A few interesting notes from Tuesday afternoon:
Ndamukong Suh had his much-publicized meeting with commissioner Roger Goodell. Interestingly, both parties reacted for the first time publicly through social media sites.
Suh addressed the meeting on his Facebook page, saying:
I am very appreciative of the opportunity to sit and speak with the Commissioner and his staff to clarify a few questions about my play, and the game in general. I have gained a better understanding how I need to play the game to help my team win.
I look forward to the rest of the season and the doing everything we can to bring the Lombardi Trophy to Detroit.
And Goodell took to Twitter to praise Suh, saying:
We appreciate that Ndamukong Suh, Coach Schwartz, and team president Tom Lewand took the time to meet with us today. Ndamukong plays the game with great skill and passion and is a major reason for the Lions’ success this year. We reviewed video showing that he has clearly made the adjustments to play consistently within the rules so that he can continue to help the team. We commend Ndamukong’s leadership in taking the initiative to schedule today’s meeting.
There was another setback in the Vikings’ quest for a new stadium (subtle Entourage reference intended). This time, gov. Mark Dayton ruled out a tax increase that would’ve raised nearly 35 percent of the funds toward building a new venue in Ramsey County. It’s yet another sign that the Vikes could be destined to finally follow the Lakers to Los Angeles, which would be a shame.
And Oakland adds another former Bengal. But it’s not Terrell Owens. Nope, it’s T.J. Houshmandzadeh, who caught passes from Carson Palmer for six years in Cincinnati and was coached by Hue Jackson for three. Three of the best four years of Houshmandzadeh’s career took place when Jackson was his position coach, but the 34-year-old has failed in recent stints with Seattle and Baltimore. It’ll be interesting to see if he experiences a rejuvenation with Palmer and Jackson in the Bay Area.