Sam Hurd Arrested on Drug Charges

This Sam Hurd situation has “massive scandal” written all over it and it seems to not be getting quite as much attention as it probably should.

Sam has had a nice little career.  He spent 2006-2010 with the Dallas Cowboys and made $1.5M and then $1.75M his last two seasons there.  He left after the 2010 season to sign a 3-yr, $5.15M contract with the Chicago Bears.  Translation: Sam Hurd has made some ridiculous money playing professional football over the last five years and is obviously valuable enough to these franchises that they are willing to pay him almost $2M/year.

Hurd was arrested Wednesday after he supposedly agreed to purchase a kilogram of cocaine from an undercover agent.  (1 kilogram = 2.2 pounds – and in the world of cocaine, this is an unbelievable amount that is only purchased and possessed by someone that has the intent to sell.)  He was set free on $100,000 bond and reports say he’ll be tried in Texas where the drug charges originated.

Okay, so here’s another pro athlete that has gotten himself mixed up into something that is entirely unnecessary, and he’ll probably serve some serious jail time for it.  But this isn’t just about him trying to buy 1 kilo of cocaine from an undercover officer in Chicago.  A law enforcement source told CBS Radio’s 670 The Score that Hurd was one of the top drug dealers in Chicago and that police have a list in the double-digits of NFL players that have purchased drugs from Hurd.

From CBSlocal.com:

“According to the criminal complaint, Hurd told an undercover Homeland Security agent Wednesday night that he and another co-conspirator were already distributing four kilograms of cocaine a week in the Chicago area, but he needed more. He was seeking five to ten kilograms of cocaine and 1,000 pounds of marijuana a week to distribute and was willing to pay $25,000 per kilo of cocaine and $450 per pound of marijuana. That adds up to as much as $700,000 of drugs each week.” (http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2011/12/15/source-hurd-provided-drugs-to-other-nfl-players/)

What in the world?  Why is a guy that is making almost $2M/year playing in the NFL dealing 5 kilos of cocaine and 1,000 pounds of marijuana in a week?  And frankly, how does he have the time to do that on top of playing in the NFL?  Now we know why he has only had 8 catches for 109 yards this year.

At some point, we’re probably going to see the list of players that Hurd has been dealing to, and that day is going to be a mess for the players and the teams that they play for.  Most likely, the majority of these players are going to be present or past Dallas Cowboys.  And let’s be honest, authorities may throw Hurd a deal that if he rats out everyone he has been selling to that he won’t have to rot for 20+ years in a federal prison.  How many of these guys have contacted their agents and lawyers since Wednesday to figure out a way to cover this when it comes out?  Are we going to see a bunch of no-name players on the list, or are some of the bigger name Dallas Cowboys going to be a part of this?  What if there are twenty-something active NFL players on this list that have been buying drugs from Hurd for years?  Only time will tell, but we know for a surety that this isn’t the last that we’ve heard of this story.

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I Want to Watch Tom Brady in the Super Bowl…There, I Said It

Goodness gracious the NFL is having a great year.  I feel like I can’t take my eyes off of a game even when the Jags, Chiefs, or Seahawks are involved.  Anthony Dinwoodey Morris brings his unmatched expertise to discuss the NFL playoff picture, pick our favorite teams for the Super Bowl, and to discuss the tragic current state of the National Basketball Association.

The Packers…and Everybody Else

As I sat down to think through who the five best teams in the NFL are today, the #1 team was super easy to decide upon.  After that…not quite as clear…

1- Green Bay Packers (9-0) – This offense is filthy. The defense is good enough to make plays when plays need to be made. Their schedule down the stretch isn’t anything crazy (Tampa Bay, @Detroit, @NYG, Raiders, @Chiefs, Chicago, Detroit). They’ll handle TB and Detroit on the road, but at the Giants and the home game against the Bears are going to be tough. No question this is our Super Bowl favorite.  And thank you for the thumbs up fist pound.  Very refreshing.
2- San Francisco 49ers (8-1) – An overtime loss against a good team away from being undefeated. Each week shows that they’re more of a complete team than we all expected. They came out this last week against the Giants planning to throw the ball, basically just to put a middle finger out there so everyone knows that they can do more than run Frank Gore 35 times per game. This team could beat the Packers in a cold game at Green Bay in the playoffs. Tough games against Baltimore and Pittsburgh remain, but they also get Arizona and St. Louis twice by season end.  Expect a first round bye.
3- New Orleans Saints (7-3) – Let’s just pretend like the loss to the Rams didn’t happen. Other than that disaster, the Saints have proven to be a legitimate Super Bowl contender. Brees looks as good as ever, and his dynamic backfield of Ingram, Sproles, and Thomas makes them even more dangerous. Sean Payton always makes me feel like he knows something that no one else does. They’ll win the NFC South.
4- New England Patriots (6-3) – Everyone made a big fuss after the Pats lost two straight (reminder – they lost on the road to a great Steelers team, and a close one to a pretty good Giants team and a surging Eli Manning…did I just say that?), and their only other loss came in dramatic fashion against the Bills when the Bills weren’t playing like they are now (at least Fitzpatrick’s beard is disgusting/awesome). Here’s the deal, the Pats have maybe the easiest schedule in football down the stretch (Chiefs, @Eagles, Colts, @Redskins, @Broncos, Dolphins, Bills) and we know this team can beat any team when the chips are on the table. This is my pick to come out of the AFC.
5- Pittsburgh Steelers (7-3) – After a 2-2 start, the Steelers have proved that they are just as good as they were last year. Impressive wins against the Bengals and the Patriots sandwiched a tough close loss to the division rival Ravens. Big Ben is proving that he can throw the ball to win them games now (How about him doing a pretty solid job in cleaning up his image?  The guy has been a saint since he made an idiot of himself.). If they get Mendenhall running the ball well, this is going to be a really tough team to beat. They’ll edge out Baltimore and Cincinnati for the AFC North crown.

On the fence – Bears (slowly starting to prove that they’re the real deal), Ravens (one week they look like they’re the best team in football, the next…they lose to the lowly Seahawks or Jags), Giants (they’ll be lucky to make the playoffs with the schedule they have left), Texans (Matt Leinart as the starting QB?)