Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Brady Quinn is an alleged gay basher

Brady Quinn is an alleged gay basher
A 9-1-1 call was made on New Year's Day by a man who alleged that Brady Quinn and his pals were shouting hate speech at a group of homosexual men. Here's the audio of that call, from
Oh, dear. That's not good. I know my good friend Derek Anderson would never do something like that.

If you want to defend Brady Quinn, that's fine. I know there are (for some reason) a lot of Quinn fans out there. If you find it suspicious that it's February 13th and we're just now hearing about a January 1st incident, fine. If you choose not to believe the caller, that's fine, too.

But what I don't want to hear is, "Oh, it's just a word. It's no big deal to call the guy a name."�

Yes, it is just a word, but unfortunately, that particular word is a big deal. Words have meaning. Words can be used to hurt people. If you're a straight (I presume), attractive, rich, white male like Brady Quinn, you'll probably never be able to understand what it's like to be on the receiving end of one of those hurtful words, but that doesn't make it okay to use them.

It's hate speech. It's discriminatory. It's homophobic. It's an effort to intimidate, insult, hurt, and degrade another human being. It's not acceptable.

I'm just hoping it's not true. I don't know why the caller would make it up (and, honestly, the caller seems to go out of his way to be fair to Quinn when talking to, but for the sake of Brady Quinn, the Cleveland Browns, the NFL, and humanity, I hope he did.

• Brady Quinn part of rowdy group outside Columbus bar, witness says /
• 911 Caller: “Brady Quinn Called Me a F----t” / The Big Lead

Starting quarterback competition for 49ers is wide open
San Francisco 49ers head coach Mike Nolan and offensive coordinator Mike Martz have made it clear the quarterback competition between Alex Smith and Shaun Hill will be "wide open" according to the San Jose Mercury News.

"You've got to have a level of confidence where you don't even worry about the other guy," Martz said. "If you've got a quarterback that's concerned about the competition, you'd better get another quarterback. But that's the exciting thing about this game, the competitive nature of it, giving and getting an opportunity to be the guy, based on what you've done and nothing else."

There is also the task of fixing the offense as a whole.�The 49ers generated the fewest yards and points in the league under since-fired coordinator Jim Hostler.

Arlen Specter thinks today is a good day for grilling
Later this afternoon, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will be in Senator Arlen Specter's office, and the two will discuss just how big a cheater that Bill Belichick fellow is.

It's not a hearing, no one's been subpoenaed, and Specter's calling it merely a "private conversation." That sounds friendly enough, I suppose, but if I were in Goodell's shoes, and a Senator wanted to have a "private conversation" with me for any reason, I'd be shorts-soiling nervous about it.

What will come of the meeting? I haven't a clue. Probably not a great deal. If Specter sits down with Goodell and gets the answers he wants, then he'll probably issue a statement saying something along the lines of, "Commissioner Goodell satisfied me in every possible way during this meeting" (he may word it differently, I don't know). And if he's not satisfied with Goodell's answers, he might come back in a day or two an announce a bigger and better investigation.

It's a shame we can't get this thing on television. If we can find time for all this Roger Clemens nonsense to be on television, surely, C-SPAN could spare a camera or two for this meeting.

• Goodell to meet with Specter to discuss Spygate / Yahoo! Sports

If the NFL could have a Roger Clemens, who would you want it to be?
Imagine any kind of a scandal that could tear apart a man's legacy as thoroughly as Roger Clemens' has been torn apart over the past couple of months. We don't have to operate under the questionable assumption that steroid accusations would have as big of an effect on NFL players as they have on MLB players.�

It could be any kind of a scandal; anything that would be national news and do irreparable damage to a man's reputation.�

To whom in the NFL would you like to see that happen? Who would you like to see become the NFL's version of Roger Clemens?

The choices are below, and I make a case for each after the jump.

First, let's note that guys with already severely tarnished images aren't eligible. Terrell Owens, Ray Lewis, Shawne Merriman ... they've already been disgraced. The candidates here have to be relatively clean, at least decent players, and somewhat popular.

Brett Favre. This one might actually be impossible. Nationally, there might be something that could disgrace Favre (flags would probably be flown at half-mast that day), but even if Favre started eating babies, the people in Wisconsin would still say, "Oh, he's not such a bad guy. He just likes eating babies. Big deal. We all have our flaws."

Tom Brady. I don't know if it qualifies him as disgraced, but the whole "child out of wedlock" thing has put a chink in the "Brady is perfect" armor. So does the fact that he spends so much time around Rodney Harrison. Still, though, he's the NFL's Golden Boy, and I'm guessing that a lot of Pats haters would like to see him taken down a peg.

Peyton Manning. If something happened with Peyton, it might actually set a record for the most endorsements lost by any human being in the shortest amount of time. It's hard to envision Peyton doing anything other than sitting at home, watching Friends reruns, and drinking milk, though.

LaDainian Tomlinson. Deion Sanders has been trying to get this done for weeks now. I'm biased, but I sense that there's very little ill-will towards Tomlinson out there. At least, that was the case before the whole playoff thing.

Jon Kitna. Not a huge star, obviously, but his status as an ultra-religious guy would make the takedown a little bit more fun.

Kurt Warner. See above. This one, to me at least, would be a little more painful than seeing Kitna go down, though, since Warner's always been such a sweetheart of a man.

Donovan McNabb. Donovan McNabb plays in Philadelphia. I think he's suffered enough.

Eli Manning. This one's interesting. Again, like with his brother, it's hard to picture him doing anything too wild, but imagine it if he did. What if we learned tomorrow that Eli Manning's been shooting up dianabol since his rookie year, and he's murdered nine personal trainers who threatened to rat him out to the feds. That might be fun.

Tony Romo. His inclusion here is borderline, as I don't know if he's accomplished enough to qualify for this group, or for that matter, if his image is all that pristine. He also seems like too much of a normal guy to wish any serious ill-will upon.

Ben Roethlisberger. I think a vote here is wasted, because if you wait long enough, he's going to get in a motorcycle race with Kellen Winslow Jr. and seriously injure himself.

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