The Good, The Bad, The Fugly – December 15 Edition

The Good

Drew Brees giving Elmo a lift.

New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees appeared in an episode of Sesame Street this morning. Brees’s segment featured a lesson on the word “measure” in which he teaches Elmo (see above) how to measure random items including (surprise) a football. Brees brought his family (his wife and sons – Brittany, Baylen (age 2) and Bowen (age 1), respectively) to the taping, which took place in April.

The appearance on Sesame Street is likely unsurprising to those who follow Brees outside of football. The Brees Dream Foundation is responsible for raising millions to repair playgrounds, schools, and parks around New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

On top of his off-field merits, Brees is this season’s current NFL-leading passer (4,368 yards) and is on pace to pass (pun) Dan Marino’s 1984 record (5,084 yards). What a guy.

The Bad

Concernicus.

NL MVP Ryan Braun has tested positive for a PED (performance-enhancing drug), with a testosterone level at possibly the highest of record in the MLB (based on their historical testing results). If the findings are upheld, Braun is looking at a 50-game suspension to start next season.

Not only is it bad news for baseball that a league MVP has tested positive for something that has been banned, but Braun needs some PR help of his own – in a 2009 interview with mlb.com regarding the then-swirling Alex Rodriguez roid controversy, Braun said “The best thing he can do is come out, admit to everything and be completely honest. The situation will die a lot faster if he tells the whole truth.”

The Fugly

Photo Credit: Deadspin

Sam Hurd, Chicago Bears WR, is currently in jail and facing federal drug charges. Hurd was arrested Wednesday (12/14) night after allegedly articulating interest in buying (a shitload of) drugs from an undercover agent with intent to distribute (five to 10 kilograms of cocaine and 1,000 lbs of marijuana, to be exact).

According to the federal complaint, Hurd (26) allegedly told the undercover agent that he worked with someone else (in relation to his drug acquisition) and that he and his partner distribute/sell approximately four kilos of cocaine per week (in and around Chicago).

It gets worse – Hurd, who has only 8 receptions for 109 yards and no TDs this season, has allegedly supplied drugs to a double-digit list of NFL players.