-top 12 pick and something elseI'm not saying I don't want to see Pig Ben shipped out in shackles to the cruel master that is Al Davis. Are you kiddin'?-- I'd love it! But the Commissioner's memorandum was written in rehabilitative language, with the intent that any franchise -- even one as pious as the Rooney's -- could allow a player to redeem himself. With that in mind, I say reality keeps Ben in the 'burgh. I understand that reality hasn't been on our side these last few weeks, but I'm still betting on it in the long haul.
-high 2nd, 4th, and two more future picks
-the science necessary to make Slash violently good
I say he stays. Lefty gets injured and cut. Dixon gets cut but not injured by Kordell Stewart in a dimly lit parking lot. And Charlie Batch brings a lot of Homestead Urban Achievers closer to achieving their dreams. Hello, 2009 redux; goodbye, potential change.
p.s. not that I'm hedging my bets or anything, but I will say this: nothing surprises me from here on out. A couple of boneheads have completely shaken my faith in the easy-to-predict future, and thus my veracity is at the mercy of who-the-fuck-knows. DON'T BLAME ME IF MATT IS RIGHT.