Monday, 16 May 2011 16:51

New Orleans Saints Reggie Bush Tweets Draws Heat, Skip Bayless

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Reggie Bush dared to enjoy himself when earlier this week he tweeted that he was kind of enjoying the NFL lockout. Everybody complaining about the lockout."

It was a rare moment of honesty from a famous person And, he has been raked over the coals for it, even though he said he was just kidding.

Former sportswriter Skip Bayless now a talking head for ESPN acted like he was outraged by Bush's comments.

Many of the veteran players are enjoying the lockout -induced rest.

Wes O'Donnell of ran other tweets from Bush in his Thursday column.

Bayless said that Bush's play isn't good enough for him to speak his mind the way he has been. Bush roared back in a tweet that went like this:

         "Skippy Skippy Skip Bayless said my performance on the field doesn't give me a right to speak my mind! But his performance does! MY BAD!”

That was followed by:

          "I mean I was thinking! This guy Skipper put in so much blood, sweat and heart into this game all behind a desk! You got it boss!"

And then:

          "Let me take a step back and bow down to Skippy Bayless! All Hail the great Skipper! He def has my Hall of Fame vote! Canton here we come!"

He then issued a challenge that stretched into two tweets:
            "This is an official challenge to 1 on 1 full gear and full contact with Skip Bayless! Plus a full conditioning drill and weight lifting!...If I win he wear a 25 jersey and a dress plus makeup on his show. If he wins, he gets a full game check! I bet he won't accept my challenge!!!"

He ended with a shot to ESPN, saying:
            "Now put that on SportsCenter! Holla!!!"

Finally, he tweeted:

            "@      RealSkipBatyess don't act like you can't hear boy! I know read about my tweets! I know you a fan!"

Twitter offers us the opportunity to find out so much more about our football stars.

             Bush is 26 and Bayless is 59.

Stay tuned to see if Bayless has anything to say about this.

Some hither, others yon: Bush scores a touchdown every 12.6 times he touches the football from scrimmage. Fellow Saints running back Pierre Thomas scores a touchdown every 22 touches from scrimmage. Tennessee running back Chris Johnson scores touchdown every 28 times he touches the ball. Bush has also returned four punts for touchdowns in only 92 attempts. And, he plays only about half the time because of injuries...

Some hither, others yon: Saints receiver Marques Colston has been remarkably consistent in his NFL career especially considering he's been constantly injured. He underwent microfracture surgery to removed cartilage around his right knee this offseason. He had the same surgery on his left knee in 2009. Colston also had wrist surgery this offseason. Receiver Robert Meachem underwent ankle surgery in the offseason. Both say they will be ready for training camp...

Bills receiver Steve Johnson said he agrees with what Bush tweeted -- and he thinks every NFL likes having some time off during the spring.

"That's blow way out of proportion ," said Johnson of the controversy surrounding Bush. "There is not one player who hasn't enjoyed time off during the lockout,. I'm just being straight up honest."

Johnson doesn't think Bush needs to apologize for tweeting his feelings, shared by many other NFL players.

Current Saints Depth Chartfor Skilled Players
Pos.       Role        Name

QB              1.          Drew Bees
                    2.         Chase Daniel
                    3.         Sean Canfield

RB               1.         Mark Ingram
                     2.        Pierre Thomas
                     3.        Reggie Bush
                     4.        Chris Ivory
                     5.        Lynell Hamilton


Goal -line backs     1.  Mark Ingram
                                   2.  Pierre Thomas

FB                1.         Jed Collins

WR 1             1.        Marques Colston
                       2.       Lance Moore
                       3.       Adrian Arrington
                       4.       Montez Billings

WR 2              1.        Devery Henderson
                        2.       Robert Meachem
                        3.      Courtney Roby
                        4.       Andy Tanner

WR 3               1.       Robert Meachem

TE                    1.      Jimmy Graham
                         2.      David Thomas
                         3.      Tyler  Lorenzen

K                       1.     Garrett Hartley



SOME hither, others yon: Darren Sharper's future with the Saints this season is questionable. So is his NFL career. After 15 season it may be time for Sharper, 35, to start walking toward a TV or acting career, In 2009, he played well enough to earn a Pro Bowl spot, but wouldn't return last season while recovering from offseason arthroscopic knee surgery, and he was placed on the PUP (physically unable to play) list. After sitting out the first six games last season, Sharper returned to the starting lineup only to go down again missing weeks 12 and 13 because of further injury...Trivia Time: Which Saints player has the most seasons with the Saints?...

Did you see where a 900-pound statue of Shaq O'Neal will be unveiled on LSU's campus this summer. For Shaq, 900 pounds isn't a statue, it's a statuette....Reaction of the sports fans to the "big" boxing match last weekend when Manny Pacquian dominated Shane Mosley: "Huh? Who? What?"...Saints receiver Lance Moore said he's not taking part in Saints offseason workouts is because he doesn't have a contract for the 2011 season. "The risk of injury is too great," said Moore. "I don't want to play anywhere else. He was extended a restricted free agent tender, but hopes to become unrestricted. Moore called the lockout "horrible” for a player like himself....

NFL business analyst Andrew Brandt expects the owners' temporary stay of the lockout injunction to last until a June 3 hearing date. Brandt also expects neither side to offer concession until that date. In other words, the league would have no movement for the rest of the month and possibly past that June 3 date...Trivia answer: Rickey Jackson, 13 seasons...Last word: From the late  Marquette basketball coach Al McGuire: "When you go into a restaurant and the waitress has dirty ankles, you know the chili's good."  

by Ed Staton

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Ed Staton is a former sports writer for the Times Picayune and New Orleans States Item.  He also served as the New Orleans Saints Information Director.  He has won 43 media awards in writing, design and photography. | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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