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Holy Crap! Chris Mortensen Broke This Story And It Turned Out To Be True

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Originally reported by the handsome devil pictured above, the headquarters of the NFL Players Association was damaged by a fire early this morning, according to executive director DeMaurice Smith, whose first name means “from Maurice.”

“Most of the damage was caused by the internal sprinkler system,” Smith said. “We don’t know a lot more, other than there is an investigation that is now under way.”

Although it does not initially appear to be arson, security video will be provided to investigators. If I were one of the investigators, I would first determine the whereabouts last night of one Mike Ditka.

Nah, I’m just kidding, Iron Mike always seems to have a firm control on his emotions. What I would be doing is studying the videotape to see if there is a bunch of retired NFL players fleeing the scene. They have an axe to grind with the Players Association as well.

Obviously, it wouldn’t be hard to pick them out on tape, considering they would all be limping, using a walker or rolling along in a wheelchair.

While all the speculation concerning whether this was arson or not is indeed intriguing, the most fascinating aspect of all of this is Chris Mortensen broke a story and it turned out to be true. He even beat rumor-mongerer Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk to the punch. That is impressive.

You see? If you stay in the game long enough, you’re bound to get something right. Kudos, Chris Mortensen. You’re doing a bang-up job.

NFLPA HQ damaged in fire [ESPN.com]
Gridiron Greats Fires Criticism At NFLPA, Current Players [Sports Business Daily]
Retired Players Being Cautious [The New York Times]
Fire At The NFLPA’s Offices [Pro Football Talk]