We are one week away from the arbitration hearing concerning the Redskins and Cowboys salary cap penalties. Albert Breer of NFL.com reported why some around the league in addition to the Giants John Mara (who was born naked into the world and had to inherit everything he has) are upset with the fact that the two teams treated the uncapped year like, well, an uncapped year.The anger at the two penalized teams apparently stems from the fact that franchise tag salaries are based on the average of the top five salaries and bonuses at the position. The large bonus payments the Redskins and Cowboys paid to certain members of their respective teams had an inflationary effect on the franchise player salaries.The payment of a large salary to wide receiver Miles Austin in the first year of his redone deal apparently upset the Chargers organization. Austins big salary pushed up the franchise tag for the wide receiver position from what would have been about 9.5 million to about 11.3 million. That made it more difficult for San Diego to franchise tag him in 2011 and, because a player who is franchised for a second straight year gets 120 percent of his previous years salary.The Redskins 21 million payment to Albert Haynesworth caused the franchise tag at defensive tackle to jump from around 7 million to 12.5 million. That cost the Ravens extra money when they tagged Haloti Ngata and the Dolphins had to shell out more to franchise nose tackle Paul Soliai.Perhaps some teams do have a right to be upset. However, their anger is misdirected.The uncapped year, which has been built in to the last year of every CBA since the advent of the salary cap in the early 1990s, is among the provisions in the last year of the CBA that are supposed to incentivize the two sides to never enter the last year of the CBA.The lack of both a salary cap and floor, the extension of experience needed to become an unrestricted free agent from four to six years, and other clauses were supposed to push the two sides to the table to get a new deal hammered out.But the owners of the Chargers, Ravens, and Dolphins, along with every other NFL owner, voted to opt out of the CBA negotiated in 2006 early. And then months and months passed and they didnt even sit down for a serious negotiating session with the players. The lockout took effect soon after the CBA expired.The owners wanted the lockout. They therefore knew that they would have to accept the uncapped and unfloored year and the consequences, including a potential increase in franchise tags salaries, that could result.So they got their lockout. They got what seems to be a fairly favorable settlement with what is projected to be a four-year run with a flat salary cap. They want these gains without needing to drop a few million here and a few million there due to increases in the franchise tag that should have been fully expected following an uncapped year.In short, they got the upside of opting out of the CBA early, playing hardball, letting the CBA expire, and locking the players out. They had to deal with some of the inevitable downside to that strategy and they are upset about it.Nobody really knows what criteria arbitrator Stephen Burbank will use to arrive at his decision but it should be based on the letter of the law in the CBA. A few million dollars on franchise tags here and there should not be a factor.Rich Tandler blogs about the Redskins at www.RealRedskins.com. You can reach him by email at RTandlerCSN@comcast.net and follow him on Twitter @Rich_Tandler.
Bashaud Breeland is truly good at a lot of stuff: Covering NFL receivers, looking fresh at the Preakness and making you think with his tweets are just three examples of things the corner is skilled in.
But on Monday, a video emerged on Twitter that revealed at least one area No. 26 struggles in: golf. Or, to be more specific, making even the smallest piece of contact with a teed up ball in no less than four swings.
Here's the lowlight, captured by Breeland's fellow defender Junior Galette. For any swing instructors out there, this footage could be considered NSFW due to the extreme absence of fundamentals:
At first, the third-year pro's stance isn't all that discouraging. But a few seconds in, someone (probably Galette) says quietly, "This is, I think, the fourth attempt," and it's at that moment that viewers understand what's about to unfold is going to go horribly wrong for Breeland.
And it, of course, does, as he whiffs on the drive and then nearly turns an ankle on the tee box marker afterward. Defensive coordinator Joe Barry's heart will skip a beat when he sees that part of the blooper.
Here's Breeland's response to Galette tweeting the video:
It was a practice swing man lol https://t.co/Q4Uo2vIcrJ— Bashaud Breeland (@Salute_me17) May 23, 2016
Unfortunately for the 24-year-old, it looks like he's going to need more practice than 2002 Allen Iverson to fully fix what's wrong with his game.
Some people can say they took a cheerleader to prom, but how many of you can say you took a Redskins cheerleader to prom? Stephen Bieber can.
Bieber reached out to Redskins cheerleader Christa Aiken and asked how many retweets it would take for her to go to prom with him. She responded with "At least 10K!!" and the challenge was on.
HELP A BROTHER OUT AND RETWEET!! Help me get a Redskins cheerleader to go to prom with me!🙏🏻🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/hr65IIDKCf— Stephen Bieber⁶ (@StephenBieber_) March 23, 2016
Bieber did pass the 10,000 mark and to her credit, Aiken kept her word.
Prom 2K16 was lit, you could say pic.twitter.com/WQQ28G8Clp— Stephen Bieber⁶ (@StephenBieber_) May 22, 2016
Now let's get this out of the way: it appears that Stephen Bieber is not related to Justin Bieber, so it's OK to feel happy for him. That's good, because Bieber did prom right. Not only did he get to take a Redskins cheerleader as his date, he also pulled up in style in a Rolls-Royce.
10K slay 🎉 pic.twitter.com/XADF4jqK43— Christa (@dcfitchick) May 22, 2016
There was also dabbing:
They call me Cam Newton pic.twitter.com/jnfHRRKQUl— Stephen Bieber⁶ (@StephenBieber_) May 22, 2016
Not surprisingly, it seems as if Bieber had some competition once he got to prom:
Last night pic.twitter.com/CDMEAJTZNX— Christa (@dcfitchick) May 23, 2016
All in all, it looked like a pretty special night for Bieber. Thank goodness my prom days are well behind me because the bar has now been set pretty darn high.
During Game 3 of the Cavaliers-Raptors Eastern Conference Finals series, Lebron James was viciously elbowed by an out-of-control Toronto opponent. The extreme force from his attacker's arm propelled a tumbling James backward and onto the floor as fans shrieked in horror at the act they had just witnessed. Referees had no choice but to eject the man who initiated the earth-shaking contact from basketball forever, as one of the league's biggest stars writhed on the ground in intense pain.
Wait, hold on a second. A mistake has been made. The entire above paragraph is totally false.
That's the sequence you think would have happened on Saturday night, after seeing this absolutely absurd James flop:
As it turns out, the elbow that sent James sliding was that of his own teammate, Tristan Thompson. Furthermore, the blow simply glanced the Cavs leader on his chin, even though he acted as if he was just bashed in the mouth by an angry Rougned Odor. And because the flop is so ridiculous, Junior Galette wants to make fun of it.
The only problem is, he can't, because one time, he tried to win an Oscar for Best Actor in a Sports Game, too.
Check out what the Redskins' defender had to say on Monday:
I can't front I flopped one time in a game the Ref Said "Jr I saw it all cut it out" 😂😂I got up and took a walk of shame— Junior Galette (@JovaisG) May 23, 2016
😂😂😂Found it smh here's my version of Lebroning 😂😂 https://t.co/ESEfI7M5g1— Junior Galette (@JovaisG) May 23, 2016
The video Galette linked to does in fact reveal that, when he was a Saint, the 28-year-old tried to draw a personal foul penalty by flailing and falling versus the Dolphins. It was a bad attempt. A really bad attempt. So that's why, when people come after the King for his embellishment, you won't hear a peep from Galette.