MOJO RIZON: Keeping it Real!

Street Talk MOJO RIZON: Keeping it Real!

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I read that offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie chose the Ravens over the Browns. Really? Kind of like picking Ruth’s Chris over McDonald’s, Grey Goose over rail or Claudia Lynx (pictured) over Betty White.

Don’t’ get caught up in the highs and lows of preseason performances – they can often be a mirage. Big name players regardless of what you hear aren’t really going full tilt. What’s the upside in that? And when matched up against reserves, low draft picks and undrafted players playing with their hair on fire, the results can be misleading. Think Justin Bieber scoring on Kobe Bryant in a charity basketball game.

Has The Commish gone soft? NFL problem children Aquib Talib and Kenny Britt got off easy – for now. Talib is facing a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Police in the burbs of Dallas believe the talented corner and his mother shot at a man back in March. That trial is set for March 2012.

Talib is a repeat offender having been suspended without pay for the 2010 season opener and he was dinged a game check for violating the league’s personal conduct policy after an altercation with a cab driver during training camp in 2009.

As for Britt (rhymes with nitwit), he’s not too bright. His rap sheet includes a bar fight, driving without a license, failing to pay bail and a potpourri of traffic warrants. This past April the Titans WR was arrested for eluding a police officer and resisting apprehension following a speeding violation. He got off on a misdemeanor but a day later police suspected Britt of using marijuana at a Hoboken, NJ car wash. He resisted arrest and he’ll get his day in court on September 20.

Both Talib and Britt benefitted from the just completed peace treaty between the owners and players’ union. If all of this had taken place a year later, Mojo thinks that both would have received suspensions. They can thank the honeymoon glow of the new CBA for their free-to-walk papers.

You knew it was going to happen – Jordan Palmer got whacked by the Cincinnati Bengals. When brother Carson told Mike Brown to stick it, Jordan quite naturally was the target of Brownie’s touché.

Carolina Panthers’ owner Jerry Richardson sure seems to be a crotchety fella. During the early stages of CBA discussions between the owners and players, the former Baltimore Colt was said to be condescending and disrespectful towards players.  Michael Silver of Yahoo Sports quoted Richardson during these testy times.

“We signed a [expletive] deal last time and we’re going to stick together and take back our league and [expletive] do something about it.”

Mojo thinks JR [expletive] meant it too!

Recently during an interview with Charlie Rose, Richardson reminisced about a pre-draft meeting with No.1 pick Cam Newton.

 “He was dressed perfectly,” Richardson told Rose. “I said, ‘Do you have any tattoos.’ He said, ‘No sir, I don’t have any.’ I said, ‘Do you have any piercings?’ He said, ‘No sir.’ I said, ‘We want to keep it that way.’”

The predictable reactions ranged from labeling Richardson an out-of-touch dinosaur to borderline racist. But the bottom line is the dude owns the company and he can if he wants to, establish a dress code. I mean there are only about a million other companies that have one so why can’t a NFL owner?

But more realistically, Richardson wants to get a return on his No. 1 pick and marketing the brand new, unblemished model is probably a lot easier than one with several unattractive “bumper stickers.”

It would appear that Bill Belichick sees himself as The Douche-bag Whisperer after bringing in a list of bad boys that has included Randy Moss, Ryan Mallett and Albert Hey-Hey-Haynesworth. But even the hoodie-sporting DBW might have missed with the former Redskins’ malcontent. After a 20 day practice sabbatical Haynesworth(less) finally took the field last Tuesday. We’ll see if he ever suits up in a regular season game as a teammate of Mr. Gisele Bundchen.

Eagles’ fans expect Michael Vick to pick up where he left off last season when his quarterback rating was 100.2 and that doesn’t even factor in his 676 yards rushing and 9 TD’s. All tolled Vick produced 30 scores in his 12 regular season starts.

Yet it can’t be overlooked that Vick faded towards the end of the season. Sacks were more regular and so too were turnovers. In his last two starts (both losses) including the Wild Card loss to the Packers, Vick went down 9 times, produced just four scores and gave the ball away four times. His quarterback rating during those games was a very pedestrian 76.7.

Did opponents begin to figure Vick out?

Did they create a blueprint for beating the Vick-led Eagles?

Can his offensive line keep him upright and healthy?

Mojo is thinking before it’s all said and done, Vick could be watching from the sidelines in a parka while Eagles’ fans pray that Vince Young can put his backup money where his mouth is and deliver that Dream Team. And if it goes down that way, look for Young to get the “brotherly love” treatment.

And finally for all you East Coasters dealing with Irene…
 
 

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Mr. Mojo Rizon is RSR’s answer to The Sporting News’ “Fly” and The Sun’s exiled “Mr. Flip.” If you are familiar with those columns, you’ll get it.  If not, sit back, brace yourself and enjoy. More from mr._mojo_rizon

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