Hello boys and girls and welcome to February, a short month packed with a lot of sports, and the REAL start to 2015 in sports so let's get this post-Football party started:
NBA. Before the Super Bowl could even start, props to the NBA for showing Los Angeles Lakers at New York Knicks (sarcasm meter pegged) as the lead in to the Super Bowl. I get that the NBA whored itself out to the big markets long ago, but don't you think you could have come up with a better matchup to showcase your talent? I will have a tantrum on the NBA next week.
Super Bowl 49. What a great game that was. Beeze is right, there wasn't that overwhelmingly GREAT performance anywhere on the field with the exception of one intangible of NOT QUITTING, both sides did well to come back from being down, it was exciting and competitive, the refs stayed out of it, Chess move and counter move.
Now normally, I would be 100% down with a west coast team beating an east coast team at ANYTHING, but as the game went on and Seattle players starting acting more and more like idiots, douches, and jackasses, I found myself openly rooting for New England, to the point where I openly cheered when Gronk laid those shots in on Seattle players. I already have a low tolerance for Seattle fan, but the way this went down was awesome, not to mention seeing Dick Sherman's face on that INT.
Seattle is taking a lot for that bonehead play at the goal line, but weren't they up 10 well into in the 4th quarter? Didn't "the best defense in 40 years" give up 14 points in a short amount of time? I think maybe it is time to take a bit closer look because the reality is that they should never have been in that position in the first place.
I often tell Jerry not to talk shit because I truly believe in karma and it normally occurs. Case in point - Dick Sherman's "24" comment, Doug Baldwins pathetic little end zone celebration that made him look like a petty little man, and wasn't Jeremy Lane talking junk too before the game, and yet he wen't out with a bad injury? Green Bay gives them an absolute gift and they act like this? This is where Crash Davis comes in and puts some humility into them, that, or some ER doc is in epic need of pulling their heads out of their asses.
And now the speculation will commence about the future in Seattle, particularly Marshawn Lynch. Mere seconds after that play went down, Twitter lit up about Lynch coming back home to Oakland and just to be clear, Oakland has the money to go there, so don't be shocked if he actually leaves the land of knuckleheads, and comes back home.
NFL 2014 epitaph. Beeze is right, the NFL in Calendar Year 2014 and January 2015 was a mess, and a GREAT Super Bowl between the two marquee teams in the NFL (no disrespect to Denver, Dallas or Green Bay) was NOT going to save this floating turd of a season that has been circling the bowl:
- Horrific play on the field.
- A few dumb ass players running wild. Rice, Peterson, Suh, Gordon, Manziel, etc..
- Spineless NFL office who seems paralyzed anytime something goes wrong.
- An increasingly intrusive and overbearing media who has way too many press credentials.
- Union looking foolish by defending bad guys and doing next to nothing to address injury issues.
- Incompetent ownership of many franchises
- Disappearing parity particularly in the AFC
- Stupid rules which has led to confused officiating - A lot of teams got boned, particularly in the playoffs.
- Playing games in freaking London at the expense of three cities getting a home game?
- An out of control Madison Ave. and their too many damn commercials.
- The constant threat of LA poaching an existing team.
- The nonsense at the Super Bowl (Baldwin and the fight)
Here's the question: It seems that the NFL is too egotistical and arrogant counting their cash to see the problems building?
The NFL needs to get hot and work with the union, the media, and Madison Ave. and get this thing fixed. Start holding idiotic players and owners accountable, but at the same time reach out to them and help them with issues and work towards compromise because there is no way the Union should be fighting for a player that does significantly stupid shit.?
Raise the standards and expectations because playing in the league and owning a franchise should be a privilege not a right. The Front Office needs to find ways to see if there is some way they can help struggling franchises and at the same time make things more positive for fans who pay excessively high prices and deserve better than what they get, particularly in Oakland, Cleveland, Washington, Miami, Tennessee, Jacksonville and New York. There is no good excuse for franchises to be this consistently bad for this consistently long. Hold these d-bag owners accountable.
I get that I am older and a bit more set in my ways, but there has to be a better way in the NFL going forward. I get that the youth like the reality like culture of this off-the-field nonsense (DRAMA), but as with any business the TRUE REALITY is that substance over style is far more important long-term. Businesses cannot survive with continued stuff like what happened in the NFL in 2014. ?
And as if the NFL didn't need a wake-up call, there is this: Apparently, the Republicans (of all people) want the NFL to explain their non-profit tax status.
Johnny Trademark. I am honestly sorry if I sound a bit harsh or unsympathetic here, but I am VERY skeptical of this, particularly the timing. Dude knows he's on SERIOUSLY thin ice and I suspect this is more of a PR thing than the real McCoy to take care of a kid. I hope this is real and that he takes it seriously, but my sense is that he's a kid with a maturity problem first - and that is what needs to be addressed because you can't go into rehab unless you truly believe you've got a problem.?
Spring Training Countdown: 16 Days folks Woo Hoo!!!
Good Story of the Week - the no names?.?Forget that they got pub now, but during the last two weeks how is it that not one single person took the time to sit down with these longest of long shots and get their story? ?I wanted to take a minute here and congratulate three of the no-names, two of whom had a MAJOR impact on the Super Bowl.?
- Chris Matthews, he of the working in Foot Locker fame and had over 100 yards receiving,
- Malcolm Butler who was working at Popeye's after a stint at D2 West Alabama and wasn't even in Football last year, and
- Zach Moore a reserve NE D-Lineman who played at D2 Concordia (St. Paul, MN) I remember Jerry's team played against that guy and he was huge! These three and probably more are the really, truly GOOD story of the Super Bowl.
They showed that D2 players and others can work their way up and that there is a chance if you're willing to work for it and not give up your dream. ?Props to these three.
Sporting D-bag of the Week - The Bruce Jenner "Story". There's a special place in hell for Kar-trash-ians who exploit and ruin lives about at the equivalent of a pimp. I doubt it's even true, but nobody is gonna convince me that this is not some sort of Kar-trash-ian stunt. God help Bruce Jenner if he was talked into it by that manipulator Mama Kar-trash-ian. But then again, maybe after dealing with her, maybe he thought this was the only way out? Again, IF it's true, it is Bruce Jenner's life, he can do what he wants, but out of respect for him, can't we keep it private rather than take advantage of it for notoriety?
Sporting D-bag of the Week - ? Honorable Mention. Yasiel Puig whose main concern appears to be who is his teams biggest rival (he believes St. Louis and not SF). I guess he's right considering it's St. Louis who continually knocks his team out of the playoffs. Meanwhile, SF continues to count rings.
Oh, and then there's this gem - yet another dumb ass rant from Colin Cowherd.