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PostPosted: Sat Aug 27, 2022 9:06 am    Post subject: 2022 NFL Thread


Seahawks name Geno Smith the starter
Coach Pete Carroll buried the lead Friday night.

Carroll was almost two minutes into his opening statement in his postgame news conference when he announced Geno Smith has won the starting quarterback job. Smith will start the season opener when former quarterback Russell Wilson returns to town with the Broncos.

“He’s earned it. He’s won the job,” Carroll said. “The timing got messed up for us for Drew (Lock). He just ran out of time in his bid for it. I’m clear about that.”

Lock contracted COVID-19 days before his scheduled start in the second preseason game. He didn’t start in the final preseason game Friday night against the Cowboys but saw extended action.

In nine possessions, he threw three interceptions and one touchdown, and the Seahawks scored 20 points with Lock as their quarterback.

But it was clear from the moment Smith re-signed with the Seahawks that it was his job to lose. He spent two seasons as Wilson’s backup and has 34 career starts, giving him a head start on Lock from day one of the competition.

“Geno, he knows our stuff and he does really well and he understands it and he commands everything that we’re doing,” Carroll said. “He’ll give us the best chance to play great football right off the bat.”

Carroll told the team of the decision in the locker room after the 27-26 loss to the Cowboys.

“It wasn’t a major reaction,” Smith said. “Obviously, I’m thankful for the opportunity and grateful, but I have a lot of work ahead of me. That was my mindset from the start is getting ready to go out there and win games. This is just step one in the process, but it’s really about winning. None of this will matter if we don’t go out and win the games we’re supposed to win.”
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 28, 2022 9:32 am    Post subject: Re: 2022 NFL Thread

Bills punter Araiza got released for rape charges.

Deshaun Watson got a new contract with $240M+ guarantees.

Big Ben got accused twice and finished a long career with the Steelers.

Moral of the story? Don’t get accused of any sexual charges if you’re a punter.
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Phony Patriots Player Sentenced to Prison In Super Bowl Ring Ploy

A New Jersey man was sentenced to three years in prison Monday after he admitted to posing as a former Patriots player in an effort to buy and sell Super Bowl rings, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Scott Spina, a 25-year-old from Roseland, N.J., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge David Carter in Santa Ana, Calif., after pleading guilty in February to five felony counts of mail fraud, wire fraud and aggravated identity theft. The Department of Justice also ordered Spina to pay $63,000 in restitution to the former Patriots player, identified as “T.J.” in court records, per Reuters.

During the trial, prosecutors argued that Spina defrauded “T.J.” by purchasing his Super Bowl LI championship ring in 2017. Prosecutors said that Spina used at least one check that bounced to buy the coveted piece of memorabilia and then sold it to a California broker for $63,000.

According to records acquired by Reuters, Spina then posed as the player and ordered three rings from the memorabilia company Jostens. The rings were engraved with the name “Brady” and Spina claimed they were gifts for the quarterback’s children.

Spina sold the three rings in November 2017 to an auction house for $100,000, about three times what he originally paid, per Reuters. One of the rings was later auctioned for $337,219 three months later, according to the Department of Justice

Spina previously served a 35-month term for an unrelated wire fraud charge. He was released in 2020.
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