NFL Headlines: Aldon Smith Bomb Scare At LAX.. Rams Offer Up $100k To Anyone Who Can Predict Full Schedule
I know we’re in the midst of the NFL offseason but I couldn’t help but notice some of the Football headlines today. Thought these two stories were pretty blog worthy…
Aldon Smith arrested at airport
Los Angeles police arrested San Francisco 49ers linebacker-defensive end Aldon Smith at Los Angeles International Airport on Sunday afternoon after he indicated he was in possession of a bomb.
Smith was booked Sunday afternoon, according to LAPD Sgt. Michael Fox. Smith was charged with a false bomb report, which is punishable by up to one year in jail. He posted $20,000 bail Sunday night, according to multiple reports.
49ers general manager Trent Baalke issued a statement saying: "We are disappointed to learn of the incident today involving Aldon Smith. As this is a pending legal matter and we are still gathering the pertinent facts, we will have no further comment."
According to Los Angeles World Airports PIO Sgt. Karla Ortiz, the incident happened as the man, later identified as Smith, was going through Terminal 1 screening and was randomly selected for secondary screening.
Smith then became belligerent and uncooperative with the process and with the TSA agent, making a comment indicating that he was in possession of a bomb before proceeding toward the gate area, according to Ortiz.
Troubled San Francisco 49er Aldon Smith was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport.
Los Angeles Airport Police made contact with him at the gate and he then became uncooperative again and was detained and taken into custody by Airport Police.
Many people on the scene, including former Marine veteran Clayton Mullaly, captured the incident on video.
This incident is Smith's latest run-in with the law.
In November, Smith pleaded not guilty to three felony counts of illegal possession of an assault weapon, stemming from an incident at a party at his home in 2012.
Smith also missed five games this past season while spending time in an alcohol treatment center. He entered treatment voluntarily three days after he was arrested for drunken driving for the second time since early 2012.
Despite the five-game absence, Smith finished with 12 sacks and 34 tackles over the course of the Niners' season, which ended in a NFC Championship Game loss to division rival Seattle.
Smith, 24, is facing charges for both the arrest for the incident at his home and the September arrest for drunk driving. This latest incident could trigger league discipline. The NFL did not suspend Smith after the September arrest. In October, commissioner Roger Goodell said the fact that Smith voluntarily sought treatment could play a role in him not getting a suspension.
I watched the video of the incident Schefter posted.. it wasn’t anything special and I’m far to lazy to embed it.. and I also refuse to believe it went down any other way then this way:
I don’t know if Aldon remembers 9/11.. but bomb threats aren’t taken very lightly these days. We know he isn’t the kind of guy that can quietly go through airport security.. I think everyone knows that.. and honestly at this point, Smith is totally crazy enough to carry a bomb on an airplane… would he? Probably not.. but he’s the definition of a wildcard.
And Schefty, let’s be real here.. “This latest incident could trigger league discipline”? this guy’s looking at possession of illegal assault weapons, driving under the influence, and terrorist threat charges.. I think league discipline is the least of his worries.. he’s cooked, lucky if he comes back. I don’t care what kind of lawyer this guy gets.. put a fork in him, he’s done.
Schefter must of creamed his little man pants when he got word of this juicyyy story. Just shot 5 tweets off in a row, such in-depth reporting!
The second story is about the Rams and their $100k purse for whoever can predict the full Rams schedule. Guys, $100k? That’s it? Do you have any idea how impossible it is to predict an NFL schedule.. and you don’t just want the games in order.. you want the exact dates of the games.. seriously? You have to be an idiot savant to get that shit right. There are complex algorithms involved.. media studies..
My buddy’s interning at the MIT Media Lab.. it’s kind of a big deal.. and he said the NFL Brain-trust came in.. fucking schedule wizards.. the nerds.. the tech savvy of the NFL.. just to crunch impossible algorithms with scientists.. there’s way more to building an NFL schedule than you think. You have to come up with an equation that includes variables like previous team records, TV ratings, rivalries, division games.
That being said it’s nearly impossible to predict which games will be on Monday night for the Rams.. or hell, which Thursdays they’ll play.. or when their bye week is.. anyone who can accurately predict all of that deserves 100 Billion pasos for being that smart.. in fact.. I’ll go as far to say that they deserve a nobel prize. So nut up or shut up.. throw at least a million on the table and I’ll take a stab at it. Have to be the fucking Oracle from The League to come win that money.