The offseason takes forever. Sometimes, your focus will stray away from the football field. For Bills running back C.J. Spiller, there’s time to break down a favorite Nickelodeon show, mainly Spongebob Squarepants.
The young star shared his thoughts on his favorite sea sponge with Buffalo’s WGRZ TV. You can check it out right here.
So, what does he think about Spongebob?
“Hard-working guy. He’s the team player.”
OK, what about Mr. Krabs?
“He’s all about his money.” Indeed:
And Spongebob’s best friend Patrick?
“Never understood how he sleeps under a rock.” Agreed, that is odd:
Questions? Comments? Send them to [email protected] and we might respond in our weekly mailbag!
Hello again and welcome back to the second edition of Mail-it-in Friday. Our debut brought a lot of attention on Tim Tebow and you readers flooded our inbox with thoughts and questions. However, in the interest of everyone’s sanity, we won’t turn this into another bash-Timmy session. But we’ll include some and move on to some other topics. Remember, if you want to submit a question, send it to [email protected] Let’s dig in, shall we?
Is there anything more painful in spectator sports than watching Timmy try to throw? Soccer maybe?
Don’t you dare insult soccer! We at Laces Out live to watch midfielders kick balls back and forth like hacky-sacks on a small-college quad! We truly hope Real Madrid bests Lower Tottenham for the British Squireship championship! Those are real things, right?
Actually, we agree with you. Nothing is worse than soccer (except the Champions League final live on FOX!). We would much rather watch Tim Tebow not drink at a frat party than watch soccer.
Let’s look at the facts on Tebow; the media destroye4d him. The media dogged him, his teams, his faith, his teams, his fans, his teammates, and his potential. He was and is the NFL’s version of Anna Nicole Smith. I believe that the Media would be pleased to dog him to death as well. Then a stupid poll like this could take place and question the content of his Christian Character. Sports media is a talking head pontificating speculating Joke; in the case of Tim Tebow is it NO laughing matter. He is a decent human being that the Media destroyed.
Dude! Tim Tebow is STILL ALIVE. He’s living, breathing and free to live a life of religious fulfillment. Stop talking about him like he’s lying in a gutter somewhere.
And sorry, not seeing the Anna Nicole correlation either, but you get partial credit for effort.
Bob Bolander wrote,
I would like to propose a couple different “new” NFL games be played the week before the Super Bowl, instead of the Pro Bowl.
The first I would call the “Almost Bowl.” It would match up the two teams from both conferences that came closest to making the playoffs, but didn’t. The victor would get an automatic Wild Card berth the following year if they finished with at least a 7-9 season. (I would have said at least an 8-8 season, but since the Seahawks once made it to the playoffs with a 7-9 record that seems to be the new lower threshold.) Yes, there would be a long lay-off from the end of the regular season to this game during which the players would have to stay sharp, but bowl-bound college teams often endure periods like that too. It would be a meaningful game that could be played in a colorful or overseas venue, if desired.
My second game that weekend would be the “Anchor Bowl.” It would match the two worst teams from each conference. What they would be playing for would be draft picks, let’s say two extra first round picks for the winner, and one extra pick for the loser if they lose by 14 or less points (in other words, they’re still in it until late in the 4th quarter). Now this game would be problematic in several ways, not least of which is the Embarrassment Factor. Also getting the best performance out of the players so that the team would have a better opportunity to replace some of them would be an issue, along with keeping losing teams from deliberately playing for the bottom in order to acquire those draft picks…but maybe those would be sort of counter-balancing factors. It would be a “post-season game” for two otherwise disconsolate NFL cities, and might help quickly rebuild some struggling franchises.
Just trying to come up with something other than that lame Pro-Bowl…which I would again reschedule until after the Super Bowl.
Wow. We thought figuring out playoff tiebreakers was complicated. Are you absolutely sure that the Pro Bowl wouldn’t be better than trying to watch the two games you’re suggesting?
Remember that Michael Douglas movie “The Game?” That was less confusing than the “Anchor Bowl.” Why would anyone want to watch the worst teams from each conference once the season ends? And what’s this about “one extra pick for the loser if they lose by 14 or less points?” Plus, do you really think this “post-season game” would “quickly rebuild some struggling franchises?” All this would accomplish is to shine a spotlight on two heaps of miserable failure, during a time when the NFL is trying to put its best foot forward.
Now, as far as this “Almost Bowl” malarkey, we here at Laces Out disagree. Listen, life isn’t fair. Sometimes you’re a Seahawks team that finishes 7-9 and beats the defending world champions thanks to an epic Beast Mode run:
Or, sometimes you’re a Patriots team that goes 11-5 in 2008 and ends up twiddling their thumbs on the couch during the postseason.
Look people, you gotta chill out. The Pro Bowl — for whatever reason — gets high ratings. Is it a terrible product? OK, fine, but it manages to fill our boring lives with something between Championship Weekend and Super Bowl Sunday.
Thanks for the email, though, Bob. Love it. Just next time, stop channeling War and Peace. Think pithy!
One completion does not make I good qb that’s only pass that was on the money all day tebow play tightend make the money
Sorry, Tim … these are the people that support you.
Do you care
I do, Birdie. I really do. More than you can ever imagine.
The Jets should get rid of Gino Smith NOW. Gino has, what I call a stupid gene, and there is nothing that can be done to correct the problem. Mark my words, it is just a question of when that the Jets and Gino part company.
Sigh, first of all … it’s “Geno” Smith. Let’s just get that out of the way. Second, we don’t see eye to eye on this “stupid Gene” thing. We here at Laces Out had the chance to meet Geno Smith recently and he came across as an intelligent and somewhat shy young man. I didn’t spot any faulty genes coming through in any of his comments.
Now, this is gonna sting: “Mark my words, it is just a question of when that the Jets and Gino part company,” is completely asinine. Geno and the Jets are GUARANTEED to part company at some point!! Even if he enjoys an illustrious 20-year career in New York while breaking every recognizable NFL record along the way!! Howard, you might as well have said “tomorrow we will all be breathing air.”
Come on, stop being a hater. Give the kid a chance to play. And stop trying to spot stupid genes.
First of all, props for rhyming. Second, this is an NFL mailbag. We here at Laces Out have no interest in the NBA playoffs, because the Heat are guaranteed to win it all. All these playoff rounds are just pointless. We’re more interested in OTAs, rookie minicamps and things that actually, you know, MATTER.
Do you think that Tom Brady of the Pats will last. If so, how long? He seems like he’s getting tired.
Good question. Tom Brady of the Pats might be getting up there in age, but he’s still firing on all cylinders. He still plays for the best owner and best coach in the league. He still has an undeniable desire to win. Sure, he might not have more than three, maybe four, seasons left in him, but we wouldn’t say that he’s tired, per se.
What could he be tired of? Maybe losing to the Giants in Super Bowl (still don’t know how that happened twice)? Maybe having a wife who could be TOO hot? Nah, no way.
Tom Brady of the Pats is doing just fine, rest assured.
Now, Tom Brady of Somerset County Plumbing and Playground Equipment? He’s all used up. I can’t believe he’s made it this far.
Sorry for living in the dark ages but this is the first time I have seen Laces Out. Now maybe I can occasionally get an answer where before, I had nowhere to go. Here’s my first simple question:
I can understand the NFL’s interest in going to an 8-team-per-conference play-off, to make more money and keep fans interested longer.
Money??? Hey, it’s the American way and if the people want it, give it to them.
Keep interest going??? Ahhh, here’s my big question. Why not make each team’s 16-game schedule like this: the 1st 10 games would be non-division with the last 6 being divisional, and the winner of the division goes. This way, even if a team starts 0-10 (at this point, most fans have given up on the season), they still have a chance to make the play-offs. Wouldn’t that keep fans interested longer, and keep teams playing honestly (and maybe for a perfect season, rather than saving players)? Play-off match-up would still be the same (best vs. worst), but no one would give up too early in the season. And if one division’s winner is also a top record team, the stray opening can still go to a next qualifying record, who must wait to see how the divisions clear up. How’s that for interest?
So, what’s your explanation as to why it’s not done?
I’m really sorry, but you lost us when you said you’ve never heard of Laces Out. We here didn’t think that was possible! I’m sorry, we’re deeply offended. But you’ll get an answer, because Laces Out is good like that.
So, you approve of a world where a 6-10 team could still make the playoffs? I’m sorry, but Laces Out doesn’t want to live in that world. Sounds like a horrible place.
BH Co, Ltd wrote,
I’ve been trying to reach you.
I find it amazing that the man is always the one arrested in a domestic dispute. If he is having problems with an outrageous amount of child support the courts should be working with those involved the solve the problem. Arresting the man does not solve any problem. It just demonstrates our discriminating system.
I assume you’re talking about Chad Johnson’s latest legal mess? Thanks, I’ll pass your thoughts along to Nancy Grace. Come on, keep your questions between the lines, if possible.
When are they going to get rid of these idiotic roman numerals for the Superbowl? Upcoming in two years is Superbowl XLIX. XLIX? Sounds like a porn TV station.or one that carries only shows about dogs.
And I know an xtremely perfect corporate sponsor for that, if they decide to put somebody’s name on the Superbowl. How about the XLAX Superbowl XLIX?
And the ultimate absurdity — 50th annual AFC-NFC championship will be known as Superbowl L. Superbowl L? Are you kidding me? How do you get excited and pumped about Superbowl L? and how many people will be totally confused at the designation “L”.
They’ll be wondering when the Superbowl switched to the alphabet. And even more, they’ll wonder what happened to/when did they play Superbowl “A”, and Superbowl “B”, and Superbown “C”, etc.
Superbowl L? It’s ridiculous.
when are they going to get rid of these moronic roman numerals?
Jim, we’ve never met. But I now love you. I hope this is the start of a long and fruitful relationship. Love, Laces Out.
Keep those emails coming, folks. See you next week.
Mark Sanchez, the dude in the picture wearing the headband, is already drawing criticism and an unnamed Jets player believes the quarterback’s time as a starter is dwindling. After throwing three interceptions in Wednesday’s session of OTA’s, tension began to mount.
The Jets player, who asked not to be identified, estimates that 80-90 percent of the roster has similar feelings.
“Everyone on the team likes Mark personally but there’s a general feeling among some of the players that maybe it’s time to give someone else a chance,” the player told Mike Freeman of CBSSports.com.
The player isn’t alone. In fact, Rex Ryan wasn’t happy either. He ripped into the offense following a poor performance during Wednesday’s OTA.
“This is unacceptable,” Ryan told a group of reporters. “(You) did a lot of great things and it’s not that you try to cover up the fact you had some bad plays, no, you flat tell him, ‘we can’t have these,’ and that type of stuff, and he knows.”
In other news, Geno Smith hired Jay-Z to be his agent on Wednesday. Oh, the Jets.
Last year at this time, Geno Smith was sipping Gatorade and preparing to play in Dana Holgorsen’s air-raid offense at West Virginia. One year later and the Jets rookie QB has inked a deal to make rap mogul Jay-Z his sports agent.
Smith fired his agents, Select Sports, shortly after he fell into the second round. Roc Nation, which is partnered with Creative Artists Agency, has also signed Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano and former Notre Dame star Skylar Diggins in the past month.
“Spent some good time with [Jay Z],” Smith told a pool of reporters last week at an NFL rookie premiere event in Los Angeles. “He’s a great guy. Obviously, he’s seen as a pop icon, but I wasn’t starstruck. It was just about learning and I kind of picked his brain and just figured out some things. I felt good about it.”
He must’ve felt really good about it, seeing as Jay-Z will try to lay the blueprint foroff-the-field endorsement opportunities. That shouldn’t be hard. Let’s not forget that he is the founder of Rocawear, co-owns the 40/40 Club and is also a co-brand director for Budweiser Select. On top of that, he’s married to one of the hottest pop icons in Beyonce.
Seems like Geno is getting used to this whole “celebrity” thing.
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The San Francisco 49ers received devastating news on Wednesday when they learned that wide receiver Michael Crabtree could miss the season with a torn Achilles tendon, according to USA Today. The injury occurred during organized team activities on Tuesday.
There’s no way to replace Crabtree. He is coming off a season in which he had career highs in receptions (85), yards (1,105) and touchdowns (nine). It’s also no secret that Crabtree is quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s favorite target. Well, that will have to change.
So, who should the Niners look at to replace the 25-year-old receiver? Since we assume Anquan Boldin will have a good grasp on one side of the field, let’s take a look at some candidates who could come in and make an impact: Keep Reading…
Geno Smith already has the makings of a fan favorite with the New York Jets — if only because he’s not Mark Sanchez — but the rookie QB is going to have to do a little more to win over one former Jet who knows a thing or two about quarterbacking under the bright lights of New York.
In fact, Joe Namath has gone as far as to say he doesn’t think the Jets should have selected Smith with the 39th overall pick at all, and that they had other holes in the roster that warranted more immediate attention. Keep Reading…
Let’s face it, the Arizona Cardinals’ Twitter handle isn’t usually a hot bed of hilarity. But Wednesday was a whole different story. Following Brian Urlacher’s announcement that he will retire, the Cardinals blasted this bad boy out.
By now you probably have heard the news. Brian Urlacher retired. What a career. He played 13 years for one team, which doesn’t happen too often in today’s age. He’s a legend in Chicago and a likely first-ballot Hall of Famer, which he’ll be eligible for in 2018
Last year, Urlacher met with NFL on FOX analyst Michael Strahan and talked about how he was inching closer to retirement. Although Urlacher, 34, was limited with a knee injury in 2012, he still played with a great passion. Keep Reading…