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)
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.
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)