Showing posts with label NFL. Show all posts
Showing posts with label NFL. Show all posts

Monday, October 26, 2020

The Curse is Upon You


This is approximately the moment where Cowboy's quarterback Andy Dalton was beheaded for no good reason by some dirty players from the Washington Football Club.

I guess we need to stop writing about Andy Dalton because, jeez, man, you got taken for a ride downtown.

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Kirk Cousins is a Moron

All you have to do is go to someone in the front office. You say, "can someone help me understand what's happening here?" And someone gives Kirk a phone number or brings someone in to talk to him. That's all that has to happen and we can avoid this sort of thing.

Virtually everything Cousins says here is uninformed and ignorant. Masks work, and casting doubt on that puts people at risk. He's using his status and position to mislead people and that's extremely dangerous. When it comes to people's health, you do not fuck around with this.

This is the sort of thing that could be fixed by sitting down with his employer, which should be an organization with the kinds of resources that would help one of its highest paid employees with some basic fucking common sense about the global pandemic that is preventing the organization and the league that it is a part of from making billions of dollars. Now, some organizations are not dynamic and staffed with backoffs and fools. I get that.

Somewhere in the Vikings organization is a player or coach or staffer who has a relative with a serious health issue that makes them vulnerable to COVID-19. I would think that they would be reacting with horror at what Cousins said and I would hope that someone is arranging for the team's franchise quarterback to get some goddamned useful information as soon as possible.

But then, hey. You get it, you get it. If you die, you die. Whatever, man.

Monday, July 13, 2020

Dan Snyder is a Broken Man

The fact that this is happening is not because Dan Snyder has had a change of heart. It's happening because he's afraid of losing money.
Just less than two weeks after one of his most prominent corporate sponsors urged him to change the name of his football team, Washington owner Daniel Snyder plans to announce the retirement of the "Redskins" nickname and reveal a new team name Monday morning, a person with knowledge of the situation confirmed to USA TODAY. The new name remains unknown, but Warriors, Red Wolves and Redtails have ranked among the post popular choices among fans on social media. Snyder has long ignored requests of Native American tribes and other organizations to change the name because some deem the term offensive, citing the fact that the dictionary classifies it as a racial slur.
 The threat of losing corporate partners and sponsorships is driving the change from what the team is called now to what will likely be the "Warriors." That's the word I'm hearing. It could be some other option, but at least it is happening.

Snyder, who is the worst owner in professional sports, is probably a broken man right now. I would argue that this is what he's doing in order to keep the team from declining in value faster than it already is. There's a good chance that he'll get a new stadium built inside of the District of Columbia but there's a better chance that Snyder is going to sell the team in order to get out from under the controversy and the misery of his tenure as the owner.

No one has done more to alienate their fanbase than the Washington Football Team. No one.

Friday, July 3, 2020

Call Them the Washington Senators

The Washington D.C. professional NFL franchise has seen the writing on the wall, and they're making an effort to wait out the outrage so that they can eventually keep their name.

I don't think Dan Snyder will change the name. I think he'll sell the team and let someone else "kill" the brand. I could be wrong on that. He is single-handedly responsible for being one of the five worst owners in the history of the game. All the goodwill, all of the great relations with the fanbase are largely gone in the wake of his disastrous tenure. I think this is more about how he exits the stage than anything.

If we're looking to the history of the game, there was an NFL team (don't confuse it with the baseball team of the same name) called The Washington Senators. They went through a few nicknames and were the Washington Pros at one point. But why not just call themselves the Senators and build a new stadium where RFK Stadium is currently located? What would be wrong with that?

Friday, February 28, 2020

Garth Brooks Loves Barry Sanders

So, this happened.

Garth Brooks wore a football jersey with the number 20 on it, and with the name Sanders on the back. This was his way of paying homage to NFL Hall of Fame running back Barry Sanders.

Some of his "less informed" fans thought that Brooks was signaling his support for presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.

And this happened because we have, what? An informed, reasonable electorate?


Thursday, February 27, 2020

17 Games

To me, this is a crazy number of games for the NFL to play in one season:
As we stand on the verge of another decade of labor peace, I can’t get that out of my head, and my reasoning is simple. Over the last couple weeks, we’ve discussed everything from the revenue split to pensions to how individual contracts will work under a reformatted NFL schedule, and the main thing is still the main thing.
My belief is the reason why opposition against the current CBA proposal has persisted lies therein. It’s the 17th game. Period. End of story.
It’s been clear from the start that players are leery about the idea of extending their season—creating another set of car crashes in a system that already called for 16 of them. And a lot of them knew that the owners’ strong desire to do that, in addition to their concern over further delaying the broadcast negotiation, created leverage.
So some players wanted the union to push for more, in just about every category.

You want 17 games? Fine. Then it’s on our terms.
And they did get more in some areas. The money in this deal is good, and if the goal is, “Let’s keep getting rich!” then the deal the union’s done is totally fine. But if you were looking for a game-changer, then this really isn’t that.
The franchise tag system is the same, as is the vesting schedule. There were tweaks to rookie contracts and the funding rule, but problems with those (team control over players for six or seven years, a crutch to use in not guaranteeing contracts) aren’t going away. And specific to the issue of 17 games, there are problems. The max number of padded practices in training camp was cut from 28 to 16, but offseason and in-season rules didn’t change.
The impact of an NFL game in an American city is easy to measure. On game day, revenue pours in. People spend their cash like it's water. Adding just one more home game per year, every other year, means more of the same. More people through the gates, more butts in seats, more of everything.

However, it means shorter careers and more injuries for the players. I hope they get a larger piece of that pie. I think they're getting too little as it is in relation to what the owners are walking away with every home game.

It's just my mathematical bias speaking, but an uneven number of games throws me off a bit. If anything, I would cut the number of pre-season games to two and I would add two more bye weeks into the current 16 game season. I wouldn't even keep the 16 game season. If I could, I'd knock it back to 12.

You would get less football. But you'd get fewer injuries, and guys would play longer. No one would like my idea, but there it is.

Sunday, February 2, 2020

Stupidest Fucking President Ever

The Kansas City Chiefs represent Kansas City, Missouri. There are elements of the greater Kansas City area that are nominally inside of the state of Kansas, but there is no question that the professional teams who play in Kansas City are, in fact, wholly within Missouri.

Enjoy watching your various alt-right outrage merchants try to spin this one. Trump is the goddamned stupidest fucking president you or I will ever see in our lifetimes, provided the American people don't shit the bed in a future election and accidentally put one of his kids in office.

Anyway, look out for a Sharpie! Kansas City, get ready to be annexed by your neighbor to the west.

H/T to Beth Wall

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Cleveland Wins

Congratulations are in order for the Cleveland Browns. Take note, fans of sports ball. Your team sucks sometimes, too.

Talk of making it to what they call “the Playoffs” is a bit premature, however.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

So Long, Raiders

Is this really going to make anyone happy?

The Raiders will file relocation papers to move from Oakland to Las Vegas, according to NFL Media's Ian Rapoport.

Funding has already been approved for the Raiders' new $1.9 billion NFL stadium. The money approved by Nevada law makers includes private and public money. The initial plans showed the Raiders would contribute $500 million and casino owner Sheldon Adelson would contribute $650 million. Hotel tax funding may contribute another $750 million.

The move would have to be approved by 24 of the NFL owners at their upcoming meeting in March.

There used to be an understanding that, because of legalized gambling, no professional sports team would move to Las Vegas, Nevada. I think that, give we're about to see an NHL expansion team start up there, those days are gone. It's hard to come up with $2 billion for a stadium, but if the Raiders were, indeed, looking to move, why not another major city in the United States? It seems like a temporary fix to me. Why not go to St. Louis, San Antonio, or Louisville? Why not find a city that wants an NFL franchise? Oklahoma City wouldn't be a bad idea, either. Notice I did not say Des Moines.



Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Rex Ryan and Rob Ryan

Not much love from the local media in Buffalo:

Rex Ryan came to Buffalo full of bluster and boast, proclaiming himself as the man who was going to end the Bills’ unfathomable playoff drought, which in January 2015 stood at 15 years.

Rex was going to build a bully, the kind of team that no one was going to want to play against. The No. 4-ranked defense he inherited would become No. 1, just you wait and see. Playoffs? Of course the Bills were going to make it.

“I’m not going to let our fans down,” the bombastic Ryan said the day he was introduced as the Bills’ head coach, two weeks after Doug Marrone had quit. “I’m not going to do that. I know it’s been 15 years since the Bills made the playoffs. Well, get ready man, we’re going. We’re going. Am I guaranteeing a Super Bowl and all that? I’ll tell you what I will do; I will guarantee the pursuit of it. Through hard work, through preparation, we’re going to see how many teams match our work ethic, and all that.”

Well, two years later, Bills fans are let down, way down, not to mention aggravated, and now they have to saddle up for another bumpy ride as the Bills — yet again — will hit the reset button after announcing Tuesday that Ryan and his brother, Rob, have been fired.

Offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn will serve as head coach when the Bills close their season Sunday in New York against the Jets. It was also announced that general manager Doug Whaley - who has had a hand in hiring the last two Bills head coaches - will lead the search to find Ryan's replacement, a strong indication that Whaley's job is safe.

Owner Terry Pegula released a boilerplate statement that read, “I spoke with Rex earlier today and we mutually agreed that the time to part ways is now. These decisions are never easy. I want to take this opportunity to thank Rex for all his efforts and wish him all the best moving forward. Kim and I and our entire Bills organization share in the same disappointment and frustration as our fans, but we remain committed to our goal of bringing a championship to western New York.”

Rex is walking out of town with his tail between his legs, having never backed up any of his big talk. The Bills won just 15 of the 31 games he coached; they tacked on two more years to their postseason drought; their defense got much worse as the players never bought into, nor understood, Ryan’s complex scheme; and while no one ever questioned the work ethic of Ryan or his players, it was clear the Bills were not a well-prepared team, and they were often an out-coached team on game days.

When you lose in the NFL, it's worse than anything on Earth. It is quite possible that, fifty years from now, aggrieved Bills fans will burn the Ryan brothers in effigy. But, the funny thing is, the Ryan brothers will be back next season, standing on the sidelines somewhere, and they'll have good jobs and good contracts and all of this will be forgotten.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Jeff Fisher

Jeff Fisher was fired yesterday, and everyone seems to think they know why:

Jeff Fisher, whose job security became baffling as he led the Rams through years of mediocrity, was fired today as the team’s head coach. The team announced the move this afternoon.

Fisher was fired after perhaps the single ugliest loss of his coaching tenure, a brutal blowout at the hands of the Falcons on Sunday that ensured he would have his fifth consecutive losing record at the helm of the team.

Fisher's record was awful, but there are plenty of teams with losing records this season. There are plenty of teams in the NFL right now that are under-performing. Fisher wasn't fired because he was losing. Fisher was fired because the front office of the Los Angeles Rams is in complete and utter disarray. They extended his contract and then they fired him? That's dysfunction at the franchise level. What did the recent franchise relocation have to do with this? Who knows? 

Were it not for the close loss in Super Bowl 34 to the Rams, Fisher (then coaching the Tennessee Titans) probably would have ended up a more obscure figure. I believe his finishes this stage of his career with as many regular season losses as Dan Reeves, but don't give up hope. Fisher will probably come back as a coach in some capacity.  Guys like him end up being someone's coordinator for offense or defense almost immediately.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Roger Goodell is Doomed

If you consider that the NFL, as a business, has no time for failure, what to make of Roger Goodell?

Today, a Federal judge reinstated Tom Brady because the due process he was supposed to get from Goodell turned out to be a laughable excuse for jacking off in public. The man in charge of the NFL is a serial incompetent.

Let’s take a moment to reflect on the recent failures of Goodell’s tenure as commissioner:

  • He suspended Ray Rice just two games after Rice knocked his fianceĆ© out in an elevator, then suspended Rice indefinitely after video tape of the incident turned the original, paltry suspension into a PR nightmare for the league. A judge later overturned that second suspension because Rice was essentially being punished twice for the same crime, and because the NFL had no real evidence that Rice had lied during the league’s investigation into the incident.

  • He hit the New Orleans Saints with sweeping and severe penalties after determining that the team had instituted a bounty program. Those suspensions were later overturned by ex-commissioner Paul Tagliabue on the grounds that Goodell had overstepped his bounds and reached his decision based on faulty evidence.

  • He eagerly exploited the Adrian Peterson child abuse case as a way to restore his authority and brand as a stern, tough-minded disciplinarian. That suspension was later overturned by a federal judge because Goodell had retroactively and unfairly applied the league’s new domestic violence policy to Peterson’s case.

And now this. This particular defeat feels more meaningful than the previous ones, though, in part because of how truly benign the original “crime” was. Those other suspensions being vacated were big victories for the NFLPA, but Goodell’s flanks were still protected by the fact that he was facing off with a child abuser, a wife-beater, and a football team that purposely tried to hurt people. No matter how slapdash and wrongheaded Goodell’s ersatz judicial processes were revealed to be, he was always able to position himself as a good guy, just trying to get tough on bad people and do the right thing. He was able to point to his failures as evidence that all he needed to Get Things Right in the future was more power.

How much longer with the ownership of the NFL tolerate this kind of thing? Goodell no longer has a friend in Robert Kraft. When you lose friends like that, you're done. Why not dump him before the season opener?

They'd never allow it, but do you know who'd be a great NFL commissioner? Anybody but Goodell, that's who.

If I had to pick a name, I would say Condoleeza Rice. The league needs an image overhaul, and it needs to have a new public face. The sooner, the better. Barring that, Mitt Romney needs a job. If Romneyshambles can run an Olympics, he can run the NFL. He's great with rich people.

And, by the way, Brady was guilty as hell. His due process was violated, but the fact that he's the face of the franchise and he was grabassing with the clowns in charge of keeping the balls inflated should have made this an open and shut case. Jim McNally was Rosencrantz and John Jastremski was Guildenstern and I'm not sure who Brady was because he just doesn't sound moody enough to pull off Hamlet. Brady's culpability was wiped out as a factual matter because Roger Goodell couldn't use due process to prove a ham sandwich is made with bread and ham. I think Brady should have been given the chance to be a gentleman of the sport. He should have been given the chance to defend himself and he should have been asked to apologize to the Indianapolis Colts. I didn't agree with the four game suspension but I sure as hell think someone who plays sports for a living should have the maturity to apologize when caught cheating.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Where Was Warren Sapp's Fall Guy When He Was Beating Up Prostitutes?

The utter lawlessness of the National Football League continues unabated:

While wearing his Hall of Fame jacket, Carter told them:

“Y’all not gonna all do the right stuff. I gotta teach yall how to get around all this stuff too. If you gonna have a crew, one of them fools got to know he going to jail.”

In an interview with ESPN, Chris Borland, who retired because of concussions, mentioned that a veteran player told them to get a fall guy so they could skirt legal trouble. It appears that player was Carter, with Warren Sapp by his side. Sapp is probably not who the NFL wants modeling behavior for rookies, since he was recently charged with domestic violence.

Cris Carter had to have had a fall guy when he played in Minnesota all those years ago. It was likely third lackey from the right when he entourage entered the strip clubs of downtown Minneapolis. I'll see if I can dig up any of those photos.

Doesn't anyone think before they speak at these things? Who was the clown who didn't speak up when Cris Carter boasted (because Cris Carter not boasting is a thing that I cannot imagine not happening) about teaching the rooks about the whole legal fall guy strategy for dealing with the people who are going to focus on the NFL player who is throwing money around in the club?

Here's what they're never going to say to the rookies--go get a house. Not a condo, not an apartment--get a house. When you own a house, mow your own lawn and rake up your own leaves. Spread some fertilizer around. Everyone will see you doing this. When you want to be up in the club with your boys, go home and work in your yard instead. There is no possible way you can get into any kind of legal trouble when you are on your own property taking care of how it looks. You will quickly develop a reputation as a player who plays the game the right way and as someone who is a leader in the community. Sports writers eat that shit up left and right. And if you take all the money you would have wasted in the club and put it into a good riding lawn mower, you'll never have a problem in the NFL again.

Don't go to the club, rookie. Get your ass to a John Deere dealership. Get the one with the leaf picker upper, especially if you buy a house with oak trees.

Oh, but I forgot. Warren Sapp was actually chosen to speak to the rookies? What was he doing there in anything other than his jumpsuit?

Here's a man who beats women and goes bankrupt and loses his only lucrative post-NFL gig, all within a few years of retiring. I think he was the one Cris Carter was talking to, not the rookies. How passive aggressive can you get? 

Hey, don't do what he did, rookies. Here's Sapp to tell you how to make some better life choices. I think the effect of being led onto the stage by his probation officer would have had more of an impact, but oh well.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Tom Brady is a Handsome Fellow

Personally, I think criticizing the work of a courtroom sketch artist is like going after a fifth grade orchestra for muffing their third piece of music for the day. Tom Brady is guilty as sin and the NFL is obviously in collusion with the courtroom sketch artist to make him look like a Bulgarian sex offender.

Somehow, they gave him the most subtle fu manchu in Patriots history.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

IK Enemkpali Breaks Geno Smith's Jaw

No word yet on whether or not the Raiders have picked him up:

New York Jets coach Todd Bowles announced Tuesday that the team’s quarterback, Geno Smith, will be out for “at least” six to 10 weeks after teammate IK Enemkpali “sucker punched” him and broke his jaw. “There was an altercation in the locker room [Tuesday morning],” Bowles said. “It had nothing to do with football. It was something very childish. And he got cold cocked, sucker punched, whatever you want to call it, in the jaw. He has a broken jaw, fractured jaw, requires some surgery.” Bowles added that Enemkpali, a second-year outside linebacker, has been released from the team.

It'll be interesting to see whether or not Enemkpali signs somewhere else or, through collusion, is denied a roster spot in the NFL. And, correct me if I'm wrong, but if this had nothing to do with football, where's the police report? Has Enemkpali been charged with anything?

Somewhere, Peter King is getting ready to write an insider story on how the NFL really doesn't like it when players fight, but the demonstrations of intensity show that guys care and you want tough men to play tough, and show that they care about their positions.

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Finally, one decent thing happened today:

the Hall initially decided that his family members would not be allowed to speak for him at the ceremony. Seau died by suicide in 2012, two and a half years after retiring from football. A study of his brain tissue found signs of CTE, and in January 2013 his family sued the NFL, alleging that his suicide was caused by a brain disease developed from years of sustaining hits while playing in the league. A policy had been in place since 2010 disallowing others to speak on behalf of posthumous inductees.

The Hall later reversed course, allowing Sydney to speak. The New York Times reported the late Seau told his family that he wanted Sydney to introduce him should he ever be inducted. Seau did not discuss the circumstances of her father's death.

Even though Sydney Seau let the NFL off the hook and didn't say anything about how Junior Seau killed himself, we cannot forget that this man gave his life to play a game that has a billion dollar fixation on minimizing the impact of concussions on players.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Tom Brady Cheated

What are we talking about here?

The Wells Report on whether or not the New England Patriots "deflated" the footballs used in a regular season game clearly shows that the team cheated. It cheated with the assent of the starting quarterback and it extended down into the franchise.

Via Deadspin:

Jim McNally is Rosencrantz and John Jastremski is Guildenstern and I'm not sure who Brady is because he just doesn't sound moody enough to pull off Hamlet.

The only question now is whether or not the Patriots will face severe fines and suspensions. I know Roger Goodell takes care of Bob Kraft, but how is that going to be possible after this report?

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

The Debacle Continues

When Rex Ryan is eventually fired at the end of this season, the analysis will come down to one of the most dysfunctional quarterback controversies in NFL history. 

The Jets are not an awful team. They are poorly led.

This is a lost season for the Jets and there should be a number of players and coaches who follow Ryan out the door at the end of this season. Should the General Manager go as well? I don't know how you could argue that anyone should hold on to a decision-making position with the organization after this season. But, cheer up.

At least the Jets aren't the Eagles, right?

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Why Did They Turn in Their Guns?

The NFL is on Google+

Am I correct in saying that if the NFL did not have a problem, seven frightened young men would not have given up their weapons to officials with their respective teams?

The NFL has numerous problems which mirror society. Guns, domestic violence, alcohol abuse, and stupidity are all the ones we've seen in the last several weeks. I don't think much will change, but I do think it is irresponsible not to keep talking about guns and how guns in the hands of young men who have a lot of money and young families should be dealt with in much the same way that the NFL deals with their financial matters--with mandatory counseling.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Who Are You Calling a Retard?

Brandon Marshall's only mistake was this--he should have ignored Warren Sapp.

He should have said and done nothing in response to Sapp's use of the word "retard," which, in and of itself, should have gotten Sapp fired anyway.

Where is it written that current NFL players have to show deference and respect to the immediate past or to players that went before? Where is it written that they have to know every statistic, every record, and care about any of that stuff? The coaches, owners, and general managers don't care about any of that stuff. The NFL is a business, and if you can't perform, no one cares if you hold the franchise record for catches. No one cares if you have been around for twelve years and have bled for the team. If you can't play, you're gone. Sentimentality has no place in the business of professional sports.

What respect for the past did Warren Sapp ever show? He played like he was getting paid and I watched him for years. I watched him showboat, dog it, and do whatever he wanted. I watched him, on live television, challenge an opposing team's head coach to a fight while walking off the field after he had delivered a vicious cheap shot on a player--remember that? Sure, he played hard. He played hurt. But his time playing is done. His personal life is a shambles, he's broke, and he's lucky to have a job.

Next time, ignore Warren Sapp. It saves time and effort. He has nothing to add to the game when his analysis is focused on calling an active player a "retard."