Every Super Bowl there are all kinds of propositional — prop — bets you can make thanks to the Las Vegas folks. Who will score the first touchdown? Will the 49ers QB run for a TD? And, who will score last in the first half are just a few that were available in February.
I’ve got to wonder if the oddsmakers have set a line on how many passes Justin Blackmon will catch, or how many touchdowns. One might assume a straight up question as to when or if Blackmon re-violates the league’s substance abuse policy, even by a certain date, might be a bit harsh but, in essence, that is what the bet would truly be.
Blackmon, who plays in Jacksonville these days, came out last week and said he does not have a problem with alcohol or, presumably, some other substance. Of course it will be the fifth game before Blackmon catches anything other than a cold because he cannot participate in practice or games for the first four games of the 2013 NFL season.
"Out of this whole thing one of the main things I would say that I had a problem with was just making a poor decision, making a selfish decision at that and not thinking about the long term of it and just thinking about it at the time," Blackmon was quote as having said last week.
I recently reminded someone the drawback to some forms of communication are that you may misunderstand emphasis, not get body language and so forth. But, that seems hard to misinterpret.
Besides, Blackmon followed that up with, "If you want to ask if I have a problem? I have a problem with making a poor decision" and then quoted his coach about today being the day at hand.
Who wrote the talking points, the same folks responsible for the Benghazi explanation?
Several years ago I wrote a column about what I felt was an alarming trend of sports people getting into some sort of trouble and being forthcoming with an apology, but a classified one in which there is a deflection of blame. And I’m sorry, but it wasn’t my fault, or at least not all my fault.
This is straight out of that playbook. It’s not really Blackmon’s fault. I mean be realistic, who wants to be three times the legal alcohol limit and be behind the wheel in Stillwater, Okla., or anywhere else I guess. It was just a bad decision. As if the decision was the one behind the wheel. Or whatever decision that led to what is assumed was a failed random test that landed Blackmon a substance-abuse policy suspension.
It was a guilty plea to aggravated DUI in his college home town that put Blackmon — the fifth pick of the first round of the 2012 draft — in the substance abuse program. That, in retrospect was a great decision on the league’s part, don’t you think?
According to an AP article Blackmon was arrested in 2010 in Dallas for another DUI while speeding. That became an underage alcohol possession charge. Maybe that was a bad decision. Maybe the real blame is with Texas prosecutors?
Make no mistake, I am not rooting against Blackmon. It is the inability by someone to man-up, as they say, and accept some responsibility, without sugar-coating it, that is so troublesome the cynic in me is awakened, heck it can’t be my fault I feel this way, can it?
Teammates are behind him. Of course they are, they may need him in their corner at some point. Blackmon reportedly came across well, accepted responsibility, and, my favorite, the media blew it out of proportion. Of course the 64 catches for 865 yards and five touchdowns was never overblown, was it?
Another "bad decision" would lead to a full year suspension, which would obvioulsy hurt more than the $220,000 Blackmon will lose this season.
As I might have suspected, I omitted at least a couple of things in last week’s look-what-Booneville-did-this-year piece.
Brandon Wolski also earned a spot in the state tennis tournament, Landon Vance won the high jump in the state indoor meet and there were freshmen qualify for the state track meet and earn all state in softball. In my defense, the later wasn’t ready for release.