Houston Texans News
Let's All Calm Down On The G.O.A.T. Talk.
But let's also all say thanks to Brian Cushing for giving Texans fans something to read about in early July:
"He's incredible. There's no other word for him. You won't hear me talk too many guys up; it's hard to get me to give you credit. But, I mean, he's one of those guys that, he's truly the best at what he does.
"The combination, the speed the power, how he plays, endurance, smarts and the scary part is it's his second year. He hasn't even hit his peak yet. The things that he's going to be able to accomplish are unbelievable.
"When you talk about the potential that he has of really maybe being the greatest defensive player ever, he could be. And I know that's very premature but he's that kind of player and I think that if he just keeps doing what he's doing and obviously stays healthy, he's on that track."
If J.J. Watt played for any other team, we'd all be making fun of Cushing right now for speaking too early. Let's wait to see if Watt still has his bionic powers without the elbow brace this season before we start throwing out "Potential For 'Greatest Of All Time'" labels.
Around The NFL
Aaron Hernandez Is Not A Gang Banger.
He's apparently a mafia kingpin.
Investigators in the Aaron Hernandez murder case were prepared to interview a Bristol man who was killed early Sunday when he crashed a car registered to his father-in-law, the former New England Patriot tight end's uncle.
Multiple law enforcement sources said Massachusetts investigators were interested in speaking with Thaddeus Singleton III, 33, because he was associated with Hernandez. Singleton, who records show has served time in state prisons on various drug-related convictions dating to the mid-1990s, was killed when the car he was driving shot 100 feet through the air and hit the Farmington Country Club 6 feet off the ground.
The ol' "single car crash" move, eh? Singleton was married to Hernandez's cousin, but we all know family (or near family) ties are no impediment to getting capped when you're living in Aaron's world.
Speaking Of Aaron Hernandez...
You really shouldn't speak of Aaron Hernandez in public. More specifically, you shouldn't yell out, "Hey, Aaron Hernandez!" when a man who looks like Aaron Hernandez enters a Bristol, Connecticut restaurant at 3:15 a.m. More specifically, don't do that when the man you're yelling at is allegedly D.J. Hernandez, Aaron's brother.
This is my favorite part:
"It was determined that the fight started over a mistaken identity; someone thought they had seen Aaron Hernandez and shouted out 'Hey, Aaron Hernandez,'" the [police press] release states.
Right. Someone thought they saw Aaron Hernandez walking around, free as a bird, ready to shoot anyone that looked at him cross-eyed. And I just saw Rae Carruth walk past me on the sidewalk.
(Damn, The Hartford Courant. Back-to-back links in a Battle Red Blog post? Huge day for y'all.)
Maybe You Should Have Just Let Him Drive, Man.
San Francisco 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks allegedly assaulted a teammate on June 8, according to court documents and a police report obtained by the San Jose Mercury News...
... Brooks allegedly struck 49ers nose tackle Lamar Divens three times in the head with a beer bottle and then punched him in the face during an argument about Brooks' readiness to drive.
Divens was reportedly ready to press charges against his teammate, but changed his mind, possibly because no one has ever heard of Lamar Divens, and he's trying to break back into the NFL after not having played in a game since 2010.
Brooks is also a UVa guy, by the way. Really making us proud, Ahmad.
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In The Latest Example Of "It Is What It Is".
Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman doesn't like Jim Harbaugh, his former college coach at Stanford and now angrily pacing the sidelines in San Francisco. Sherman made a recent appearance on the NFL Network, and had this to say:
"I don't have a relationship with him. I don't try to go any route with him. I don't deal with him; he is not my coach. So I deal with what is going on in Seattle and I keep it there."
Earlier this offseason, after Harbaugh's comments about the propensity for Seahawks players to test positive for performance enhancing drugs, Sherman's response was, "I think his comments are what they are."
That doesn't even make sense. When did this phrase become so ubiquitous? It needs to stop.