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Posted on: February 7, 2012 11:17 am
 

Kenrick Ellis' assault trial moved to May

EllisBy Josh Katzowitz

As we noted in July, Jets defensive end Kenrick Ellis faces possible deportation if he’s found guilty of felonious assault for an incident that occurred when he was playing college ball at Hampton.

Originally, he was supposed to stand trial in July. Then, his case got moved to November and then to Tuesday, and now, as the New York Daily News reports, his case has been delayed once again.

This time, he’ll stand trial beginning May 22 for an incident that occurred in April 2010. Supposedly, Ellis was trying to defend a female friend at the time.

The potentially big problem for Ellis -- who played only five games this season (and started two) and recorded seven tackles -- is that if he’s convicted of a felony, he could be deported. He was born in Jamaica, and though he’s lived in the U.S. since he was 11, he holds only “permanent resident” status. If he were to plead guilty (or be convicted) of a misdemeanor charge, he likely could stay in the country.

As the Daily News notes, it’s unclear why Ellis’ attorney requested another continuance.

There’s little doubt, though, that Ellis’ legal problems have affected his pro career. As one GM who didn’t draft Ellis because of character concerns told ESPN New York in July, "That was big for us. It’s a pain in the tail, the whole legal issue."

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Posted on: February 7, 2012 10:14 am
 

VIDEO: Eli discusses Bradshaw on Letterman

By Josh Katzowitz

If you wanted to hear Eli Manning’s full explanation on why he yelled at Ahmad Bradshaw not to score on what turned out to be his game-winning touchdown in Super Bowl XLVI, watch him as he discusses his thoughts on the “The Late Show with David Letterman” (on CBS!) that aired Monday night.

As the Super Bowl MVP walked out, he received a standing ovation from the crowd and a half-hug from Letterman before they discussed the game-winning play. Manning, of course, had a good reason for shouting at Bradshaw as he handed off the ball.

“When you score a touchdown, you don’t want to give Tom Brady time to score a touchdown,” Manning said. “He’s very good in that situation.”

Click the video for the entire discussion on the matter.



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Posted on: February 7, 2012 9:26 am
Edited on: February 7, 2012 10:09 am
 

Report: Weslye Saunders suspended 4 games

Weslye Saunders also had problems coming out of the University of South Carolina. (US Presswire)
By Josh Katzowitz

At one point in time, tight end Weslye Saunders was talked about as a potential first-round draft pick, but ultimately, a foot injury and a troubled reputation caused him to go unselected in 2010. He landed in Pittsburgh and started six of 16 games this season, catching four passes for 29 yards and a touchdown.

Now, he’s apparently landed in more trouble, as Aaron Wilson of Scout.com is reporting that Saunders has been suspended for the first four games of 2012.

At this point, it’s unclear why Saunders has been suspended, but he’s had character concerns going back to his days at the University of South Carolina. During his senior year, he was suspended before the season began and then was kicked off the squad completely in mid-September 2010.

He was questioned by the NCAA about potential agent contact during a party in Miami in the spring of 2010. Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier said Saunders was suspended for violations that were not connected to the NCAA inquiry.

Saunders was allowed by the school to participate in Pro Day in March of 2011 even though he had fractured his left foot.  He also admitted to lying to Spurrier about why he was late for practice and lying to NCAA officials.

"Fabricating a story, or not even telling the whole truth, is the same as telling a lie," he told the Charleston Post and Courier in March. "Being truthful is the biggest thing. A man is only as good as his word. That's what I've learned most."

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Posted on: February 6, 2012 1:58 pm
 

Giants celebrate their win on plane ride home

By Josh Katzowitz

INDIANAPOLIS -- I’m leaving for the airport in five minutes so I can be whisked away home. Here’s hoping my plane ride is entertaining as the Giants jaunt today.

This from the YouTube account of linebacker Mark Herzlich
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Posted on: February 6, 2012 1:20 pm
 

For the gambler in you (post SB edition)



By Josh Katzowitz

If you’re a football fan who likes to plan ahead, we salute you. And thus, we present to you the odds your favorite team will win Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans.

Green Bay Packers 6/1
New England Patriots 7/1
New Orleans Saints 8/1
Philadelphia Eagles 12/1
Pittsburgh Steelers 12/1
Houston Texans 12/1
Baltimore Ravens 14/1
New York Giants 15/1
San Diego Chargers 16/1
New York Jets 16/1
San Francisco 49ers 18/1
Dallas Cowboys 18/1
Detroit Lions 18/1
Atlanta Falcons 22/1
Chicago Bears 30/1
Arizona Cardinals 30/1
Miami Dolphins 35/1
Cincinnati Bengals 40/1
Indianapolis Colts 50/1
Tennessee Titans 40/1
Oakland Raiders 50/1
Carolina Panthers 50/1
Denver Broncos 50/1
Kansas City Chiefs 50/1
Seattle Seahawks 60/1
Buffalo Bills 60/1
Washington Redskins 60/1
Minnesota Vikings 75/1
St. Louis Rams 75/1
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 75/1
Cleveland Browns 100/1
Jacksonville Jaguars 100/1

And though I imagine the hard-core gamblers already know the results of their Bovada prop bets, here’s what happened in case you’re still hung over (or if you had to be in court this morning).

-National Anthem over 1 minute 34 seconds

-Kelly Clarkson wore “Anything else”

-Kelly Clarkson Belly was not showing

-Kelly Clarkson did not forget or omit a word

-Madonna’s Hair was blonde

-Madonna did wear fishnets

-Madonna did wear a hat

-Madonna did not wear an NFL Shirt or Jersey

-Peyton Manning was shown on TV under 3.5 times

-Giselle Bundchen was shown on TV over 0.5 times

-Andrew Luck was not mentioned at all

-Jim Irsay was not mentioned at all

-Mitt Romney was not shown

-Robert Kraft was shown over 3.5 times

-Tom Brady’s son was not shown at all so all wagers were refunded

-Gatorade shower was purple. Purple was not an option so all wagers were refunded

-MVP did not thank anyone

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Posted on: February 6, 2012 11:53 am
 

Ochocinco in court Monday morning, paid $200 fine

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By Josh Katzowitz

After his team lost Super Bowl XLVI in which he played almost no role, Chad Ochocinco had quite a postgame hangover Monday morning. He had to be in Hamilton County court in Cincinnati in order to pay a fine for a tinted window violation and a driving under suspension infraction.

Wrote Ochocinco -- who recorded one catch for 21 yards vs. the Giants -- on his Twitter account Monday morning (with all sic’s included): “Court appearance done in Cincinnati, having to appear in court for window tint being to dark is a bit extreme, nonetheless no jail time.”

He was charged with the offenses last July, and he missed his court appearance Dec. 20. Judge Russell Mock continued the case until Monday, and there were no arrest warrants issued.

The Boston Herald, reporting that Ochocinco paid a $200 fine, asked Hamilton County bailiff Daniel Deters what Ochocinco looked like and he said, “Like he’d just lost the Super Bowl.”

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Posted on: February 6, 2012 9:51 am
Edited on: February 7, 2012 6:25 am
 

Coughlin discusses legacy and Eli Manning

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By Josh Katzowitz

INDIANAPOLIS -- Bill Belichick was strangely happy all week. Until, that is, the Giants beat the Patriots 21-17 in Super Bowl XLVI and Belichick blew off a postgame interview with NBC and gave clipped comments to the assembled media in the presser following the game.

But Tom Coughlin never changed this week. He talked about the team, eschewing questions about his legacy or about his future as an NFL coach, and during his Monday morning press conference, after a night of spending time with friends and family where there was plenty of “banter” and only 15 minutes of sleep, Coughlin’s answers were consistent. He stayed solid.

Now that you’ve won two Super Bowls, he was asked, can you discuss your legacy and what this win means to the way people see your coaching career?

“No, I’m not really into that stuff,” Coughlin said. “It’s not about me. That’s what we talk about all the time. We’re not about individuals. We’re about what’s in the best interest of our team. All our power is generated from our team. We’re cognizant of some of the superior individuals we have on our team, but it is the team that provides us with the strength and the ability to perform under pressure.”

Giants 21, Patriots 17
Another reporter tried a different tact. Now that you’re 5-1 against Bill Belichick, Coughlin’s old buddy, Florida Times-Union writer Vito Stellino began, and 2-0 vs. him in the Super Bowl, can people say that you’re a better coach than your former colleague?

“There you go,” Coughlin said with a smile. “I’m just trying to do my job the best I can possibly do, thank you very much.”

One last attempt: you’re going to be back next season, right?

“I certainly hope so,” said Coughlin, ever humble. “My intentions are for it to be that way. I do have some ownership that has to give approval. But I’m looking forward to it.”

Yes, I’m sure the Maras will need to be convinced that Coughlin should be brought back next year. But aside from Coughlin’s legacy -- assuming Bill Parcells gets into the Hall of Fame at some point, doesn’t Coughlin, who now has as many Super Bowl titles as Parcells, deserve the same consideration? -- how will history look back on Eli Manning?

After his Super Bowl MVP performance (30 of 40, 296 yards, a touchdown) that garnered him his second Super Bowl title, Manning was asked the last time he had bragging rights over his brother Peyton Manning -- who, sadly, only has one Super Bowl ring.

“This isn’t about bragging rights,” Eli said. “This is a lot bigger. This is about a team and organization being named world champions, a team finding a way to get a victory. That’s the only thing I care about. Peyton and I know that’s the goal every year.”

And as to the question about Eli Manning’s status as an elite quarterback?

“This business about being an elite quarterback,” Coughlin said, “that’s come and gone. I don’t think we’ll hear much about that anymore.”

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Posted on: February 6, 2012 12:04 am
Edited on: February 6, 2012 5:38 am
 

Gronkowski had little impact for Pats

Chase Blackburn comes down with an interception in front of Rob Gronkowski. (AP)
By Josh Katzowitz

INDIANAPOLIS -- Rob Gronkowski played as much and as well as most people could have guessed. He played but almost certainly was not 100 percent healthy. He didn't have much of a role in the passing offense. He was used mostly as a decoy and as a blocking tight end. And in the end, his impact on the Patriots' 21-17 loss to the Giants was minimal.

If we weren't wondering about how his ankle -- only two weeks after he suffered a high ankle sprain in the AFC title game -- we probably wouldn't have noticed Gronkowski at all. Basically, he was a shell of the man who accomplished so much this year and who put together arguably the best-ever season for an NFL tight end.

During the season, he caught 90 passes for 1,327 yards and 17 touchdowns. On Sunday in Super Bowl XLVI, Gronkowski was targeted only three times and caught two passes for 26 yards. He blocked on running plays, but mostly, he was invisible.

"I was good," Gronkowski said. "I was 100 percent out there doing everything they asked me to do."

Fair enough, but obviously the Patriots didn't ask him to do much. Which was probably appropriate, considering Gronkowski didn't practice the week after the AFC title game and didn't practice Wednesday or Friday before the Super Bowl. He was limited on Thursday, so the game plan for Gronkowski probably was small.

Giants 21, Patriots 17
Still, he had a chance to make a big play early in the fourth quarter as the Patriots tried extending their 17-15 lead. Tom Brady avoided the pass rush at midfield and launched a pass deep downfield, intended for Gronkowski. But the ball was badly underthrown, and Gronkowski couldn't get around Giants linebacker Chase Blackburn to prevent the interception.

"We were in a defense where I had to carry him vertical all the way down the field," Blackburn said. "[Brady] had a lot of time ... and he just threw it up for grabs. I finally found the ball. I just tried to box [Gronkowski] out and go up and get the ball.”

Maybe if Gronkowski's ankle were OK, he would have had a chance at catching the pass. Maybe he would have had a greater impact in the game, like fellow tight end Aaron Hernandez, who led the team with eight catches for 67 yards and a touchdown. But that's not who the Patriots had Sunday. His ankle allowed him to play, but it didn’t allow him to be the player you normally see.

"We don’t make excuses," running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis said. "We didn't win the game today, and that's it."

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