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If It Acts Like A Drunk And Smells Like A Dog ……….. Then It Has To Be A Drunk !


If It Acts Like A Drunk And Smells Like A Dog ……….. Then It Has To Be A Drunk

It appears that the Detroit Tigers problems continue to no avail with their All Star —– Miguel Cabrera and his off the field antics. Cabrera having charged with DUI and domestic violence underwent rehab and was welcomed back within the Tigers’ organization . Coach Jim Leyland and team GM Dave Dombrowski have mustered all the strength that they have not to have the player traded away but given the stakes involved they thought it more prudent to retain the player whose statistics within the league have been amongst the very best in (MLB) ( baseball) over the last five years .

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It goes without saying that the Detroit Tigers have been something of a disappointment in recent years within the AL Central having to compete against the Minnesota Twins , Chicago White Sox , and Cleveland Indians . But it has been the fact that this Tigers’ team has shown remarkable inconsistency in not competing as many believe that they can . Team owner Michael Illitch long ambitious as an owner having won multiple Stanley Cups with perhaps the NHL’s most heralded sport’s franchise the Detroit Red Wings . Illitch wants to win and win big because it has now become an anathema to this business entrepreneur . With the Tigers not having won a World Series under Leyland’s career it has to be said that the team has become something of a major disappointment to the fans in attendance at Comerica Park who’ve longed wait to see another title come to this heralded ballclub .

Miguel Cabrera for his part is now under even closer public scrutiny with a second indictment having just been adjoined to his record . Driving in Southern Florida recently the player was stopped by a law enforcement officer believing he’d been driving under the influence and excessive speeding on a major Florida highway. The player failed a field sobriety test and it is believed that he blew a .014 bac (blood alcohol content) (above the state legal level of .08) which break that state’s legal limit. The player had undergone rehab and anger management for his prior act with the assistance from the MLBPA (union) but it appears that Cabrera still can’t escape the fact that he has a problem and that is that he’s an acute alcoholic and in doing so he’s a detriment to his family and that of the Detroit Tigers’ organization . But in reality the real problem facing the organization is that beyond Miguel Carbera there isn’t really a great deal for which one could look admiringly at the team . They’ve tied their sails to the mast that is the first baseman and now they have a very serious image problem from a player who’s viewed as the face of the ballclub . And no amount of empathy sought can hide the fact that the player has now become a major distraction and a problem for not only Leyland’s coaching staff but also for the ambition of the organization as a whole .

Cabrera was signed to a seven year $119 million dollar contract for which he’s still owed $68 million and one seriously doubts that there’d be any takers by a team at this juncture, for a player who has an alcohol and anger management problem. As productive as Miguel Cabrera has proven to be over the course of his career he’s now become that while prolific in his professional life , he’s become a mindless and pathetic individual in his private life ! He’s a danger to himself , his wife , his kids and to the public . Had he be involved in a vehicular accident one simply wonders whether or not he’d have been willing to be held accountable for his actions ? Because that clearly wasn’t the case with NFL player Donte’ Stallworth and his vehicular accident where a pedestrian in South Florida on a crosswalk was killed while he’d (Stallworth) been driving under the influence (DUI- bac .014 —-marijuana ) and narcotics. The pedestrian a 51 year old maintenance worker with was killed on the crosswalk and where his body had been dragged some sixty feet after it had been hit by Stallworth’s $175,000 Diamler-Benz. And as we know the player served only a mere 24 day sentence in a Florida state prison in a plea agreement with Miami Dade County DA Katherine Fernandez-Rundle . The justice system has become skewered and a pale parody of what it’s meant to truly represent.

While I feel that the upcoming MLB season ought to be very thrilling for the fans in attendance. I’m hoping to see the season be a truly competitive one and also see whether or not the San Francisco Giants can prove last season’s triumph in the World Series wasn’t a fluke and that they can make a serious run at possibly successfully defending their title. This much I think that we can all agree upon the big money moves made by such teams as the Boston Red Sox and Philadelphia Phillies have been made the pre-emptive favorites for the game’s showcase event. No doubt New York Yankees’ GM Brian Cashman and the organization will be surely looking to make that envisaged scenario merely one that’s played out in the minds of the believers than that of reality.

The New York Yankees may well be hard pressed to even challenge the Red Sox within the AL East as they’re not considered favorably as a team to even win the division much less garner the wildcard berth within the AL.

The Detroit Tigers’ season will be predicated upon their pitching and off course their offense and how they respond throughout the season. Are they capable of competing successfully within the division as well as the rest of baseball remains to be seen . But I for one view this season as being more of a reclamation project not only for Mige Cabretra but also for that of the Tigers if they’re to be viewed a success. If that fails to happen then there’s liable to be a major upheaval within the organization initiated by GM Dave Dombrowski and team owner Michael Illitch. This much we do know for a ballclub that’s steeped in history this franchise has fallen on hard times struggling to maintain a sense of urgency and purpose . At the same time Miguel Cabrera has to prove to not only the Tigers’ fans but also fans of the game in general that that he’s simply not become a self absorbed player and constant drunk. He has to once again become the player we know him capable of being and leader of this team if the Tigers are to have any semblance of success this upcoming season.

As to what fate has in hand for the game of baseball this upcoming year one can only hope that the off the field issues that we’re now seeing within the NBA and NFL won’t be something that we’ll see within the game of baseball. The real problem the game faces is that it’s hierarchy , owners and the union (MLBPA) are completely oblivious as to the acute financial issues that the game now faces . Commissioner Bud Selig acts like an ostrich with his buried in the sand looking for the sun to shine on his proverbial ass . Unfortunately Selig’s intelligence much like everything else about him isn’t shown with the public statement he makes but with the sheer idiocy of his actions during his tenure as the game’s highest ranking official. And to think that he’s been compensated to the tune of in excess of $65 million over the last four years for a position that a chimpanzee could have filled ! Let’s just hope that the homosapiens out there aren’t offended by the statement but in reality I doubt that they’re not discouraged that they’ve been compared to an imbecile like Bud Selig .

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What thoughts if any do you have concerning Miguel Cabrera’s current situation and that of the Detroit Lions’ upcoming season ? Do you believe that this was a mere mistake by the player but merely his self indulgent and absorbed attitude that once again threatens his career ? Simply chime in with your thoughts on this matter and any other that you feel that’s now pertinent to the game of baseball ? By all means chime in with your thoughts on the subject and as always thanks for the continued support !

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(1) Detroit Tigers general manager David Dombrowski speaks to reporters about Miguel Cabrera before a spring training baseball workout Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011, in Lakeland, Fla. Dombrowski said Cabrera will not practice with the team until next week at the earliest. Cabrera was arrested late Wednesday on suspicion of drunken driving in Fort Pierce, about 110 miles southeast of Lakeland, where the Tigers hold spring training. AP Photo/David J. Phillip …………

(2) This undated photo provided by the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office shows Detroit Tiger Miguel Cabrera after he was arrested on drunken driving charges late Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011 in Florida. The St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office says the 27-year-old’s car engine was smoking alongside a road late Wednesday when a deputy spotted the vehicle. According to the arrest report, Cabrera smelled of alcohol, had slurred speech and took a swig from a bottle of scotch in front of a deputy. Cabrera posted $1,350 bond and was released Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011. AP Photo/St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office ……

(3) Detroit Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera bats against the Cleveland Indians in a baseball game Monday, Sept. 27, 2010, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan ……….

(4) LAKELAND, FL Manager of the Detroit Tigers, Jim Leyland poses for a portrait during Photo Day on February 21, 2011 at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, Florida. Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images ……..

(5) Tigers’ owner Michael Ilitch (left) is seen here with team GM Dave Dombrowski at Comerica Park , Detroit , Michigan at a convened press conference at the team’s headquarters . Detroit Free Press ………..

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Who Let The Cat Out Of The Bag ? Superbowl 45 (SBXLV) Is Now Here !


Who Let The Cat Out Of The Bag ? Superbowl 45 (SBXLV) Is Now Here !

Well the AFC and NFC Championship games have essentially brought us to the conclusion that the two best teams remaining after the smoke has cleared are indeed worthy participants for Superbowl (SB XLV). The Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers duly dispatched their opposition with relative ease . The New York Jets found themselves on the wrong side of a thoroughly convincing 24-19 win by the Steelers . And anyone of the opinion that Mark Sanchez isn’t being asked to go above and beyond the call of duty ought to view this as a case study of a player still learning the ropes . Though much of the blame can’t be laid at his feet but ufortunately the duo of running backs on this team couldn’t rush their way out of a wet paper bag much less bust a condom with their show of athleticism and masculinity. I’m not saying LaDainian Tomlinson and Shonn Greene were bad but if your ass can’t break the plane from a one yard stand out in a goal line stance by the Steelers then you ought not to be on a football field.

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And for Rex Ryan and his coaching staff this had to be a profound disappointment on what had been a rather successful season . Now twice having made the AFC championship game in successive seasons ___ last year they would fall at the hands of the Indianapolis Colts . Alas this postseason it wasn’t to be as the Jets would succumb to a much better team that rose to the occasion with the authoritative leadership coming from their quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and some great coaching by Mike Tomlin and his staff .

Without a doubt the fans in attendance at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh got their money’s worth as both teams gave it their all. Now the Pittsburgh Steelers will try and attempt to become the first NFL franchise. to have won seven Superbowls in the modern day era of the NFL . As to whether or not that they attain that feat remains to be seen when they meet the Green Bay Packers at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington , Texas on the 4th February 2011. Do you get the feeling that Jerry Jones will be missing out somewhat on the festivities given the fact his Dallas Cowboys won’t be a participant in the league’s showcase event ?

I’ll say it once and I won’t say it again I simply didn’t trust Jay Cutler to lead this Bears’ team at all ! To my mind he is this generation’s Brett Favre in terms of cavalier play and self absorbed personality. And anyone who has witnessed Favre’s play in recent years will know that he’s become more of a liability to a team rather than an asset . The Packers for their part led by Aaron Rodgers put on a clinical showcase on both sides of the ball with unsung heroes such as B J Raji and his teammates simply followed the lead set by their quarterback. Now when it’s all said and done the game wasn’t without its moments but what might be more telling were the circumstances under which Cutler left the game having injured his knee. Once that came about and the very fact that appeared that the player seemed to be unwilling to return to the game to aid his teammates , you simply knew that the writing was on the wall. Not that the Bears had done anything of note in the game from a statistical standpoint . Cutler was replaced by Todd Collins a seasoned NFL veteran but his composure could be best described as being a deer caught in headlights as the Packers’ defense simply laid him out after a couple of plays. Bears’ coach Lovie Smith quickly replaced the sixteen year veteran with third stringer Caleb Hanie who would show some poise during the game but at the same time his inexperience would lead to the player throwing two interceptions and touchdown pass on the way to his team’s 21-14 loss to the Green Bay Packers.

For the Packers , coach Mike McCarthy and Aaron Rodgers in particular this might seem a long time coming given the fact that the organization had to put up with the self aggrandizing and somewhat infantile behavior of Brett Favre before his tumultuous departure from the Packers’ organization , Lambeau Field and the long suffering Packers’ fans. Now if anything it’s Brett who ………..? And look we’ve got Aaron Rodgers and we’re glad that he’s here !

The upcoming game itself with all of the glory to be attained will pit two of the NFL’s most storied and respected franchises against one another . And if anything this may well the game that the vast majority of the fans coveted. And that’s with due respect to the Chicago Bears and New York Jets , not that they aren’t as such noteworthy. But given the postseason play of both victorious teams in the conference championship games , I for one am totally convinced that these two teams are by far the best of the teams that were part of the 2010 postseason . Never let it be said that the teams competing weren’t worthy but in all honesty you come out to play and you had better damn well play to win , rather than carrying pretensions of grandeur , which in large part was what happened with a number of teams who fell by the wayside in the postseason !

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(1)New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan reacts to a question during a press conference at the team’s training facility, Monday, Jan. 24, 2011 in Florham Park, N.J. A day earlier, the Jets ended their season with a 24-19 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC championship game. AP Photo/Julio Cortez ……

(2)New York Jets linebacker Lance Laury cleans out his locker at the team’s training facility, Monday, Jan. 24, 2011 in Florham Park, N.J. A day earlier, the Jets ended their season with a 24-19 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC championship game. AP Photo/Julio Cortez …..

(3) New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez talks to reporters before cleaning out his locker, Monday, Jan. 24, 2011 in Florham Park, N.J. The Jets lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers 24-19 in the AFC championship a day earlier. AP Photo/Julio Cortez ……

(4) Pittsburgh, Pa,. Ben Roethlisberger (7) of the Pittsburgh Steelers rushes for a first down against the New York Jets during the 2011 AFC Championship game at Heinz Field on January 23, 2011 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images …….

(5) Rashard Mendenhall (34) of the Pittsburgh Steelers runs down field against the New York Jets during the 2011 AFC Championship game at Heinz Field on January 23, 2011 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Steelers defeated the Jets 24 to 19. Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images ………

(6) LaDainian Tomlinson (21) of the New York Jets is brought down by LaMarr Woodley (56) of the Pittsburgh Steelers during the 2011 AFC Championship game at Heinz Field on January 23, 2011 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images …….

(7) Jerricho Cotchery (89) of the New York Jets walks off of the field injured in second quarter play against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the 2011 AFC Championship game at Heinz Field on January 23, 2011 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images …….

[8] In this Jan. 23, 2011, file photo, Green Bay Packers’ B.J. Raji (90) returns an interception to score the game-winning touchdown during the fourth quarter of the NFC Championship NFL football game against the Chicago Bears in Chicago. Raji might not get quite as much attention as fellow 2009 first-round draft pick Clay Matthews, but he’s turning out to be just as critical to the Packers’ defense. AP Photo/Jim Prisching …..

(9) Green Bay Packers’ Aaron Rodgers celebrates after the NFC Championship NFL football game against the Chicago Bears Sunday, Jan. 23, 2011, in Chicago. The Packers won 21-14 . AP Photo/Jim Prisching ………

(10) Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith speaks during a press conference at Halas Hall Monday, Jan. 24, 2011, in Lake Forest, Ill. The Green Bay Packers ended the Chicago Bears season with a 21-14 victory in the NFC Championship game. AP Photo/Jim Prisching …..

(11) Sam Shields (37) of the Green Bay Packers intercepts the game’s final pass and runs for 32-yards to seal the 21-14 victory for the Packers against the Chicago Bears in the NFC Championship Game at Soldier Field on January 23, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images ………

(12) Head coach Mike McCarthy of the Green Bay Packers and head coach Lovie Smith of the Chicago Bears shake hands after the Packers 21-14 victory in the NFC Championship Game at Soldier Field on January 23, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images …….

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Tigers Have Stripes ………….. The Bengals Simply Have Nothing At All To Make People Fear Them ……..


Tigers Have Stripes ………….. The Bengals Simply Have Nothing At All To Make People Fear Them ……..

So here we go , it appears that the storm clouds have arrived in Cincinnati as the Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer is said to be on the cusp of demanding a trade from the team and away from the organization completely. Well considering how bad the season went for the team and Palmer in particular one shouldn’t really view this as a surprise. The former Pro Bowl quarterback hasn’t been anywhere near consistent this past season and if anything the team itself was something a great disappointment last season. And for coach Marvin Lewis and his coaching staff even with the changes set to be taking place it seems highly unlikely that the player will still want to remain with a team that was so haphazard and if anything so mediocre !

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Statistically this team simply didn’t measure up even coming off a season where they were the AFC North champions in 2009. However this season has anything but that where the Bengals simply were monstrous posting a 4-12 record within the AFC North . And even with the questionable play of Palmer you can’t but question also the lackadaisical effort forthcoming from Chad Ochocinco a player who if anything simply was nowhere to be seen for much of the season and in part it may well play its own part in not only the decision from Palmer but also with the front office also looking to possibly cut Ochocinco or quite possibly deal him during the upcoming NFL Draft in April.

Courtesy of NFL.com

Brown: Bengals won’t trade QB Palmer or hire coach Childress

The Cincinnati Bengals aren’t willing to trade Carson Palmer , who wants to leave one of the NFL’s least-successful franchises while he’s still in his prime.

Bengals owner Mike Brown said Monday that the 31-year-old quarterback asked for a trade a little more than a week ago. Brown told Palmer that the team wouldn’t trade him because he’s central to its plans.

“He was told that, and that we count on him going forward,” Brown told The Cincinnati Enquirer and the team’s website Monday. “He was told that we are not in a position to trade him.”

The franchise quarterback evidently decided it’s time to leave his mess of a team.

Palmer hasn’t talked to the media since making his trade request. A text message seeking comment wasn’t returned.

Palmer’s agent, David Dunn, issued a statement Monday about the meeting between his client and Brown:

“Carson met with Bengals owner Mike Brown recently. They both expressed profound disappointment in how the team fared last season, and in how it has generally performed during Carson’s tenure with the team. Because of the lack of success that Carson and the Bengals have experienced together, Carson strongly feels that a separation between him and the Bengals would be in the best interest of both parties. Carson could not respect the Brown family any more than he does or be more appreciative of what the Browns have done for him and his wife Shaelyn and his family.”

Palmer was the franchise’s building block when it made him the first overall draft pick in 2003, Marvin Lewis’ first season as coach. Palmer led the Bengals to the playoffs in 2005 and 2009 — their only winning records in the last 20 years — and rebounded from severe knee and elbow injuries along the way.

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For all of the disappointment of the Bengals it can’t have been to pleasing for the fans to see their divisional rivals the Pittsburgh Steelers make it to Superbowl 45 (SBXLV) where they’ll face the Green Bay Packers at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington , Texas . Whatever lies ahead in the future for the Bengals it appears that Palmer wants no part of it and considering that it was said to be touch and go as to whether or not Marvin Lewis would return for next season it was something of a surprise when it was announced that he’d return and would also be in receipt of a contract extension also. It was clear that the Bengals’ front office felt it was a necessity to retain their coach even under the cloud of suspicion that this might well have been his last season with the team. Instead he’ll be given the chance to see if he can resurrect their fortunes and somehow turn things around.

Perhaps the one bright spot in the season for the Bengals was the play of Terrell Owens and the fact that he was the team’s leading offensive weapon during the year. And with Owens now being a free agent this offseason he may well have played himself back into contention and within the good graces of a number of teams around the NFL who might well be looking for a wide receiver to complement a young receiving corps in need of some veteran experience and leadership. Owens was the consummate professional through much of the season and played with a great deal of eagerness in order to prove himself not only to the fans in Cincinnati but also to general fans across the NFL.

Within the AFC North not only will the Bengals have to contend with the Pittsburgh Steelers , but also the ever consistent Baltimore Ravens and in state rivals the Cleveland Browns who after their own horrendous season have made changes within their coaching staff with the firing of former coach Eric Mangini by team President Mike Holmgren . For their part the Browns are now work in progress as Holmgren and the front office look to reassess the playing staff and the direction that the team is going in. This much we do know the only way is up for the Cleveland Browns after a disastrous season in 2010.

As to what the future now holds for Carson Palmer this much is most certainly clear should the Bengals entertain the idea of perhaps acquiescing to the player’s request then they can certainly look to use the player as a pawn in the upcoming NFL Draft with a view to moving higher and obtaining prized asset that would most certainly complement the team . Palmer’s career if anything has proven that he’s a good player in the right type of environment and situation. Within Bengals’ organization if anything, the environment there certainly wasn’t conducive to him being able to produce and it certainly hadn’t helped that Marvin Lewis had lost sight of his objectives and lost complete control of the team both on and off the field . That’s why from my perspective I thought it something of a shock that the front office had sought to retain him, while offering him an additional one year contract extension !

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The Cincinnati Bengals no one can deny have been utter and complete mess over the last few years even with a divisional title under their belt last year. This much is true however, an organization is only as good as the leadership provided from the executive level on down. And in the case of the Bengals there’s been little if any leadership from anyone with the authority to lead. Certainly not from Palmer , himself, who’d been often described as the face of the franchise , and there had been even less leadership from Marvin Lewis , who if anything just seemed to be going through the motions of being a coach and at the same time being so nonchalant. As to the Bengals’ ownership led by Mike Brown , and GM Jim Lippincott and Pete Pete Brown , VP of Player Personnel Operations . Well let’s just say that in terms of leadership there , it’s not akin to the rather somewhat asinine and tactless leadership we now see being conveyed by Congress , Senate and the President’s ——- administration combined. Where the option has been to try and put out fires when they themselves were the very same idiots who lit the match that caused the fire to begin with. That’s not leadership but mere stupidity and naivete being shown and it has become something that seems to be spreading across the league and political landscape ! Simply look at the teams at the bottom rung of the league , how they’ve fared this past season and ask yourself what indeed went wrong within those organizations ? Much of it may well have had to do with poor play on the field but I bet that you will also find that there was a complete lack of accountability and leadership where it mattered most , and that’s from within the front offices on down to the coaching staff and players !

What thoughts if any do you have on the impending future of the Bengals and that of their starting quarterback Carson Palmer ? Do you feel that the team will entertain the player’s idea of trading him or will they retain the player by your way of thinking ? Simply chime on in with a comment as to your thoughts on the matter and any other topic as it relates to the NFL.

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(1) This Dec.26, 2010 file photo shows Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer (9) smiling in the closing seconds of their 34-20 win over the San Diego Chargers in an NFL football game in Cincinnati. Bengals owner Mike Brown says he won’t trade Palmer. Brown said on Monday that Palmer met with him a little more than a week ago and asked to be traded. Brown told Palmer that he wouldn’t consider it because the quarterback is central to the team’s plans. He plans to talk to Palmer again to try to smooth over their differences. AP Photo/David Kohl ……..

Baltimore , Md ,. January 2nd 2011 . Carson Palmer (9) of the Cincinnati Bengals fumbles the ball with less than two minutes to go in the game against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on January 2, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens defeated the Bengals 13-6. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images ………

(3) Head coach Marvin Lewis of the Cincinnati Bengals coaches against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on January 2, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens defeated the Bengals 13-6 . Photo by Larry French/Getty Images ……….

(4) Ray Rice (27) of the Baltimore Ravens scores his team’s only touchdown against the Cincinnati Bengals at M&T Bank Stadium on January 2, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens defeated the Bengals 13-6. Photo by Larry French/Getty Images ……….

(5) Carson Palmer (9) of the Cincinnati Bengals passes against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on January 2, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens lead the Bengals 6-0 at the half. Photo by Larry French/Getty Images ………

(6) Terrell Owens (81) of the Cincinnati Bengals runs with the ball during the NFL game against the New Orleans Saints at Paul Brown Stadium on December 5, 2010 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Saints won 34-30. Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images ………

(7) Chad Ochocinco (85) of the Cincinnati Bengals is tackled by Tracy Porter (22)of the New Orleans Saints during the NFL game at Paul Brown Stadium on December 5, 2010 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Saints won 34-30. Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images ……

[8] Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis, right, listens to Bengals owner Mike Brown speak at a news conference where it was announced Lewis had signed a contract extension with the NFL football team, Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011, in Cincinnati. AP Photo/Al Behrman ………..

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers Are Bucking A Trend ………..


The Tampa Bay Buccaneers Are Bucking A Trend ………..

Week 17 and to my mind the achievements of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the team’s coaching staff cannot be overlooked or underestimated this season. Coach Raheem Morris in just his second season as a head coach in the NFL has the team playing with a great deal of resolve and much to the amazement of the fans who convene at Raymond James Stadium Tampa , Florida this season to watch a spirited Bucs’ team play.

What many thought to be would take at least three years in its creation, in turning around this team in one year by prudent coaching but with even more astute assessment of the talent necessary in making this team better. Raheem Morris and GM Mark Dominik have made the Buccaneers and the entire organization the envy of the league. And in spite of this all , consider this , the Buccaneers have the youngest team in the NFL in terms of average age and are the first team in league history to start an NFL game with twelve rookies on its roster . And while there have been growing pains while the Buccaneers learn how to be competitive what might be even more surprising has been the maturation of quarterback Josh Freeman who could very well be on his way to earning a Pro Bowl berth for the NFC as a player in the Pro Bowl. Along the way the player has had a stellar season and led his team with a great deal of authority.

Aiding Freeman in all of this has been a slew of young draftees that could be destined for greatness should their learning curve remain consistent and improve as Dominik and Morris would no doubt expect. This year’s top draft pick taken by the Buccaneers was DT Gerald McCoy taken in the first round , third overall out of the University of Texas and the coaching staff would make sure to supplement the current roster with integral pieces that would be of benefit to the team . And amongst this all has been an unsung hero LeGarrette Blount the undrafted rookie free agent who has has now become the catalyst for this Buccaneers’ offense and who essentially the running back starter’s position his own. Not to be left out of the conversation has to be the contributions made this season by other draftees Cody Grimm , Arrelious Benn and Mike Williams who’ve made the jump with a great deal of self assuredness. And while many might choose to say that it’s far too early to say how good this Bucs’ team can become all the signs seem to state that they’re indeed heading in the right During Jon Gruden’s tenure as coach I can’t remember him ever having this much success with any player that he drafted over the course of his reign. As a matter of fact as a coach when it came to nurturing talent especially amongst rookies, Gruden’s methods left a great deal to be desired. And I think that it’s pretty safe to suggest that assessing talent and nurturing it was never ever one of Jon Gruden’s greatest strengths. But he’ll be forever thought of as the coach who came into Tampa and brought the city a Superbowl (SB XXXVII). Since those lofty years up until his abrupt firing his record with the team had been spotty at best.

Head coach Raheem Morris talks with Ronde Barber (20) of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the game against the New Orleans Saints at the Louisiana Superdome on January 2, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Buccaneers defeated the Saints 23-13. Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images .......

Head coach Raheem Morris talks with Ronde Barber (20) of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the game against the New Orleans Saints at the Louisiana Superdome on January 2, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Buccaneers defeated the Saints 23-13. Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images …….

Succeeding Gruden , Raheem Morris wasn’t thought of as the obvious choice but given the financial frugality being shown by the Glazer family and their propensity for not wanting overspend on anything, it went without saying that the hiring of a rookie coach was the option that they felt was best for the organization. PR nightmare or not team owner Malclom Glazier could only have held out for a modicum of hope that there would be any dividends to be reaped from this hiring . Going 3-13 in his first full season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers , Morris had the fans , local beat writers, sports columnists seething with rage and baying for his blood. Not content with that the fallout would have its financial reverberations within the community as there was an immediate decline in the attendance for games at the stadium. It has impacted the team’s support this season and with all but one the team’s scheduled home games being blacked for coverage within the local market. And while things might appear to be now looking on the up for the organization much of that will be predicated upon the continued success of this team under its coach.

Now riding on the crest of a wave the team now faces their sternest test of the season as they face the reigning Superbowl champions the New Orleans Saints in a game that will have playoff implications for the Buccaneers . A win and a loss by either the Green Bay Packers and New York Giants and the Buccaneers would be assured of a playoff berth. A loss and they’d have to make do with something of an eventful but yet unexpected season that has been filled with highs and lows .

With all that the Buccaneers’ fans have had to endure this season and the spirited effort that has been shown by this team it augurs well for next year. And even if they should fail to make the postseason which on appearance would now appear to be a certainty one can’t help but wonder what might have been had one or two of the earlier results during the season had gone their way. Many of those downfalls fell to the overall lack of experience shown by the team and coaching staff but as the saying goes ……….. what doesn’t hurt will make you stronger . And for the Buccaneers this has been a season fraught with dangers but at the same time it has also been filled with the angst of watching a group of players learn to how to player together and be moulded into a team. And that will indeed be of benefit not only to the Buccaneers’ organization but also the fans.

Whatever their frailties have been , be it on the defensive or offensive side of the ball Morris’ players have learned from it and the improvements are now being seen. As I alluded to earlier, it will augur well for their immediate future. And for players such as Josh Freeman , Mike Williams , Arrelious Benn , Kellen Winslow , Cody Grimm and Davin Joseph their time will come and they will no doubt challenge the likes of the Atlanta Falcons and New Orleans Saints within the NFC South for divisional supremacy as well as the rest of the NFL . Their continued progress it’s hoped will quite possibly lead to a Superbowl appearance and victory . How sweet would that be given the travails of this organization over the last few years ?

What thoughts if any do you have on the success attained by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this season ? And what if any has been a major surprise to you in terms of the NFL as we now head into the postseason . Simply chime in with a comment.

With all that the Bucanneers' fans have had to endure this season and the spirited effort that has been shown by this team it augurs well for next year. And even if they should fail to make the postseason which on appearance would now appear to be a certainty one can't help but wonder what might have been had one or two of the earlier results during the season had gone their way. Many of those downfals fell to the overall lack of experience shown by the team and coaching staff but as the saying goes ……….. what doesn’t hurt will make you stronger . And for the Buccaneers this has been a season fraught with dangers but at the same time it has also been filled with the angst of watching a group of players learn to how to player together and be moulded into a team. And that will indeed be of benefit not only to the Buccaneers’ organization but also the fans.

Whatever their frailties have been , be it on the defensive or offensive side of the ball Morris’ players have learned from it and the improvements are now being seen. As I alluded to earlier, it will augur well for their immediate future. And for players such as Josh Freeman , Mike Williams , Arrelious Benn , Kellen Winslow, Cody Grimm and Davin Joseph their time will come and they will no doubt challenge the likes of the Atlanta Falcons , and New Orleans Saints within the NFC South for divisional supremacy as well as the rest of the NFL . Their continued progression it’s hoped will quite possibly lead to a Superbowl appearance and victory . How sweet would that be given the travails of this organization over the last few years ?

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It’s Not Always About The Money But Common Sense And Where The Heart Takes You


It’s Not Always About The Money But Common Sense And Where The Heart Takes You …..

I don’t know if I should feel nonplussed or bewildered by the naivete shown by some people be it from a lack of intelligence on their part or just sheer stupidity. It’d appear that several baseball fans many of whom are Texans and writers of a certain blog post are surprised that Cliff Lee has chosen rejoin the Philadelphia Phillies rather than opting for more money that had been offered by both the New York Yankees and Texas Rangers . The Yankees with their burgeoning pockets and vast financial resources in reality had met their match in the Texas Rangers who were backed financially by several noted Texas billionaires and the fact that team President Nolan Ryan and CEO Chuck Greenberg had recently negotiated a $3 billion television deal (20 year) with a prominent cable and broadcast outlet.

The Yankees who’d upped the ante in this ever increasing stake of ‘chicken’ went as far to offer the player an option of a six year $150 million deal which was something of a sticking point originally for Yankees’ GM Brian Cashman as he was reluctant to offer Lee’s agent Darrell Braunecker such a deal on behalf of his client, with an option for a seventh year.. The Rangers’ for their part may well have felt that they had the inside track given that the player and his family were happy being in Texas and with his home being relatively close in his native state of Arkansas . Ryan for his part along with manager Ron Washington and GM Jon Daniels had hoped that with Lee’s performances in the postseason and his camaraderie with his teammates that a decision would be something a formality. What many hadn’t realized was that the Phillies along with their GM Ruben Amaro Jr. had been in contact with the player and his agent gauging his interest in returning to the Philadelphia Phillies where he’d played for the team last year.

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Another determining factor in Lee’s decision to forgo the chance of playing for the Yankees was the treatment received by Lee’s wife and family at several of the games attended by them in the ALCS when the Rangers took on the Bronx Bombers for the AL Pennant at Yankees Stadium . Typically up to their somewhat obnoxious behavior for which an apology hasn’t been forthcoming from anyone within the Yankees’ hierarchy Lee’s family was subjected to a torrent of verbal abuse and profanity, some of which was directed to his children and in particular his son who happens to be a leukemia survivor but who still has some health related issues because of the illness. If that wasn’t a precursor to perhaps one of the reasons why he chose not to join the Yankees then I can’t think of another pertinent reason.

The Yankees as always are viewed as the presumptive favorites to win the World Series year in and year out . But given the fact that we’ve now begun to cracks in their armor many believe that the team is now on something of a downslide . Their pitching remains suspect beyond their ace CC Sabathia and with an aging Mariano Rivera one can never be sure what you’re now going to get. Beyond that there also seemed to be something of a cooling of the relationship between team captain Derek Jeter and Cashman while that player’s contract was being negotiated . Tensions rose and it appears that Cashman rather callously sought to offer Jeter an out if he didn’t feel amenable to the team’s offer . Calmer heads prevailed but you got the feeling that although denials have been forthcoming there was reason to believe that all wasn’t well within the …….’ house that Ruth built’. And beyond Sabathia and Rivera one has to also look at the Yankees’ pitching roster and realize that the effectiveness and resilience one had come to expect just is no longer there. Andy Pettite remains but a back spasm or shoulder injury away from having a prolonged stint on the disabled list and does anyone truly fear Joba Chamberlain or Phil Hughes for that matter ?

What we do know is that the Yankees’ offense remains prodigious in the regular season with the like of Robinson Cano , Nick Swisher , Alex Rodriguez and Jeter setting the trend. But things seems to have dropped alarmingly this past postseason wherein Rodriguez was non- existent and little or nothing was seen from Swisher or Curtis Granderson during the postseason albeit that they had their way with the Minnesota Twins in the ALDS . What we can be sure of however is that the Yankees will once again resort to whatever means necessary to strengthen their roster. And one can assume that managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner can’t have been too pleased seeing their divisional arch rivals the Boston Red Sox acquire both Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez this off-season . Suffice to say that things will be highly combustible and competitive in the AL East this upcoming season .

As I alluded to earlier the Texas Rangers with their now vast financial backing may well have felt that they were major players in the ‘Cliff Lee sweepstakes’ but clearly what they hadn’t counted on was a third party entering the fray and bidding for Lee’s services. And as resourceful and amenable as they were to the player it was becoming clear that he wasn’t necessarily happy with his tenure in Texas. So much was placed upon his shoulders as the mainstay and ace of the team and in terms of a reliable enough rotation to back him up beyond C J Wilson and closer Neftali Feliz there wasn’t a great deal there that was awe inspiring as can be witnessed from the rotation’s and team’s overall performances in their World Series’ loss to Bruce Bochy’s _____ San Francisco Giants . That too could have weighed heavily on Lee’s mind and the mere fact also that the Giants dealt with them with such ease . For Reuben Amaro Jr this is a coup-de-gras as the Phillies now possess quite possibly the most formidable pitching staff in all of baseball headed up by Roy Halladay , Roy Oswalt , Cole Hamels , Joe Blanton and now with the addition of Lee and less we forget the Phillies’ wily veteran Jamie Moyer who can still befuddle batters with his pitching after two decades plus in the game . Never mind taking to the account the bullpen and closer Brad Lidge . Does anyone now not believe that Phillies’ manager Charlie Manuel , his coaching staff aren’t now licking their chops and can’t wait for Spring Training to come around ? The Phillies once again have to be viewed as the prohibitive favorites in the National League and that’s with due respect to the reigning World Series champions the San Francisco Giants .

For the Rangers’ fans or for that matter any baseball fan out there just because the money being bandied about is seen as grotesque it doesn’t always mean that the player is willing to pursue that treasure trove . Clearly this wasn’t simply a decision taken by Lee to be simply about the money because it all boiled down where he felt comfortable and perhaps where he felt the best opportunity to win actually lay. Merely because the Yankees have the cash doesn’t make them the perfect fit or the ‘perfect team’ for that matter ! If anything in spite of their success what they seem to have a problem with a great deal of the time is to truly function as a team when it really matters most. Unequivocal success or not the New York Yankees showed that this past postseason when placed under undue pressure they are not always able to rise to the occasion .

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As to the immediate future of the Texas Rangers they will now have to rethink their whole strategy moving forward and how best to proceed. The Phillies for their part now have the prized free market acquisition of the off season and simply feel that a five year $120 million contract is money well spent on their part given the vagaries of the market and the ambiguity that has taken place this off-season concerning the ever escalating salaries now being paid. And for Cliff Lee can anyone truly fault him for the decision that he made given the opportunity that now arises ? Chime in with your own thoughts on the matter anything else concerning the baseball off-season that caught your attention .

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Eye candy ………. Keyshia Dior

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It’s true good things do sometimes come in small packages and a package like Keyshia certainly doesn’t come any better ! Chime on in with a comment about her if you so wish .

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Is This What $100 Million Gets You Nowadays ?


Is This What $100 Million Gets You Nowadays ?

I’m sorry but whatever seems to be now erupting within the Washington Redskins is a tour de force in comedic madness . I was very much under the impression that the organization and their defensive player Albert Haynesworth  had essentially called a truce . Instead we are now finding out that there’s an even greater impasse between the player, his coach Mike Shanahan , the coaching staff and teammates . It’s bad enough that the season for the Redskins has once again fallen into a crevasse of ineptitude. Mike Shanahan , his assistant Kyle Shanahan haven’t improved this team one iota ! Furthermore in Shanahan’s inept attempt to prove that he’s in charge he chose to embarrass his veteran quarterback Donovan McNabb . Who didn’t feel that it would be the rest of the NFL and the fans who’d have the last laugh after this charade and allout idiocy on the part of Shanahan ? =========================================================

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A team that was thought to quite possibly challenge the Philadelphia Eagles , New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys </a. for divisional supremacy within the NFC East has been anything but that ___ a team . Suffice to say that watching the Redskins play at Fedex Field has become a comedy of errors. Team owner Dan Snyder has had problems running this organization as a business and to see an individual who’s greatly admired within circles by his peers in the business world. Personally I just can’t see it but it’s all in the eye of the beholder . Haynesworth for his part has added nothing to this team since he was acquired via free agency . This being the same player whose career with the Tennessee Titans had been a success and where he’d made several visits to the Pro Bowl as a Titans’ player. However, Haynesworth not content with his situation with the team at the time chose to parlay his status by garnering a 7 year $100 million deal with the Washington Redskins of which $56 million was in guaranteed money. At the time I thought the contract itself was preposterous and non-sensical . But then again those of us who’ve seen the Redskins operate over the years have seen this organization simply overpay for players who are either past their prime or whose talent has been vastly exaggerated.

There’s absolutely no chance that the Washington Redskins would choose to cut the player given the fact that they still owe the $32 million of the guaranteed money due. Do you get the feeling that the front office of the Redskins aren’t completely sure as to what the hell they’re doing from one moment to the next ? Kind of how certain federal agencies are now operating within the Obama adminstration ? We have a Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Ben S Bernanke whose every utterance now sends shivers up down Wall St . And a Homeland Security Chief in Janet Napolitano  who ovesees the TSA and their now well publicized airport body searches. Don’t get me wrong I’m all about national security and anything that can derail the ambitions of home grown and foreign terrorists, I do feel that the agency’s actions are a necessity. My only problem here is the fact that I’m not completely willing to have a TSA employee feel that it’s appropriate to body search me as if it’s being done for their own self sexual gratification . And less we forget we also have a Treasury Secretary in Tim Geithner whose every word concerning the malaise that has befallen the economy has me asking how and why the fu_k was he hired and why was he nominated in the first place ? Prior to his tenure as Treasury Secretary he’d worked for the IMF (International Monetary Fund) and as we know this is the very same individual that claimed errors made in his none payment of personal income tax was a mistake. Yes a mistake ….an honest mistake . But you might feel more aggrieved if I were to advise you that also as a senior employee at the Federal Reserve Bank in New York City, Geithner played his part in assisting none other insurance giant AIG in their egregious speculative behavior in numerous financial markets around the globe. And as we all know the insurance giant had to be bailed out to the tune of $150 billion ($150,000,000,000) of taxpayers monies. The only thing that needs bailing out here with the regard to the Washington Redskins is for the organization to seek a trade of Albert Haynesworth. Clearly the player’s career has run its path with the Redskins and it’s also clear that Mike Shanahan has no faith in the player’s abilities whatsoever . What might be even more disturbing and incredulous is the very fact that with the player now having been suspended by his coach they are no better off than before . The Redskins’ season as it now stands is tenuous and there’s not even a remote chance that they can salvage this season and play with any modicum of respect. The situation now facing Snyder is whether or he can let this mayhem continue with there being such a divide not only in the locker room but no actual semblance of respect between the players and coach.

From my own perspective I don’t even feel that the situation that transpired betweeen Donovan McNabb , Mike and Kyle Shanahan is actually at an end. It’s merely time before I feel that there’ll be another parting of the waves and that another impasse is created between the player and both coaches. On and off the field the Washington Redskins are a complete mess and given the soap opera drama that has taken place within this division with the Dallas Cowboys and their roller coaster season , with the subsequent firing of Wade Philips by owner Jerry Jones . Philips’ successor Jason Garrett seems to have the team back on track but once again the hopes that Jones had for this team in terms of a postseason berth and playing in the Superbowl is now a pipe dream. What else can now happen you may ask ?

Well with Wade Phillips , Brad Childress and now the Denver Broncos’ Josh McDaniels  having been fired this season the managerial count now stand at three coaches having been fired this year. And by season’s end we could well see several others bite the dust . It’s no surprise that the Cincinnati Bengals’ coach Marvin Lewis won’t be returning to the Bengals next season . The team had been befelled by their own sheer ineptitude and it shouldn’t surprise anyone that the choice is that of Lewis’ and not from the front office. The one bright spot for the team may well have been the play of wide receiver Terrell Owens who’s been the sole reason perhaps to see him play. He leads all players in terms of the team’s offensive receiving categories and for Carson Palmer whose own performances have been understated at best. Owens’ receiving partner Chad Ochocinco  has been a complete bust this season and it’d be reasonable to suggest that he might not be part of any plans the Bengals may well have in the future .

McDaniels’ dismissal by Broncos’ owner Pat Bowlen wasn’t completely a surprise but the real issue here may well have been the fact that Bowlem had reiterated that he wasn’t about to let go of his coach. But with the preseason upheaval that took place with the trade of Jay Cutler and then the fallout between Brandon Marshall and McDaniels . Both players have now found new homes , Marhsall with the Miami Dolphins and and Cutler with the the  NFC North leading Chicago Bears . But what might’ve been the straw that broke the camel’s back was the behavior by McDaniels and the team’s videographer in taping the San Francisco 49ers walk through in their game played at Wembley Stadium in London , England earlier in the season. The NFL front office was made aware of this but neither McDaniels or any member of his coaching staff reported the incident . Both team and coach were fined and Spygate II came to something of an abrupt end . And there are idiots about the blogo-sphere who felt that the Patriots deservedly got was coming to them when Bill Belichick  took part in such an act . I reminded a number of patrons to my site that this practice was widespread around the NFL and that it only comes to light when a team has been caught . Anyone who feels that this will be the last time that we’ll hear of such an incident needs to have their heads examined as it seems to be customary for a number of coaches and their staff around the NFL. For Pat Bowlen this is simply another reason of an owner whose cognizance of a situation isn’t clear. The Broncos now find themselves in a situation with having fired Josh McDaniels they’re now in a position where they’re paying McDaniels and his predecessor Mike Shanahan who was also fired by Pat Bowlen. When Shanahan was fired he was still owed two years on his contract in the case of McDaniels he’s owed three years on his original five year contract. Do you get the picture I’m painting here concerning the idiocy of some of the NFL owners and GM’s around the league as to how they deal with their managerial problems ? Far be it for me to say but who’s providing the legal counsel for these owners ? And have they never heard of installing a buyout clause in an employee contract ? Now Bowlen and the Broncos are on the hook for at least $ 8 million this year alone in paying both Mike Shanahan and Josh McDaniels. And the general public thought that only the federal government knew how to squander money ? Not so it appears when it comes to professional sports franchise owners as they all seem to be a law unto themselves. In this day and age where athletes can and are earning multi million dollar contracts and the coaches aren’t too far behind in that situation I find it hard to believe that common sense isn’t being used by the executives and owners who are the custodians of these teams ! ===================================================================

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Honk If You’re Watching The World Series At Present ? Honk If You’d Rather Watch Paint Dry Or Have Sex Instead ?


Honk If You’re Watching The World Series At Present ? Honk If You’d Rather Watch Paint Dry Or Have Sex Instead ?

Well the ‘Fall Classic’ has started and baseball’s best two teams are left to fight it out in the best of seven game decider is now off to a rather pleasant start . The 2010 World Series presents us with pennant winners the San Francisco Giants and Texas Rangers . And already the series has presented us with a number of sub plotlines . Rangers’ catcher Bengie Molina has the chance to win a ring no matter the outcome of this series happens to be. Having started the season with the Giants the player was traded to the Rangers during the season . Rangers’ manager Ron Washington had something of a tumultuous season wherein it was a matter of faith as to whether or not the Rangers’ front office would stand by their manager after his admittance that he’d succumbed to substance abuse. Rangers’ GM Jon Daniels and team President Nolan Ryan chose to stand by their manager and there was wholehearted support for this stance by the entire Rangers’ team .

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Now perhaps the vast majority of fans might have preferred to have seen the New York Yankees make it to the World Series in their quest to win their 28th title . It has to be said that their fall from grace at the hands of the Rangers was not only a pleasant surprise but also a welcoming one as well. And when one considers that the Yankees’ team payroll as almost four times as much as their opponents in the ALCS it has to be said that frugality now seems to be the way in baseball (MLB) . The payrolls of both participants in this season’s World Series is a combined $155 million . Not overly exorbitant by any stretch of the imagination but had it been the New York Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies as the participants here, then there would have been in almost $350 million worth of talent on display. That being said it’s not always about the talent on display but the desire and the will to win. And the usual bye product of it all one hopes is an exihilarating series .

With the National League (NL) having won home-field advantage throughout the series one could assume that this gives the Giants the advantage that Bruce Bochy and his team sought. Game one of the series proved to be prophetic as this Giants’ team would get off to a resounding start in defeating the Texas Rangers and their ace Cliff Lee ___ 11-7 . The match-up between Lee and the Giants’ Tim Lincecum was all that and more , way beyond what anyone could have imagined or have wished for.

Now it goes without saying that MLB Commissioner Bud Selig and the league hierarchy hopes that not only are both venues AT&T Park , San Francisco and Rangers Ballpark in Arlington , Texas are filled to capacity. But also nationwide the television audience will be one that makes the event a ratings’ bonanza for Fox Televsion and the for the league as a whole. Steady declines in ballpark attendance and in television veiwership has left the game to an extent somewhat bereft of appeal. And it certainly hasn’t helped that the NFL is now in full swing and the apparent start of the NBA ____ season as well. It’s almost as if baseball suddenly becomes the ‘ugly duckling’ that no one has an apparent interest in or lusts for. This seems to be the one time of the year that the game really does have a problem resonating with the fans at large.

A World Series that proves to be a thrilling and excting one would no doubt lure the viewing public and fans to watch the series. The San Francisco Giants are making their first apperance in the World Series since 2002 where they would eventually fall to the Los Angeles Angels losing the series 4-2 . For the Texas Rangers this is their first appearance in the ‘Fall Classic’ and having undergone a change in ownerhsip this has all been a pleasant surprise not only for their long suffering fans but the ownership group led by Nolan Ryan and Charles ‘Chuck’ Greenberg. And given the fate of the organization prior its purchase by this syndicate group one ought to consider the Rangers an extremely lucky organization altogether. Their plight certainly wasn’t helped by the laissez-faire attitude of Bud Selig and his office as the team lay within bankruptcy proceedings and the intransigence being shown by then owner Tom Hicks . Now with a new ownership group in tow and their ambitions not merely being set with this lone appearance but in becoming a perennial contender for years to come it remains to be seen what the future holds for the Rangers at this juncture.

If game one proved to be a disappointment for the Rangers’ fans and the team as whole then game two would prove to be just as disastrous . It would pit pitchers Matt Cain against the Rangers’ C J Wilson and the resultant onslaught would once again be piled on by the Giants as they would overwhelm the Rangers 9-0 . If you thought the hole dug after game one was deep then one only has to look at the situation now that the Rangers face. Down 0-2 and with their offense and pitching now in a tailspin it’s hard to envisage how the they can now find their out this by erasing this series’ deficit and staving off defeat as the momentum has shifted towards the Giants. Had they split the series in San Francisco then one could conceivably say that they’d still be in with a chance. But the mere fact that the Rangers’ offense has been inconsistent and their bullpen seemingly in tatters Ron Washington and his coaching staff have a great deal of work ahead for them as they and the team try to get back on track before the series resumes at Rangers Ballpark on Saturday evening.

As this series unfolds it’ll be interesting to see how the television ratings pan out and the statements forthcoming from the league office. Quietly they have to be thinking to themselves what else needs to be done by them in order to lure the fans to the spectacle of the game and the value it provides in terms of entertainment. While overtures are being made to shorten the regular season and expand the number of playoff teams in the postseason. It has to be said that before any of this is done both the league hierarchy , team owners and the MLBPA (union) led by Michael Weiner will have to address many of the game’s underlying issues concerning the economic viability of the teams and their immediate future.

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What thoughts if any do you have concering baseball’s regular season and as such were there any major disappointments as far as you were concerned ? Also how do you view the World Series as it now stands and do you see the Texas Rangers playing themselves back into contention ? Or do you now seeing the San Francisco Giants winning their first title and erasing the nightmare of 2002 ? Chime in with a comment on your thoughts .

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Do The Right Thing …………….. You’ve Been Bamboozled


Do The Right Thing …………….. You’ve Been Bamboozled

Did I miss something but since when did respected movie director Spike Lee become a conduit for the front office of the New York Knicks ? I know that he’s an avowed fan of this team but now it’s becoming somewhat ridiculous when Lee is now an intermediary for the front office as they seek to lure Denver Nuggets’ guard Carmelo Anthony. As we’re all now aware the front office of the Nuggets though they’ve to yet state it categorically that it’s their intention to trade the player. In the last year of his existing contract the Carmelo Anthony hasn’t stated his intent to re-sign with the team. The uncertainty for the Nuggets also stems with the growing concern of the health of coach George Karl . Having undergone chemotherapy for throat cancer the coach’s recovery has been slow but there’s a lingering concern that even with a full recovery there will be times when Karl’s mindset will not be completely about the game and that is totally understandable. At the same time there seems to be rumblings of discontent from the player though no formal statement has been made by him to that effect.

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Given the possible upheaval and impending uncertainty one would’ve thought that the the organization would seek to trade the player now prior to the start of the season by looking to get an equitable return. The number of teams out there that would desire Anthony at this moment in time aren’t thought to be that many and with a number of them now having settled into their roster setups as they prepare to embark on their season . It’s extremely difficult to see which teams are seriously interested in making a trade for Carmelo Anthony at this juncture. Now as I alluded to earlier the New York Knicks it appears have been monitoring the situation closely and are intent on making Anthony their next acquisition. In joining the Knicks alongside Amar’e Stoudemire I don’t view the team as an immediate threat within the Eastern Conference . Most certainly however, they will improve but to my mind unless the complimentary players surrounding Stoudemire and perhaps the newly acquired Anthony actually step up their play this will be a team that will suffer the pitfalls expected of being forever perceived as a woefully inept team.

Knicks’ GM Donnie Walsh , owner James Dolan and head coach Mike D’Antoni no doubt want to facilitate this trade as quickly as possible. And with the start of the season merely a week away should this trade not go down then we are likely to see an organization showing a great deal of uncertainty and a team not knowing what their perceived direction ought to be. The trade deadline though early in the season it does create something of a dilemma should the Nuggets then seek then to trade away the player as it readily promotes the fact that they’ve already given up on their season. Granted , the nucleus of this roster is a veteran one with veterans such as Chris Andersen , Al Harrington , Kenyon Martin and Chauncey Billups. And though the team had an excellent postseason last year where they would succumbed to a more competitive and resolved team in the Los Angeles Lakers in Western Conference semi-finals who would then go on to win the NBA Finals .

Rosie Perez seen here dancing to the theme song from Spike Lee’s seminal movie ‘Do The Right Thing’ . Theme by Public Enemy ………. “Fight The Power”

While no one doubts that Nuggets would want to remain competitive it’s extremely hard to see them doing so were they to relinquish the services of Carmelo Anthony. But given the player’s reluctance to commit to the organization and to my mind the owner Stanely Kroenke his son Josh Kroenke , team President and their willingness to complement Anthony with players matching his talent and zeal then the possible trade of the player might well just be the best possible move that can be made that is acceptable to all parties. If nothing else it gives both groups the chance to start afresh .

Now if the perceived trade to the Knicks does happen then this doesn’t automatically change the overall picture within the Eastern Conference but it most certainly gives notice that the Knicks and their fans mean business. Granted the landscape within the conference still will revolve around the Miami Heat and their trio , along with the Boston Celtics and Orlando Magic. How this all plays out will be incumbent upon the desires of the teams mentioned. The pressure will be on the Miami Heat led by Dwyane Wade , LeBron James and Chris Bosh. And with the organization’s financial combined commitment to the trio by team owner Mickey Arison said to be upwards of $200 million it is understandable to see how and why the organization is hoping for a quick return on that investment . Having lost in excess of $45 million in 2009 nothing short of an NBA title win will be considered anything less than their season being viewed as a success. The vast majority of teams who’ve the Heat on their schedule this season are said to be doing a blistering business in terms of ticket sales. And for the Miami Heat from a commercial standpoint the re-signing of Wade along with the acquisition of Both and James had led to a financial windfall of spectacular proportions. Both ABC/ESPN , NBA Tv and TNT Sports whose televised coverage of the NBA has become the staple for the fans of the game. Each of the broadcast outlets in question have not only beefed up their coverage of the Heat but they are also using the team as part of their overall marketing and promotional programming schedule.

Now while I’ve no doubt that the Heat are and will remain bona-fide favorites within the Eastern Conference and the thinking will be that they’ve but to play above average basketball merely to make their presence felt . I do believe that they’ll become complacent and it could very well lead to their demise. Overlooking this all will be team President Pat Riley and his subordinate coach Erik Spoelstra . Perhaps no other coach in the NBA will be under more pressure to achieve this season. And should Spoelstra and this team falter in any way then it wouldn’t at all surprise me to see Riley step down from his executive position and assume the reins from his protoge`. Behind that alleged calm persona of Riley belies and individual who’s a chameleon and a narcissist at heart. Nothing would give him more pleasure than to win another NBA title as a coach and then rub it in the faces of the press and public who view acquisition of both Lebron James and Chris Bosh as simply a PR stunt .

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For James Dolan and Donnie Walsh the big splash of landing Carmelo Anthony would make the Knicks more relevant as an organization and team within the NBA. Even if they are one the most valuable NBA franchises it means absolutely nothing when you’re still viewed as something of a laughing stock around the league. My own perspective concerning this all is that should this coup be pulled off and with Anthony joining the New York Knicks will that now enable Spike Lee to actually either become a an executive with the Knicks’ organization ? Furthermore what does that tell you about Lee as a sport’s fan if he’s able to make this happen when an alleged basketball mind in the guise of Isiah Thomas as an executive and coach simply wreaked havoc within the Knicks’ organization and almost brought it to its very knees ? Kind of makes you wonder who’s …….been doing the right thing and who’s been bamboozled here doesn’t it ?

Do you envisage Carmelo Anthony being traded at some point in the season and if so to which NBA team ? To your mind would he be a perfect fit within the Knicks’ organization should that particular trade ever take place ? Chime on in with a comment as you deem fit.

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Rosa Acosta

A little bit of eye candy Rosa Acosta .

Now What’s The Dog And Pony Show Really About Anyone Care To Ask Members of The Miami Heat ?


Now What’s The Dog And Pony Show Really About Anyone Care To Ask Members of The Miami Heat ?

OK the hype has yet to be stop and it appears that we’re not liable to see it be come to a close anytime soon. Now it’s getting to the stage where David Stern views this as the ‘life blood’ that the NBA needs in order keep the brand omnipresent in the public’s eye. The Miami Heat and their triumvirate of stars are looking to take their show on the road this season. I’m sorry to say this but this could end up driving me to feel the same way I feel about Brett Favre and his repeated ‘retirements’ and ‘un-retirements’ . As we all know the player’s repeated cries to be loved by the fans and whomever else would be willing to listen was about as welcoming a dose of the ebola virus. Favre for his part while being a great ambassador for the NFL over the last few years has been about appealing as a member of Congress. Albeit that he’s continually viewed as the goose that laid the golden egg for cable broadcast outlet ESPN. Now here comes a ‘marriage’ created in heaven but now seems to be on its way to hell by way of the idiotic bunkum that LeBron James and the station felt was necessary to further widen the player’s appeal..

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As I stated earlier simply making the Miami Heat and their latest escapades the sole reason why we ought to be tuned into the every move of the NBA is like waiting to hear or see what Congress can do for the country at large as it relates to the economy and other acute issues. Less we forget David Stern sought to sell us a ‘bill of goods’ when the NBA sought to borrow $250 million to several teams around the NBA in order for these clubs to remain financially viable. Amongst the recipients of the quarter of a billion dollars doled out was the Miami Heat, whose multi billionaire owner Micky Arison is amongst one of the richest men in the state of Florida and amongst the 250 richest people in America . What am I missing here as it relates to how the NBA hierarchy conducts its business and what we now know to about the owners ? The Miami Heat lost in excess of $45 million in 2009 and then the maneuver set in place to bring in both James , Chris Bosh and along with the re-signing of Dwyane Wade has now made the Heat the team to beat within the Eastern conference. Though it has to be said that the likes of the Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls , Orlando Magic and Atlanta Hawks will be looking to make that target on the Heat’s back ‘ripe to be hit dead center’ and to be taken down.

Miami’s first preseason game against an NBA opponent will be against the Detroit Pistons and it will give Heat coach Erik Spoelstra a real chance to assess his much celebrated triumvirate alongside role players who will be looking to defer to these stars while at the same time complementing the team. Heat President Pat Riley , the Svengali behind this all as he’ll no doubt be looking to this team to make an allout assault on challenging the might of the Western Conference as well as being viewed as the team to beat within the Eastern Conference, it has to be said that there’s a great deal riding on this all. The stakes are high but given the fact that ticket sales have seen a twofold spike as well the executive suites and the sale of Heat memorabilia at AA Arena in Miami . These are indeed some bountiful times for the Heat on and off the court , at the same time it has proven to be profitable for the NBA as a whole. But none of that will mean anything should the team fail to make it to the NBA Finals and win it. Riley , the players and Heat front office may well play this all down but simply look at the access that the team has now granted not only ESPN but several international news and sports’ organizations as they seek to embark on this quest ? And while Pat Riley continues to play this all down by leveling his own criticism at those who’ve voiced their displeasure at the way James left the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Now we all know the travesty of the whole James departure from the Cavaliers played out like a rather idiotic Hispanic tele-novela . Now if you’ve viewed one of those shows you’ll understand they have know they have no plot-line but somehow they tend to attract a captive audience. And that now appears to be the case with LeBron James and his sojourn across the NBA . His supporting cast now happens to be the Miami Heat and even if it’s being viewed as Dwyane Wade’s team it will James’ every move that will be under close scrutiny throughout this upcoming season. And if you thought that James isn’t loving the grand stage of Miami then nothing could be further from the truth Over the past forty eight hours the player has been interviewed by various members of the world’s press elite as they want to know about his every move. Not to be left out of any of this are James’ cohorts Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh as they’ve been part of this ongoing circus and the whole spectacle as it unfolds for the public’s consumption.

As enthusiastic as I am about the NBA and this upcoming season I have to admit that this spectacle concerning the Heat while it may lure a lot of discerning fans I do believe that it could well be bored by it all ! Now that’s not to say that it won’t be a profitable exercise in terms of the teams who’ll have the Heat as part of their regular season schedule . You’ve got to understand there’s money to be made and while there’s been a great deal of criticism from within and outside of the game here’s the caveat to it all who wants kill the goose that lays the golden egg ? This goose the NBA hierarchy will be around for years to come as we’ll no doubt soon see the departure of Kobe Bryant , Shaquille O’Neal , Kevin Garnett and Tim Duncan from the NBA within the next five years.Their retirements are bound to leave a great void within the game and the fact that the NBA no longer has a rivalry that it can feed to the masses and the mere fact that there’s no dominant team other than that of the Los Angeles Lakers. And the perceived rivalry that many of us might’ve thought was back to its best with last season appearance of the Boston Celtics in last season’s NBA Finals had about as much revelry as watching Rosie O’Donnell strip to the music of George Michael , not exactly a wondrous sight at all but for others it might just do.

To the other aspirants around the NBA it has to be said that their time to step up will be during the season to show the fans what they’re all about. The Los Angeles Lakers while they’re still the reigning champions they know that this season until they’re actually dethroned no matter what ‘type of dog and pony show’ is on the road the true test will come from the team or teams seeking to dethrone them will still have a fight on their hands. While we’re now seeing the Heat now being regaled as if they were the reincarnation of the ‘Showtime Lakers’ I proffer this as a word of advice , this particular ensemble has done absolutely nothing as of yet to justify any comparison with any of the great NBA dynasty’s or teams of the past ,and until they do all we will continue to see are the likes of ESPN regaling us with their every move . Meanwhile in the background remains Stern and Riley simply grinning from ear to ear like cats who’ve come across several bowls of milk and a room filled with mice. Makes them happy no doubt but for some of us at present we’re simply being bored by this all.

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In the upcoming season is there a team within the NBA which you view as being capable of derailing the ambitions of the Miami Heat ? If so state your reasons why and also which team do you see as a prospective challenger to the Los Angeles Lakers as possible champions of the NBA ?

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Alan aka tophatal ………… 🙂 _ 😦

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Eye candy courtesy of Smooth Magazine ….. Veronica Vior

The Image of The NFL Is Like Fecal Matter On The Sole Of One’s Shoe You Simply Want To Wipe It Away Because The Stench Is Vile !


The Image of    The  NFL   Is  Like   Fecal  Matter  On  The   Sole  Of  One’s   Shoe       You   Simply  Want   To   Wipe   It    Away  Because   The  Stench  Is  Vile  

Roger Goodell has   no  head   for   business   nor    does  he  have  a sense  of   moral  obligation as to  the  image  of  the  league.  All  he  ever  prefers to do  is  to  make  the  most   inane  of   sound bytes  and  then readily make  excuses  for  the  behavior of  the   players within the  NFL .Not to be  left  out  of  this at  all  is  the  apparent  lack  of  action  by  the  NFLPA under the   leadership  of  Executive  Director  DeMaurice Smith and union  President Kevin Mawae.  The   latter   have   yet  to  comment  on  the    apparent  behavior  of their  members   during  their   tenure.

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Once  again another  player   readily  steps  behind  the  wheel  of   vehicle  inebriated,  a danger  to  himself  and  others who  are on  the  road.  If   it’s  not enough to know  that  we  also have players  running  afoul of  the  law  for   various  misdemeanors    and  in  some  cases  felony  charges  ranging  from  sexual   assault sexual battery theft to   the  possession  of  illicit   narcotics  and   opiates.   This time  around  New  York  Jets’ wide  receiver  Braylon Edwards saw fit  to  get  behind the wheel  of his   vehicle and  drive. Then having  been  stopped  by the   police   the  player  failed a  field sobriety test and  then  recorded  a  .166 in   his   BAC (blood alcohol content) level which  is over  twice the  legal  limit  within  the  state of  New  York.   And given the  player’s  previous  troubles  in  Cleveland    with the  Cleveland  Browns is  there   any  wonder why  it  is  that  the  player   has  never  been a  calming   influence   wherever his  NFL  career has  taken  him ?   Now  we  have  Jets’  owner  Woody  Johnson stating  that  until  all of  the  legal  avenues   have  been dealt  with  no  internal  action   will be  taken.

Courtesy of Bloomberg.com

Jets Coach Ryan Says Team’s Embarrassments Must End After Edwards Arrest

By Eric Matuszewski

New York Jets coach Rex Ryan said he held a team meeting and told players he’s tired of dealing with off-field embarrassments, a day after receiver Braylon Edwards was charged with driving while intoxicated.

Edwards’s blood-alcohol level was almost twice the legal level in New York when he was stopped by police early yesterday morning in Manhattan.

The arrest came four days after the National Football League issued a statement saying Jets coaches and players exhibited “unprofessional conduct” toward a female television reporter.

“I’m tired dealing with some of these issues,” Ryan said during a news conference today at the team’s training facility in Florham Park, New Jersey. “I’m tired of the embarrassment to our owner and this organization. I said, ‘Let’s just end it.’ We don’t need to be that team. This team works too hard at everything else to be looked at in this light.”

The Jets said yesterday that Edwards, 27, won’t start their Sept. 26 game against the Miami Dolphins.

Ryan said today that he hasn’t decided how much playing time Edwards will get this week. Edwards caught five passes for 45 yards and a touchdown in last week’s 28-14 victory against the New England Patriots.

“None of us know the facts 100 percent,” Ryan said. “I’m not going to tell you that Braylon is going to miss X amount of the game because I’m not ready to do that now. When it’s the right time, I’ll make that decision.”

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On  the  league’s  part   no action  has  been  yet   taken  but   given  the  fact that  the  league   has it within  their   right  to  suspend the  player ______ the commissioner   does  have  it  within  his  right  to  suspend  a  player for  “conduct  detrimental”  to  the  image of  the  NFL .  Now  while   one   has  the   presumption  of   innocence  until  proven   guilty.  The  fact of  the  matter  is  that   Edwards’   conduct  here  is   questionable   from  the  start . What  idiot   gets  behind  the  wheel  of  a  vehicle  having   drank   excessively and where   their    bac  is   found  to  be   twice the  legal  limit  ?   Isn’t  enough  that  we’ve    seen the  idiocy  with  the  behavior  of  Leonard  Little Ben Roethlisberger and  Donte’ Stallworth ?   In  each   case   alcohol  played  a  part  in  the  problems  in the instance  where  their   legal  problems   and  the  aftermath   in  what  transpired.   Time  and   time  again  I’ve   heard  it said that  the  players’ concerns  isn’t  that  of  the  fans.   I  beg  to   differ ,   because  when  the  fan  is   going  out  there  and  spending  their   hard earned  cash  to  purchase  tickets to  attend   games   or   memorabilia . And think  about it   in  doing   so  this   adds  to  the   players’   pockets  in  terms  of  their  wealth  by way  of   residuals    garnered  by  way  of  the  sales of  NFL  licensed merchandise.

Explain  to  me  what  it  is  that  these  players simply don’t  understand  ?   Had Edwards  killed a  pedestrian would  he  have   offered   the   atypical    statement   apologizing  to  the   victim’s  family ? Or   would  there  be  a   lawyer   representing   the  player  and  stating  that  this  was  nothing  more   than a  tragic accident ?   I’m sick   and   tired  of  the   fucking   excuses   made  by   asinine   fans  out  there  continuing to  placate  these   players   for  their   excesses  and  behavior  !    It’s  almost  as  if    there’s   no   intelligent  thought   coming  from these   individuals whatsoever .  It’s  bad  enough  that  many  of them   can’t  well  think  for  themselves when  they  have  to   fall  into  place   like   sheep  and   believe  the  bullshit that’s  foisted upon  them  by  the  idiotic  political  pundits on  air.   Which  of  them   have   you  known  them to  actually  come  out  with  any   common  sense  on  any   topic  that  is   of  grave  consequence  to   the  country  ?   In  the  same  way we  have  the   league  and  in particular  the    union,  owners  and  league   hierarchy   dealing  with  this   particular  issue  with  “kid  gloves”.

Goodell  and   his  predecessor  Paul Tagliabue have   been  a  complete  joke   and  it’s  the   same   with  press  and  how they   deal  with  this    matter.   No   doubt  the   very  opinionated  Jason  Whitlock will   jump unto his   charge  and  make  the   most   inane  of statements  stating  that  this   is  just  another  player  being   victimized  because  he’s  an  African  American  who’s  fallen  afoul of  the  law.    Has there  ever  been a  time  when Whitlock has  come   out  and  berated these  players  for their   actions  ?  I  can’t  think  of   an  incident  where  he  has   but  if   I’m  wrong  then   so  be  it.  His   body  of  work    to  my  mind  merits about as  much notice  as   that  of   Paris  Hilton’s escapades  in public  when  they’re  covered by  the  paparazzi.  It’s  not  a  page  turner   but  the  print  used  to  place  it  there   is  merely  a  waste of  time.


And  speaking  of  waste   how  is   it  that   at the   start  of the  season there   seems  to be   a  dearth  of  teams   whose  quarterbacks are  showing  about as  much  presence as   a   headless    chicken   on    its  last  legs  before  its  death  ?   The  performances of   Kevin  Kolb , Jason  Campbell ,__  Jake  Delhomme and    David  Garrard have  been  utterly   pitiful !  And  for  those   still  of the   belief  that Tony  Romo has  what  it  takes  to  lead  the  Dallas  Cowboys to  the   promise  land     then  simply  take  a  look   at  the   quarterback’s   play   and  his   leadership  of  this  team  ?  Not   to be  left   out of this    melange’   of  mediocrity   has  to  be   Brett  Favre …..  a  ‘one   trick  pony’ that’d   be   better off  being  sent  to  the   glue   factory!    Sorry  to  say  this    but   Favre  is  now   looking  his   age   as  he’s   beginning  to make  the  members   of  a   geriatric    home  seem   all  too  athletic.   OK  so  Brett’s  legacy   has  been the   records  attained   and  the  fact  that  he’s  thought of  as  a  deity  within  the   annals  of the  game.   Granted,  he’s  been a  great   ambassador  for  the  game   but  of  late he’s  been  like  a  petulant  crying  because he  seemingly  can’t   get  his  own way.   He  may  well be   respected  by  his   teammates  but   I  for  once  sincerely  doubt  that  he’s   as   liked   as   some  within  that  locker   room  claim   that  he  is.    If   you  shovel   enough    shit  on  top  of  more   shit    you  can’t   make  it smell  like  a   rose   garden  and  that’s the  image  that  the  Minnesota  Vikings are   trying to  create .    There’s   said  to be  no  internal  turmoil  at  present  within  the   locker   room.   But  who  amongst  you really  believe  that   ?

The   Vikings  are   at  present   are  0-2 within  their  division (NFC North)and   are   looking  up  at  the  Chicago  Bears, Detroit  Lions and   Green  Bay  Packers.  This  upcoming   Sunday   their   task  on paper may  well  seem   easier  as  they  face  the  Detroit  Lions in  a   divisional  home  game  that  will  go  a  long  way  in  determining  their  season .   A  loss   or  an   unbalanced  performance   and   questions  will  once  again  be  raised   as  to  whether  or   not   Favre  and  in  particular  Brad  Childress has this team going  in  the  right  direction.  This   much I   do  believe,   the   Vikings  are   a  good  team  but  they’re   not  a  great   team.   Their   body   of  work   thus  far  with   Favre  at  the  helm  proves  nothing.  Simply  because  they  made it  to  last  season’s  NFC   championship  game  where    Favre’s   performance   at  best  was  average.   But  the   fault   doesn’t   just   lie  with  the   fact  that  he  had  a  poor  game  by  his  own  lofty  standards  but  it  was  a   collective   effort that  led  to  the  team’s  demise  against the  New  Orleans  Saints.   The   idiocy  of  those   analysts  with  their   post-game   gripe  that the  better team   had  lost    was   like   stating  that  the  Germans shouldn’t  have   lost  World War II because they  were  ill  equipped  in  the   dying  days  of  the  war.   Well   excuses  can’t   hide  the   fact that  this  team  was …….. still  is  vastly  overrated  and  will  continue to  be .  I  liken  this  premise   as  to  the  fact  that  Jerry  Jones anointed the …Dallas  Cowboys are  America’s   team.    I  beg  to   differ  because  what   have  the Cowboys   achieved   over  the  last  decade  ?

Big  money  players,  a  lackluster   effort  and    an  owner  whose   narcissistic   behavior   borders  on   hegemony. Sooner  or  later  Jones’   antics  will   catch  up with  him in more ways than  one. Head   coach    Wade Phillips and  his  offensive  coordinator  Jason  Garrett had  better  keep a   watchful  eye as  the   owner  hovers    around   like  a  vulture  looking  to  pick  at  the  carcass  of a  dead animal.  In  this  case   he  won’t   just  be   picking  at  their   carcass   should  the  team’s  season   go  awry   but  he  could well  choose  to  show  them  the   door.

It’s still   early   yet  in  the  season  and  there’s  still  a   long  way  to  go  but  at  midpoint  we   could  well  know a  great  deal  about   how  a  number  of teams   will  fare.   Chances  are  the   pretenders will  have   fallen   out  of   contention   and    the   real   contenders  will   start  to   forge their  way   to  the  top  of  the  pile.  As  they  say  cream  always   rises  to  the   top   and  within  the  NFL  it’s  no   different.

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Do   you  believe that   how  Goodell   has  dealt  with   players’  conduct  has  been   appropriate ?  Or  do  you  feel  that  he   ought  to  be  far  more    tougher  when  dealing   with these  issues   of   player  misconduct  ?  And what thoughts  if  any  do  you  have   concerning  the  apparent   merry-go-round  that  appears  to  happening    with  regard  to  the   quarterbacks  mentioned  within this   piece   ?    Chime  in  with a comment  as    you  see  fit 

NB: Woody Johnson had instigated a policy for the team wherein any player could simply call upon a limousine service to ferry them home from a private function at the club’s expense. It is something that has been adopted by several teams around the NFL in order to stave off such incidents where a player drives under the influence.

Alan   aka   tophatal 🙂 _ 🙂

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Freida Pinto

Actress Freida Pinto co-star of the Oscar winning hit movie “Slumdog Millionaire”.