was an important distinction.

      • bmaz says:

        Yo, I remember that Holiday Bowl. And, Bloopie, yes there is reason to remember it. Was one of the most important Holiday bowls ever played, and BYU won it to then be crowned National Champs. So, it really was for the national championship. The Cougars had torn up opponents that whole year, and Lavell Edwards was one hell of a coach.
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        That said, it was a bogus championship, I always thought Don James’ Washington Huskies should have won it, even though they had one narrow loss to USC….AT USC. By the way, the Huskies soundly beat Michigan AT The Big House that year.

  9. bloopie2 says:

    Since you raised the issue, I’ll ask. What exactly, in the SI quote, leads one to believe that the case against Kane is dead? I haven’t been following the case, but I don’t see anything in that quote that says that there is no positive evidence in the real rape kit. What am I missing here?

  10. Peterr says:

    Duke wrecks the #22 Ramblin’ Wrecks . . . kinda makes the FJ victory last week look even better. No B1G Network here, so just gotta watch the little icons move around on my screen.

  11. bmaz says:

    Holy fucking shit, that Texas Tech/TCU game was ridiculous. 55-52, and Texas Tech got within 10 yards of the end zone on a kickoff return that started with 3 seconds left. Tech also maybe got hosed on a last second, 4th down completion by TCU that was arguably out of the end zone before receiver had control of the ball. WAY close call, but the field call was TD, and that stood on replay, though I dunno. Jeebus, GREAT game if you like a lot of offense.

    • Peterr says:

      Holy fucking shit . . .

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      You’re understating things, bmaz. Seriously, completely, and in every other way understating things. Crazy runs and penalties and non-penalties and overturned rulings on the field . . . and yes, a complete absence of defense. The local sports radio folks were saying yesterday that the over/under on the score was something like 80 points, and they’d take the over on that bet anytime. Looks like they were right. Be interesting to see how the Horned Frogs would do if up against a real D.

      • emptywheel says:

        A fucking hoops game. I thought the TD at the end was good–a great heads up play. BUt I was definitely rooting for TT.

        • bmaz says:

          Yeah, I couldn’t tell. The replay angles I saw didn’t look dispositive. Can understand why they (there were only a couple) did not positively overrule the field call. I get that part completely. But, from what I saw, not totally positive receiver truly had control of ball when his one foot briefly touched down in the end zone. But, you know, holy shit, what a game. And THAT play, and the wild kickoff return, were the deciding factor. Fun game.

  12. dakine01 says:

    OK, so maybe they weren’t smokin’ something to have Kentucky favored over Mizzou after all. Final KY 21, #25 MO 13

    • bmaz says:

      Right? There is some weird mojo going on today.
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      Utah is absolutely blitzing the Quackers in Eugene. That basically never happens at Autzen Stadium.

      • JohnT says:

        Holy Sh*t
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        I went to wash my clothes, and then the grocery store, and the Utes are destroying the Ducks. Despite it being in Eugene, I thought it’d be close
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        Why, oh why, didn’t I fill out a 4 team parlay card?

          • JohnT says:

            5 or 10 bucks? Why not?
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            Here’s my prediction

            JohnT on September 26, 2015 at 2:14 pm
            Just guesses, but the games I feel comfortable with, are Ok State over Texas; Miss State over Auburn; and I have a feeling Utah will stay within the spread at Oregon; and if you like offense, I think Cal should win, but Washington will put up a lot of points

            I didn’t say they’d win, but I would have taken them with the spread being -6/2 Oregon

  13. Phoenix Woman says:

    Meanwhile, it’s almost October and the Twins haven’t been mathematically eliminated yet. Oh, wait, wrong sport.

  14. JohnT says:

    For the NFL (all picks are according to the spread)
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    In the NORV Bowl, even though it’s been a few years since he’s been there, I think NORV knows too much about the Chargers. Vikings over Chargers
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    Oakland and Cleveland. Team soap opera vs the bi-polar QB. I think Duh Raiduhs come away with a win
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    In The Pac 12 QB Bowl, between Luck and Mariota, I think the Colts right the ship. The Titans have a below average secondary
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    This last one is tough, a lot of games could go either way, but I’ll roll with Andy Dalton and the Bengals to surprise the Ravens. Not a strong feeling though
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    Too many games could go either way. The Steelers and Rams could be really good or a blowout. Tampa vs Houston, is that the new Bay of Pigs? I wanna take the Panthers over the Saints but -9 is too much. Bills vs Dolphins, I wanna take the Bills, but it’s in Miami, and it’ll be 90 degrees with 1,000% humidity
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    YMMV. I’m just a dumb guy on the internet so take it for what it’s worth

    • scribe says:

      Gotta believe the Packers have more pull forming opinion in Wisconsin than do any pols. That said, it couldn’t happen to a more deserving fuck than Walker, cousin of Cletus, the slack-jawed yokel.
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      In other news, my weather forecast for today is for another beautiful late-summer/early autumn day and my football on TV schedule forecast is some-kinda lame, so I may be taking a breather from watching the pigskin and, instead, spending time in the fresh air. I don’t get to see my Stillers, I don’t get to watch Ol’ Noodlearm, I don’t get to see Brandon Weeden and his 5-16 career record as a starter (remember, after my Stillers, the second team I root for is “Who’s Playing Dallas”) get pummeled (I hope) and f’g ESPN is highlighting Rapeis Winston warming up. The positive of not getting the Dallas game is that I don’t have to deal with that post-concussion-syndrome savant Aikman, nor with destroyed-by-a-look-from-Artie-Lange Buck, and that is something seriously positive in my book. I’m hoping the Bungles and Crows tear each other apart.
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      Other than wanting to see how well the Stillers integrate 2 excellent RBs – Bell and Williams – into their O, and knowing they’d better do a good job b/c their secondary makes a sieve look solid, not much for me to see.

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      Uck.

    • phred says:

      Happy Football Season Everyone! : )
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      Finally got home after a month away and look what I find… A pope freaking out conservatives, Boehner resigning as Speaker, Walker out of the race and being smacked around by the Packers to boot (thanks for that JohnT, very generous of you to mention it from your side of the river ; ) and the freaking Vikings beating the Kittehs last weekend… Wait, what???
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      EW, what in hell is going on in the NFC North?
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      I have returned to beautiful fall weather here in the land of Dead-Last-Sox and the hubby picked up our very first bag of Macouns for the season. Apples, popcorn, milkshakes, and football… it’s good to be home : )
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      Happy football everyone and GO PACKERS!

      • emptywheel says:

        What’s going on in the NFC North is 1) injuries don’t look like they’re gonna slow the Pack 2) the snot nosed brat from the neighborhood (Kitties’ O Con) still seems unable to get a passel full of weapons firing together 3) Vikes are real 4) Bears have more of an expensive QB headache than the DC team.

        • phred says:

          Thanks! See, all you need is EW to bring you up to speed in a succinct paragraph ; )
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          JohnT, in this instance it was less Rocky Mountain High and more like burning plastic. You know that “better living though chemistry” may have its drawbacks when a ShopVac fails to clean up the mess ; )

  15. scribe says:

    In other news, responding to King Roger the Clown wanting a faster affirmance by the 2nd Circuit that was a total dimwit when dispensing his own brand of industrial justice, a Patsies fan will have a banner plane flying near Foxboro today with an anti-royalist message: http://www.bostonglobe.com/lifestyle/names/2015/09/26/plane-with-anti-goodell-banner-buzz-gillette-stadium/XxZCVnc64rxqGMfprwKe9O/story.html
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    And in the department headed “maybe you shoulda kept your mouth shut”, an adult film company has offered Sawx slugger David “Big Papi” Ortiz a contract, following close upon his saying his dream job would be “porn star”. http://www.bostonglobe.com/lifestyle/names/2015/09/24/david-ortiz-offered-starring-role-porn-film/VSea20zUS6OSUOXMpXlzYL/story.html?p1=Article_Recommended_ArticleText

  16. scribe says:

    7-0 Patsies; Gronk a long catch and on a subsequent play throws a huge block to facilitate Lewis second effort into the end zone.

  17. phred says:

    scribe, it’s a pity you don’t get the Stillers because the Rams latest strategy to psych out their opponent certainly has the advantage of novelty: set your field on fire. And we finally have kickoff 30 minutes late…

  18. Peterr says:

    Meanwhile, the AP rankings of the Emmert League have been released, with the Sweatervests and Sparty of the B1G remaining 1-2, Ole Misstaken 3, the Big We-can’t-count conference holding down 4 and 5 with TCU and Baylor, and the Domers at 6.
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    The FJs continue to slowly climb, now up to 16, and the Duckies and Arizona both drop out of the top 25 — which breaks a 98 consecutive weeks in the top 25 run for the Ducks.

    • Jim White says:

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      You left out a very important thing at the end. [Cue Mick Hubert with a big “Ooooh myyyy!”] Gators return to the rankings after their long, dark Muschamp nightmare, coming in at a resounding number 25.

  19. bmaz says:

    Tom Brady: 1,112 yards, 9 TD, 0 INT through three games. Roger Goodell pissed Brady off, now Brady is punishing the rest of the league.
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    Oh, and Colin Kaepernick has thrown two TD passes already….to the Cardinals secondary; last one by Honeybadger.

    • Bay State Librul says:

      Yeah, it’s called the Revenge Tour…. Can the Patsies trade their “bye” week?
      ——————-

      Shaughnessy has some fun with bad karma
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      There will be no threats, no promises, no wild speculation about retribution and restoration. Angry Jon Kraft, who thankfully can’t help himself, tweaked the woebegone Ravens during his weekly in-house pregame interview (“It’s too bad about Baltimore, isn’t it? . . . John Harbaugh, he’s a sweetheart.’’), but Messrs. Belichick and Brady are going to leave it to Patriot Nation and the vast New England media cartel to spread the Gospel of the Revenge Tour.
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      That said, it’s impossible for Football America to ignore the bad luck epidemic that plagues all those who’ve wronged the Patriots. The Steelers, who cried foul on faulty headsets and Patriot trickeration when they lost in Foxborough earlier this month, are the latest to feel the wrath of the Deflategate god. Just when it was beginning to look like the Steelers might come back to challenge New England in January, Roethlisberger was carted off the field in St Louis, victim of a left knee hit that looked eerily like the one Bernard Pollard laid on Brady in the season-opener in 2008.

  20. bloopie2 says:

    Back to Patrick Kane, why don’t we just flat out call him a rapist? He’s been accused, so he’s a rapist. That’s the attitude toward Winston, why not Kane?

    • bmaz says:

      Well, I don’t know who you mean by “we”, but the cases are far different. In fact, the only common denominator is that accusations were made against an athlete. In the Winston case, there was proof os sexual contact and cognizable evidence of trauma to the victim. There was also clear cut evidence of coverup by Winston’s friends, the school, the cops and the prosecutor. There was one hell of a lot more going on in the Winston matter, in spite of the fact that there was no charge or conviction.

  21. bloopie2 says:

    Really? So I should judge based on what evidence has leaked out into public, no confrontation of the witnesses etc., no presumption of innocence, that “court of law” thing is irrelevant? That’s surprising, coming from a criminal defense attorney.

    • Peterr says:

      . . . what evidence has leaked out into public, no confrontation of the witnesses etc., . . .

      When the friends, school, cops and prosecutors have executed a successful official coverup, that’s pretty much all you’re left with, so yeah.

    • bmaz says:

      You can “judge” on whatever you want to personally. For my part, I get the best read I can on evidence and call things as I see the. By the way, I didn’t say Winston was a rapist, I said the cases fundamentally different.

  22. bloopie2 says:

    Anyhow, another command performance from perennial loser Josh McCown today, playing in place of the uninjured Johnny Manziel. Good on you, Browns front office.

  23. bloopie2 says:

    I apologize; tis Jim White that calls him “rapeis”. Mea culpa, back to the trash, like another Cleveland Browns season going down the tubes. My only comfort is that where I reside, I can’t see their games live. Pooh.

    • scribe says:

      He didn’t jump on a table in the middle of campus screaming “F*ck her right in the p***y”, http://deadspin.com/jameis-winston-yells-fuck-her-right-in-the-pussy-kil-1635466887 after getting tangled up in: (1) a sex assault case that went nowhere until the alleged victim went public that the cops, prosecutors and administration were doing N-o-t-h-I-n-g (and had for a year); (2) the alleged victim sued him over the alleged sex assault; (3) he got busted having BB gun battles and shooting out windows (or squirrels, depending on whose version you believe); (4) stealing soda from Burger King; (5) shoplifting crab legs and crawfish from a supermarket. http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2014/sep/20/jameis-winston-fsu-ban-comments-football
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      Among other escapades.

      • bloopie2 says:

        Agreed to all, even though a lot of those act are irrelevant to whether he is a rapist. And I apologize if I implied that bmaz called him a rapist; I was mistaken there and will try to do better in the future, sorry, bmaz. Nonetheless, It seems fundamentally unfair (although truly human) for a layperson to judge someone’s guilt or innocence based on non-courtroom or non-legal-system finding or an overwhelming and complete (complete) public record. There are often times we are wrong, and you know, I don’t really give a shit whether he is a rapist or not, or whether Patrick Kane is, or whoever – it simply does not matter at all to me or in my life. Plenty of times in my life I have been wrongly accused of doing something (or not doing it) (although nothing rising to the level of rape) and it hurts. Therefore I will withhold publicly spoken judgment on them. And for cripes’ sakes, they are just football players, after all — they are not important people- and they contribute little of value to the world. Why even bother.
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        Damn Browns, why’d you have to go and lose again.

        • bmaz says:

          No worries. I, like Scribe and Jim, think Winston is a fairly serious malefactor, but think I have pulled up short of calling him a rapist. I think he may well be, but we will never know, as a litany of people and institutions have acted to deprive us of that determination. Meh, it is what it is at this point, and there is nothing we can do to fix that.
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          As to Kane, something just didn’t feel right about that from the start. I will say this much, the cops in his locality ARE friendly with Kane and, apparently a couple of them work for him as drivers and/or security in off duty hours. That is somewhat troubling. By the same token, the DA has been pretty strong and consistent and uproot on several things, critically the evidentiary chain of custody and status; he seems credible so far, at least to my eye.
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          I think we need a deeper investigation of what in the world happened (including the mother’s and/or victim’s actions). I wonder if we will really get that though. I very much do not like that the DA “delayed” the grand jury to permit civil settlement discussions. But, so far, the indications seem to be he was doing so because he truly thought he did not have a viable case. We shall see.

          • bloopie2 says:

            Good analysis, thank you. I turned off Sunday Night Football when Manning scored at the end of the first half. I wonder if others did, also. Who needs that.

  24. Bay State Librul says:

    Shit, SI has just about admitted that it is a “we” against “the Patriots” mentality

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    Bill and Brady are in their heads.

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    From Sports Illustrated…………..

    Bad news, all ye who loathe the Patriots: There’s nothing standing in the way of New England and another appearance in the Super Bowl. It’s only Week 3 and one conference is already decided.
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    Even if Andrew Luck stops turning the ball over, the Colts’ defense isn’t going to stop anyone. The Ravens, which almost knocked New England out of the playoffs last year, are 0-3. The Steelers already got crushed by New England in Week 1 and now are without Ben Roethlisberger for at least a month. They might not even make the playoffs. The Broncos? Surely we can stop believing in Postseason Peyton Manning now that he has half the arm he did when he was the laser-rocket armed Peyton Manning (who still let everyone down in the postseason). The Bills look like the only other competitive team in New England’s division … and they gave up 40 at home to the Patriots a week ago.
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    So what team in the AFC could possibly thwart New England’s march to another Super Bowl? The Bengals? Andy Dalton, Marvin Lewis and the Bengals? My god. We’re doomed.

    • emptywheel says:

      I’m a Pats fan, and actually think Cinci will prove more resilient. Hell, Cinci and KC are two teams that have shellacked the Pats in the last 2 years. Either might do it.

  25. bmaz says:

    Wait, I restickied this post and we cannot even get beyond 100 comments??
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    Where have all the loose lug nuts gone?
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    Long time passing…..

    • scribe says:

      Q: “where have all the loose lugnuts gone?”
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      A: Bed.
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      As to the surging Sawx, well, they’re going to finish doing their Noo-Inglund-lawwwn-furniture imitation, i.e., come Labor Day they get folded up and put away for the winter. I will say their young players look like there’s some future there. But, with the team having decided to unceremoniously “go in a different direction” and fire long-time broadcaster Don Orsillo in favor of some bland ESPN drone whose name I forget, I see low-probability/high-damage fails in their future. The baseball gods will have their say.
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      Noted, that after Amendola handed the ball from Biebs’ 400th TD pass to some fan in the front row (looked like it was a kid, BTW) the Patsies sent out a ballboy to get it back. No word on whether it was Jastremski, McNally or some other worker bee.

    • JohnT says:

      # 103
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      Have a pick for Thursday already
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      So, I stopped by the Hard Rock to get my winnings from the second 4 teamer (The Colts defense, screwed me out of the first one). And there’s one game I reallllly like, but scribe won’t. The Ravens are – 2 1/2, I think it’ll end up being -5 1/2 or 6 by game time. I might make a bet on that one straight up

      • bmaz says:

        What’s the bet??
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        Also, why does nobody ever discuss the music anymore??
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        I work hard on that you know!
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        Mostly, I am just glad to have Phred back.

    • bmaz says:

      The Cubs? They live somewhere in the general vicinity of the Packers, right?
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      That said, Cubs and Mets for the pennant!

  26. bloopie2 says:

    May I take this occasion to point out the following, as regards our friends at The Atlantic:
    Twenty-four people from the arts and sciences have won this year’s “genius grant” awards from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. The prize comes with $625,000 over the next five years that can be used any way the recipient likes.
    The winners include:
    ——Ta-Nehisi Coates, 39, Washington, D.C. Journalist and blogger who writes about issues such as racial identity, urban policing and racial bias.
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    Well done you.

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