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Former Vols in the News
Posted: Thursday, August 5th, 2010, 9:40 AM • Permalink

Peyton Money:

Indianapolis Colts Owner Jim Irsay says the Colts still want Peyton Manning to be highest paid player in the NFL.

Sam Bradford, courtesy of the St. Louis Rams, has upped the ante. So, naturally, Tony Dungy thinks Peyton deserves $70-80 million GUARANTEED. Needless to say, President Bill Polian is a bit perturbed by the situation.

Personally, I say that if Peyton Manning isn’t worth $80 million, then no one is. And, as we all know, no one is worth $80 million. So, there.

Fat Albert:

Speaking of millions of wasted dollars, Albert Haynesworth still hasn’t completed his conditioning test for Washington Redskins Training Camp, the Mike Shanahan Edition. (LOVE the opening sentence!) Seven days and counting…and not practicing…and getting fatter…and butting heads with Coach Mikey…and dominating sports news…and annoying the snot out of me.

At least he hasn’t assaulted anyone…yet.

Erik Jonesin…errr…Ainge:

Erik Ainge was suspended nearly two years ago for violating the NFL’s steroid policy (while already out with a bum foot). But let’s face it. If there was any one thing Ainge needed (and, in fact, there were many), it was bulk. Remember Brandon Hoyte breaking him in two just before the half of the 2004 Notre Dame game? So, no big shocker there. Now, evidently, Ainge has been admitted to a rehab facility for “recreational issues.” Hmmmm…. Could it be that someone has developed an affinity for needles? Or maybe just watched one too many episodes of House?

I’d like to say this turn of events, unlike the steroid episode, IS a shock. To be fair (since I’m about to be brutal), Ainge technically violated the NFL’s “banned substance” policy, so it may or may not have been for steroids per se. But, to be frank, I never viewed Ainge as a “winner” a la Manning or Shuler (the college version) or even Martin (the college version). I never had any confidence that we would win that 2007 SEC Championship Game against LSU despite leading in the fourth quarter. Why? I knew Ainge would find some way to lose it for us. I was right. His fourth-quarter interception that was returned for the go-ahead touchdown turned out to be the difference in the game. For me, it was just confirmation of what I already knew. Erik Ainge was, and apparently still is, a loser. And if Jets head coach Rex Ryan’s refusal to comment on Ainge’s future with the team is any indication, his brief time in the NFL will have borne that out as well.

Justin Time:

You probably know by now that former Vol sprinter and Olympic Champion Justin Gatlin has been re-instated after a four-year ban from international track and field competition for violation of doping (a.k.a. steroid) policies. (I’m seeing a trend.) He must have finally gotten in touch with Usain Bolt’s “undetectable” dealer because he won his first event back. (Oh, by the way, another former Vol, Rubin Williams, finished third.)

Who says cheaters NEVER prosper?
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