Tagged with "NFl"
Monday Moaning 9-15-14
Category: FEATURED
Tags: NFL NCAA Penn State Cleveland Jason Kipnis Tom Horsman The Beeze Ray Rice Adrian Peterson Cleveland Indians Cleveland Browns Dolts

 

Welcome to another edition of Monday Moaning...Clearly the top two topics in sports have been the NFL's two star running backs who are both complete pieces of shit...Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson...We heard enough about Rice...Then we found out Peterson beat his 4 year old son with a "Switch"....Now I'll never be the guy to say, "you don't spank kids." If I fucked up big time, my dad gave a me a couple across the ass with a belt...My mom broke a wooden spoon on my brother's ass...But like I said, it had to be serious...Like the the time I called the operator and said there was a fire somewhere there wasn't...When you have uncles that are cops and fire fighters, that gets you and instant ass-whoopin'...The old man left work early for that one! I was also 10 or 11 and knew better...

Peterson cracked his kid (4 years old) at least 14 times...Bruises, welts, cuts...Injured the kids junk for God's sake...That's way too far...My son took a marker to the walls, lamp shades and one of my Guitars when he 4...He got a couple hands swats across the ass...He got the point...Well the point got across well when I saw my guitar, the last thing I noticed...And I punched a hole through a wall...When he found out I was that pissed, markers stayed on paper...

But seriously...The NFL was taking enough heat already this year...For fuck's sake 32 players were suspended for opening weekend...I don't think they really want this for a PR poster...

 

Had to do it!

Honestly...I'm not just talking shit...I'm done with the NFL...I will finish out my fantasy football seasons, because I have talked too much shit not to stick it out...But I just can't support this fucking asshole league full of criminals, and run by greedy fucking shit-dicks who will try to turn a blind eye to this shit, and try to keep it from the public...Fuck them all...Eat y ass!

And the NCAA isn't far behind, as they tried to slip THIS news past us last week...Two years of noo university cover-ups and no child rape apparently makes up for 20 years of Jerry Sandusky running wild, fucking kids on the Penn State campus!

I was happy to see that Not just me and IHM aren't willing to let go of this...The good fans at Rutgers let PSU fans know what's up...

 

Might not be classy...But it's classic!

But the topic that got me fired up late Saturday night...A fellow Clevelander on twitter decided to bash the Indians, and he tweeted his thoughts at the Indians and at second baseman, Jason Kipnis...He was upset the Indians lost to the Tigers...You know me, I'm all for bashing teams and players...What I'm not for is assholes crying about it when an athlete gives it right back to them...

Dude dogged the tribe for being 5 games behind the Tigers...The Indians, a team full of scrubs, just trying to grind it out...5 games behind the bought and not developed Tigers...Fuck off dude...Kipnis defended the heart, and play of his teammates...Here's a taste...

Tom Horsman @TomHorsman "And we wonder why only 9,000 people show up to Indians game in September. This team is pathetic. @Indians @TheJK_Kid"

 

Jason Kipnis @TheJK_Kid  

"@TomHorsman Pardon my language but you're a fucking idiot.. This team competed it's ass off tonight and played a great game."

Kipnis continued..."I get it..You can be frustrated. We got guys underachieving, not playing well, no ones hot and no real mashers, AND WERE STILL IN THIS THING"

"So don't ever question this teams heart or effort.. You should want over achievers! That means they have a pulse and give a damn each game!"

So of course the media had to chime in and give Kipnis crap for speaking his mind...And of course many fans were unhappy too...

Wait a minute...You, you, and you, and you, and me, we can whatever the fuck we want about these guys...And now, because of social media, we can basically say this shit to them....Then you're gonna cry foul when dude calls you a fucking idiot!?!  Sorry people but we are going to hang out hats on freedom of speech, then so can athletes and celbritards...You don't like, fuck off!  Why are you held to a higher standard?  If you'r going to talk shit, you need to be prepared to get it back...

Bunch of fucking children!

Goddamn Clevelanders...You know why only 9,000 people go to Indians games in September...Because baseball plays a fuck ton of games and that shit adds up...80 home games ain't cheap! And well, the economy in this town sucks my balls...Oh, then you need to remember this is Cleveland...Friday, Saturday, and Sunday means football...High school, college and the shitty Browns will win out against most anything...Yes, even the Browns...15 years of constant bad decisions and ticket price increases, and this dolt filled fanbase won't stop throwing their money at them....Fuck you, I know they won Sunday...They always pull out a few wins each year...Don't get too hard too soon, you'll blow your load too fast dummies! 

 

Fuck! 

 

Have a week...I'm tired...

 

The Beeze.

Even Worst than Rice or Peterson
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
Tags: NFL Vikings Ravens Goodell

If last week came in like a kick in the face, this week came in like a punch in the head.  In fact, this was quite possibly the worst week of Roger Goodell’s reign as Commish.   It was probably a worse week for the media.  I mean, this week really exposed the perfidy of the news media as it regards taking a position. That said, the organizations in the news this week have shown NO spine and have shown no willingness to do the right thing.  The picture above is only tangentially related to this post...but 

On Monday when the Ray Rice video came out, the talking heads christened this an opportunity for a mulligan – back in early August, Goodell had he blew the discipline on Rice.  The outrage then started, and the NFL had some repair work to do with the women they have to win over to grow.   

As if that wasn’t enough egg on Goodell’s face, the crap really hit the fan when TMZ cam out with the elevator video.  Yeah, TMZ – the $55mm company somehow, inexplicably, got their hands on a video the NFL couldn’t.   The annual revenue of the NFL is about $9.5Billion.  B-b-b-b-billion.    The Ravens are worth over a Billion.  But these two infinitely more powerful organizations couldn’t come up with the video that TMZ could.  Either a lack of will or extraordinary hubris.  Hubris that may wind up costing Goodell his $44MM/year job.  Let that one sink in for a minute.

And then for good measure, Adrian Peterson went from being the focus of the Vikings offensive attack to being the subject of a child abuse allegation.  Now, where there’s smoke there’s fire, so it’s pretty certain that something happened between AP and his boy, we just don’t know to what extent.  What is clear is that he wasn’t on the field Sunday. 

Now, what you can expect on the go forward is that the NFL will be hyper-sensitive to any extra-curriculars.  Such is the thinking of the Ravens – who released Rice only when the NFL made a few phone calls – the Vikings have ruled out releasing AP…unless uglier details emerge…then they’ll trade him.

At some point, someone is going to have to take a stand on principle.  Last year Aaron Hernandez was arrested on murder charges.  In a way, it was easy for the Patriots to do the right thing – it was very clear AH (funny, AH could be “ah ha,” but it could also be “a$$hole) wasn’t going to be available to play for anyone else.  He was likely going away for a very long time.  It’s where the circumstances are somewhere less well defined than murder that the NFL  falls down.  Wife beating?  Child beating? Well, it’s clear that we’re not really sure when to pull the trigger.

As an aside, I’m pretty sure Hernandez owes the Patriots a ring.  Jussayin.

 Think about this.  The homicide rate in the US is 4.4 per 100,000 and  aggravated assault is 242 per 100,000 (or about 0.02%).  The NFL crime statistics are no where close to those.  There’s something just shy of 1700 players so when only 1 guy gets himself into trouble, it makes the entire league look bad.  They have to be above the fray…

 The individual teams will have to grow a spine.  Who knows what the Patriots may have done if the circumstances were less clear, but they passed the test when it came to it.  The Ravens and the NFL failed. When it comes out that the NFL did in fact see the elevator video, there will be heads rolling – ESPN reports Rice came clean.  Its only a matter of time.  Tick tick tick.

Is it possible that the worst actor this week wasn’t AP or Ray Rice?

 

Sunday Musings #164
Category: User Showcase
Tags: NFL NBA FantasyFootball NewYorkMets NewEnglandPatriots BostonCollegeWomensBasketball WNBA BostonRedSox HighSchoolSports BaltimoreRavens

While still stuck without my own personal computer... (So yes, my "up to date-ness" ends on Saturday morning before this week's college football games kick off.)


Don't forget that you can follow me on Twitter - @TheOneTrueJay


NFL

New England Patriots - I watched most of the Patriots game last Sunday. But with the team up 17-7, I fell asleep. And that's when the Dolphins decided to wake up. Despite missing 3 of their starting linebackers, the defense just killed the New England offense after going down by that 10 point margin.

I woke up when it was 20-20 and wished I was still asleep as the Dolphins went on to win 33-20 and hand the Patriots their first opening day loss in 11 years.

My buddy Brian (a big Dolphins fan) had to be ecstatic watching the defense manhandle the Patriots offensive line. The Pats managed just 89 rushing yards and sacked Tom Brady four times.

Brady threw for 249 years and a TD, but after going up 17-7, it seems he was on the run for the rest of the game.

After all the preseason talk of how different the defense looked and played, it was more of the same because the defensive line couldn't stuff any holes and the Dolphins run game took advantage with 191 rushing yards. Knowshon Moreno was practically unstoppable with 134 of those yards.

This can't be what Bill Belichick planned for, but this game showed that the Patriots aren't quite ready for primetime yet. It also demonstrated AGAIN, that the preseason doesn't mean a darn thing.

Baltimore Ravens - Video footage from inside the elevator that now former Ravens running back Ray Rice beat the crap out of his fiancee (now wife) surfaced this past week and as soon as it got out (TMZ gets another "scoop"), the Ravens terminated Rice's contract and the NFL suspended him indefinitely.

I have strong feelings about domestic violence, let that be clear. But for me, despite the reported ugliness of the new footage (I refuse to watch and help TMZ make more of a name for themselves), I have to wonder why the NFL didn't kick Rice to the curb the first time around. He certainly deserved it. 

Suspending and firing him at this point seems like they are punishing him twice for the same infraction. And on that point alone I'm a little annoyed at the NFL.

Ray Rice is certainly a scumbag, the video definitely confirms that I'm told. But the league punished him once. However ridiculously bad they handled it the first time around, I can't imagine the player's union isn't going to raise a stink on general principle for a player being punished twice.

Minnesota Vikings - It isn't a good time to be Adrian Peterson. Last week reports surfaced that he reportedly told Cowboys owner Jerry Jones that he wanted to play for Dallas. That could not have endeared him to the Vikings ownership, coaches and other players. And the fan base was likely enraged.

And then on Friday, news broke that he had been charged with child abuse in Texas for using a switch to spank one of his sons. SAY WHAT? 

DUDE! How goddamn stupid are you? You used a switch on your son? Have you conveniently forgotten that just last year a son you didn't even know you had was beaten to death by your baby mama's boyfriend? I'm all for discipline but let's get serious here, using a switch may have been a time honored idiotic tradition back in the day but in the here and now, that crap just ain't gonna fly with law enforcement. Oh by the way, the guy who killed that son of yours goes on trial for second degree murder next month. MORON!

For those fantasy football people that have Adrian Peterson on their teams, better make adjustments to your roster, the Vikings have benched him for today's game against the Patriots.

FANTASY FOOTBALL

I actually managed to split my two leagues during Week 1. I really have no confidence in my lineups so getting even 1 win was pretty sweet. Of course, I'm favored to lose in both leagues this week so I might be writing with a "woe is me" vibe next week.

MIRACLE ON ICE USA HOCKEY TEAM NEWS

Just a bit of sad news...Bob Suter, one of the players on the 1980 Lake Placid hockey team that stunned the world by beating the Russians, passed away this week. He was 57 years old. He was a scout for the Minnesota Wild (and father to one of their players, Ryan Suter) as well as a youth hockey figure. 

He's the first of the players from that team to pass away. You can read more about his life here.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Alabama - The Crimson Tide once again dominated their opponent last week. But it didn't help them keep their #2 ranking.

Despite beating Florida Atlantic University 41-0, the Tide dropped to #3 in the rankings after voters/computers factored in the strength of schedule angle in the Oregon-Michigan State game. Oregon won that game going away and they vaulted up to #2.

As for the FAU game, the Bama defense gave up just 145 yards in total offense (57 rush, 88 pass) and had 3 sacks. 

Given that the game was a blowout, both Blake Sims and Jake Coker saw time at QB. Sims threw for 214 yards and 2 TDS, while rushing for another. Coker had 202 passing yards and a TD. He got sacked once.

The team as a whole rushed for 204 yards, with Kenyan Drake leading the way with just 45 yards (with a TD run). Amari Cooper was the biggest offensive star as he racked up 189 yards receiving and caught a TD pass.

(I'll write about this week's Alabama home game vs. Southern Mississippi and the Boston College home game vs. USC next week.)

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Boston Red Sox - As if the season wasn't going badly enough for the Red Sox, second baseman Dustin Pedroia's season came to an early end when it was announced that he would be undergoing season ending surgery on his hand.

The Boston Herald had an interesting article that broke down all the injuries Pedroia has suffered in recent years and questions whether he'll ever be the same player he was before all the injuries.

Texas Rangers - The Texas Rangers were stunned a bit last week when manager Ron Washington resigned. The Rangers have been playing really badly this season, but Washington wasn't in danger of being fired after 1 down year.

While no specifics have been given, the resignation was termed by Washington as being done to deal with an "off the field personal matter."

The cynical SOB I am, the first thing I thought of was that he'd been caught using cocaine again. I really hope that isn't the case because it would be yet another sports related disappointment and at the rate they are coming these days, the sports pages might just as well be the front pages of a newspaper.

New York Mets - As if the simple fact of being the New York Mets and stinking to high heaven wasn't enough, now we have the story of team COO Jeff Wilpon being sued for discrimination by a female former team executive who became pregnant while unwed. Reading the story, apparently Wilpon acted like a total dick and is seemingly about to pay the price for it. 

It makes me wonder just what is going through the minds of the "men" who run sports teams and or play the games. It is a different world these days, you bumbling Neanderthals!

You can read more about that story here.

BOSTON COLLEGE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

The women's basketball schedule was released this past week and while they will play ten teams that made the NCAA tournament last year, I have to say I'm slightly disappointed with the slate of home games they'll have this year.

Since I can only attend Sunday games, I can't even think about seeing them play Duke this year. And then there are the teams I'd love to see them play but they are road games: Stanford, Hartford and Louisville.

I'm really psyched to see them play Notre Dame which is the biggest Sunday game on the home schedule, so I'll be getting tickets for that one. After that I don't know which games might strike my fancy. The remaining Sunday games (after the first of the year that is) feature Syracuse, North Carolina State, Florida State and Virginia Tech (which is the final regular season game of the season AND Senior Day.)

You can check out the full schedule here.

WNBA

New York Liberty - Assistant coach Katie Smith has apparently decided to start writing a weekly blog on her website. The first installment breaks down some of her adjustments from being a player to becoming a coach. You can read it here.

Phoenix Mercury - Congratulations go out to the Mercury after they swept the Chicago Sky and clinched their third WNBA title since 2007.

NBA

Atlanta Hawks - It's been quite a week down in Atlanta hasn't it? First the majority owner Bruce Levenson announces he's selling his share of the team after an email he made with huge racial overtones was made public.

Well, I suppose owning up quickly to his rather stupid views is a point in his favor. And it saves NBA commissioner Adam Silver from having to deal with a Donald Sterling sequel to oust an owner clearly out of step with society at large.

And then on Friday it was announced that Hawks GM Danny Ferry was taking an indefinite leave of absence for his role and comments in the seemingly growing story. I don't know why he wasn't fired because he will never be accepted by the players and fans again.

And this brings up a question for me. Am I the only one in the world that was raised properly? 

Where does all this hatred come from? I mean, I was always taught that you don't hate someone based on the color of their skin. I worked in youth basketball for 25 years and when I first started out, there was a knock on the league that only the black coaches won championships. Which was entirely BS even then, but I'd say winning 10 titles as a head coach (11 if you include the one I was an assistant coach for) put that lie to rest.

And why would anyone these days make such sweeping generalizations about players or a race of people? Maybe I've somehow managed to maintain a sense of naivety about race relations but I've yet to meet a person of another color that I've hated based solely that their skin wasn't as white as mine is? For cripe's sake, the man I considered my basketball mentor was a black man whose death from cancer devastated me.

Generally when I've disliked or yes even hated someone it is after I get to know them as a person, and it is based on their personality or attitude...NOT THEIR SKIN COLOR!

I'm a stick in the mud about some stuff in this world but I can't imagine the mindset of people who hate or discriminate against someone for reasons of their skin.

It seems that the powers that be running NBA ballclubs really need to either get with the times or get the hell out of the game. Or maybe it would be enough for them to simply grow the hell up!

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

Wareham Girls Varsity Soccer - The team dropped a 2-0 match to Fairhaven on Monday to start off their week. They lost to ORR on Wednesday 6-0. Meanwhile, the JV team which has one of my former players (Gabby) on the team lost 5-0. 

On Friday, the Vikings varsity managed to find the net but lost to Dighton-Rehoboth 6-2 for their 40th straight loss. Brianna had 8 saves in the game while Paige was cited in the paper for impressing with her play.

Wareham Boys Varsity Soccer - The Vikings fell to Dighton-Rehoboth 6-1 for their fourth straight loss to open the season. My ex-player Eoghan assisted on the team's only goal.

Wareham Girls Volleyball - The team dropped their match with Fairhaven by the score of 3 games to none. But the team got their first win on Wednesday night when they beat ORR 3 games to 2. They are now 1-3 on the season.

By the way, you can check out an article (with a couple of quotes from one of my ex-players Rae-Lyn) about the only boy playing on the WHS girls volleyball team here.

Friday's match against Dighton-Rehoboth saw the Vikings win 3 games to 1 to up their record to 2-3. Rae-Lyn had 6 digs, 18 kills and four aces in the match.

Wareham Girls Field Hockey - The team lost to Dighton-Rehoboth on Wednesday by the score of 7-0.

Upper Cape Tech JV Football - The team lost to Mashpee in their season opener but my girlfriend's son Connor said that he led the defense in tackles for the game.

Wareham Varsity Football - While the team has an off week this week, I wanted to make sure I included a photo of one of my ex-players from the opening game. Josh (#10) scored a TD in the game and is being looked upon to be one of the team's top offensive contributors.

By the way, to show you how far the Vikings might have to come this year, Bishop Stang (the team that beat them last week 42-26 last week) managed to somehow lose their second game on Friday night 46-2. And that is not a typo, they managed just TWO points against their second opponent after demolishing Wareham's defense the week before.

MISCELLANEOUS

Movies - I saw the movie Draft Day this past week. It had a few relatively preposterous scenes but overall I actually liked it. The one problem the movie demonstrates so aptly is that the best possible GM candidates for the team are in Hollywood working as scriptwriters. The actual GMs the team has had over the years keep the fanbase in the eternal but fruitless hope that they will ever actually build a contender.

Books - This week's book purchase was the paperback edition of the Sara Paretsky mystery Critical Mass. It is the latest in her V.I. Warshawski series.

Music - I went out to see a cover band called Sound Tower last Saturday night with my girlfriend. The guy who owned the Rock Is Life.com site that I wrote reviews for in the past is the band's frontman but I'd never seen them live before. We stayed for two sets and I found it quite enjoyable. I really liked their cover of the Bad Company song "Can't Get Enough". You can check them out at http://www.soundtowerrocks.com

Here's a pic of me and Julie at the show:

You can check out the new Mr. Big song "The Monster In Me" here (Youtube Link).

Movies (Fan Films) - I'm a big fan of the show Firefly and the follow up movie Serenity. And this week brought a new fan film based in the same universe. The film is actually getting positive reviews online and I thought you all might like to check it out. You can see it HERE!

 

 

 

 

Q-o-t-D 9/13/14 Tags: NFL Fantasy Football

Considering that Fantasy Football is almost always played for money...Should the NFL ban players from taking part in Fantasy Football Leagues?

 

 

Sports Friday with Hal: A quick detour to the News of the Day
Category: FEATURED
Tags: NFL Ray Rice Roger Goodell

So a break from the NFL Notes and News this week as there are a few more important issues to deal with this week. I know this has been discussed ad nauseum.

Starting off with Ray Rice and his brutal assault of his fiancee and the fallout.

 

I love football.

I hate domestic violence.

I love women (sorry, my dear wife, just one woman).

 

I also hate ESPN, so this is from Fox Sports 1's Katie Nolan. (I watch Fox Sports 1, but had no idea who she was until I came across this (I forget where) online).

 

 

Some great points there. She was able to point out that moment of her own failure to show how ingrained the problem really exists. She knows she made a mistake, is learning, and using it to step up in her own forum. I agree--I am not boycotting the NFL despite their despicable work. I still love football. I still love the NFL. I still need my fantasy football. Heck, I write about the NFL for 4 different websites in my meager spare time writing 5 or 6 articles a week for peanuts because I love to write and I love sports (and especially football).

 

Now what is really going to hurt the chances of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell his job is that he has hurt themselves in their biggest market to grow: the female NFL fan. There is huge money that the NFL is trying tap and Goodell’s job is to get his owners money.

 

Now over at ESPN (or ESPiN as Uncle B.O.B. calls it while in full rant mode) the on-air “talent” obviously is still in the rolodex of the NFL offices. Somehow in 21 minutes former Colts executive Bill Polian made a complete and total flip-flopping ass of himself. At 2:08 in the clip it switches to Polian’s second spot. The NFL obviously had the script edited to try and mitigate the fact that they had the videotape from the Casino in and and still went light on Rice.

Polian jumps from being critical of the NFL to making himself look like someone who is scared to speak out about his former employer and was just scared into spouting the company line.  Where is that righteous anger Polian channelled like he was spouting to the Competition Committee how the mean old Patriots beat up Peyton Manning's receivers a decade ago?

 

Finally, CBS went into Thursday Night Football with a huge dilemma. What was about a celebration of bidding millions of dollars for primetime football on a non-cable station, instead is a mess due to the Ray Rice/Ravens/NFL/Roger Goodell/Elevator Video/Domestic Violence situation. The Ravens--in Baltimore--want nothing more than this issue to disappear. Guess what, it won’t. It is a huge issue, the cover-up in the league offices have blown it up like it was Watergate, and now the NFL/CBS has to cancel the opening performer for the Thursday Night Football game as performer Rihanna was supposed to perform and was pulled. She--of course--is known to most Americans due to the fact that she was a victim of domestic violence from boyfriend/rapper Chris Brown.

 

The NFL has a problem, and it is not going away. Women are the ones who are often the victim in domestic violence and the NFL is now pushing them away wasting millions of dollars spent bringing them into the fan base. The damage is done. Goodell will likely take a fall from grace to be the public face of change. Unfortunately, as much as good can come from this issue be discussed and brought into the forefront, there is still that nagging feeling in the back of my head:

 

The NFL is doing the right thing at last not because it is the right thing, but because it will hurt their monetary growth to not take action.

 

That is wrong. That is sad. That is the way of the world (today and in the past--heck, it was worse in the past--imagine being a woman or child in the 19th century and basically performing slave labor all day).  I am still watching the NFL, but I was never naive. But I believe in ending domestic violence. I love my wife. I love my mom. I love my daughter. I love my sisters. I hate men who hit women. This is my place to stand-up and point out the NFL hypocrisy in this situation:

 

I hate it. I want it to end. I hope there are people in the NFL who feel the same.

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