Showing posts with label Professional Football. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Professional Football. Show all posts

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.

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."

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.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

The Superbowl Should Be Played in the Snow


I rather like this change:

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell says the success of the 2014 Super Bowl slated for Meadowlands Stadium will determine whether more championships are played at undomed cold-weather sites.

Goodell spoke at commencement ceremonies Saturday for the University of Massachusetts Lowell, where he accepted an honorary doctorate for his father, the late Sen. Charles E. Goodell of New York.

The commissioner was introduced by Robert Kraft and stood with the New England owner after the ceremony. The Patriots play outside at Gillette Stadium.

On Tuesday, the league awarded the 2014 championship to the new $1.6 billion home of the Jets and Giants.

Kraft, who supported the decision, said "the elements should be part of the game."

Cold weather football is the stuff of legend. Anyone who lives in a cold weather environment already knows that you have to prepare and dress appropriately for the game when it is held late in the season. The Superbowl should be no exception. And, as to whether or not the drunks will get frostbite, I say, let the drunks freeze solid and then melt when they flush out the stadium in March or April.
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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Oh, Yeah. That'll Work


If things get any nuttier in Washington, the Redskins will have to consider hiring people to deal with season ticket cancellations on a full time basis.
Washington Redskins quarterback Donovan McNabb has encouraged the team's coaching staff to consider signing free-agent wide receiver Terrell Owens, despite the acrimony that marked their time as Philadelphia Eagles teammates, according to multiple sources.

Coach Mike Shanahan said the Redskins are not actively pursuing Owens. A team source said the Redskins have made upgrading their wide receiver position a high priority, but prefer to avoid bringing Owens into their locker room if another solution can be found.

A source close to McNabb said the quarterback and Owens recently talked about the possibility of reuniting while shooting an episode for the television show "Pros vs. Joes" in Los Angeles. The episode, schedule to air in July, features McNabb and Owens playing on the same basketball team.

That's exactly what will help you win--shoot TV episodes with a bunch of jackballs. That's a great way to focus on the things that are happening right now. Never mind that McNabb has to adapt to a head coach who has been out of football for a little while, an entirely new offense starved of decent weapons, and learn a playbook for a franchise that has had little or no offense in years.

What do I know? I've never driven an NFL franchise into the ground. Has Dan Snyder picked up the option to bring back Deion Sanders and Vinny Testaverde yet? The Redskins need to sling a little more money around because it's a "why the hell not?" situation when you can't draft, can't go one year to the next without firing everyone and can't win.
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Thursday, March 11, 2010

Ben Roethlisberger Isn't Learning From Any of His Mistakes


There's nothing wrong with having fun, but when you're rich, famous, and known to be a bit of a party animal, you have to know when to control yourself:
Amber Hanley, a 21-year-old college student who met NFL star Ben Roethlisberger in a Georgia bar, says the Steeelers quarterback wanted more than a just a cute photo with the young co-ed, but she just rolled her eyes and moved on, earning a tongue lashing from Big Ben.

Later, she says, Roethlisberger was hitting hard on another girl.

Illegal, poor taste or just drunk fun?

Hanley's description of last Friday's events at the Capital City bar in Milledgeville, Ga., doesn't shed light on whether Roethlisberger sexually assaulted another woman during a night in which he visited several local bars. Police are now investigating the accusation made by a 20-year old student and the football player has denied it.

He really needs some sort of help, and not just of the legal kind. He needs someone to help him get off the path that he's on before he destroys his career. I have defended him in the past, but how do you defend a kid who is blotto? How do you defend a kid who is running around like a jackass in public?

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Will the Gamblers Let the NFL Change the Rules for Overtime?


I don't know if this will get off the ground when the money men from Vegas get wind of it:



Many NFL fans have been calling for a change to league's overtime rules. The league isn't prepared to throw away its luck-of-the-coin-toss, winner-take-all approach just yet, but it is planning to discuss an adaptation to the format for the playoffs. According to a league spokesman, the new system being considered would allow both teams to have possession at least once in overtime of a playoff game, unless the team which receives the ball first (a.k.a. the team that wins the coin toss (except for that one time with Detroit, but chances are the league does not expect the Lionsto be in the playoffs any time soon)) scores a touchdown. The competition committee will further consider the proposal at the league meetings next month. Two thirds of teams would need to agree with the proposal for it to be adopted.



Yes, but what do the gamblers say? That's the only constituency that the NFL really cares about. The overtime is supposedto come down to the coin toss; since that is what decides most situations in life, letting an NFL game come down to a coin toss is really what the decision to use it was all about in the first place.


Let's face it. If you win the coin toss, but cannot score, you deserve to lose the game.

Friday, February 5, 2010

The Worst Piece of Sports Writing Ever

Shania Twain


When I think of the Super Bowl, I think of Shania Twain. Hey, you try to figure it out. I'm busy.

See if you can get through this without falling asleep:


There is no better day for sports in the world than Super Bowl Sunday. That includes the World Cup Final.

I’m not talking about how many people watch. By that standard, the World Cup Final beats any three Super Bowls put together. But there’s more to a great day than the event around which it is built. It’s all the goodies that have accumulated around the event that ultimately makes the day.

The Super Bowl has everything you could want in a day built around a game that children can play. No day has more meat on its metaphorical bones.

A big part of it has to do with when the Super Bowl is played.

The Super Bowl is played on the first Sunday in February. Before the NFL settled on that day for its biggest game, it was known for absolutely nothing. Among all the Sundays of the year, the first one in February was like the year’s mail-room clerk — anonymous, unrecognized, unappreciated; a day as dull as a public reading of the tax code.

There is so much nothing happening that the NFL can take a full two weeks to build up for one football game, knowing that the media has nothing else to talk about. There is no more perfect a day for it.

Then there’s the name: the Super Bowl. If it were called the NFL Championship Game and didn’t bother to separate one from another with Roman numerals, it wouldn’t be nearly as popular with the great masses of non-fans.

Sporting events become great when they attract the attention of those who normally don’t watch sports. That’s why the Olympics are great. It’s what makes March Madness so much fun. It’s why the World Cup is so magnificent.

I know; I can't get through that without rolling my eyes and wanting to go outside and throw things into the trees in order to make the snow fall onto the ground. That's why I had to find a picture of Shania Twain, Cletus. You'd be asleep right now if I hadn't.

That is the absolute worst piece of sports writing I have read in my entire life. Full stop. The. Absolute. Worst. Piece. Of. Sports. Writing. Ever. That makes me want to slap my cheeks and try to pull my face off. That makes me want to hurl cookies through a plate glass window. That makes me want to stomp through a flowerbed with someone else's shoes on. God, the pain of reading that makes me want to take a telephone pole, shave it down to the size of an icepick, and pluck out my mind's eye and fling it at the windshield of a car going three hundred miles and hour off of a cliff.

Ever.

Mike Celizic, when they forcibly retire you, staple that column to your pajamas so someone will know to give you the brown flavored jello.

Jeeeeeeeee-zus.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Nobody Owns a Catchphrase



Really, NFL. Running out of cash or something?
Who owns "Who Dat?"

Some T-shirt makers are asking that question after they were hit with cease-and-desist letters from the NFL demanding that they stop selling shirts with the traditional cheer of New Orleans Saints fans.

The National Football League says the shirts infringe on a legal trademark it owns. Separately, two brothers and longtime Saints fans claim they own the phrase, which was around before the long-downtrodden team's inception in 1966.

The league said Friday it's not trying to exclude all uses of Who Dat and the fleur-de-lis logo -- just when either is used in combination with other Saints trademarks, like their fleur-de-lis logo and uniform designs.

The NFL owns the fleur-de-lis now? Good luck winning that argument.

It never ceases to amaze me how corporate sports can ruin the fun of a community that is basking in the glow of a sports team and the success it is having. Of course a few hucksters are going to make some coin off pirated or knockoff shirts. Who cares? It's been that way forever. The surest sign that your team is accomplishing something is when the little roadside booths pop up selling jerseys to the bandwagon lameasses.

Real fans already have their gear. Let a few clowns make some running around money.

Monday, January 18, 2010

It's Not Running Up the Score if Your Defense Sucks


There's no reason why the Minnesota Vikings should have been allowed to score 35 points in a playoff game--unless the defense of the Dallas Cowboys sucked.

Plainly and simply, the Dallas defense laid down. And whining about it won't help:

Dallas Cowboys linebacker Keith Brooking called the Vikings "classless" as Minnesota ran up the score against the Cowboys in a 34-3 loss on Sunday. Brett Favre's 11-yard touchdown to tight end Visanthe Shiancoe with 1:55 to play prompted Brooking to follow Favre to the sideline and yell at Vikings coach Brad Childress. Already up 27-3, the Cowboys felt the Vikings ran the score up at their expense. "I thought it was totally classless and disrespectful," Brooking said. "This is the NFL, that's not what this is about. I don't think there's a place for that ... I was looking for Childress. I didn't think it was right."

When your next opponent drops huge points against a team that cleaned your clock in the regular season, you want to make a statement, and Minnesota made that statement against Dallas.
Seriously--does Brooking think that the Vikings should have played their scrubs for the entire fourth quarter to allow the game to be competitive?

We're talking playoffs here. And in the playoffs, if you don't show up to play, your ass gets buried. And Dallas was buried.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Mike Florio is a Dishonest Jackass



That was the headline, what you see above.

This is what's left of the story:
PFT’s Picks: Colts return to old form with Ravens in town
Forget the Colts’ late-season malaise; Baltimroe no match for Indy
PFT'S PICKS
By Mike Florio
ProFootballTalk.com
updated 4:36 p.m. ET, Sat., Jan. 16, 2010
Each week, ProFootballTalk.com’s Mike Florio will break down and pick the winners of the NFL playoff games.

Baltimore at Indianapolis
The postseason is the occasion for the reversal of trends. Just ask the Cowboys, who found a way to conclude a 13-year winless streak in the postseason.

So at Lucas Oil Stadium, something has to give. The Colts have in recent years performed poorly after a bye week. The Ravens have in recent years been unable to beat the Colts. In fact, Peyton Manning hasn't lost to Baltimore since 2001.

The Colts are the superior team. And the storm of criticism the Colts experienced when opting not to pursue a perfect regular season could provide extra motivation not only to outscore the Ravens, but also to obliterate them.

The last time the Ravens came to town, they left on the wrong end of a 31-3 outcome.

That margin sounds about right.

Pick: Colts 38, Ravens 10

Dallas at Minnesota
This year, as in many, awarding a team the status of front-runner equates to the application of the kiss of death.

After wild-card weekend, the Cowboys have become the odds-on favorite to advance to Super Bowl XLIV, and possibly to win it.

But the Vikings are undefeated at home this season, where their offensive line seems to be more nimble on the fake plastic blades of grass covering the floor that not long ago featured green cement.

The game will turn on whether that offensive line can give quarterback Brett Favre enough time to set up and throw. If Favre can do it, the Vikings can score enough to win the game.

Pick: Vikings 28, Cowboys 24

New York at San Diego
The question of the week is whether the Chargers will be able to devise a successful game plan despite the presence of bona fide shutdown cornerback Darrelle Revis.

But it’s not as if the Chargers have no experience facing great cover men. After all, they play in the AFC West, which entails four games per year against Nnamdi Asomugha of the Raiders and Champ Bailey of the Broncos.

Besides, Revis will take away only one man. The Chargers have multiple weapons on offense. If they can build a double-digit lead and force the Jets to throw, this one could get out of hand.

Pick: Chargers 31, Jets 17

See anything in there about the Saints and Cardinals?

Of course not--because the Saints killed the Cards in the first half.

Either Florio tried to take down his post or someone at MSNBC.Com did, but, either way, you can't be more of a smarmy jackass than Mike Florio right now. I don't fault him for the "Baltimroe" gaffe, either.

Apparently, that intern has had too much soda pop.

Thanks for the prediction, son. Now, could they help you from the scene of your own debacle and hire someone to comment intelligently on sports in your stead?

Is that asking too much? Apparently so.


***UPDATE: Well, I'll give Indy-Baltimore to Florio. He, essentially, got that right, and I guess even a blind pig can find a truffle.

UPDATE 2: Florio missed the Minnesota blowout, but got the winner right. Florio blew the Chargers-Jets pick by a country mile. I guess MSNBC has low standards. You can for .500 and miss the point spreads on all four games by huge margins and keep your gig. What a disgrace.

Better sports writing and analysis, please.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Damn You, Kicking Game


Being an old defense player, I can say, without hesitation, no, the kicker should not be as important as he is in the NFL:
The Dallas Cowboys cut place-kicker Nick Folk on Monday and replaced him with Shaun Suisham, a former Cowboy.

Suisham previously kicked for Dallas in 2005 and 2006. He was released by Washington on Dec. 8 after missing a key kick -- the same problem that cost Folk his job Monday.

Folk clanged the right upright on an easy 24-yarder that would have put away Saturday night's 24-17 victory against the unbeaten Saints. Instead, the Dallas defense had to make one more stand against one of the league's best offenses.

Folk leads the NFL with 10 misses, going 18-of-28 and missing seven of his past 11.

Suisham was released by the Redskins in great part after he missed a short field goal against New Orleans, which rallied to win in overtime.

Suisham was one of five kickers the Cowboys brought to their facility for a workout Monday. The others were Shane Andrus, Parker Douglass, Steven Hauschka and Connor Hughes. Folk did not participate in the workout.

For his career, Suisham is 85-of-107 (79.4 percent). He originally signed with Pittsburgh out of Bowling Green in 2005, went to the Cowboys' practice squad and was signed to the active roster on Oct. 24. Suisham played in three games and was 3-of-4 on field goals before being released.

These teams are having a hellish season already, and now they have the kicking game to thank for it. I think this is classic scapegoat-ism. It's easy to blame the kicker, but if you refuse to put your football team in a position to lose thanks to something the kicker can or can't do, then you probably deserve to lose. Having a good kicking game is supposed to put easy points on the board for you, but if you can't score, you shouldn't expect a guy to kick nine or ten times in a game and save your team from itself.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

He said, She said


When this happens, all you can do is shake your head:
The woman who has obtained a temporary restraining order against Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs is now suing the football player seeking $70-million in damages, and custody of the couple's two infant children.

WBAL News has obtained documents showing Candace Williams filed two lawsuits earlier this week in the Circuit Court for Baltimore County. One seeks custody and one seeks damages.

In court papers, Williams and Suggs share a home in Windsor Mill.

Last Friday, Williams obtained a temporary restraining order which ordered Suggs from the home and ordered the football player not to abuse, contact, or enter the home. A hearing on a final restraining order is set for Friday afternoon.

In the court papers Williams alleges that Suggs hit her in the chest knocking her to the ground. Suggs is then alleged to have sat on top of Williams with an open bottle of bleach and one hand around her neck saying "Bitch, I'ma drown you with this bleach." Williams' statement goes on to say that she tried to cover the bottle with her hands as bleach came through and onto her and her son. Some of Suggs friends were also in the room telling him to stop.

Williams claims that Suggs finally got off and said "Bitch it's over." and "You better be out my house by the time I get back."

Williams says there were two incidents of alleged abuse in the last month.

Keep in mind that the key word here is "alleged."

Did he do it? I don't know. But you don't sue someone for $70 million dollars unless you want to take all of their money away from them and keep it for yourself.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Jon Gruden is a Good Fit on Monday Night


I have had a great deal of non-interest in Monday Night Football for as long as I can remember. I have never really cared who called the games. Was it Madden forever? Is Al Michaels on NBC now? Where'd Dan Dierdorf go? Why is Boomer on CBS? Whose idea was it to hire Chris Collinsworth? I never understand these things.

I was sad to see Mr. Tony Kornheiser only lasted a few seasons. Great mind, great analysis, always entertaining. Mr. Tony comes with baggage, however. Inability to travel? Won't work for Monday Night Football. End of story.

Ron Jaworski does a great job, Mike Tirico does a great job, and Jon Gruden does a great job. I wouldn't go any further than that. It's TV sports--it's not like it's going to change my life that much.

This looks more like an effort to build stability than anything else:
ESPN "Monday Night Football" analyst and former longtime NFL coach Jon Gruden has agreed to a multiyear extension with the network.

Gruden, who joined ESPN in September to replace Tony Kornheiser in the MNF booth, will also appear on ESPN's Super Bowl week and NFL Draft coverage, will call the 2010 NFL Pro Bowl and will serve as an analyst for ESPN Radio's 2010 Rose Bowl and BCS title game broadcasts, where he will again team with MNF play-by-play caller Mike Tirico.

"Working with Mike, [Ron Jaworski] and our entire Monday Night Football team is the most fun I have had in years, and I am fired up to make this long-term commitment to ESPN," Gruden said in a statement. "Monday Night Football is special and I look forward to remaining a part of it and continuing to call these great games."

Gruden, fired by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Jan. 16, was the winningest coach in Bucs history (60-57 in seven seasons) and led Tampa Bay to victory in Super Bowl XXXVII. He also has coached the Oakland Raiders.

"Jon has truly reinvented himself, from a Super Bowl-winning head coach to one of the foremost NFL analysts in the business, and the reaction has been overwhelmingly positive," said Norby Williamson, ESPN executive vice president of production. "We are thrilled with his commitment to ESPN, which ensures that Jon will continue on Monday Night Football with Mike and Jaws, and he will have the opportunity to do even more with ESPN."

There are no decent coaching jobs out there. Washington? Cleveland? St. Louis? Detroit? Baltimore?

No thank you, apparently.