Generally speaking, the Madness of March applies to frenzy of a jillion college basketball games all unfolding on several different channels and going on during all hours of the day.
However, on Friday, and in the midst of some intense conference tournament games, the NFL may have brought the nation the most maddening story of the day.
At least, extremely maddening for the Denver Broncos, studly defensive end Elvis Dumervil, and his hapless agent.
To make a very long story extremely short (but not 140-characters short, that’s coming momentarily), Dumervil had reportedly agreed to take a pay cut, bringing his 2013 salary from $12 million down to eight. The move was going to save the team enough money to help it squeeze under the salary cap.
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Now, the team will be saving the entire dollar figure, because Dumervil has been cut. He was supposed to have a fax with his signature on it into the Broncos’ offices by 4 p.m. Eastern, but it was not there until 4:07, and that seven-minute difference makes him a free agent.
Obviously, sports fans everywhere hardly know what to make of the situation. Those poor Broncos-loving souls were celebrating the signing of Wes Welker just yesterday and now this.
Luckily, Twitter exists, and again, luckily, folks took to the site to try to sort it all out.
Elvis Dumervil’s contract not filed with NFL in time. Dumervil released, as Denver Post released.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 15, 2013
“Elvis, forgive me. My pager is blowing up right now,” said Dumervil’s agent, as his Furby and Big Mouth Billy Bass croon in the background. — Conor Dorney (@cdorney) March 15, 2013
Oh wow, this Elvis Dumervil thing is crazy!! Kids at home…. This is what happens when you wait till the last minute to turn in your work!! — R to the K (@LaCaptainKey) March 15, 2013
— Incarcerated Bob IBN (@incarceratedbob) March 15, 2013
@darkslider33 apparently Dumervil didn’t get his contract faxed on time by agent so he’s released????? WTF is that about
— NurseBeckett (@iNURSELISA) March 15, 2013
— Michelle Beisner (@MichelleBeisner) March 15, 2013
— Jon Rappoport (@jonrap) March 15, 2013
We cut Dumervil! What! So pissed — Joel Bracken (@BrackCity) March 15, 2013
Dang, done lost dumervil. — Chelsea(@papaphobia_93) March 15, 2013
Ok @mikeklis broke down the Elvis Dumervil & Broncos situation. His agent in deep shit. Elvis bout to lose millions & the Broncos are tight
— Shaina Auxilly (@Shay_Marie) March 15, 2013
“@adamschefter: Elvis Dumervil’s contract not filed with NFL in time. Dumervil released, as Denver Post released.” This is hysterical
— Andy Odenbach (@THEEODENBACH) March 15, 2013
BREAKING NEWS: Dumervil fires agent via carrier pigeon. — Lavante (@SKingKarizma) March 15, 2013
Elvis Dumervil released by Denver because of a snafu with a fax machine. Who the hell uses a fax in 2013?
— Cliff Saunders (@cliffsaunders) March 15, 2013
— NFL News (@NFL_NewsUK) March 15, 2013
Who is to blame for Elvis Dumervil’s contract debacle…dinkleburg — DonnyRay#13 (@DonnyRay13) March 15, 2013
If I was dumervil I would literally kill my agent
— Raymond (@20sandshit) March 15, 2013
Giants need to jump all over Elvis Dumervil asap
— Mike (@Mike__Nap) March 15, 2013
Daaamn right! Other teams wouldn’tRT @arrowheadaddict: I am just saying, I could live with watching a Hali, Houston, Dumervil pass rush.
— Tony Hines (@TonyTouch06) March 15, 2013
lol at that Elvis Dumervil story. A fax machine? In 2013? Next up, Broncos typewriters need replacement
— Aaron (@finnns2003) March 15, 2013
I am completely floored by the Dumervil thing. Holy S! — Marty Kenton (@Pohibear) March 15, 2013
I smell a rat in the Dumervil deal. WTH is going on? And what Happened w/Freeney. At work. Lost
— NurseBeckett (@iNURSELISA) March 15, 2013
Dumervil better get Bob Sugar on the phone #nfl
— Coach Betta Style (@CoachBettaStyle) March 15, 2013
— Robbie Ducc (@DuccMasters24) March 15, 2013
Wow this Elvis Dumervil situation is so stupid for the Broncos and Dumervil
— Charles McDonald (@OddCharles7) March 15, 2013
Elvis Dumervil’s Agent….Elvis DUMBERvil’s Agent. Am I rite?
— Tammeh Treymayne (@Mrs__NBA) March 15, 2013
If Miami signs Dumervil too I’m gonna burn a LeBron James jersey in the street just because.
— Ryan (@RyInCBus) March 15, 2013
this Elvis Dumervil situation will go down as one of the biggest debacles in NFL history if he signs elsewhere.
— Lionel Bienvenu (@lionelbienvenu) March 15, 2013
“Dumb And Dumervil: Why The Odds Of Relying On Fax Machines Suck” #soyouretellingmetheresachance
— Andrew Bucholtz (@AndrewBucholtz) March 15, 2013
I bet Elvis Dumervil’s agent still use dial-up internet and a flip cell phone.
— Fake Kyrie Irving (@FakeKyrieIrving) March 15, 2013