I can’t see this working out at all
For all the drama that went with Mathieu crying on television after being selected and then giving an emotional interview to ESPN afterward, execs weren’t buying it.
To most, the question came down to this: Why does he keep drawing so much attention to himself? Why was he on television at all? Why was he tipping off the network to the possibility that San Francisco might take him with the No. 31 overall pick? Why was he on the cover of ESPN the Magazine? Why was he lending his name to some party promoters, even if it was some misunderstanding?
“Every time you turn around, it’s something else,” another NFC exec said. “There’s a certain point where you just tune it all out.”
Before the draft it was reported that Mathieu was a no-show for visits to Houston and Seattle for interviews. He unnerved other teams by talking about how he is still chewing tobacco to “take the edge off.” While he has left behind some of the bad influences in his life, he still is hanging out with something of an entourage of people from a troubled past that includes him getting kicked off of LSU’s football team last year.
Sure, Mathieu has been seeking guidance from a pastor in Baton Rouge and from his high school coach. Sure, he’s not a malevolent kid. He’s just smoking marijuana, not assaulting people. But he’s also the kid who worked out, admitted he had a problem and seemed to think everything was fixed. It’s as if Mathieu put a Band-Aid on an open gash and thought, “All better.”
It’s almost as if getting kicked off the team wasn’t quite enough for Mathieu to get the concept of rejection. Hard lessons fade like a bad dye job when you have people like ESPN’s Jon Gruden calling you the best cornerback in the draft (even though Arizona and most teams saw him as a safety if he’s going to start) and when you’re fully armed with the notion that rules don’t apply (Mathieu admitted to failing at least 10 drug tests at LSU).
You have a kid that doesn’t listen to anyone, has a drug addiction, surrounded by bad influences and is now being paid about a million dollars a year. Â He’ll be cut by this time next year, signed by the Raiders or Bengals, cut, and in the CFL by 2014 where he will play about 6 games.
I am finding it really, really hard to get excited to watch the Superbowl tomorrow. At work I told the guys that if they wanted to watch the game, I would provide some chips, dips, and beverages for it. They told me they appreciated the sentiment but no thanks. Someone asked if I was working, they would put the game on for me, when I said it was another staff who didnâ€™t like football, they almost sounded relieved.
On the contrary, Grey Cup Sunday is a HUGE day at the shelter. Scores are announced, sides are chosen, and the kitchen and the staff put on a pretty good party for the guys. I did some â€œmarket researchâ€ this year for the Superbowl and the response was, â€œI was pretty excited about last years game but I canâ€™t get pumped up about Arizonaâ€. In other words Arizona has been bad for so long, no one really cheers for them or against them. They just kind of exist but not much else.
Thatâ€™s okay, some of the guys suggested we go all out on Saturday nights when the NHL playoffs start. I have to admit that sounds like a good idea. Of course the best part of the suggestion was this, â€œWell we could do that right up until the NHL messed around with the finals scheduling when there are like three months between the games 2 and 3 and we have all forgotten what ice even looks like.â€
While the Superbowl may be the biggest global event, it canâ€™t compare the passion and excitement that the Stanley Cup playoffs bring across Canada (as long as a Canadian team is still playing). I think Grey Cup Sunday is bigger across Canada as well. Of course it doesnâ€™t help that there hasnâ€™t been a lot of hype for the game and like I said before, no one really hates the Arizona Cardinals (why would you, they are good for some easy victories most seasons) and unlike the Detroit Lions, they donâ€™t even have much of a fan base (other than Rick Bennett). Oh well the NFL Draft is only 84 days away.
Wow, the 147 year old Kurt Warner beat out Matt Leinhart for the Arizona Cardinals starting QB job. Around the jordoncooper.com headquarters we like both QBs but this was an unexpected development. It is the exact opposite approach that the Green Bay Packers did. Of course the other news of the day is that the Atlanta Falcons are making a big mistake in rushing along Matt Ryan. I would comment on the situation in San Francisco but does it matter who plays there? Also, if you are not going to play Alex Smith, why not cut Alex Smith? Before you get going on Alex Smith being drafted #1, it was a really weak class that year.
Just a reminder, the jordoncooper.com football fantasy league has a couple of spots left. The ID # is 441945 is and the password is stevedeberg. The fact that I chose Steve DeBerg as the password doesn’t mean anything folks, absolutely nothing. Sadly the league has Wendy in it. Sad for me as the last three drafts we have been in, she has beaten me soundly. Including the biggest disgrace in the Cooper family history, the hockey pool she almost won where she picked her team depending on how cute the name was. She finished in the top 100, I didn’t finish in the top 5000.