Some bad PR news for the NFL today.
Story No. 1: Forbes.com released its list of most-disliked athletes, and those with NFL affiliations sat in four of the top-five places. No. 1 was Eagles QB Michael Vick (for obvious reasons, a 69 percent disapproval rating). No. 2 was Raiders owner Al Davis (66 percent), No. 3 was Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger (a 59 percent disapproval rating, but with the photo the web site ran, that should be closer to 100 percent), and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones (53 percent) roped himself into the No. 5 spot. Golfer Tiger Woods, for those who are interested, was No. 4.
I was a little surprised there continues to be such vitriol for Davis. Forbes.com writes he’s “A football owner who's always walked to the beat of his own drum. Davis has signed renegade players and yanked his team back and forth between Oakland and Los Angeles, spurring lawsuits and run-ins with the league. And his ‘Just win, baby’ mantra hasn't been working in recent years.” Yet, this seems like old news to me.
With some smart draft picks this year, Davis has won back a little respect. If the Raiders can improve on their five-win season from a year ago, he might not reside in the top-five for much longer.
The Facts & Rumors blog congratulates all winners.
Story No. 2: ESPN.com has a story that might make some NFL players awfully nervous. According to investigative reporter Mike Fish , more evidence has been found that link league players with Dr. Anthony Galea, a former team doctor with the CFL’s Toronto Argonauts who has been accused of supplying players with the banned substance HGH.
According to court documents ESPN obtained Monday, the lengthy list of items authorities seized (from Galea during a search of his office in October) includes an "NFL file folder," "Professional Players Journal" and "daytimer with football dates.”
The seven-page document filed with the Canadian court after the execution of the October search warrant does not identify any patients by name.
But the Buffalo News reported last month that WR Santana Moss has been treated by Galea. Are there others who are waiting with bated breath to see if their names are released? The odds say: yes.
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