The NFL warned teams last week to curb trash-talking after several not-so-subtle jabs were reported through the media (see Antonio Cromartie, Wes Welker, Nick Mangold). Any chance that talk is done? Not if Jets 'backer Bart Scott's (left) frothing-at-the-mouth, post-win-over-the-Patriots rant is any indication.
Edmonton—ranked 22nd or lower in nearly every stats category—justified its spot in the Western Conference basement with a 3--2 loss to Anaheim, but help is not on the way. Assists leader Ryan Whitney will likely miss the rest of the year due to ankle surgery.
The Pistons (14--26) have spiraled downward all season, alienating fans and players alike. They're 17th in attendance, down from No. 1 in 2008--09; meanwhile, disgruntled guard Rip Hamilton got a third straight DNP Saturday and is rumored to be on the way out.
Well-paid Ravens WRs Anquan Boldin and T.J. Houshmandzadeh both bungled crucial fourth-quarter passes in last Saturday's 31--24 loss in Pittsburgh—the former a potential go-ahead TD, the latter a fourth-and-18 heave with 1:09 left. Both balls hit the players' hands.