Wife of Bills’ Carpenter Threatens to Castrate Seahawks’ Sherman
Monday night was a horror show for the Bills.
They lost 31-25 to Seattle, they lost stud centre Eric Wood for the season with a broken leg, they lost a dispute with game officials, and that’s left them close to losing any chance of making the playoffs.
That the league confirmed Tuesday it’ll look into the work of referee Walt Anderson and his crew will be small comfort to a team sitting in the shadows of a 4-5 record.
NFL senior vice-president of officiating Dean Blandino acknowledged Seattle’s Richard Sherman should’ve been penalized for unnecessary roughness, noting Anderson and his crew could be disciplined for making a hash of the final seconds before halftime.
As the league studies tape, the rhetoric surrounding Sherman’s offside lunge into the leg of Bills’ field goal kicker Dan Carpenter ramps ever upward, sometimes to bizarre levels.
Carpenter’s wife, Kaela, went completely offside herself, posting a photo of a farm tool used to castrate animals, tweeting it be used on Sherman, with the caption: “I know what we do on the farm when a male can’t control his own rage.”
Not sure what they do with females who can’t control their rage, but shutting down their Twitter accounts might be a good place to start.
The sequence of events that included Sherman’s crash course: Carpenter clutching his leg; returning minutes later in fine health, the Bills called for delay of game when the clock wasn’t reset as it should’ve been by Anderson; and then Carpenter missing wide right, was called “ridiculous” by Bills’ coach Rex Ryan.
“It’s clear what happened,” Ryan said. “The guy roughed our kicker. Jumps offside and roughs our kicker.”
Sherman claimed not to hear a whistle blowing the play dead, while — with fans screaming — Ryan went into a rant as officials tried to sort out the chaos.
“… He’s over on the sideline, taunting us,” Ryan said of Sherman. “So I had some words. I think I said, ‘You’re too good of a player to act like an ass.’ I think that’s what I said.”
Seattle coach Pete Carroll acknowledged on his radio show Sherman could’ve been called for unnecessary roughness, but also that officials mismanaged the play, that Carpenter — rolling in anguish like he’d just been tasered — embellished the hit.
“He hams it up a little bit too, which makes it bad.” Carroll said.
As for Ryan?
“I just wish he’d coach his own team,” Carroll said. “Coach your own guys.”
Anderson defended the call on the field.
“I didn’t feel like the actions and the contact, because we were shutting the play down, warranted a foul,” he told a pool reporter after the game, adding that the stadium was “loud” and that Sherman might not have known officials had blown the play dead.
Not that any explanation resonated with the Bills.
“I usually try to give [the officials] the benefit of the doubt, but they lost control of that play,” Buffalo long-snapper Garrison Sanborn said. “They didn’t know what was going on.”
What is going on is that another chapter has been added to this season of controversy surrounding officials. Sherman wasn’t called for a penalty he should been called for; the Bills were called for a penalty that shouldn’t have been called; the resultant field goal miss contributed to another Buffalo loss.
And, regardless what the league’s investigation finds, it doesn’t change that with seven games to play, the Bills are likely to miss the post-season for a 17th season.
CAM SHAFTED … AGAIN?
Panthers coach Ron Rivera isn’t blaming officials but he’s still taking video of a couple of hits on quarterback Cam Newton to the league for a second opinion.
“It’s tough,” Rivera said after Newton was hit in the helmet on sacks by the Rams’ Mark Barron, and another by Aaron Donald. “It’s tough for them to judge things as they happen at full speed and from the angles and all that kind of stuff. But there was one of concern, and we’ll send it and see what the league has to say.”
Neither player was penalized.
Rivera and Newton both spoke with commissioner Roger Goodell last week about taking unfair hits that aren’t being called by officials.
OH, NO CANADA?
Toronto native Tevaun Smith has been waived by Indianapolis.
The receiver was activated from the practice roster the past three games but was limited to special teams and didn’t catch a pass.
Tweeted Smith Tuesday: “Our most significant opportunities are found in times of great difficulty.”
— “That’s a huge loss because I think he’s the best centre in football.” – Ryan of losing Wood to a broken leg the rest of the season.
— Packers defensive tackle Mike Daniels on his team playing with more emotion and passion after Sunday’s lacklustre loss to Indianapolis: “It has to be noticeable, like this team is pissed off, they’re angry, somebody pissed in their Cheerios this morning — you know what I mean? … Quite frankly, it’s embarrassing. We’ve got to be better.”
A CASE HISTORY
Rams coach Jeff Fisher believes he has the solution to the Rams’ offensive funk.
And, no, it doesn’t include benching Case Keenum.
Despite a four-game losing streak, Fisher says he’s sticking with Keenum but intends to use running back Todd Gurley more often.
“Todd’s not getting enough carries,” Fisher told ESPN. “His touches and his numbers need to increase significantly. That’s what we’re working on.”
Gurley has run the ball 63 times and his production level has dropped from 4.8 yards per carry his rookie season to. 3.1 this season.
Steelers centre Maurkice Pouncey had surgery on the dislocated thumb of his snapping hand. Coach Mike Tomlin didn’t rule him out this week against Dallas … Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said guard Ron Leary might be available despite suffering a concussion Sunday … Jets coach Tom Bowles said a decision on whether to start Ryan Fitzpatrick (sprained knee) or backup Bryce Petty won’t be made until later this week … Receiver Will Fuller and tackle Vince Wilfork weren’t practising as the Texans come off their bye … Receiver Marquess Wilson returned to practice for the Bears… Detroit expects tackle Riley Reiff and cornerback Darius Slay back after the bye week.