I'm guessing athletes from back in the day are ecstatic there was no social media to chronicle their every move as they let off steam a couple nights before a game. Browns rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer learned his lesson the hard way when a video surfaced showing him out late at a club in Cleveland. Big deal. It wasn't the night before the game. And the video I saw shows him standing in a crowd talking to someone. True, the kid should've stayed at Notre Dame. Let him enjoy what little time he has left in the NFL.
Earl Watson must be an awful basketball coach. Who gets fired three games into a season? Watson. The Phoenix Suns gave him the boot after an embarrassing start. They lost their opener 124-76 and their third time on the floor was a 130-88 setback to the Clippers. The Suns celebrated Watson's firing by winning their next two games.
Trending up: Drew Brees, Carson Wentz, Mike Nugent. Brees became the fourth player in NFL history with 500-plus touchdown passes (regular season and playoffs). He joined Peyton Manning, Brett Favre and Tom Brady in that club. Pretty impressive for a short guy who went to Purdue. Brees can reach another milestone Sunday. Twelve completions will give him 6,000.
Trending down: Falcons, Dwyane Wade, Terrelle Pryor. The defending NFC champions have lost three straight to fall to 3-3. And the Falcons were lucky to beat the Bears and Lions. Their Super Bowl rematch against the Patriots on Sunday night was a snoozer, an uninspiring 23-7 loss. I used the fog that settled in at Gillette Stadium as an excuse to turn the channel.
Knucklehead of the Week
Joel Berry led North Carolina to a national championship last season and was named MVP of the NCAA Tournament. (The uptight NCAA calls the award the “Most Outstanding Player” because putting “valuable” in the name makes it sound like there’s money involved and we all know college basketball is a pure, amateur sport.) Anyway, Berry is back this season, but he’s out for a few weeks. No, he’s not spending extra time writing a term paper. Berry broke his hand on a door after he lost a video game to teammate Theo Pinson and a UNC team manager. I would’ve loved to see Roy Williams’ face when he heard about that.