Boycott the NFL? I go away for a while and this is what I’ve been reading and hearing about? Look, let’s be serious here – the NFL is “too big” for any boycott to work. That being said, the NFL needs to take a very hard look at themselves and what they portray.
I don’t need to go over the massive laundry list of stuff, it’s pretty clear that there’s a problem, but there are a few issues I thought I’d cover:
- How in the world (outside of Thanksgiving) does Thursday Night Football make any sense?
- How do refs baby QB’s such as Brady and others while Cam Newton can get his head bashed in and not once was a flag thrown?
- I get its about money, but how does the NFL abandon St. Louis (for the second time), and be on the verge of moving Oakland and San Diego?
- I get its about money, but the endless commercials need to stop.
- Color Burst Uniforms?
- Actually worrying about an Al Jazzera report about PED’s?
College Football – Week 3.
- Speaking of boycotts, the ACC pulled their Championship Game out of Charlotte as part of their protest to North Carolina’s bathrooms law. Put what you believe on the issue to the side for a moment and this of this from a different perspective – who does that REALLY hurt? It doesn’t hurt the politicians who made the decision – it directly hurts the workers and charities who participate in supporting the game to make money.
- I keep reading that BYU is inching ever closer to moving into the Big 12 – a place where they are much needed. I wonder why this is taking so long. Memo to the Big 12: You need help in the worst way and BYU has a backup plan – so why are you holding back?
So what games to watch?
- I know that our old friend Black Bandit is eagerly anticipating Cincinnati being home to Houston and I’ll bet he’ll be sitting in the stands.
- Florida State goes to Louisville in a big game in the ACC.
- North Dakota State takes a trip to visit a D1 program, this time it’s Iowa and if I’m Kirk Ferentz, I have my team extra ready for this one. Remember, the Bison have beaten Kansas State and Iowa State.
- Miami at Appalachian State? When is the last time a NAME team went to a small school stadium?
- Ohio State at Oklahoma was thought to be a big game, but I’m wondering if Oklahoma is a good as previously thought?
- Michigan State at Notre Dame. To me, this could be the game of the week.
- Alabama at Ole Miss. Nick Saban is a red ass. Could you imagine how he’s acting right now coming off two straight losses to Johnny Reb?
- USC at Stanford. USC tends to come up north and steal one in Palo Alto, so I hope Stanford is ready.
- North Texas at Florida. Florida has so many scrubs on their schedule that I have to wonder if they are SEC or a D1 FCS school.
- South Carolina State at Clemson. This game will hurt Clemson with the Playoff Selection Board.
NFL – Week 3. So let’s put the drama to the side and let’s talk about games that are compelling X’s and O’s. This should be a “ball control” weekend of games.
- Tennessee at Detroit. I’d be curious to see how these two offenses play out in this game. Can Tennessee play ball control and keep Stafford off the field?
- Kansas City at Houston. This to me is two up and comers in the AFC and for some reason when they play each other, I take notice.
- Cincinnati at Pittsburgh. Can emotions be kept in check here? Can the Bengals defense keep the score down and give their offense more chances?
- Tampa at Arizona. Something isn’t right in Arizona. I was big on Arizona, but I haven’t been impressed in August or September – and Carson Palmer IS NOT the answer. And now an improving Tampa team comes in. If the Zonies go 0-2 (both at home), it’ll be time to panic.
- Green Bay at Minnesota. The opening of Minny’s new stadium with their defense playing fairly well. But can they hold on against that strong Green Bay defense? Can they run the ball enough to allow Shaun Hill to control the game?
- Miami at New England. New England played incredible defense against a highly potent offense in Arizona, and now they have to be licking their chops hosting Miami whose offensive line stinks.
- Seattle at LA. Karma is kicking the Rams in the nuts – and they deserve it. If LA played that badly against my old team, can you imagine what Seattle is gonna do to them? Meanwhile St. Louis is laughing, saying “Go Cards”, and eagerly anticipating St. Louis Blues Hockey.
- New York Props at Buffalo (tonight). No, the color rush uniforms will not help this one. I’ll give Buffalo credit for heart, but damn they’ve got all kinds of problems. Meanwhile, that seat is starting to get warm for the coach in New York.