Reasons The NFL Is Not Fun Anymore

"Roger Goodell Afghanistan (crop)" by derivative work: Kelly

“Roger Goodell Afghanistan (crop)” by derivative work: Kelly

Watching, talking about, or listening to the NFL is not fun anymore. I never thought I would say this about a sport but I am legitimately worn out with the National Football League after the past 4 weeks. Here are my reasons why:

A) The League has a black eye that won’t heal. Adrian Peterson beat his kid, Rice KO’d his wife, two players are currently still playing who have been arrested for domestic assault charges. Before that it was Donte Stallworth being charged with DUI Manslaughter. That’s right, a guy in the NFL killed somebody and you want to be pissed because a kid got spanked too hard. Be angry but try not to have short term memory anymore about who the NFL lets into their league. (He was suspended a year and then reinstated…. only served 30 days in jail so I’m not sure why the public is surprised that Ray Rice isn’t in jail.) There will always be idiots in the league doing dumb stuff and the media will focus on it.

B) The NFL is talked about too much. Once the season has ended we get to spend 4 months hearing about the NFL draft. It is a league where there are only 16 games and I have to hear about it for 10 months out of the year.

C) The Super Bowl champion doesn’t feel like the best team. I hate the way the NFL playoffs work. You play 16 regular season games including your division opponents twice. So you realistically play 13 different teams out of 32. Then you could possibly see those same opponents in the playoffs until you reach the Super Bowl. So realistically you could become champion of a league where you play less than 45% of the opponents. (Yes college football is worse, shut up I don’t care about that right now.)

D) This one is where I’m throwing logic out the window a bit but bear with me. The hypocrisy of the rules baffles me. I saw a Ravens defensive player flagged for a personal foul, roughing the passer penalty for tackling Ben Roethlisberger. He was flagged supposedly for lowering the crown of his helmet into his chest as he successfully wrapped him up and brought him to the ground. In the same game a player was launched off of his feet as he was blindsided on a kick off return while he pursued the returner and there was no flag because as the rules are written, no foul was committed. This is asinine. Either let the sport be violent or get flags. Grabbing a guy’s jersey is a penalty, flipping a runner who has jumped and spearing him out of the air is not.

I’m a 49ers fan and I’ve had a lot to cheer about in my team’s success. But I’m finding now that on my long commute to work I am actually dreading how much garbage I’m going to have to listen to on any Sports Radio broadcast regarding moronic players, bad officiating, a stupid commissioner who seems to have no checks on his power, and mediocre teams being mediocre. The only thing I’m enjoying so far in this season is that I started 1-0 in my fantasy leagues but I’m currently being mollywhopped in both leagues this week. Dear NFL… please stop sucking. Hugs and Kisses. Loope.


Week 2 NFL Picks

By SteelCityHobbies

By SteelCityHobbies

4-2 to start the season. Surprises and disappointments from Week 1, lets see who can rebound who might continue the slide:

Thursday Night Game: Pittsburgh @ Baltimore: Steelers come into Baltimore and just make things worse for Ravens Nation (Steelers -2.5)

New Orleans @ Cleveland: I like the Saints to rebound from their loss in Atlanta. More offense and better defense (Saints -6.5)

Indianapolis @ Philadelphia: I don’t believe in Nick Foles, and I’m going to ride Andrew Luck for another week. (Colts -3)

Tampa Bay @ St. Louis: St. Louis is going to struggle this year. I don’t love this pick with St. Louis being at home but taking a chance (Bucs -5.5)

Upset of the Week: Arizona @ New York: The Giants are not good, but West Coast team having the 1:00 kickoff on the East Coast on short preparation… I’ll take the G-Men (Giants +3.5)

Tennassee @ Dallas: Two Words: Tony Romo (Titans -3.5)


Ray Rice and Floyd Mayweather BFF’s

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Floyd “Money” Mayweather and Mr. “Beats by Ray” Rice are BFF’s. Big F%$!ing Fools. Don’t worry Ray… you are going through what could end up being the worst time of your life. Your public image is tarnished and ruined, your reputation stained, and your employment status questionable at best. If only somebody would stand up for you and maybe say that its all going to be alright. 

Whats that?? Can it be? Your knight in shining, bruised knuckled armor is here! Coming to the rescue and defending the now “Floyd Mayweather of elevator dewomanizing” is Mr. Floyd Mayweather himself. Mayweather who is 37-0 in the ring, and 0-1 in the courtroom over a domestic violence case. If you don’t know Mayweather spent two months in a Las Vegas Jail for pleading guilty (still claiming innocence) for domestic violence. He could have faced 34 years for the felony counts. 

Mayweather stated that Rice’s two game ban by the NFL shouldn’t have been changed because of the video. “I think there’s a lot worse things that go on in other people’s households, also,” Mayweather said. “It’s just not caught on video, if that’s safe to say.”

The fallacies involved in the statements above that try to justify his argument make my head hurt I honest to god feel like I was just punched in the head (charges will be pending for stupidity Mayweather). A) We aren’t talking about other peoples’ households we are talking about Mr. Rice. and B) This was caught on video. 

The NFL should have done a better job with their initial investigation, although you’ll never convince me they didn’t see the tape. How they have handled this situation is poor but the consequences are not. Rice should be gone and never heard from again for his actions. I just hope that the sport fans’ short term memory lasts a little longer with him than Mayweather seeing as how he is now fighting on pay-per-view, set to make millions. 

So Ray… don’t worry. Your BFF Floyd is with you. The fact that your left hook is both your best and worst attribute as a human make me sick. 


Ribery Can’t Retire from France?

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Back in August, Frank Ribéry retired from international duty with the French national team. Ribéry, 31, missed this past World Cup due to a thigh injury and cited that he felt it was time for younger players to be given more prominent roles with the national team. Perhaps a little young but a player should be able to step down whenever he feels it is his time to walk away right? 

Wrong. UEFA President Michael Platini has publicly stated that if Ribéry refuses an international call up for his national team he will be suspended 3 games from his club team Bayern Munich. This is the most insane thing ever! Yes FIFA has statutes that require a player to play for the national team should he be called however most nations tend to respect retirement requests. Platini has stated this statute and also the fact that the EURO 2016 competition is in France so Ribéry should want to play. It should be noted that Platini is also French so there is clearly some behind the scenes motivation for Platini pushing this issue with Ribéry. 

So should Kevin Durant be suspended for 3 games for not playing for Team USA? Should Lebron? Forcing a player to play when he has officially retired from international duty is ridiculous. What happens when Ribéry is hurt in that international duty and is forced to miss weeks or months of club duty for Bayern? Expect quite the fatty law suit on your hands Mr. Platini. 


Ray Rice and NFL Won’t Win

By Keith Allison

By Keith Allison

UPDATE: I posted this about 15 minutes before news broke about Rice being suspended from the team. I agree that I think the more severe punishment is what Ray Rice deserved all along. However I think another pressing issue is how much did Goodell know or see before the original 2 game suspension. Media coverage and majority opinion seems to believe he had access to all of the evidence before the original suspension. If this comes out as true you will have many people calling for Goodell’s head to be right next to Rice’s.

This story just went from bad to worse… a lot worse. 

Video footage of Ray Rice going Mike Tyson on his fiancee, Janay Palmer,  in an elevator was finally released for the public to see. It’s bad. Rice doesn’t get hit by linebackers as hard as he punched Palmer in that elevator and now everybody gets to see it. 

Rice was of course suspended by Commissioner Roger Goodell for 2 games which was widely criticized as too soft of a punishment. That punishment will almost certainly come under fire again as now the general public gets to witness the deplorable actions of Rice punching Palmer and dragging her from the elevator. 

The problem for the NFL is that there is no way for this to end well. On one hand if it is found out that they had access to this footage before everyone else and still made the decision to suspend Rice for two games then Goodell will face hell fire and brimstone from just about everybody in the world. His immediate policy change to 6 games will be forgotten and the only thing that people will care about is that the NFL knew it was this bad and still acted the way they did. 

On the other hand can the NFL or the Baltimore Ravens now come back and punish Ray Rice more than they already did? My only issue with that is this: You knew it was that bad, everyone knew it was that bad. Palmer didn’t get on the elevator unconscious so while it was left to the imagination it is naive of anybody to think that what happened was possibly not too awful. My issue isn’t that his punishment isn’t deserved (whatever it turns out to finally be), it is that you waited and now are reacting instead of dealing with what you knew was an issue all along. To me it is kind of like punishing somebody for committing a crime, changing the punishment for the crime, and then wanting to go back and change the guilty party’s sentence. 

If a team wants to remove itself from associating itself with an employee based on that employee’s actions then there is probably a lot of legal mumbo jumbo that goes into that, none of which I know. I certainly wouldn’t fault the Ravens for parting ways with Rice and think it would be PR suicide for anybody to pick him up.  

In the end it won’t matter. The old policy that may or may not have forced Goodell’s immediate consequence is gone with a new one in place. This is just a black eye for everybody involved that will take a while to recover. (No pun intended)


49ers Ray McDonald Playing a Poor Decision?

NaVorro Bowman, Ray McDonald

So I’m torn on the issue of Ray McDonald playing today. For those who don’t know (which I’m not who that is at this point), McDonald was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence a few days ago. He has not been found guilty, claims he is innocent, yada yada yada. You know the routine as far as how athletes are supposed to respond when accused of cheating and breaking the law… if not see Wes Welker and his girlfriend “Molly.” 

My issue is this: Regardless of innocence should he play today? My gut says no. Jim Harbaugh’s immediate reaction was that of no tolerance. He said “You ask me how I feel about domestic violence. I can be very clear about that. If someone physically abuses a woman and/or physically or mentally abuses or hurts a child, then there’s no understanding.” Harbaugh even went as far as to say that player would no longer be a part of the organization. 

Now Harbaugh is back tracking and allowing McDonald to play and the legal process to take its course. My question is should he be allowed to play after taking such a stance? I really don’t think so and I don’t think you owe it to some “legal process” to decide. The bottom line is if you are standing against domestic violence, and one of your employees is accused of it, you should remove that person from the organization on some professional leave until all of the facts are found and the proper conclusion may be drawn. It kills me to say this as a 49ers fan, but this is just one more black eye to an organization that has done nothing but win on the field and lose in the PR department. 

So… Should he play?

 


College Football Playoff Committee Flawed

By Bobak Ha'Eri (Own work)

By Bobak Ha’Eri (Own work)

So everybody is excited that there is now a playoff in place to find a champion in college football. The basic idea is that it gives more teams a chance to win a championship who deserve to have that opportunity. The idea is sound in principle (minus the fact that a team will become champion having played a total of 12 to 14 games in a sport where there are 128 FBS Division 1 opponents where you can be champion by playing 10% of the competition… but I digress.) Now teams in the top conferences have the opportunity to knock helmets a couple more weeks and hopefully actually determine a national champion. 

My issue is this… we took a system that was flawed but seemed to be somewhat objective in the fact that it was a computer (I don’t want to get into the semantics and philosophy about humans program computers), and replaced it with a group of fallible, subjective human beings. Think I’m wrong?

Look at Pat Haden for USC today. The Athletic Director for USC was on the field in discussion with referees about a penalty that was called in today’s game against Stanford. Not really sure that is the role of an athletic director, especially one who is on the selection committee. 

For a look at the selection committee as a whole click here: http://www.collegefootballplayoff.com/selection-committee.

You have current athletic directors of schools that are competing for this championship on the committee! So when it turns into a pissing contest do we really believe they are going to remain completely objective?! There are two people that make all of the sense in the world and yet no sense to me at the same time. Former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, and Former Superintendent of the United States Air Force Academy Lt. Gen. Mike Gould have little to no experience in college athletics. (It does do well to note that Rice graduated from Stanford so I can’t wait to see her and Haden square off after today behind closed doors.) 

I like the idea of a playoff… I don’t hate the idea of a selection committee but I don’t like current athletic directors who clearly have so much to gain by their team and maybe even conference’s success that it may jeopardize their decision making. 

 


4 Questions from the Opening Weeks of the EPL

"Sturridge v Swansea" by Dean Jones - Flickr

“Sturridge v Swansea” by Dean Jones – Flickr

We are three weeks into the EPL season and this weekend’s international break brings up a few questions after the first few rounds of action from the regular season: 

1) How much will international duty cost club teams? Chelsea’s Diego Costa, Arsenal’s new signing Danny Welbeck, and Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge have all taken knocks while serving their countries. With Champions League starting and Cup action taking place teams are looking at 4 and 5 matches in the next 3 weeks. Could these injuries be costly for any of these three teams? 

2) Can Manchester United’s 3 forwards work together? Falcao, Rooney, and RVP all on the same squad sounds VanTastic (yep that happened.) Former United player Paul Scholes disagreed earlier this week and said manager Van Gaal will have to leave one out but who? 

3) How good are Tottenham? Their opening two games posted two clean sheets and 4 goals with the team showing a lot of attacking flair and creativity. Their last game against Liverpool showed must have been deja vu as they were once again shut out (3-0) and have been outscored by Liverpool 12-0 in their last 3 meetings. Their next 5 matchups include matches against Arsenal, Southampton, and Man City. How many points they gain there could set the tone for the rest of the season. 

4) Can Leiscester City stay up? With a brutal opening schedule (Everton, Chelsea, Arsenal) for a newly promoted team the Foxes managed to garner 2 points. Two draws in those three matches have to leave the team and fans of Leiscester feeling fantastic. Their next 3 matches find them facing Stoke City and Crystal Palace on the road, while hosting Manchester United in between. King Power Stadium has been insane in their support for their local team and the main question is can Leiscester take that momentum with them on the road? 

Feel free to weigh in! 


“But I Don’t Wanna be a Pirate”

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Well it doesn’t matter if you skate for the Bakersfield Condors. The ECHL team owned by the Edmonton Oilers will be sporting these phenomenal jerseys in honor of the 25th anniversary of the first Seinfeld episode on November 16th. Player names will be replaced with names from the popular series like “Jerry, George” and even “Newman.” 

I don’t really follow hockey that much. I certainly don’t follow ECHL hockey but this may be one of the coolest promotions I’ve ever seen a sports team establish. They could probably show episodes of Seinfeld on their scoreboard the entire night and make the game far more entertaining. Not sure how the players feel but this could definitely come up at the next airing of grievances. 


Geno Auriemma Is The Worst!

By Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

By Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

Oh wait no he’s not. He’s a human being that reached out to Mo’ne Davis to congratulate her on her success in the Little League World Series. Subsequently some coward of a coach that has yet to be revealed turned Auriemma in to the NCAA for a secondary rules violation. 

Auriemma reached out to congratulate Davis on her team’s performance in the LLWS in a 2 minute phone conversation. Davis was quoted numerous times by ESPN stating that her goal was to play basketball at the University of Connecticut. So it might be safe to assume that a 13 year old girl might view Auriemma as a role model more than anything and probably somebody she has idolized some time. I can only imagine how exciting and meaningful it was to Davis to have Auriemma call to congratulate her on her success. If Coach K called me to congratulate me on not falling off my stationary bike, I would probably scream like a 13 year old girl. 

However some idiot coach reported Auriemma to the NCAA for contacting Davis. Well that person deserves a good throat punch for jackassary (yep made up the word). The NCAA deserves a kick to the crotch. 

A) If you think that is why Auriemma is ahead of you in the coaching game… don’t worry you won’t be a coach long enough for Davis to play at UCONN and beat you. You should probably focus on making your program better so maybe young girls can aspire to play for you… you mediocre twit. 

B) If you are or work for the NCAA and have anything at all to do with this and can actually justify any type of punishment or scolding for this… please find the earliest plane to Crimea… your presence as a shield is requested there. 

Am I the only person that thinks this is the most asinine thing in the world? 


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