Showing posts with label National Football League. Show all posts
Showing posts with label National Football League. Show all posts

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?

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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.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Another Day, Another NFL Superstar in Jail


Today it's Chad Johnson, who allegedly head-butted his wife. Tomorrow it will be someone else.

The NFL has had a problem for years. Nothing has ever been done about it. Oh well.

Perhaps they should figure out a way to kick players out of the league when they beat women. There should be a rule that says "hit a woman, you're banned from the league for life."

How much do you want to bet that rule will never come up for consideration.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

All Anyone Cares About is Football


The downward spiral of Andy Reid's son Garrett has been on the radar for a while now; Garret's death probably didn't surprise anyone, but, then again, maybe it did. I would think that, in the Reid family as in any other family, attempts were made to reach out and help their son. I do not know the particulars.

I do think that speculating on what is best for Reid and the football team that he coaches is also a useless endeavor. He has chosen to stick with the business at hand and to continue working the grueling hours of an NFL head coach. His family can go to hell, apparently.

What does it say about a man's values system when he can bury a son and go back to work the next day? Is he really that tough, or is he running away from having to deal with his choices?

The commenters seem to think he's tough and, hey, GO EAGLES. What a disgrace.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Another Bankrupt NFL Megastar

If you want proof that the NFL has a problem with what happens to its players AFTER they stop playing the game, look no further than the latest NFL superstar to whine about being broke and having too many baby mamas to support, Terrell Owens.

It would seem that TO has "squandered" most of his money and cannot pay his bills anymore. This is the Warren Sapp story all over again; and, sadly, it's the story of numerous NFL players who cannot cope with their obligations and their dwindling resources.

The NFL should pretty much admit that it destroys lives; it leaves players crippled, it leaves them addicted to painkillers, and it leaves them in desperate financial situations. It pays these players inflated salaries, dumps them when they are injured, and hopes they will die young so that it doesn't have to pay them pensions.

I am beginning to think we have a serious problem with football in this country, and I don't know what the solution is, other than to put some sort of end to the sport or radically redesign it and restructure it. I would hasten to add that if TO had been paid $800,000 during his career instead of $80 million, he'd have MORE to show for it, not less.

UPDATE:

Looks like ego took over:


Terrell Owens is incapable of admitting he screwed up and cannot pay his bills anymore. He cannot meet his obligations, but it is "not his fault." It is the fault of whoever stole and mismanaged his money.

The courts will not be amused or swayed by this revelation, nor should they be.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Remember the Phrase Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy


Andy Staples has hit on a very important aspect here--what is the sport of football doing to the athletes who play the game at a very high level for an extended period of time?

You can count me as a supporter of the idea of banning college football. The link between college football and mental illness, especially the kind that develops late in life, is shocking, absolutely shocking.

The time is now to do something, and do something immediately. Don't convene a study, don't put together a commission. Let's figure out how to make the game safe or change it or ban it altogether.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

The NBA is Full of Head Cases

Now that we are into what might loosely be described as the first of several months of playoffs in the NBA, I think it is worth noting that the sport seems to be full of head cases. What with the antics and decision making skills of the likes of Mr. Rajon Rondo, Mr. Dwight Howard, and Mr. Ron Artest (he will never be Metta World Peace here) and a whole host of other crazy or selfish players out there, what are we to think of the NBA?

It's full of jackasses, isn't it? Or is it just that I remember when you didn't win unless you pulled together and played your ass off (and if you had Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen on your roster).

Well, it is entirely the creation of David Stern and it is a player's league. There's a reason why baseball and football are nothing like the NBA, and that reason can be found where Stoudemire's fist hit the fire extinguisher. If you damage your team's chances in the playoffs as a baseball or football player, you're done. You're gone. You're over with, and fast. If you do this in the NBA, you receive medical attention and soothing, noncommittal comments from the coach who will probably be fired because he couldn't connect with your crazy ass.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

The NFL Might Do Away With the Pro Bowl

The article goes on to say that last year's Pro Bowl was a "joke."

All of them have been a joke; the game itself is a joke. It's not real. It does present the opportunity for a player to go into the off season injured or worse.

No sport should have "fake" games like the Pro Bowl or the All Star game. They are meaningless and serve only to raise cash from a phony spectacle. The All Star Game in baseball actually damages the World Series prospects of certain National League Teams because it has allowed for American League teams to have home field advantage.

If you did away with the Pro Bowl, few would notice.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Warren Sapp and Character


The overwhelming majority of ex-pro football players end up bankrupt or broke with a matter of years when they retire. Sapp may not quite be there, but this is yet another indication of his character. Of which, like cash, he has very little.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Joe Theismann Doesn't Want Peyton Manning to Crush His Legacy


Here, you can see the delusions of Joe Theismann writ large.

If the Washington Redskins were to sign Peyton Manning, several things would happen. Most notably, the fans would continue to forget Theismann in droves as they are doing every single day. Manning would become the greatest quarterback to ever play in Washington the instant the jersey hits his back. Theismann cannot handle this possibility. He can still claim to be their greatest quarterback right now and you'd only get a few arguments in a good sports bar.

But if Peyton lands in Washington, forget it. The fans will embrace him as the greatest to ever take a snap in a Redskins uniform. If he's healthy, he plays another five years or more and wins another Super Bowl. If he signs with them, he parachutes in and becomes the face of the franchise.

A healthy Peyton Manning, even today, is nothing like an aging Bret Favre or a washed-up Vinny Testaverde or a struggling Michael Vick. Peyton Manning is character, poise, and competence. Peyton Manning is a professional football quarterback of the highest caliber.

Theismann can't handle the possibility, and so, his freakout on the airwaves.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Cris Carter Should Be in the Hall of Fame




I can't really dispute the part where Carter has not gone into the hall because sports writers do not like him; I do think it is a shame if that is the case.

Whenever I would watch Carter play, I always figured he was Hall of Fame material. He was one of the few players that the Minnesota Vikings could count on. He was professional, consistent, and always played to an extremely high level. This became apparent after his first few seasons in the league. 

To suggest otherwise ignores the fact that the Vikings really never had anyone who could consistently throw to Carter. In the span of a few years, they had Warren Moon, Brad Johnson, Randall Cunningham, Daunte Culpeper, and Jeff George and had some success and some rather notable collapses. This, and the fact that teams used to isolate him and double-team him because he was one of the few stars that the Vikings could put on the field, is something that I specifically remember. I can certainly be wrong, but I used to marvel at the fact that Carter would catch passes while being covered by at least two players. 

So, I would heavily dispute the notion that other teams did not try to shut him down; for many years, the Vikings had little or no running game and their offense used to run through Carter and Randy Moss, at least when the two were paired up, briefly, towards the end of his career. What would be the biggest knock against him? The year they went 15-1 and lost to Atlanta, obviously. How was that Cris Carter's fault?

Now, bear in mind. I hate the Vikings. But Cris Carter deserves to go into the Hall of Fame.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Bill Belichick is a Stern Taskmaster

The NFL doesn't run on loyalty, feelings, or sentimentality. The NFL runs on pure, unadulterated violence, bile, and hate. Money helps, too, but with money comes a level of desperation most civilians will never understand. Tiquan Underwood probably understands that now today more than any other player alive. 

Don't you sort of think he'll come back next year and play just a little harder? And don't you think Belichick is calculating whether or not that will help his team or hurt his team?

UPDATE

I can confirm for you that Underwood, in his Patriots uniform, appeared on at least one "thank you to the troops" message for Armed Forces Network. These were probably filmed during media availability time and well before he was cut.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Does Anyone Care What Happens to the Minnesota Vikings?



I had to laugh at that last little "editorial."

"Only" 39% would prefer that the franchise depart the state? Really?

Those are pretty devastating numbers. Nobody wants to save the team by handing them a one billion dollar boondoggle in the form of a rapidly-deteriorating in value stadium in which only the Vikings would actually play in and no one figured out that, when the Minnesota Twins built their outdoor stadium, it was the death knell for the Vikings. All they needed to do was find a way to accommodate those eight games that the Vikings play during the regular season (playoffs be damned). And when they didn't, I knew that the end was near for the era of professional football in Minnesota.

Please. Spare us the drama. Move them out of Eden Prairie in the dead of night and put them in Las Vegas or Los Angeles or San Antonio.

The Minnesota Vikings are a failed, rudderless franchise that never found decent ownership or rose to the level of the top tier franchises in professional football. The only team chasing themselves into the basement faster are the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Washington Redskins, and even they have relatively decent places to play.

There's nothing wrong with the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, by the way. It's the perfect place for a failed NFL franchise to play. It's paid for, it has working toilets, and sometimes, on a good Sunday afternoon, you can actually hear the fans who show up.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Time to Move, Joe Flacco

Gladys Kravitz checks in on Joe Flacco, superstar quarterback and skateboard enthusiast...

Busybodies are the ruin of society.

I think Mr. Joe Flacco has a good reason to move, don't you? He can do whatever he wants in the privacy of his own home. His privacy is more important than a Baltimore Ravens playoff game win.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Tebow This

Mr. Tim Tebow is a big time NFL quarterback now. As his teammate says, case closed.

This is what happens when you make fun of a man's religion. God sends horrible, horrible lightning bolts down from the heavens to smite the unbelievers. And he doth smite them righteously, and on turf or grass, I do say, it matters not.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Just a Lot of Hype

You can feel the bitchiness rising from this post by Chris Chase.

Why bother getting so worked up? So what if Terrell Suggs said something about Tim Tebow and God? Everyone has been talking about it all season long. This is something that is in the every day conversation of football and the popular culture. Suggs didn't even really go all out in his comments. He made a game strategy and performance reference. He didn't call the man a name or anything like that. As far as being bulletin board material, it's weak.

Terrell Suggs isn't stupid enough to cross that line. But he got close enough to it to make poor Chase think that someone had gone too far and needed some remedial smacking around.

Suddenly, Chris Chase is now in charge of making sure no one can talk about Tebow and God?

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

God Returns to the National Football League

Tim Tebow is no threat to the National Football League; in fact, he's merely another manifestation of the openly-religious player being singled out for being himself. Throughout Football and Baseball, there are players who voice their opinions on religion and speak about how religion has improved their lives.

I think there is a fear that Tebow will succeed in motivating his team to win; and if he wins with the Denver Broncos, other religious players will tell their agents to get them traded to Denver. Teams that don't do religious activities will add them in order to buy in to the winning tradition of Denver. After a while, we might even see crosses emblazoned on the back of their helmets, signifying that a Christian player is underneath that hard piece of plastic.

Eventually, football and baseball players will come to realize that their religious speeches and their demonstrative religious activities will win them better and better endorsement contracts. The shocking fall of a religious player, who goes from a goody-goody with clean, white shoes to a club-hopping meth-head with a thing for booty calling the wives of other players, will only enhance this sort of thing. It makes for millions of views on ESPN and Deadspin; alas, what could have been for player x if he hadn't used all of that codeine-laced Gatorade.

Religion in sports is a huge pain in the ass, by the way, if you're secular or some religion other than Christianity. But, when Christians win, it HAS to be because God favored them. That, in turn, drives people nuts.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Jerry Sandusky Doubles Down and Denies Being Guilty


"I have horsed around with kids."

Really? Who is advising this man? Who told him it would be a good idea to get on the phone? And I have always admired Bob Costas for what it is he does, but how did he get to be the one to have to sit through this? Costas is entitled to a free pass into heaven after having to sit and listen to this man lie.

This is the sound that evil makes when gyrating in the wilderness, unafraid of being revealed for what it is. This is the horror of American society right now--the predator being allowed, on national television, to sit at home on the phone and describe how he didn't actually rape the boy he was showering with. Sandusky is taunting everyone with his denials. He's saying "fuck you" to everyone who had to sit and recall what it was he did to them when they were vulnerable.

There's a reason why predators choose at-risk children--they have little or no credibility. And in the face of that, Sandusky is betting on being able to impeach the credibility of each and every witness against him so that he can continue "horsing around" with kids and taking showers with kids. Amazing.

All you can say after this is, goddamn. He is entitled to a presumption of innocence, but at what cost to the community? Should he be allowed to walk around a free man until something happens in the legal system to warrant his incarceration? I just don't know. At some point, you have to fall back on the idea that the courts know what they're doing. Are they moving glacially slow in this case, and is that threatening kids? Where do you err on the side of caution?

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Yes, the Redskins Really Did Fight Over Strippers


A lot of people are going to make fun of poor Bart Scott for revealing that the Washington Redskins are a "stopover" franchise. I don't know how to phrase this any better, so I'll explain what I mean by stopover.

Essentially, a player goes to Washington in order to receive a outsized payday and understands that the hopelessly dysfunctional franchise is a place where an NFL player can mark time until the next contract or until a better offer to play for a real football franchise can be procured by an agent. No one plays hard in Washington unless they are trying to get injured on purpose and avoid having to play for a losing team. For help, see the career of Albert Haynesworth.

Are there enough strippers to go around in the Baltimore-Washington D.C. area? I have no idea. But if NFL players are fighting over strippers, I think it means that there aren't many strippers who rise to the level a multi-millionaire is accustomed to when he wants to show the world how classy and respectable he can be.
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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The Show is Over


Who is desperate enough to give a 38 year-old wide receiver a chance in the NFL, given that he has already used up all of his chances and talked himself out of the sport? Does Owens think that he's going to get a fifteen or twenty million dollar multi-year contract? Because that's not happening, no unless someone has a serious case of wanting to throw money away.

Terrell Owens is finished. It would take an NFL franchise that is run by the likes of Daniel Snyder to bring him back, and unless Snyder himself pulls that switch, forget it. The only one who doesn't understand that yet is T.O. And maybe his desperate agent and some other marketing people.