I’m Sorry Tony But You Just Might Be In The Minority Of One !

I’m Sorry Tony But You Just Might Be In The Minority Of One !

Now there’s no denying that former Indianapolis Colts and Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ coach Tony Dungy has is admirers around the league ___ (NFL) amongst the coaches , fans and the teams . But his latest interjection with regard to the behavior of New York Jets’ coach Rex Ryan and his use of profanity within the HBO reality series Hard Knocks has me wondering why Dungy is now once again up on his pulpit calling out the coach for his use of profanity. Granted, I know that being around NFL players can be at times hazardous for one’s health given their proclivity for dropping F-bombs during the heat of the moment . And I’m quite sure that Dungy had to have been in the midst of it all not only as a coach but also as a player during his professional career within the NFL . This is the same Tony Dungy who took Michael Vick under his wing seeking to give the player some guidance after the player’s much publicized fall from grace. Never mind that Vick having served his time was given a second chance with the Philadelphia Eagles within a year almost once again had him being questioned by law enforcement in the apparent near fatal shooting of one of his former accomplices at his birthday party at a night club. Wherein , Vick sought to evade the glare of the public spotlight by lying about his whereabouts at the time of the incident. That asides , Vick’s return to the league has been something of a charade and his productivity with the Eagles has many wondering whether or not it was all worth it .

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Ryan for his part isn’t a shrinking violet nor does he claim to be . But what we do know is that he demands from his players the best that they can be and nothing less than that is satisfactory for the second year coach. Coaches have their own ways of communicating with the players and their coaching staff. And I’m sure that the case for Rex Ryan , the Jets’ team members and his coaching staff . Now I’m not one to think that every utterance from the coach is a profanity laced tirade or merely his only way of communicating with the players. But if they’re not offended by the utterances then I hardly feel that Dungy should be bothered by it at all. With Dungy being a devout Christian I can understand his wish for common courtesy and decorum being applied in all walks of one’s life. But no one amongst us can clearly act with such devotion . If that’s the case then I’m sure that there are those amongst us who are definitely living something of a a lie . Now don’t get me wrong I’m a great admirer of Dungy not only as a coach but as also as a great human being . His devotion to his beliefs whilst admirable and his efforts not only amongst the impoverished but men of color who are incarcerated is to be greatly admired and praised as being noteworthy. There are few men in and out of the league who actually devote their time in such noteworthy causes . But this is one instance where I fail to see how Dungy’s actions can be seen as being somewhat well meaning. If there is any action to be answerable then it ought to be between Ryan , and the front office of the Jets if they feel aggrieved by his actions.

And what might now be even more asinine is for Dungy to be calling on NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to intercede in the matter. Doesn’t Goodell have enough problems as it is to deal within and around the league ? And if Dungy, himself, wants to be seen as some paragon of virtue and really do something that would be of benefit to the league concerning its image and of its players in particular. Then would it not be more prudent for him to be working in conjunction with the NFLPA and its Executive Director DeMaurice Smith and NFLPA President Kevin Mawae to clean up the NFLPA’s already tarnised image ? I mean how often is it now when we can’t go without hearing or reading about another NFL player running afoul of the law for one reason or another ? But low and behold we have the well respected Tony Dungy aggrieved because as an NFL coach drops several F-bombs during a training regime ? Which would you as an NFL fan would feel more aggrieved by ?

I’m not about to blow smoke up anyone’s ass but as the baseball season now begins to hit the home stretch there are one or two teams whom I now feel are either going to blow it all or by some inexplicable reason going to make it to the postseason . Can we now count out and thank both the Chicago Cubs and New York Mets for turing up this season ? I’m not about to say that both organizations have hit rock bottom but they’re now making the likes of the Kansas City Royals and Pittsburgh Pirates seem admirable in the way with which they handle futilty and mediocrity year and year out. I can only surmise that owners Tom Ricketts of the Cubs and Fred Wilpon of the Mets and his immediate family cannot wait to cast off the shackles of this season !

Now asides from the failures of both the Cubs and Mets this season who amongst would have thought that the San Diego Padres would be playing such a high standard of baseball ? Never mind the fact that the AL West as a division can be about as entertaining as listening to Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Ca,.) offering us all her views as to why she feels that there’s so much partisanship within Congress . All I can say is that Pelosi may well be one of the many reasons why the Republicans will be sweeping back into power within both legislative chambers. And I can tell you this I’m no great admirer of either party as I find them both disingenous and about as honorable as having to listen a lie being told by a pedophile who’s been caught in a lie as to their crime or multiple crimes . Now that’s not to say that the Padres haven’t been challenged within their division. But in all honesty the San Franciso Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers have posed about as much of a threat as Clay Aiken would were he challenging Manny Pacaquiao in a boxing match. Here endeth the lesson as to the divsion as it’s now the Padres to lose should they deem it fit to self implode.

If you’re now Ozzie Guillen of the Chicago White Sox do you go off on a profanity laced tirade as you now see your team basically being smacked about like a whore being beaten on by her pimp because she gave a customer a freebie ? How is it that this team can be so inconsistent from moment to the next ? Never mind the financial resources at GM Kenny Williams’ disposal and what must White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf be thinking at this juncture ? The Minnesota Twins (70-50) have essentially opened up a five game lead within the AL Central and it appears that the White Sox have all but given up hope of erasing the lead. On the other hand if you’re Twins’ manager Ron Gardenhire you’ve got to be entirely happy with the situation and the way that your team is now playing as they enter the closing stretch of their season . I think it’s pretty much safe to say that the Twins will be revisiting the postseason once again unless they’re another of these teams looking to self implode.

And back to the NFL and as the whole world knows by now Brett Favre has returned to the fold in Minnesota and for some inexplicable reason he’ll be well rewarded by getting an extra $3.5 million tacked on to his $13 million salary due to him this year with a further $3.5million in incentives should the Vikings make it to the Superbowl . I don’t know about you but if I had treated my employer in the way that Favre has treated the Vikings front office my ass would’ve been kicked to the door long ago. Alas, I’m not an athlete but merely an analyst and economics researcher for a a law firm within their corporate division. That being said it’s a well paid and respectable position and my colleagues don’t fawn over me the way that Favre’s teammates are said to be now doing . I can only surmise that Vikings’ coach Brad Childress , his coaching staff and Zygi Wilf the Vikings’ owner are now happy that his rather asinine saga is over . As to those dithering idiots within ESPN namely Chris Mortensen , ______ John Clayton and Mark Schlereth __ their erections now will have to be looked at by a urologist as they may well overdosed on Cialis awaiting the player’s return to the NFL . This will be my last statement on the matter until the regular season starts as I don’t feel it appropriate to continue to make this story a “cause-celebre” when it’s not ! So as of now all I have to say is welcome back Brett Favre but now please simply shut the hell up and play the game. And should the team fail to make it the postseason then simply have the good grace to call it quits and walk away like a real man would ! .

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What thoughts if any do you have on the subject matters raised within this piece ? By all means simply chime in with a comment as you deem fit and thanks as always for the continued support !

:)

Alan aka tophatal ………. :)

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Actress Sofia Vergara . Read ‘em and weep .

About Alan Parkins

Brit ex-pat living C Florida . Work within corporate law for a law firm in the field of corporate governance on the international front concerning economic policies . Also cover the area of finance , banking . An , MBA graduate (LSE)and UCL (London) , M&A, economics , risk management & assessment . Martial artist (tae-kwondo, karate, savate & muy-thai) & vowed sports fan & sports junkie. Served in armed forces British ... Royal Marines Also an avid motorcycle junkie . Eclectic musical tastes _ reggae, r&b, soul, hip-hop, rap , jazz, classical. Film genres , Preferably thrillers , crime dramas Hobbies ..... reading biographies & anything by John Grisham Just a lil' something to make me feel comfortable ! Tophatal
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20 Responses to I’m Sorry Tony But You Just Might Be In The Minority Of One !

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  2. Joe says:

    Could’ve saved yourself some effort by actually listeneing to Dungy. He didn’t call out Ryan. He gave a direct answer to the question of whether he would hire someone who uses profanity. You guys have snowballed it into this non-story.

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    • tophatal says:

      Joe

      In Dungy actually calling him by name and mentioning the fact that he wouldn’t hire him what does it actually suggest to you ? If Dungy being the man that he is doesn’t like then he has the option not to watch . This was a none event to begin with but became only more heightened because of who interjected themselves within the midst of it. Were this Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton who leveled their thoughts on it do you actually think anyone would’ve taken an interest in it at all ?

      tophatal …………

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  3. Chappy81 says:

    Meh, I don’t really care what Dungy thinks of Ryan. I’m sure a lot of people are on both sides of the fence. I know that I wasn’t offended by the HArd Knocks cussing!

    In defense of the AL West, at least our games usually end in under 2 and 1/2 hours! I think the Giants are still in it. They have had a really tough schedule the last couple weeks. I think they have only playe teams over .500 since the beginning of August or something like that… They have a good shot at the wild card…

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    • tophatal says:

      chappy

      I replicated this piece within http://mvn.com and you ought to read some of the anally retentive responses there. Dungy while being an honorable individual is merely interjecting himself in a matter that is so meaningless that it doesn’t really warrant discussing . If he really wants to assist the NFL with their image and that of the NFLPA then he ought to look into the behavior of its members .

      The players have wreaked more havoc with their criminal behavior than any amount profanity laced tirade has done. But you’d be hard pressed to hear Dungy comment on that if at all . I wonder why ? Christian beliefs or sheer hypocrisy on his part ?

      The Giants are in need of a bat and another pitcher and I can only conclude that they didn’t enter into the waiver market or free agent market either because of the front office ( GM Brian Sabean) or it could be that Bruce Bochy didn’t feel it was necessary ? It could come back to bite them in the proverbial ass when it’s all said and done . Schedule or not they’d better pick up the pace and try to erase the Padres’ lead within the division .

      tophatal ……… :)

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  4. aero says:

    I respect Coach Dungy very much. I have witnessed his character in person and he is a man who practices what he preaches. However, I do agree with you that there are much worse things going on in the world than cussing. I believe he considers it part of his duty as a christian and I admire him for his devotion, but I also understand that we all don’t walk the same path. That does not make us bad people, only different.
    Have a joyous weekend my friend.

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    • tophatal says:

      aero

      I’ve admired Dungy from afar and his work across the country. But here he’s simply making a fool of himself. If he really wants to chide the coaches and players then let’s look at the actions of those players and coaches away from the field of play. Accusations range from rape , DUI , vehicular manslaughter and others too numerous to mention. How is it that he doesn’t feel aggrieved by that ?

      tophatal ………. :)

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  5. al clements says:

    Ah well…I’ll take dibs on Sofia.
    The rest?? Some people are just too excitable. I used to love lip reading Chas Noll when some Steeler screwed up during a game….mikes have sure raised the level of viwer’s understanding of the game cussin

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    • tophatal says:

      al clements

      Sofia could be dressed in a sack and still look good ! I offer to audition for the role played by Ed O’Neill in her show Modern Family on ABC . But I was told that I wasn’t what they were looking for in the role . What the hell I can do American if they want . LOL ,LOL,LOL !!!

      Vergar  Modern  Family

      ————

      :)

      Now you know why both sportschump (Chris Humpherys) and I love and ogle her so often ! She’s a real stunner .

      tophatal ………… :)

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    • tophatal says:

      al clements

      What does Dungy think is happening within the classrooms up and down the country when the kids are out of control ? Never mind the fact that each day on tv they get to witness acts of violence or read about it in the papers.

      There are anally retentive people fussing out there over something that in retrospect might need adressing but it ought to be left to the Jets’ hierarchy and HBO if they see fit to do so.

      tophatal …….. :)

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  6. al clements says:

    Caught Sofia’s appearance of the Leno show last night…..yum, yum.

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  7. Fuck!

    There.

    I said it.

    Now Tony’s pissed.

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    • tophatal says:

      Chris Humpherys

      Where was Dungy when the likes of Stallworth , Roethlisberger and others were running rampant and wild in the NFL ? Those guys were doing far worse than anything that Ryan has said to have done with regard to the use of profanity . This is absolute crap and a none issue. He’s done little to try and abate the behavior of the players around the NFL but yet he’s calling on Ryan to curb the use of bad language while he’s a cable tv program ? Tony needs to lighten up in terms of his mendacity come back down to earth .

      Shame about what’s happening with Percy Harvin I just hope it doesn’t curtail his NFL career.

      I know how much we both like Sofia so here’s something for you as well .

      tophatal …………….. :)

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  8. It was good to see Harvin back at practice today.

    At Florida, his foot and his migraines were always a concern but the guy’s a warrior… and a damn sick talent.

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    • tophatal says:

      Chris Humpherys

      He’s back at practice but the problem he’s not actually participating in any drills at all. And if that’s happening then things aren’t looking good for Harvin or the team. It looks as if the Vikings front office and coaching staff would rather err on the side of caution than take a risk of losing the player long term .

      :)

      tophatal ……. :)

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  9. Tophatal,

    OK, I think that basically you have two guys here who couldn’t be more opposites and they are disagreeing on how they will run their teams.

    Meehan

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    • tophatal says:

      Revenation LLC / Meehan

      As far as I’m concerned Dungy would have more of a case were he taking on the likes of Vick , Stallworth and Roethlisberger for their actions rather than Dungy. Last I looked it wasn’t against the law to curse . But the actions of the three players mentioned was glossed over and Dungy himself was made to look a complete fool by Vick as he was used by the player. This is simply a guy who’s looking to do what he no doubt deems appropriate. We’ve got kids witnessing violence not only on the streets but also in programming daily on tv but the anally retentive out there are siding with Dungy on this but forget about the actions of the players mentioned and what’s happening in front of their very eyes. How asinine and inane ?

      :)

      tophatal …… :)

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  10. That being said, whatever Rex is doing it seems to be working and the players seem to buy it.

    Athletes and coaches curse. All the time.

    Meehan

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    • tophatal says:

      Ravenation LLC /Meehan

      I’m no longer deeply religious merely from seeing way too much carnage and turmoil from my brief stint in the military. Religion did nothing to save any of my dead comrades who were lost to violence (courtesy of the IRA) when I served in Ireland during the eighties. Hell there wasn’t going to be a bullet being stopped by divine intervention .

      As for Ryan and the Jets let him do things his way because if it’s working and it’s not creating any tensions within the hierarchy there then so be it . And simply let the anally retentive mope and bleet like the idiots that they are !

      Get your groove on with Sasha Alexander .

      tophatal …… :)

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