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Former NFL quarterback Vince Young admitted under oath that he probably signed at least some of the documents for a $1.9 million loan he now says he shouldn't have to repay.
Young, who has been out of football since he was cut by the Buffalo Bills before the start of the 2012 season, is fighting a $1.7 million judgment against him obtained by New York-based Pro Player Funding LLC last July after a payment was missed in May. The $1.877 million loan was taken out during the NFL lockout in May 2011 while Young was still under contract to the Tennessee Titans. The loan was due to be paid back in January at an annual interest rate of 20 percent, which could jump to 34 percent if Young missed a payment.
5 Months Buffalo Bills
Free agent Vince Young remains determined to make a comeback.
?oI made some mistakes. And when you have the type of mistakes that I have, being quarterback in the NFL, it can ruin your career," Young said in an interview with ESPN's Outside the Lines. "So right now, I?Tm trying to fight hard to give it another go, another shot." Young finally appears to have seen the light, but it's likely too late for a player who will turn 30 in May. Young's financial issues mean this probably won't be the last time he vows to "fight hard" to return, but the fact that he hasn't found a job in a year where so many teams have issues at quarterback bodes extremely poorly for his NFL future.
Initially built by NASA to set lines for the Las Vegas casinos in the late 1950s (who do you think funded the Apollo missions? The government? It was the mob ...), The Sin City Betbot 6000 calculated lines for more than 30 years. The Betbot was given various upgrades through the years, not always with the best equipment, but he was very good at setting lines and living the good life.
The Betbot was de-commissioned in 1990 after San Francisco destroyed Denver in the Super Bowl. The 45-point spread simply fried a number of the Betbot's wires and he retired. The Betbot was discovered by fantasysharks.com and retooled to give fantasy advice. He lives now to give his own unique, well cultured take on the NFL. The Sin City Betbot 6000 Presents is transcribed by Joe Petrizzi and Tom Walls because "typing ... BZZT ... is a dame's job."
Steven Spielberg is basically a good egg. I first met him while he was storyboarding the smash motion picture, Jaws . Spielberg had grand plans for that flick. A fully articulated mechanical shark which would be the star of the whole movie.
Things didn't go Spielberg's way, however. The shark they initially tried was a bust. It plain old didn't work. Spielberg called me to stand-in for the shark. They welded a fin to my skin, and shot me with very quick cuts. My screen time as the shark was greatly reduced. This was my idea. I said to Spielberg, "The mind, Stevie, the mind is the true theater of suspense!" Now ... BZZT ... I was incredibly drunk when I said that. I'm not 100 percent sure what I was talking about, but Spielberg took that to mean that the shark should hardly be shown, and that suspense is best built by caught breaths, good actors and a strong John Williams score.
Needless to say, the kid as right.
The Blu-Ray version of the film goes into the technical struggles Jaws had. I've asked that my part in the film not be mentioned, to keep the focus on Spielberg. But I feel damn good about my role in that film. Damn good, indeed.
NFC NOTES -- I've blasted both Mike Shanahan and Kyle Shanahan before. Deservedly so. But I got to say, I like what Kyle is doing to fit the Washington offense to Robert Griffin III's skill set. This is what all coaches should be doing. Instead, we find most coaches trying to jam round pegs into square holes by forcing their philosophies on personnel ill-suited to them. That said, the way Griffin III is playing makes me think that just about any offensive philosophy would suit...
Cam Newton is taking suggestions. The Carolina second-year quarterback told reporters that he was open to suggestions to get himself and his team on track after a 1-5 start on the heels of high expectations. The solution is simple in my mind. So, here is my suggestion to Newton and the Panthers on how they can right the ship and salvage the season.
A year after flashing a dynamic offense in Newton's rookie season, the Panthers have failed to score more than 14 points in four of their six games this season. Fantasy owners likely spent a high draft pick on Newton expecting him to continue to develop as a passer and lead fantasy squads like he did last season.
Last season the Panthers gave DeAngelo Williams a huge contract and followed that up with a new deal for fellow running back Jonathan Stewart this season. Consider that they also added multi-talented Mike Tolbert this offseason, and the Panthers appear to have the most talented backfield in football. But, seven weeks in to the season, all that talent has not translated to on-field success.
Williams and Stewart were drafted in virtually every league and expected to provide flex help and fill in on bye weeks, but after an abysmal start, according to our friends at www.fleaflicker.com, the once reliable duo are among the most cut running backs in fantasy football. While many owners are giving up on Williams and Stewart, the fact is that a commitment and resurgence of the running game is exactly what the Panthers need if they want to salvage the season.
With only 85 carries in six games for the duo, the Panthers have been abandoning the run and are simply not positioning the two to succeed. The remedy for the Panthers is to allow the running game to set up the passing game. Offensive coordinator Rod Chudzinski is a hot name in coaching circles and may be trying to be too cute and gimmicky with his play calling. There are no assurances that the Panthers get on track and put Williams or Stewart in a position to contribute to your team, but don't give up and cut them at this point. A returned commitment to the running game will relieve the pressure on Newton and open up the field for all their other players.
A diagnosis of Newton might require as much a psychiatrist's couch as a fantasy owner's perspective. Newton has not shown the type of leadership you hope to see from your quarterback in press conferences. While he is taking responsibility and not looking to blame others, his antics...
7 Months Buffalo Bills
Beat writer Kent Somers says the Cardinals' front office has not even discussed adding free agent QB Vince Young.
A Sunday morning report about the Cards working out Young proved erroneous. Somers says he's mentioned Young's name to people inside the organization before, "and the reaction has not been positive." Young hasn't found a sniff of interest since the Bills released him before Week 1.
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The Cardinals will work out free agent Vince Young on Tuesday.
With Kevin Kolb (ribs, shoulder) out at least 6-8 weeks, the Cardinals are in the market for quarterback depth. Right now, only sixth-round rookie Ryan Lindley sits behind starter John Skelton. Young has been on the street since a disastrous preseason in Buffalo saw him lose out to Tyler Thigpen for a roster spot.
9 Months Buffalo Bills
Bills released QB Vince Young.