Murder investigations don't count as 'adversity'

Murder investigations don't count as 'adversity'
June 20, 2013, 10:30 pm
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Reporters wait outside Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez's house due to a murder investigation he's connected to. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

If Aaron Hernandez ever plays football again (and we make no assumptions about his availability either way), make a note: The New England Patriot tight end did not deal with “adversity.” This isn’t adversity. A torn ACL is adversity. A bad year statistically is adversity. Being traded is adversity. This is not. Got it?

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All that said, it’s been a long time since circumstantial evidence stacked up this neatly this quickly. It’s almost like speed Jenga.

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Kansas City Royals general manager Dayton Moore explained his hitters’ collective lack of walks (fourth lowest in MLB) and therefore offense in the spacious confines of Kauffman Stadium, arguing to FS Kansas City’s Jeffrey Flanagan that "we have the largest ballpark in terms of square footage of any ballpark in baseball. When pitchers come here, they have the mindset to use that park -- put the ball in play, throw strikes, attack the zone. There isn't the same fear factor of getting beat deep that you might have elsewhere. I think that plays a huge factor in that walk statistic.”

The Giants have 10 more walks than the Royals and 35 more runs. The Athletics have 110 more walks and have 60 more runs. In other words, Dayt, I don’t think that one’s gonna fly.

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JaMarcus Russell has lost 51 pounds in hope of landing an NFL quarterbacking gig this year, and no, there really isn’t a punch line here. This is the want-to he never really had as a Raider, and maybe it will work to his benefit, even if the football thing doesn’t happen.

Of course, he’ll be known as the gigantic (pun intended) bust until then, but if he can manage this new development with persistence and grace, well, sticks, meet stones. He just may win in the end.

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Because in the wake of Spain’s 10-0 victory in the Confederations Cup, someone has to say it: Tahiti really got screwed by the officials today.

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If Kanye West were a better sports fan, he would have named his child Yasiel Puig.

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The best thing about the NBA season being over is that we will not hear the word “legacy” again until the NBA Draft next Thursday, and then Game 7 of the Stanley Cup final, and then at the start of NFL training camp. Note to all: Every time you type or say the word “legacy” and apply it to a current athlete, a kitten expires.

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Only the Los Angeles Clippers could have a hard time acquiring a new head coach in a year when everybody is acquiring a new head coach. Then again, they could get the wrong end of a Maalik Wayns-LeBron James deal.

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And finally, stop acting like the Patriots are geniuses for getting Tim Tebow at a time when their tight end position is cratering into the earth’s crust. You can be mesmerized all you want by the galactic central point that is the name Tebow, but I’m pretty sure this was not Bill Belichick’s Plan B. Or C. Or L.