Raiders WR Jacoby Ford avoids DUI charge

The Raiders probably thought they got finally rid of the knucklehead factor when they said adios to Rolando McClain. Then Jacoby Ford had to go ahead and prove them wrong.

According to a report by the Tribune on Friday, the Raiders wide receiver was popped for DUI on March 14 after being pulled over in Oakland for having tinted windows and driving 75 in a 55 mph zone. After he rolled down his window, cops got a whiff of the alcohol scent spewing from inside. He went on to fail a series of field sobriety tests and ended his night in North County Jail, where he was released a few hours later.

Luckily for Ford, though, the county DA decided this week not to pursue charges against him:

The District Attorneys office has declined to file charges against Jacoby Ford, said Teresa Drenick, Alameda County District Attorney spokeswoman.

A spokesman for the Oakland Raiders on Thursday night said little about the arrest and dismissal of charges.

The Raiders organization is aware of the situation involving Jacoby Ford and takes matters such as this very seriously, he stated.

Warriors trade for Jordan Crawford, but was it the right move?

It goes without saying the Warriors bench has needed an offensive facelift this season. Like, desperately. You can only see so much of Marreese Speights chucking up 20-footers or Kent Bazemore attempting to resemble a person who has played point guard before or the bench unit allowing another double-digit lead to evaporate before you want to just emotionally stuff your face in a vat of cookie dough and never watch basketball again.

Somehow, even with an offensively deficient bench, the Warriors have still managed a 25-14 record. The Warriors are contenders! And contenders cant expect to make shit happen if they’re content with letting their bench players play with tiddlywinks out on the court. Something needed to be done, and something was done.

The Warriors acquired Jordan Crawford and MarShon Brooks from the Celtics in a three-team trade today. Crawford, a combo guard, is clearly the key piece in return for the Warriors, who haven’t had much luck with guys not named Stephen Curry playing point guard this year. Brooks, a once-promising player with the Nets, meanwhile, should become good friends with Nedovic and Kuzmic at the end of the bench.

Sorry, Toney Douglas, you and your gratuitous E are out of here. You’re on your way to play with LeBron James, so cry us a river.

Adrian Wojnarowski (who else?) broke the story. Miami is sending a future first-rounder to the Boston Wigginses.

This is precisely the move the Warriors have been expected to make for a few weeks now. Ever since Jarrett Jack left in free agency, the Warriors bench has been sorely under-productive (which is also in part due to Harrison Barnes inability to take over the sixth man role gracefully). Andre Iguodala, in assuming that secondary ballhandler role with the reserves, was expected to create scoring opportunities for teammates, but that experiment has largely been a bust, as the Warriors have the worst scoring bench in the entire league.

Names like Kyle Lowry, Andre Miller, and Kirk Hinrich have been attached to the Warriors in various rumors floating out on the interwebs, so it’s easy to get disheartened when hearing the Warriors settled on a guy who on his third team in two years. Two things in response to that:

1. You never know what the asking price for said guys was. In fact, Lowry has reportedly come off the trading block in recent weeks because the Atlantic Division is such a dumpster fire and the Raptors want to make a push at getting home court in the playoffs, to which the Pacers and Heat respond, that’s cute. The fact that the Warriors are only giving up Toney with an E for the more offensively inclined player they were looking for is sort of a bargain.

2. Crawford is having statistically the best year of his career—13.7 points, 5.7 assists, 41.4 percent shooting. Granted, it’s been in the starting lineup while Rajon Rondo has been on the sidelines playing Connect Four, but still, he used that time to morph out of the shoot-first player he’s been for his career into more of a playmaker.

Were not ready to declare this trade a slam dunk for the Warriors. We already did that with some of the bench signings this offseason, and look how that turned out. Looking to not make that mistake again, well wait to see how Crawford first responds to a more limited role and whether he can be the Curry surrogate floor general-type of the reserve unit. On paper, though, the Warriors are on the come up after this deal.

But we will leave you with something that should put a smile on your face. You may remember Crawford as the college player a few years back who Mozgoved LeBron James in a tape that Nike or LeBron or both allegedly wanted to be destroyed.

Super Bowl XLVIII prediction

Honestly, I could go either way with this game. I’ve admired both teams all season long. They’re both deserving of the chance to play in this game. I’ve enjoyed watching the historic season Peyton Manning has put together (mostly because I had him in fantasy), and I’ve SURE AS HELL enjoyed watching Richard Sherman these last few weeks (mostly because he makes a lot of people I find annoying squirm). Whichever team wins, I’m cool with it.

But for the purpose of #HotSportsTakes, and because I’m trying to find excuses to put off making my guacamole for the game (cutting onions is literally THE WORST), I’ll throw a prediction out there.

The best offense vs. best defense matchup is one that intrigues me. I do think both units will have their moments in the game. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Seahawks punch the Broncos in the mouth a few times, and Brandon Mebane horrifies millions with another one of these. And I wouldn’t be surprised if Manning had a few of his usual unconscious drives in which surgically marches the Broncos down the field like the other team is the Raiders. These teams are pretty even, and I believe the score will reflect that.

But as much as I’m the pro-Beast Mode, I’m going to give the edge to the Broncos. I took a huge leap of faith taking Peyton Manning second overall in my fantasy draft. I received a lot of shit from everybody in my league. Reach! and Pawleys choking already!? were some of the things said? And what happened? The Fighting Filipinos lost just twice in the regular season, finishing with the best record and the most points, largely because of Mannings monster year. I don’t want to call it a season of destiny for Manning, but I would feel bad for turning my back on him now when I’ve invested so much faith him all season long. I’m expecting at least 250 yards passing and three touchdowns from him. Yes, even against the Legion of Boom. Faith, yo. Faith.

Also, you can throw that Peyton plays like ass in cold weather narrative out the window because that apocalyptic snowstorm we all expected is nowhere to be found. (Mother Nature is really sandbagging it on Super Bowl Sunday, and who can blame her? Work during the Super Bowl? Fuck that noise.)