At least Aldon Smith's problem isn't as bad as Von Miller's

Smith: 'This is a problem and something I will get fixed'

At least Aldon Smith's problem isn't as bad as Von Miller's
September 22, 2013, 10:30 pm
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Aldon Smith was the No. 7 overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, while Von Miller went No. 2 overall. (AP)

In the end, the extra day Aldon Smith did not have to confront his alcohol-fueled demons didn’t make a lot of difference. That said, this is one of those moments when Jed York could have stood to be more forceful. The way most owners . . . oh, never mind. Most owners would have done just what the 49ers did: play him, while cutting any lesser player who fell that far afoul of the 0.08, and worried about the fallout Sunday night.

And why? Because there are only 16 show dates, and 349 days to fix things like a drinking problem, that’s why.

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There is, however, good news for Smith, at least in the relative sense, in that his problem isn’t Von Miller‘s. The Denver linebacker was caught with a urine collector trying to doctor his samples, which may explain why his four-game suspension grew to six. If Aldon Smith has hit the rock bottom people in the alcohol addiction field say one must reach before a cure can begin, Miller seems to have miles of the earth’s crust still to tunnel.


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And who doesn’t love the fact that three fifths of the American League playoff field looks like Oakland, Tampa and Cleveland? Come on, answer me. Who?

[RELATED: A's win division, but celebration emphasizes unfinished business]

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The Seattle-Los Angeles baseball extravaganza was delayed Sunday by a bee infestation. The Mariners won, 3-2, to consolidate their hold on 12th place, while the 10th place Angels are now five games behind ninth place Baltimore and five games ahead of 11th place Toronto.

In other words, the bees got screwed.

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Referee Bill Leavy is off to a start that even the 49ers wouldn’t exchange theirs for. After assessing a 15-yard penalty when Minnesota coach Leslie Frazier asked for a challenge illegally (a rule that had been changed in the offseason for being exceedingly stupid), Leavy had to own up to a rules gaffe for the second time in three weeks.

And I think we know what this means: He and his guys have January off.

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Louis Delmas of Detroit was fined $5,000 for wearing the wrong color socks last Sunday. Illegal blocks or late hits cost $7,500. The lesson: If you have to do something illegal, wear the full uniform so people will know which team’s coaches don’t pay attention to details like avoiding penalties.

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Apparently FIFA’s investigation of the Qatar 2022 World Cup bid has discovered multiple threads of political influence brought to bear, and the small Arab oil power may lose the competition entirely.

I think we know what this means: Time to double down on the bribes.

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Dick Vitale’s ill-considered (and apologetically retracted) decision to call Arian Foster a “prostitute” for saying he took money while at Tennessee is one more preposterous misunderstanding of the college experience. But since almost all the people who make money from college athletics are adults, maybe Vitale’s complain is that Foster isn’t enough of a cougar yet.

I mean, sure we could go with the pimp analogy, but that’s already a cliché.

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And finally, to Colin Kaepernick: Today’s postgame interview session featured 14 questions and 144 words, thus making his average response 10.3 words in length. Hint to the FOTF: When you are 1-2, and your quarterback rating is in the 70s, you don’t get the luxury of pretending you get charged by the word.