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Random acts of senseless sporting - 3/10

Your weekly dose of (in)sanity in this (in)sane sports world

March 9, 2010
By B.J. LISKO, Salem News Sports Editor

Two years after they should have traded him when he was worth more than a pizza, the Browns released quarterback Derek Anderson. Chalk it up as another case of poor management in Cleveland. Still, it's nice that he's gone. This two quarterback garbage got old really fast. Brady Quinn might not be the answer, but after his 42.1 quarterback rating last year, it was obvious the answer wasn't Anderson. Perhaps the Browns, with 11 draft picks to play with in April, will pick up someone for Quinn to throw the ball to. As bad as Cleveland quarterbacks have been, since dumping Braylon Edwards and Kellen Winslow, the team hasn't had a play-maker on offense, and it certainly didn't help Quinn's or Anderson's statistics any. The Browns might draft a quarterback, but personally I wouldn't mind seeing them pick up recent free agent and ex-Carolina Panther Jake Delhomme. Keep in mind, Delhomme is getting to be a fossil so you would clearly need some protection by the offensive line if he were to start. But even if he was brought in as a backup, he has Super Bowl experience and could be a valuable addition to an offense that lacks any real leadership.

Big Ben might be in trouble with the law again. Roethlisberger is being investigated for sexual assualt. No charges have been filed yet, but there seems to be an air surrounding the Steelers quarterback that wasn't there before. When he played for Miami of Ohio, Roethlisberger was a soft-spoken leader by example. Even in interviews preceding the draft where he dropped into Pittsburgh's lap, there was an innocence about him. I'm not saying one way or another if Roethlisberger is guilty of anything, but his demeanor and candor have changed since winning two Super Bowls. Even in post-game interviews, there's a cockiness that wasn't there before. Call it a Tiger Woods complex or whatever, Roethlisberger knows better than to put himself in positions where he can get into trouble. Or like Tiger, maybe he doesn't. All I know is I'm sure Steelers fans don't want that sort of pox surrounding their team, and I know Pittsburgh will turn on him real quick if he's found guilty of any of the claims against him.

Carl Edwards should be banned from NASCAR. Or NASCAR should ban itself. Really, what is it going to take before the sport does anything about drivers intentionally wrecking one another? Someone has to die. Could be a driver. Could be fans from a car careening into the stands. It sent a very clear message Tuesday when NASCAR essentially gave Edwards a slap on the wrist for flipping Brad Keselowski's car. The sport would rather rake in the bucks until something completely terrible happens before doing anything about anything. I get that wrecks in NASCAR are part of its allure, so are feuds between drivers, and I know like every other sport, revenue isn't what it used to be. But that was sick. I'm sorry, Carl. You finished in 39th place and still pocketed $105,023. You could've killed another driver. I know he did it to you in the past, but show some class and take the high road. You could've killed spectators. It's utterly disgusting, and the only reason you aren't in jail is because your sport lets this sort of behavior occur. If something more serious had happened in this instance, or in any other instance of a driver intentionally pulling a stunt like this, there wouldn't be suspensions. There would be prison sentences.

'til next time...

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