We are counting down now to the end of the 2014 Fantasy Crime season, as we are inside of one month now until actual NFL training camp officially begins. Conspicuous by their absence thus far in the crime season has been the Denver Broncos, who have historically been one of the more criminally active teams out there, from front office on down within their organization.
When the Broncos gave a big multi-year contract to former Tampa Bay Buccaneer and New England Patriot cornerback Aqib Talib in free agency, that certainly made the Broncos a more desirable selection in fantasy crime drafts around the country.
After all, there aren't many NFL players out there who would fire a gun at his sister's boyfriend, and even fewer that would do in tandem with his mom!
So when news broke Sunday morning that Talib had been arrested in Dallas, there were many Fantasy Crime League owners who sighed "Finally."
But as Lee Corso would say, "Not so fast, MY FRIEND!"
The Talib news initially was broken by someone in the Dallas Police Department named Maj. Max Geron, who tweeted quite proudly about the Dallas P.D.'s arrest of "Aqib Talib" on Sunday morning on charges of public intoxication.
The degree to which Geron was enthused about the arrest on Twitter was as bizarre as it was humorous, up to and including the hashtag of "#nfl" being included, as if Geron were trying to simultaneously convey news and improve his Klout score.
Why were Maj. Max Geron's tweets taken down?
Well, because as it turns out, the Dallas Police Department had indeed arrested a Talib, but it wasn't Aqib. It was, in fact, his 31 year old brother Yaqub, and while the elder Talib has just as quirky a first name as his football playing sibling, close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades.
Per agent Todd France, Aqib Talib was NOT arrested in Dallas today. Aqib says it was his brother, Yaqub Talib.
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) June 29, 2014
I don't know, maybe it's me, but it would seem that when you go to report a crime publicly, getting the name of the actual criminal correct would be one really, really important element in the report
especially when said criminal has enough of a temper that he would shoot guns at his sister's boyfriend. The question now becomes "Will Aqib Talib shoot Maj. Max Geron sue the Dallas police department?"
I'm guessing Talib just moves on, and gets ready for training camp.
Meanwhile, if you'd like to follow Maj. Max Geron on Twitter for all your
marginally correct breaking crime news in the Dallas area, you can still do so. His Twitter account is still up and running. Just know that the gaping hole where there was once Talib BREAKING NEWS now has recommended reading....
— Maj. Max Geron (@MaxDPD) June 28, 2014
...and deep musings like this....
Funny, as a teen imagining staying up all night, it was never remotely like this.
— Maj. Max Geron (@MaxDPD) June 27, 2014
Also, if you have the Denver Broncos in the FCL, reset your score back to zero, and blame Geron for the tease. The latest standings are here....
2014 FANTASY CRIME LEAGUE STANDINGS 1 point .. misdemeanor 3 points .. felony 10 points .. murder
49ERS .. 8 * 3/28/14: 49ers CB Chris Culliver is charged with felony hit and run, misdemeanor reckless driving, and felony possession of brass knuckles. * 4/13/14: 49ers DE Aldon Smith is charged with MISDEMEANOR false report of a bomb threat.
RAVENS .. 6 * 2/14/14: Ravens RB Ray Rice is charged with third degree assault. * 2/21/14: Ravens WR Deonte Thompson is arrested for suspicion of possession of marijuana. * 3/9/14: Ravens OL Jah Reid is arrested on two counts of battery. * 5/26/14: Ravens RB Lorenzo Taliaferro is arrested for public drunkenness (misdemeanor) and destruction of property (misdemeanor).
BILLS .. 6 * 5/7/14: Bills DT Marcell Dareus is arrested for felony possession of synthetic marijuana * 6/3/14: Bills DT Marcell Dareus is arrested for reckless endangerment in the second degree, a Class A misdemeanor, as well as reckless driving and participating in an illegal speed contest, both unclassified misdemeanors.
CHIEFS .. 4 * 6/9/14: Chiefs CB Sean Smith is cited for DUI and careless driving.
BEARS .. 3 * 4/21/14: Bears WR Josh Morgan is arrested for simple assault. * 6/20/14: Bears DE Cornelius Washington is arrested for speeding and driving on a suspended license.
COLTS .. 2 * 3/16/14: Colts owner Jim Irsay is arrested for DUI and possession of a controlled substance (felony), downgraded to two OUI misdemeanor charges.
FALCONS .. 1 * 2/18/14: Falcons WR Roddy White is arrested for failing to appear in court.
TITANS .. 1 * 3/20/14: Titans DE Adewale Ojomo is arrested for solicitation of prostitution.
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BENGALS .. 1 * 3/31/14: Bengals FB Orson Charles is charged with wanton endangerment.
RAMS .. 1 * 3/29/14: Rams CB Greg Reid is arrested for violating probation.
PANTHERS .. 1 * 5/13/14: Panthers DE Greg Hardy is arrested for misdemeanor domestic assault.