According to one mistaken reviewer on Trip Advisor, the following photograph depicts a “British beef burger”:
When Richard Sherman was named this past year’s Madden cover boy, I imagine a significant fraction of football fans felt schadenfreudic tinglings: Sherman — thug, villain, superstar — would surely fall victim to the vaunted Madden Curse. After all, he had only one direction to fall.
But this past week, Sherman was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week after nearly becoming the San Francisco 49ers’ leading receiver (Colin Kaepernick threw him two passes; the actual leader caught three). That recognition makes him the only player in the NFL to receive the honor in each of the past three seasons (and those 22nd and 23rd interceptions stretched his lead since entering the league to 8).
RS25 has been frustratingly (to his haters) just fine.
But there is another, far more serious, curse the Seahawks have had to contend with in 2014: the Curse of the Bieber. As has been established on this very blog, Russell Wilson does not always make the wisest of wise decisions, and so in early May he failed to extricate himself (or those poor, doomed children) from an obviously dangerous situation:
A few days ago, when it looked like Aaron Hernandez was about to be arrested for obstruction of justice, I not-so-subtly accused him of having committed considerably more than that. I made those allegations on the basis of no specific information in particular, which I suppose means I may have exposed myself to liability for libel had he never been so charged.*
But no matter: Hernandez was finally arrested this morning and charged with murder — bad news for Hernandez, but good news for my credibility. And he would have gotten away with it, too, if it wasn’t for those darn texts and deliberately-sabotaged home security system and actual video footage and proximity to the event and acquaintance with the victim and especially for those meddling kids.
Hernandez’s team, the New England Patriots, immediately tried to distance itself from the tight end, announcing his release just two hours after news broke of the arrest — and just one year after signing him to a 5-year, $37.5 million contract. The NFL as a league tried to distance itself, as well, releasing a statement calling the arrest “deeply troubling”:
After the Seahawks knocked off the Redskins in the Wild Card round of the NFL playoffs, Wonkblog published a piece by Neil Irwin (I’ll be honest – I thought Ezra Klein was the sole author on Wonkblog, until I actually looked) titled Russell Wilson is a more valuable quarterback than RGIII, and other insights from the economics of the NFL. I read that post soon after it was published, but I haven’t had time to address it since. Finals and whatnot. Plus, now they’re both out of the playoffs so it’s not like I’m rubbing anything in. The post’s premise was pretty simple:
The NFL, unlike Major League Baseball, has a hard salary cap. In 2012, no team could pay its players more than $120.6 million. There are ways to game the system for a year or two through the timing of bonuses, but over time, that is the binding constraint under which every NFL team operates. The goal, then, is to put together the best set of players you can within that constraint. To outperform, management needs to find ways to pay players less than they are worth, so that it can fit more top-quality players on the team’s roster while still fitting under that cap.
The post goes on to discuss the costs invested in the acquisition of various players. For instance, even though he’s the biggest star on the Redskins, RGIII still makes much less money than many of his teammates because he’s a rookie:
The New York Times recently published award-season predictions by Chase Stuart, who “writes about the historical and statistical side of football at his site, FootballPerspective.com.” The post includes his pick for NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, Robert Griffin the third. Obviously, I’d like to see Russell Wilson get it. That said, I understand that RWI probably isn’t going to win in a season when there is a strong case to be made for Andrew Luck, RGIII, and even Alfred Morris.
But here’s the thing: if there is a case to be made for RGIII, Stuart didn’t make it.
I plan to quote the entire (short) section more-or-less in full, so no need to check out the original: