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Monday
Dec192011

Cowboys Win - Giants Lose - Eagles Alive

The Giants lost but the Eagles are still ticking.

With a 4:15 p.m. kickoff against the New York Jets only minutes away, the Eagles know they could keep their slim chances of winning the NFC East alive with a win at Lincoln Financial Field.

That other New York team – the Giants – came up small in a 1 o’clock game against the Redskins and fell, 23-10, at the Meadowlands. If the Giants had won, the Eagles would have been eliminated from having any shot at winning the division because Dallas had beaten Tampa Bay, 31-15, on Saturday night.

But a win over the Jets gives the hated Eagles hope. Here is what has to happen for the Eagles to win the NFC East and get into the playoffs:

1. The 6-8 Eagles have to win out, first next Saturday at Dallas and then in the season finale against Washington.
2. The 8-6 Cowboys lose against the Eagles and then at the Giants.
3. The 7-7 Giants lose to the Jets and then beat the Cowboys.

The Eagles would win both tie breakers against Dallas and the Giants if all three teams finished 8-8.

On the other hand, if the Cowboys beat the Eagles on Saturday night, Philadelphia is done.  A Cowboys win on Saturday, combined with a Giants loss on Sunday vs the Jets, clinches the Division for Dallas next weekend.  But even if Dallas loses to the Eagles, they can win the division by defeating the Giants in the final regular season game of the year.

Dallas controls its own destiny and needs to win the next two games to go into the playoffs, with the momentum of a 3 game win streak vs NFC opponents.

Saturday
Dec172011

Sam Hurd, Graduate of the Nate Newton School of Stupid Drug Dealers

After reviewing the criminal complaint filed against failed drug dealer (and failed Dallas Cowboys wide receiver) Sam Hurd, Im convinced hes a graduate of the Nate Newton School of Stupid Drug Dealers.

Former Dallas Cowboys player Nate Newton created an extensive marijuana distribution ring that he claimed earned him $75,000 a transaction. He was caught twice smuggling weed from Texas to Georgia and spent 2 ½ years in prison.

Newton gave this infamous quote in 2005: Ive always been competitive. Ive always been in sports. I couldnt see myself not being the biggest dope man.

According to the complaint filed by Dallas Division HSI Special Agent George Ramirez, Hurd told an informant he was looking to buy between $125,000-250,000 worth of cocaine and another $450,000 of marijuana every week.

But last summer he went to the cops to recover his seized $88,000? Hurds associate T.L. was pulled over in Texas with a canvas bag, covered in a green leafy plantfield tested positive for the properties of marijuana containing $88,000. So Hurd went and claimed the money which had been seized by the police but what about the weed? The cash was his, but the weed wasnt? 

Then, when Hurd met with the undercover agent and informant in Chicago, he told them the money that was seized couldnt be traced to him. Even though he claimed the seizure himself.

Hurd told an undercover Dallas HSI agent that he already was distributing four kilograms of cocaine weekly but that his supplier couldn’t keep up with the demand from his customers, according to the criminal complaint.

The complaint makes multiple references to Hurds personal cell phone.  And given that he was rolling in cars registered in his name and picking up kilos himself, it looks like Hurd failed to spend an extra $40 per month for a burner cell. I guess he already had unlimited minutes on his personal cell, so why waste the $40 bucks? Exceptwell, the next question.

 

The complaint states Hurd wanted to acquire Mexican cell phones, because the law couldnt eavesdrop on those calls. No wonder he couldnt run his routes when playing wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys. Hurd is a native of San Antonio.  But apparently, he spent his time hanging out with the jocks not the drug smugglers.

 

Hurd told the undercover HSI agent that a (co-conspirator) is in charge of doing the majority of the deals while he focused on higher-end deals, according to the complaint. He agreed to pay $25,000 for each kilogram of cocaine and $450 a pound for the marijuana, according to the charges, and then said he could pay for a kilo of cocaine about 2.2 pounds after he gets out of practice. He walked out of the restaurant with the package and was arrested.

 

By the way, in 2010, Hurd was named the Cowboys Ed Block Courage award winner. The award is voted on by teammates and given to role models of inspiration, sportsmanship and courage.  When I was on the job at HSI (formerly Customs Investigations) it was often said that we only caught the dumb asses.  See Sam Hurd for details. 

And heres a hint for all you wannabe NFL drug dealers.  Your time would be much better spent watching re-runs of The Wire on DirecTv Audience 101 than Weeds on HBO. 

Friday
Dec162011

Dallas HSI Sacks NFL Player Sam Hurd

No doubt youve heard by now that former Dallas Cowboy Sam Hurds in federal custody, having been popped by authorities in Chicago Wednesday night for trying to buy five to 10 kilograms of cocaine, at $25,000 per kilogram, and 1,000 pounds of marijuana, at $450 per pound, per week for distribution in the Chicago area, per the U.S. Attorneys Office release just dispatched to media.

But you may not know that the case of the current Chicago Bears wide receiver has been filed in Dallas federal court, where it will be adjudicated following his appearance in Chicago court this afternoon. The reason: Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) became interested in Hurd started in Dallas over the summer.

George Ramirez, a Special Agent in the HSI SAC Dallas Division , received information from a reliable confidential informant (CI) on July 27, 2011, that a subject named T.L. was attempting to purchase four kilograms of cocaine on behalf of Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Sam Hurd.

Here are the details from the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Texas.

Agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), arrested Samuel George Hurd, III, 26, of Lake Forest, Illinois, last night on a criminal complaint, filed in the Northern District of Texas, charging conspiracy to distribute cocaine.

According to the complaint filed, the investigation began in July 2011 when ICE HSI in Dallas was advised by a confidential informant (CI) that an individual, known as “T.L.,” was attempting to arrange the purchase of approximately four kilograms of cocaine for an unknown buyer, who was later identified as Hurd. So, at the direction of ICE HSI agents, the CI coordinated a meeting with T.L. to purchase the cocaine. A coordinated traffic stop was arranged and a subsequent search of T.L.’s vehicle revealed a canvas bag that contained $88,000 in cash and tested positive for the properties of marijuana.

T.L. abandoned all interest in the currency and stated that the money belonged to Hurd, whom he had known for a considerable time. T.L. stated that he conducts maintenance on Hurd’s vehicles and that Hurd routinely left large amounts of currency in his vehicles. Subsequently, Hurd advised ICE HSI that he was the owner of the $88,000 seized from T.L. Hurd advised ICE HSI that he had made a withdrawal and wire transfer of funds on July 25, 2011 and that he had personally packed and placed the $88,000, along with assorted items, into his vehicle before turning it over to T.L. for maintenance and detailing. The bank statement that Hurd provided to ICE HSI did not accurately reflect the transactions and amounts claimed by Hurd.

In August 2011, T.L. negotiated with the CI to purchase cocaine on behalf of Hurd. In September 2011, T.L. phoned the CI and advised that his associates from Chicago were in Dallas and were interested in purchasing five kilograms of cocaine. T.L. stated that the buyer (Hurd) wanted to meet with the CI, but T.L. later advised that Hurd was unavailable because of his NFL obligations, but that Hurd’s cousins were available to complete the transaction. T.L. agreed to email the CI a photo of the money; however, that photo was never received.

In phone conversations earlier this month, Hurd advised the CI that he was interested in purchasing five kilograms of cocaine and indicated that he was interested in setting up continued business with the CI and his associates. The CI advised Hurd that he/she would be in the Chicago area soon, after which Hurd said that the would be interested in meeting to negotiate prices, discuss quantities and establish a long-term business relationship.

The complaint further states that yesterday evening, Hurd met with an ICE HSI undercover agent at a restaurant in Chicago. Hurd introduced himself as the “Sam” that had been communicating with the CI. Hurd stated that he was interested in purchasing five to 10 kilograms of cocaine, at $25,000 per kilogram, and 1,000 pounds of marijuana at $450 per pound, per week for distribution in the Chicago area. Hurd said that he and another co-conspirator currently distribute approximately four kilograms of cocaine per week in Chicago, but that his supplier couldn’t supply him with enough quantity. Hurd went on to say that his co-conspirator is in charge of doing the majority of the deals while he focuses on the “higher-end” deals. Hurd also stated that some money had been seized from him in Dallas, but that seizure couldn’t be associated with him. After they finished negotiating, the undercover agent presented Hurd with a kilogram of cocaine, that Hurd accepted. Hurd stated that he plays for the Chicago Bears and that he gets out of practice at approximately 5:30 p.m., after which he would make arrangements to pay for the kilogram of cocaine. Hurd left the restaurant with the bag of cocaine and was arrested shortly thereafter in the parking lot of the restaurant.

A federal criminal complaint is a written statement of the essential facts of the offenses charged, and must be made under oath before a magistrate judge. Hurd is entitled to the presumption of innocence until proven guilty. But believe me, you dont want to be him. 

An attorney for former Chicago Bears wide receiver Sam Hurd today denied reports that Hurd dealt drugs to other NFL personnel.

“Sam has asked me to address one point and I am going to address that with you,” Hurd’s attorney, Brett Greenfield, told reporters today after a court hearing. “With respect to the rumors that Sam has been supplying drugs to other members of the NFL - out of respect to the NFL, out of respect to his teammates, and out of respect to other players – he 100 percent denies that allegation.   It is patently and totally false.”

Hurd was cut (waived) from the Chicago Bears today, and he wont be earning anymore of his multi-million dollar NFL contract.  Hurd was signed to a three-year deal with the Bears for a reported $5.15 million, including a $1.35 million signing bonus and base pay this season of $685,000, the AP reported.

The Bears announced their contract agreement with Hurd on July 29, one day after federal authorities say he had agreed to a consensual interview with Homeland Security investigators over $88,000 in cash that had been seized in a car he owned in the Dallas area. The money was inside a canvas bag that authorities said was covered in a plant-like material that tested positive for properties of marijuana.

Hurd was released today on $100,000 bond after making his initial appearance before a U.S. Magistrate Judge in Chicago.

The maximum statutory penalty, however, for conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine is 40 years in prison and a $2 million fine. The U.S. Attorney’s office in the Northern District of Texas has 30 days to present the matter to a grand jury.

Hurd joins former Dallas Cowboys player Nate Newton, who was arrested not once, but twice for distributing marijuana, smuggled from Mexico to Texas to Atlanta, Georgia.  Newton was convicted in federal court and sentenced to prison.  After serving his sentence in Georgia, Newton returned to the Dallas area.  He now works for ESPN radio in Dallas, appearing on a daily afternoon sports talk show on FM 103.3

Monday
Oct172011

Jim Schwartz is an Asshole

If I learned anything in 32 years of law enforcement, its how to spot an asshole (on both sides of the law) quickly and accurately.  I can tell you with 100% certainty that Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz is an asshole.

Schwartz is an over-the-top coach who screams at officials and taunts other team’s players during games.  Im an above average lip reader.  Schwartz likes to scream across the field at opposing players and coaches.
Schwartz dog cussed more than one Dallas Cowboys player when the teams met earlier this month.

So it was amusing to hear Schwartz talk about proper “protocol” for handshakes as if he were Mr. Manners. Though neither of the coaches said so in their post-game press conference, the brewing discontent may actually have started much earlier, during a strange first quarter incident in which Harbaugh tried to challenge a touchdown he wasn’t allowed to challenge.

Schwartz begins and ends most of his in game comments, directed at the opposing players and coaches with MotherFucker.

In case you missed it, moments after the San Fransisco/Detroit NFL game ended Sunday, 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh, riding adrenaline, touched off the main event: Harbaugh vs. Detroit head coach Jim Schwartz.

After the Niners rallied for a 25-19 victory over previously unbeaten Detroit, a wild-eyed Harbaugh pulled a Schwartz and  began an emotional victory dance, untucking his black sweatshirt, attempting a chest bump with offensive tackle Alex Boone. He then followed the Schwartz post game ritual by thrusting both fists in the air and whooping to beat the band.  Harbaugh then greeted Schwartz near midfield with an aggressive handshake that was followed with a pat on Schwartzs back.

Harbaugh, who barely looked at Schwartz during the brief meeting, began jogging away. An irate Schwartz ran after Harbaugh and bumped into him from the side. Schwartz had to be restrained by team personnel as several players from both teams began pushing each other near the locker-room tunnel.

Schwartz decided to interpret Harbaughs back slap as a shove. Schwartz was also put off by Harbaugh using HIS favorite word during their greeting. I went to congratulate coach Harbaugh and got shoved out of the way, Schwartz said. I didnt expect an obscenity at that point, so it was a surprise to me at the end of the game.

For the record, Jim Harbaughs an asshole too. But Harbaugh was just being Schwartz.

Oh well. Cant wait for the rematch, hopefully in the playoffs at the end of this season.

Sunday
Oct092011

Last Day of Your Life

When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: If you live each day as if it was your last, someday youll most certainly be right. It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today? And whenever the answer has been No for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something. Remembering that Ill be dead soon is the most important tool Ive ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure - these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart. - Steve Jobs 1955-2011


Just Win, Baby! - Al Davis 1929-2011