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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

I'm Fairley certain he screwed up

Boy Scouts are great people.
If I owned a business and needed some quality employees, I would hire a Boy Scout.
That is, unless I owned a football team. Then sure, I’d still hire a few Boy Scouts. But I would also hire some guys who never earned a merit badge in their lives.
Let’s face it, there are no merit badges for what goes on during an NFL game.
Every hike brings violence that not even Quentin Tarantino could conjure. Faces are smashed, limbs are torn asunder, blood is spilled.
Then it is time to hut hut once again.
The tricky part is maintaining a proper balance. Too many nasty individuals and you’ve got “The Longest Yard” without the warm and fuzzy ending.
Too many Boy Scouts and you’ve got a losing team.
There’s not a whole lot warm and fuzzy about what’s been happening in extended huddle of the Detroit Lions lately.
Nick Fairley has just been busted for the second time in two months when state police down in Alabama pulled over his Escalade in a rural area near Mobile. The vehicle was clocked at 100 miles per hour and Fairley allegedly tried to flee the pursuing police car before stopping. He faces charges of reckless driving, no proof of insurance and an open alcohol container. He also reportedly refused a breath alcohol test.

A little more than a month earlier, Fairley was arrested for marijuana possession. Fairley, the team’s first-round pick in 2011, could be suspended by the NFL.
Unfortunately, he is not a solo act. Mikel Leshoure was busted twice in the off-season for marijuana possession; Johnny Culbreath also got busted for pot; and wide receiver Titus Young sucker punched a teammate.
So there you go; it’s been an eventful offseason for the Detroit Lions.
I know there are Boy Scout merit badges for tying different knots. What if that rope is made of hemp?


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