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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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What thoughts if any do you have on the conference championship games and how do you see the Superbowl game itself playing out ? Simply chime in with a comment and thanks as always for the continued support as it’s gratefully appreciated !

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

Shit Rolls Downhill Are You Kidding Me ?


Shit    Rolls   Downhill     Are   You   Kidding    Me     ?

OK    so  week  2  in   the  NFL   came  and  went   and  if anything   it further  lends    proof  to the   fact  this  early  in  the  season  we’re  liable  to  see  a  number  teams   either   hung over  from  the  preseason  or  the   fact  that   they’re   simply  not  as good  as  advertised  .  How  else  can  one  simply  explain the  lackadaisical  play  of the   Dallas  Cowboys Minnesota  Vikings New  England Patriots  , Arizona  Cardinals  and   New  York  Giants  ?  And  I am  mistaken  but what  the  hell  is it  about  the  defenses  and the   way  that  they’re playing , it is   as   if  they’ve  been   fed with   laxatives  ?   It  either has  to  be bad  coaching or  the  fact  that  the  players  are  simply  not that   good  !

I’ve  got to agree   with  the   Ravens’ defensive   lineman Ray Lewis  and  the  softly  ,softly  approach  with  which  the  officials  now  seem  to  be  over  protecting  the   quarterbacks  around  the   league. If  we’re  already  seeing  some  questionable calls  this   early  in  the season  then  what’s   liable  to happen  we  the   postseason is   upon  us  ?   Low  and  behold  once  again  we’re   back  to  the   Brett  Favre  watch  and  the  travails  of the Minnesota  Vikings .Presumptive   favorites within the  NFC North  and  the  conference  itself ,we’ve   now  got  to deal with  the  issue of the  team’s woes.  Favre   certainly  showed   his  woes with  the   atypical  approach  of  Favre  and  his  play . Pardon  for me  saying  this   but this   guy   looks  past it,   and  it’s  about  to  cause this  team  a  great  deal  of  heartache.  Now  there’s   talk that the team is  in  need  of  a  wide  receiver  to   shoulder the  load of  this team  beyond  the  aged  quarterback.   I  was  under  the  impression  that  this  team   had  all  the  weapons  possible  ?   And   pardon   me  for saying  this   but   when  Favre  chooses not  to  be  in  camp  with his  teammates  then  what   else would you   expect  ?  Lack of  timing  and  cohesiveness  and a  coach  who  looks as if  he’s   completely  out of touch  with  the   quarterback  and  the  rest  of  the  offense.   Personally,  I  for  one  do not  believe  that   Brad  Childress  commands the  respect  of  this team  !   Furthermore , it’s my  belief  that  should  this  team  falter  and  fail to  make the  postseason  at  least  then  his   days   in  Minnesota  will   most  certainly  be at  an  end.

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I know  that  Halley’s  Comet  hasn’t  been within  our  midst   but clearly  what   took  place  at the  New  Jersey Meadowlands Stadium  on  Sunday was  enough  to  make  me  believe  that  the  comet  had  landed .   For  two   quarters the  New  England  Patriots   had  the  New  York  Jets   on  the mat   but  they  literally  chose  not  to  knock  their  opponent  out.   If  you’ve   got  your   opponent   on  the  ropes  you   don’t  repeatedly   let   them   come back  up   off  the  canvas.  And that’s what  we  saw   from    this   Bill  Belichick   coached  team  and it  became so incomprehensible to see Mark Sanchez   outplay  his  counterpart   Tom  Brady .  Never  mind  that  but  since  when did the  defensive  players  on  this   team  shy   away from  making   contact   with   the  offense  ?   Call  me  naive   but    the  Patriots’  pass  defense would  make  the  guys  from  the  Village  People  seem  a like  quintet  of   testosterone  driven  lumber  jacks.   They   were   out  of   sorts  and    played as  if  they’d   been  sodomized  with a  red hot   poker.  Painful  as this  might   seem  this   wasn’t  the  worse   performance  of  the  day.

The  Buffalo  Bills   no   longer    circle  the   wagons  …    you   know   why  ?   Well  that’s because  the    wheels  have   fallen  off this   bitch   !  The  AFC   team  is a  complete  mess and it doesn’t  seem  if  things are going  to  get better anytime  soon. Quarterback  controversy  ?   Hell   no ,  the  controversy  here  is   simply  that  this  team  isn’t  that   good   and  the   fact  that their  fans  are  being   subjected  with   this   diatribe  has got to be  an  embarrassment  for  the  organization .  Could  they  go   0-16 ?    Well  if  their  play   remains  as it  is   then  we’re  liable  to  see  the  feat   repeated  once  again. And   twice   inside  within   a  five  year  span  could   indicate to  us  that  the  talent  that’s  being espoused  on  the field  of   play   simply  isn’t  that   good  to  begin  with.   We’ve   not   seen  this   accomplishment   within  the  league since  the  latter  part  of the   decade   and  the  play of   the the  Detroit  Lions . Bills’  coach Chan Gailey    now  has  to  instill   some  discipline  and   some  resilience  within  this   team  who are  about  to   start   Ryan Fitzpatrick  in  place  of  Trent  Edwards   as  the  team’s   signal  caller.

Week   three    may  well   give us  further  indication as to  the   directions of   some   teams  and    that  many  of them  will  be  taking  but it could also  lead to  a   tumultuous   situation  for  a  number  of  coaches.    Many  are   already  in  a  tenuous position and  it doesn’t    augur  well   for    a  number of  them.    Prevailing   winds  would suggest some teams will set  sail  in the  right   direction  but  should several  teams  be  blown  off course  then  we   might  just be crowning another  Superbowl    team    raising  the Lombardi  Trophy  rather  than  witnessing a successful   defense.

Andy  Reid   is  now suggesting  that  there  isn’t  a  quarterback  controversy  with  the  Philadelphia  Eagles  and  that  Kevin  Kolb  is  still  the   starter  on  this   team.   Given  Kolb’s  stats   and the  fact  that  he’s  been unproductive at the  start  of  the  season  I’ve  got  to  wonder  what the  hell  it is   that  Reid    had  been  watching   as  Kolb’s  backup  Michael  Vick led  the   Eagles  to  an   electrifying  victory over  the  Detroit Lions. Vick commanded the field and  played with a great deal of  leadership and  maturity.  Something that wasn’t always on display at the  start of  his  NFL career with the Atlanta  Falcons. It’s amazing  what being locked in a jail cell can do to a man’s dignity and  self esteem. And while I’m not totally convinced that Vick is as  contrite as  he  would  have us  believe. He seems  to be on  his   way  to  recovering  the  heights that  made him  one of  the most  athletically  gifted  players of his generation   and quite  possibly   of any  generation  since  the NFL  became  the  nation’s  past-time.

Reid could well be putting  his career  on  the line  as well  as that of the  entire  season  of the  Eagles.  Having  traded  their Pro Bowl  quarterback Donovan McNabb to the  Washington   Redskins. This  is   a   time  of   rebuilding  for  the  Eagles and as  much  as  this  team  looks  extremely talented  on  paper  there’s  still  something  that  missing  from  this  from it,  that   would lead  me  to  believe  that  they’re  not a championship  caliber  team. I’m  sorry but  if you’re  quarterback  has  all  the  attributes  of  a   donkey  that’s  carrying a   load  that   he’s   unable to  carry  then   the  burden for him  will  be  far  too much  to  bear.   Kolb  has  shown  me  absolutely   nothing  that  would  indicate that  he  has  the  pedigree  to  lead this team  to  their desired destination and that’s Cowboys Stadium  in Arlington Texas, hosts to Superbowl  XLV (Superbowl  45). If  that  wasn’t  enough  the  season  has   brought  about  a   slew  of   injuries  and  the  mere  fact  that   we’ve  been  told that  the  league is now  taking   head   traumas   and     concussions  seriously. Well  that  seems  to  be  something  of   a  surprise  given  the  fact that NFL Commissioner  Roger  Goodell   and  the  medical  professionals  in the  employ  of  the league  weren’t  always   prepared  to   acknowledge that   fact.   Now  that they’re  now  ready to  face facts  that health issues such  as concussions have  become paramount  and  are  a   danger to the well  being  of  the players   then  there’s  some  cause  for   concern.  The  NLFPA for their part  haven’t   said  that  much with  regard to  the  issue  and how  might   impact them  altogether.  All of a sudden  on  this  lone  issue, it  is as  if   not  much  has  changed   since  we  saw  the    rather dictatorial   rule  of Gene  Upshaw  as   Executive  Diretor   of  the   union.   Upshaw’s sucessor   DeMaurice Smith   seems  to  be  all  wrapped up  with the  issue of  the collective  bargaining agreement  and  how   great  a slice  of  the  pie that  they’re  able  to gain. Now I’ve   never  been  enamored with  the   league’s   hierarchy  much  the   less that of  their   union  counterpart  !   Neither  side  has  the   fans’  best  interests  at  heart   as  it appears  that  their   only  concern  has   been   greed  and   how   much   money  either   side  can   garner as  derived   from  the   league’s revenues.

The  2010-11   season   is  an  uncapped year and already we’ve   seen  a  number  of  televised games having  been  blacked out due to  low attendance. Furthermore, even if with the low attendance at several league  games it appear  that’s  liable to  be a scenario  that will  be  will be played out through  the   remainder  of the  season. That  loss may well  be  made  up by other  means  as  the  league may well  take whatever approach is necessary to make  sure that  the losses aren’t  overwhelming. And say  what you will the league will  do whatever  to maintain  its  status as  the  nation’s pass-time.  The league’s  hierarchy   no matter   secretive  it has been now knows   that  at  this   juncture   they  have to  have  a   plan  in  place  and  an  agreement  worked  out  between  themselves  and the   union. A  league    wide   stoppage  and  labor  disruption   could   very  well   be  the  death  knell  for  the   goodwill   that  the  league   has  with   the  fans. Doubt  it  then  simply  look  at  the  mess  that MLB   found  itself  in,   its  stoppage  and  how  it  was   dealt  with  by  the  league  hierarchy  led   by  Bud  Selig .If that  wasn’t  a  sign  as to what  not   to  do  and  the  complete  ineptitude  shown by  both  the  league and  that of MLBA (union)  was  enough  of  a  template  as  how the NFL  shouldn’t  act.

Curiously enough  though, I do believe  that   the  league (NFL)  and  the  union (NFLPA) will  find  a way   to remedy   their   differences   and reach an  amicable  agreement  that   will  be  equitable for  all  parties  involved.   If they’re  unable to do so  then   we all  might  as  well   take   up  needlepoint  or  some  other activity   that will   take   our  minds  off  a  season  of   inactivity  within  the  NFL  .  Billions of dollars   may  well be  at  stake   but   it’s   highly   unlikely that  the  league   would  be   foolish  enough  to  use  replacement   players   once  again. Were they do so then any signs of a peace deal being brokered would be out of the question altogether !

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Picture gallery for your perusal.

What thoughts if  any do   you  feel concerning  the  league  and  the  impressions as to  what  you’ve  witnessed this early  in  the  season ?   And  are  we  liable   to  see  the   league   reach  an   amicable    agreement  with   regard  to  the   ongoing   collective   bargaining   agreement   ?   Chime  on  in  with a comment  as    you   see   fit .

NB: Reid has since reversed his decision and has made Vick the starter for the Eagles’ game against the Jaguars @ Everbank Field , Jacksonville, Fla,.

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Alan  aka     tophatal 🙂 * 😦

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