• New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton has an idea for a movie called "The Xbox Kid," about a young boy in New Orleans who can actually control NFL games by playing games (Madenn, I suppose) on his refurbished Xbox. According to Mike Triplett of the Saints Beat blog at the Times-Picayune, it's actually being shopped around Hollywood by the Creative Artists Agency. If this thing gets made before the "Arrested Development" movie, I'm going to lose all faith in mankind.
• Stop me if you heard this before, but the 49ers say they plan to get Vernon Davis more involved in the offense. Sorry, Vernon, but I'm going to wait a bit before I start moving you up my fantasy draft board.
• The Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian League can no longer hide their secret lust for Vince Young(notes). They listed him on their "secret negotiation list," which means ... actually, I have no idea what it means. But it sounds extremely Canadian and secretive, and I'm sure Young is flattered.
• Peyton Manning(notes) will be happy to know that former assistant coaches Tom Moore and Howard Mudd will be returning to the team as consultants on Aug. 1.
• Bob Raissman of the New York Daily News writes about how Tiki Barber was once the hottest prospect in television, and now, no one really even notices him.
• Among the slightly familiar names trying out for the UFL: WR Travis Taylor(notes), WR David Boston(notes), TE Jermaine Wiggins(notes), QB Quinn Gray(notes), WR Reche Caldwell(notes), RB LaBrandon Toefield(notes) and WR/DB Bobby Sippio(notes).
• Jeff Fisher's son almost caught a rather large fish.
• Here's a Rodney Harrison(notes) quote via Peter King in today's Monday Morning Quarterback:
"This is football in the National Football League. I hit a guy with my forearm in his throat or his chest area, and they're trying to fine me. It's football! [...] Football now is turning into a soft, pansy sport. This is not volleyball! This is not tennis! This is some of the biggest, fastest, strongest men in the world. I think it's absolutely ridiculous."
Did Rodney Harrison seriously just complain that he's not allowed to forearm a man in the throat? Why would a forearm to the throat ever be necessary on a football field? What does the NFL have to do before it's not a pansy sport, allow throat forearms and defensive backs to carry switchblades?
• Dan Le Batard had a great article in today's Miami Herald about the retired version of Jimmy Johnson, who sort of hated being a football coach.
• The Miami Dolphins call it the Wildcat. The version that the Cowboys have been practicing is called the Razorback. When I run an NFL team, I'm going to run the same thing and call it The Jaunty Unicorn.