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Posted on: November 24, 2011 9:49 pm
 

Ndamukong Suh’s problem can be solved

The Detroit Lions' Ndamukong Suh is one of the best defensive players in the NFL today. He is also said to be one of the dirtiest players in the game. After witnessing his actions in the nationally televised Thanksgiving Day game against the Green Bay Packers, someone needs to really sit this young man down and talk to him. Without agression as a part of your game in the NFL, a player will not last five minutes. If Mr. Suh needs an example of how to be an intimidating force without being fined and ejected, is one person that can be presented to him - Mean Joe Greene.


Does anyone out there remember Mean Joe? A first round draft choice of the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1969 out of  North Texas State, Mean Joe played 13 seasons for the Steelers. At 6-4 and 275 pounds, Greene was a combination of size, speed, quickness, strength and intimidation. He was able to have a Hall of Fame career and win four Super Bowls. All without stomping on any of his opponents on national television. Greene faced multiple blockers, just as Suh does. The most striking difference between the two, other than the era that Mean Joe played in (late 60's - early 80's) is that Greene channeled his frustrations into sack and tackle totals. Suh is going to lead the league in fines and suspensions, if he's not careful.


Just a suggestion. Ndamukong, stop making excuses. Stop saying that the man upstairs or your mom will judge if you are a dirty player. Take responsibility for your actions, man up, admit you have made some mistakes, and talk to someone. Someone who has experience in the NFL. A man who can talk about the nuances of playing on an NFL defensive line. That man is Mean Joe Greene. Do it. Quickly.


Forget your reputation, that's already in the tank. I'm saying you should save your career. Now.


Questions:


Is it me, or should Rex Ryan have been fined $75,000  for cursing out the Jets defense instead of fans?   
   


Where would the Dallas Cowboys be without playing in a weak NFC East? 



Did someone say that Mark Sanchez was an elite quarterback? Where are you now? 



After playing with a broken thumb, will anyone in Chicago question Jay Cutler's guts again?        



Posted on: November 10, 2011 9:02 pm
 

Joe Paterno Has Full Support From Franco Harris

The sexual abuse scandal at Penn State continues to grow. Legendary ex-football coach Joe Paterno, who has support from the "heads stuck in the sand" student body, has hired a criminal defense attorney. It seems that Joe Pa may need to loan his attorney to some of the students who participated in violent protest after his firing. That being said, Coach Paterno has a famous alumnus who has come out in full support of his former coach. That person?  Former Penn State and Pittsburgh Steelers running back Franco Harris. Harris is apparently upset by the manner in which Paterno was fired by Penn State's Board of Trustees.


Harris believes that the firing is an "over reaction" by the board. He told Ed Schultz on MSNBC that Paterno did what he was supposed to do in this situation. Harris said that Paterno "reported the allegation" and this resulted in the alleged child abuser, former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky leaving the program. He was also upset that Paterno recieved a phone call, which served as his notification that his services were no longer needed, effective immediately. Is Franco Harris so blinded by loyality to Joe Paterno that he can't see the bigger picture? Is this the first postulate of Penn State football, do not snitch on a fellow member of the football organization?  You can not criticize Joe Pa?


Franco, being a member of the Football Hall of Fame does not translate into common sense, does it? The fact is that Joe Paterno did not fullfill a moral obligation to the young boy who was in the shower with Sandusky. He did not contact law enforcement. There are things which are more important than winning a college football game, and helping this young boy was one of those things. How dare Paterno attempt to come off as a victim. He lost his job as a football coach. What did those young boys lose Franco? Does that matter to you?


It's nice that you want to defend and support your legendary college football coach, Franco Harris. I would like to remind you one thing, Franco.


Victims do not reach out to criminal defense attorneys.

Posted on: November 10, 2011 12:22 am
 

Joe Paterno Fired - What Took So Long?

Joe Paterno was fired by Penn State University due to his involvment in the alledged sex abuse scandal swirling around his former assistant coach, Jerry Sandusky. The major question corncerning this situation is simply, why did it take so long? Of all the allegations attributed to Sandusky, the one which is most troubling is the one that Paterno was said to have been notified of. A graduate assistant coach alledgedly witnessed Sandusky abusing a child in the Penn State football locker room's shower area in 2002. The grad assistant told his father, and the two then notified Paterno. In turn, Paterno notified the athletic director, who referred the situation up the chain of command at Penn State.

The result? Nothing happened. Zilch. Nada. Once this came to light, the grad assistant and Paterno had an absolute moral and legal responsibilty to notify law enforcement. It looks as if Paterno, along with the university, were looking to protect Sandusky, who helped Paterno win games and championships in Happy Valley. There is nothing happy about what Sandusky is allegded to have done. What makes it worse? Paterno could have stopped the cycle of abuse back in 2002, but chose not to. Paterno chose loyality to a suspected child abuser and Penn Stae University's name, rather than protect a child.

Paterno lost the rght to leave Penn State on his own terms when he failed to protect children by not going after Sandusky. Paterno said: “I grieve for the children and their families, and I pray for their comfort and relief.” Sorry, that statement comes across as pure hogwash. It is the statement of someone who got caught not making proper notifications to law enforcement. he should have been fired the moment Sandusky was arrested and Paterno's role in the scandal. The winningest coach in NCAA Division I football history has been let go. Not a moment too soon.


Question:

For all those protesting Joe Paterno's firing due to the sex abuse scandal, ask yourselves this: If one of the victims were your brother, cousin, nephew, or any other relative, how would you feel about seeing everyone supporting a man who turned his head and ignored the abuse of your relative? Think before you protest.
Posted on: September 19, 2011 1:27 am
Edited on: September 19, 2011 1:29 am
 

Cowboys, Romo Come Back For OT Win In SF

At the conclusion of the Dallas Cowboys' first game of the 2011 season, a loss to the New York Jets, Cowboy fans in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex were screaming for the head of Tony Romo. After his performance in Dallas' come from behind 27-24 victory over the San Francisco 49ers, Romo will be elevated to sainthood for the rest of the week. Romo suffered two broken ribs during the game, according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen. Despite the injury, Romo finished 20 - 33 for 345 yards and 2 TD's against the Niners.The win may have come at an additional cost. RB Felix Jones is said to have suffered a separated shoulder, while WR Miles Austin is hampered by a hamstring injury which orginally occured in the preseason. The Cowboys should hope that their guys are fast healers, because their bitter rivals, the apparently rejuvenated Washington Redskins, are bringing their 2-0 record to Cowboys Stadium next Sunday.


Cowboy fans should realize one thing by now. Tony Romo has been in the NFL for 6 seasons. With all of his ups and downs, Romo does not remind anyone of Roger Staubach or Troy Aikman. It's time to make peace with the fact that Romo will win some big games, and make you crazy with the manner in which the Cowboys will lose some games (see loss to the Seahawks in the playoffs). Dallas has to hope that they can fire on all cylinders and make a run to the playoffs and beyond. If not, blood pressure medication sales will rise in Dallas during the remainder of the 2011 season.


Questions:


Who out there believes the 2-0 Detroit Lions are for real? Will they whip the Packers the way they beat down the Kansas City Chiefs?   


Is it me, or do the Indianapolis Colts look like they are heading for a free fall to the bottom of the AFC South standings?


When will wide receivers who have accomplished nothing (Jason Hill, Jacksonville WR, 55 catches in 5 years) in the NFL stop running their mouths? Is Darrelle Revis and the New York Jets defense really overrated, or was the Jacksonville Jaguars offense just horrible in the Jets 32-3 win? (By the way, Hill did not play in the game)
Posted on: September 12, 2011 5:48 pm
 

MLB Refuses To Let Mets Wear 9/11 Caps - Why?

Major League Baseball refused to allow the Mets to wear caps honoring New York City's first responders from September 11, 2001. *Joe Torre, MLB’s executive vice president for baseball operations, told The Associated Press the decision was made to keep policy consistent throughout baseball and that “certainly, it’s not a lack of respect.”* If it's not a lack of respect, then what is it? There were three locations where events took place on that day: New York City, Washington D.C and Shanksville, PA. Therefore, if the Mets,Yankees, Nationals and Pirates wished to honor both the victims and first responders of 9/11, there should be no problem with it.


MLB made Joe Torre the face of baseball's denial of the planned tributes. Could it be due to Joe's status as a native New Yorker? Or could it be that he's both a former Met and Yankee manager? Either way, it's simply disrespectful to everyone involved. Maybe MLB should state what the real reason was, and it's not uniformity between the MLB teams. Could it be the almighty dollar? Sell the special 9/11 caps with the small flag on the side? Put nothing past some of these money hungry owners. Reminder to MLB and its owners. 9/11 was a large scale national tragedy, which local implications for four MLB teams.


Put aside the pettiness for one day, especially the tenth anniversary of the attacks. It makes MLB's hierachy look small. What do you think?



Questions:



Hey Rangers fans, how do you feel about your chances now? If you can't pull away from the Angels in the next ten days, who do you think will win the A.L. West?



Speaking of races, how about those Tampa Bay Rays? Is that the sound of knees shaking in Boston? That wild card lead doesn't feel so safe, now does it Red Sox fans?



Even if the Yankees win the A.L. East, how far do they think they are going with their pitching situation? Is every pitcher after C.C. Sabathia a crapshoot? Haven't even mentioned the injuries, now have I?



*Source: CBS TV News, New York, , September 11, 2011
Posted on: August 25, 2011 1:10 am
 

A.L. West - Watch Out ! Here Come The Angels

As of this writng, the Texas Rangers are losing their grip on the A.L. West lead. They have just been demolished by the Boston Red Sox for the second straight game. Rangers manager Ron Washington has made statements to the effect that "I don't watch the scoreboard until mid- September." Manager Ron may want to rethink his stance. Why? No one really has to ask. That noise that you hear is not a hurricane blowing up the East Coast of the USA, it's a freight train named the Anaheim Angels. They have roared back from a seven game deficit, where a great number of observers had them giving up the chase and looking toward 2012. Mike Scioscia, Jered Weaver, Jordan Walden and company are having different thoughts. They have just finished whipping up on the Chicago White Sox (what will Ozzie Guillen have to say about that?) and have a golden opportunity to further demoralize the Rangers during their upcoming weekend series in Arlington. As I stated earlier, do the Rangers want to win the A.L. West? Their pitching has been shaky for the last week, as the Angels have gone on a six game winning streak. Pennants are not won in August, but a team can go a long way toward losing one during the dog days of 100 plus degree heat in Texas. Ron, you better start paying attention to the scoreboard. Nolan Ryan won't be happy if the division is lost after blowing a lead after all those personnel moves.


Questions:


Does anyone really think the Padres' Heath Bell is going to the Giants?


Speaking of the Giants, how is the Carlos Beltran trade looking right now? He hit one out of the park! What else has he done?


Who do the Washington Nationals think they are? Blowing off Prince Fielder before free agency starts? Yeah, he had every intention of playing in the nation's capital.... 
Posted on: August 8, 2011 12:16 am
 

The A.L. West - Do The Rangers Want To Win ?

The A.L. West has pretty much been narrowed to a two team race. The Athletics and Mariners are playing out the string, looking toward the 2012 season. The Angels are hanging in there, due to the Rangers attempt at charity. It's time for manager Ron Washington to pull the plug, and replace closer Neftali Feliz. Texas cannot continue to wait for the 2010, 40 save version of Feliz to appear in 2011. It's not just the 6 blown saves, but it seems that Feliz looks lost on the mound. If he throws a ball outside of the strike zone, you can see his attitude change before your eyes, and not for the better. It is time for Washington to permanently insert recently acquired Mike Adams into the role, and allow Feliz to collect his thoughts in a setup role. Closing in the major leagues is not an easy job, for there are only 30 men in the world who have been assigned to this task. If a closer's effectiveness has diminshed before everyone's eyes in Arlington, then now is the time to make the move. A manager is responsilble for keeping 25 personalities and egos meshing as a team, but the closer is adding gasoline to the fire, as opposed to water, it's time for a change. This shouid be about the 25 players, not the stumbling closer. If not, the Angels will continue to accept the charity given to them by the Rangers, surpass them, and go to the playoffs. If anyone has taken a look at the Yankees and Red Sox, the A.L. East winner and the A.L. wild card winner will be those two teams, as they are so far ahead of everyone else in the American League.



Questions......


What in the world was Tony Bruno thinking when he called San Francisco's Ramon Ramirez an "illegal alien"? It was not the best move in baseball history to plunk Philadelphia's Shane Victorino, but Bruno could have come up with something less controversial. How about "knucklehead"?


Red Sox - Yankees. Heading into the latter part of the season, does it get any better than that? 



How many people are going to jump off the Pittsburgh Pirates bandwagon, now that they are losing ground in the N.L. Central Division ?
Posted on: July 31, 2011 12:30 am
Edited on: August 6, 2011 7:15 pm
 

Jets Blow A Chance At The Super Bowl ? Not Really

The New York Jets were among a handful of teams not to sign free agent CB Nnamdi Asomugha. There are those that say the the Jets will not win a spot as the AFC representative in the Super Bowl because of this. I say poppycock! The Jets were one bad half of football away from facing Green Bay in the NFL championship game. The Jet defense which allowed 24 points in the first half of the game, shut the Steelers out during the second half. All this without Asomugha. There are many ways to view this, but I don't think the Jets are afraid of anyone in the AFC, including the Patriots. Is Ochocinco such an upgrade that New England is now the odds on favorite to win it all? I remember that Randy Moss was going to lead the charge against the Jets. How did that work out? Individual success did not add up to a victory. We will see how this all works out, but if someone has an axe to grind due to the Jets and their talking, they should bring something else to the table, rather than present us with failure due to not signing a free agent.

Questions.....


Did Albert Haynesworth fail a conditioning test? Is anyone surprised?

Will Kevin Kolb lead the Arizona Cardinals to the playoffs? They probably won't get past the Seattle Seahawks for the division, much less make the postseason.

Brad Smith to the Buffalo Bills? Was that because his agent told him there's a better chance to win there?
 
 
 
 
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