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Required Reading 9-3-09

Every day, the staffers at MFDC gather some of the best links around the intraweb in an effort to make you the most well informed fan in your office.  Enjoy!

PacMan Jones doesn’t meet the high standards of the CFL – Winnepeg Free Press

The Adam Pacman Jones ‘era’ in Winnipeg is over before the NFL bad boy ever pulled on a Blue Bomber jersey or crossed the border into Canada.

The Bombers issued a press release at 7:30 Wednesday night indicating they will no longer be pursuing the services of the talented, but troubled defensive back/kick returner, a former first-round draft pick who was most-recently released by the Dallas Cowboys.

Bomber head coach Mike Kelly just addressed the media at the club’s offices, stating:

“After deliberating and further investigating, we feel at this time it is not in the best interest of our football club to pursue Adam Jones and I wish him all the luck in his future endeavours,” said Kelly.

“This has nothing to do with his ability to get across the border. It was instigated by me and then after having further discussions with (Bomber president and CEO) Lyle (Bauer) I just didn’t feel it was in the best interest of our football club to include Adam Jones.”

The Bombers have spent much of the last few days dealing with the Jones story, ever since director of player personnel John Murphy indicated the team’s interest in Jones to an on-line reporter for Sports Illustrated. But the club kept insisting Jones had not signed even as the story grew. Ultimately, the team backed away partly  because of concerns of how he would fit into their locker room.

Marlins superstars are none to pleased with each other – Miami Herald

Florida Marlins All-Star shortstop Hanley Ramirez and second baseman Dan Uggla exchanged heated words Wednesday afternoon in the team’s clubhouse before a game against the Atlanta Braves.

A frustrated and injured Ramirez told reporters he made “some people upset” after leaving Tuesday night’s loss in the fourth inning with a strained left hamstring. Moments later, after reporters met with manager Fredi Gonzalez in the dugout, Uggla openly argued with Ramirez in the clubhouse.

According to 790 The Ticket, which witnessed the squabble with two other reporters, Uggla accused Ramirez of a lack of desire and effort to win. And at one point, Uggla, lacing his remark with an expletive, said: “Yeah, you got your $70 million,” while asking Ramirez why he came out of Tuesday’s game.

“You don’t get the same respect from teammates when you’re not playing,” Ramirez said before the squabble. “I [made] people upset when I [left] the game last night. I try to do the best I can.”

Michigan to use the Forcier? – Michigan Daily sports writer @mikerothstein

Just got out of practice. Forcier took most of snaps with the first team.

Dear Massachusetts, Kurt Shilling would like to be your Senator (maybe)- Boston Globe

Add another name to the growing list of pols and would-be pols eyeing a run for Edward M. Kennedy’s Senate seat: former Red Sox ace Curt Schilling.

That’s right, Mr. Bloody Sock himself told NECN’s Brad Puffer in an interview today that he has been “contacted” about a possible Senate run and has not ruled it out.

“I’m not going to divulge the discussions, but I’ve been contacted by people whose opinion I give credence to and listen to, and I listened,” Schilling said.

Asked whether he would run, Schilling said, “As of today, probably not.”

“I don’t know, going forward,” Schilling said. “That’s a pretty big deal, from a commitment standpoint, not just for me but for my family.”

After the interview, Schilling added to his comments with a statement he posted on his blog.

“I do have some interest in the possibility,” Schilling wrote. “That being said to get to there, from where I am today, many many things would have to align themselves for that to truly happen. I am not going to comment further on the matter since at this point it would be speculation on top of speculation.”

The Broncos are shopping for Brandon Marshall replacements according to   – ESPN

The Denver Broncos would want New York Jets linebacker David Harris in any trade scenario for wide receiver Brandon Marshall, two NFL sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter on Wednesday.

There is no indication that the Jets would surrender Harris, who was fifth on the team in tackles last season despite playing only 11 games due to groin surgery. He led the Jets in tackles the previous season.

Marshall has requested a trade from the Broncos, and new coach Josh McDaniels finally suspended him this week for conduct detrimental to the team.

…but not according to Bronco’s Coach Josh McDaniels – Denver Post

Broncos coach Josh McDaniels squashed rumors today that the team is looking to trade suspended wide receiver Brandon Marshall.

“There is no discussions whatsoever taking place between Denver Broncos and any team in the National Football League regarding Brandon Marshall,” McDaniels said. “We’re looking forward to having Brandon back on the 6th of September and starting our (season-opening) preparation with him.”

Got a spare billion?  See what NFL franchises you could buy  – Forbes

The National Football League was sacked by the recession during the past year. Tight credit markets, a precipitous decline in the number of people who could afford to buy a team and an unusually high number of franchises looking for investors combined to lower the average revenue multiple used to value teams from 4.7 to 4.4.

Although the average team enterprise value (equity plus debt) remained unchanged from a year ago at $1 billion, eight teams declined in value. The biggest losers: Oakland Raiders (-7%), Detroit Lions (-6%) and Indianapolis Colts (-5%). This marked the first time in 10 years that any NFL team had gone down in value.

But the biggest challenges face owners who bought at the peak. Earlier this year Stephen Ross bought 95% of the Miami Dolphins, the team’s stadium and about 100 acres of surrounding real estate for $1.1 billion. But the Dolphins are having trouble selling tickets and have $400 million in debt. The team could post a net loss this season, and during the past few months Ross has been selling small pieces to local celebrities like Gloria Estefan and Jennifer Lopez to raise the team’s profile and shore up its balance sheet.

Between cocaine hits, Matt Jones works out for Titans – The Tennessean

The Titans will begin looking at options at the receiver position on Thursday, as former Jaguar Matt Jones is scheduled to work out for the team, according to sources familiar with the situation.

Jones, a first round pick by Jacksonville in 2005, caught 65 passes for 761 yards with the Jaguars last season. In four NFL seasons he has 166 catches for 2,153 yards and 15 touchdowns.

Dennis Erickson good at disclipling.  Couting? Not so much.  Arizona Republic

Erickson suspends ‘5 or 6’ for opener

Arizona State football coach Dennis Erickson on Tuesday announced the suspensions of “five or six” players for Saturday’s opener against Idaho State, and the Sun Devilslikely will be without standout freshman Vontaze Burfict as well.

Erickson refused to get into specifics or identify the players, but he mentioned the suspensions when a reporter asked why starting receiver Kerry Taylor sat out a portion of Tuesday’s practice.

“It’s nothing serious or anything like that,” Erickson said. “They just broke a team rule.”

In other words, “I’m 19 years old and I’m rich.  Why the hell would I move to Minneaopolis? – Star Tribune

BARCELONA, Spain – Ricky Rubio preferred to keep playing basketball in Spain because joining the Minnesota Timberwolves was a risky move that would complicate his life.

The 19-year-old point guard was sent from DKV Joventut to Barcelona on Tuesday after the Catalan club paid Rubio’s $5 million buyout.

Rubio, the Timberwolves’ fifth overall pick in this year’s draft, agreed to a six-year deal which includes a buyout clause that will allow him to leave for the NBA after two years.

“Going to Minnesota would have just complicated my life a lot. It was a risk and I didn’t see it so clearly,” Rubio said. “My priority was the NBA and it was impossible for the Minnesota Timberwolves to pay my buyout clause, so I wanted to stay home.”

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