DC ……BC ……There’s No Mistaking The Redskins Suck

The NFC East off all of the NFL divisions is said to be the most contentious and competitive. Within that division lies the Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants , Philadelphia Eagles and the Washington Redskins.

Steven  Jackson  of  the  Rams   is   upended  during  the   game  played  against  the  Redskins   by DeAngelo  Hall.    The  game  itself   was  something  of   an  eyesore  as  a  spectacle  for  those   in  attendance at   Fedex  Field  in  Landover, Maryland.   The  game  was  won   by   the  Redskins   9-7  over  the    St  Louis  Rams.     picture  appears  courtesy of   ap/photo/  Rob  Carr  ......................
Steven Jackson of the Rams is upended during the game played against the Redskins by DeAngelo Hall. The game itself was something of an eyesore as a spectacle for those in attendance at Fedex Field in Landover, Maryland. The game was won by the Redskins 9-7 over the St Louis Rams. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Rob Carr ......................

With the installation of first time coach Jim Zorn , -it was felt that the franchise and team would settle back into some sort of normalcy. Normalcy with this franchise and with the arrival of owner, Daniel Snyder . In many respects , it has been very much like watching a speeding train ride just race ahead at full speed not knowing what lies ahead and the fact that rail tracks have become buckled. You know it’s going to careen and crash- laying almighty waste amongst the carnage that remains. It’s the only way that I for one can best describe the franchise , since the departure of Joe Gibbs and what essentially went on before his second tenure of the franchise he led so triumphantly to three Superbowl wins as an NFL coach.

Redskins'  defensive  lineman  Lorenzo Alexander  (79) and  teammate  defensive  end  Brian  Orakpo  watch   from  the  sidelines  at   Ford  Field ,  in  Detroit  as  their  team   goes  on  to   lose  19-14   to the  Detroit   Lions.    picture  appears  courtesy  of    ap/photo/   Carlos  Osorio  ...................
Redskins' defensive lineman Lorenzo Alexander (79) and teammate defensive end Brian Orakpo watch from the sidelines at Ford Field , in Detroit as their team goes on to lose 19-14 to the Detroit Lions. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Carlos Osorio ...................

Well once again it’d appear that not all is right in Daniel’s world and the belief is that Zorn’s head could well be on the chopping block , if the team doesn’t fare well this season. And if the team’s present record (1-2-0) and performances are anything to go by. Then the Washington Redskins and their fans are in for a long and arduous season. Statistically also, the team leaves a great deal to be desired . And their lone victory this season came over the hapless St Louis Rams, 9-7 . A game for which it can be best described as atrocious in its execution , by both teams ! In actuality for the Rams , of whom it can be said ,they’d be hard pressed to even give a high school team a competitive game. Such, has been their travails to date.

Lions'  wide   receiver   Bryant   Johnson  is   tackled   by  the  Redskins'  defensive   player   Carlos   Rogers  .     The   Lions  would  go  on  to  defeat  the  Redskins  19-14   in   a  game  played  at   Ford   Field    in  Detroit   ,  Michigan.    picture  appears  courtesy  of   ap/photo/  Carlos   Osorio   ....................
Lions' wide receiver Bryant Johnson is tackled by the Redskins' defensive player Carlos Rogers . The Lions would go on to defeat the Redskins 19-14 in a game played at Ford Field in Detroit , Michigan. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Carlos Osorio ....................

What may well just be another pointer as to how badly the Redskins have fared. It is the fact that their $ 100 million man in Albert Haynesworth has , had about as much presence on this team. As a vegetarian would feel comfortable in a room filled with carnivores with an assortment of venison laid out for all to consume. Through three regular season games thus far , Haynesworth has bearly registered a blip on the radar screen , registering just 9 tackles and 1 sack through those games. For $100 million , I’m sure that the Redskins’ fans and the NFL as a whole, were expecting more from the player ! But Daniel Snyder , as we all know has never been scared to overpay for what he deems to a priceless trinket. In this case however, he’s overpaid for a dud !

A  forelorn   Redskins'  coach   Jim  Zorn   walks  the  sidelines  in  the   third  quarter  of  the  game  played   against  the  Detroit  Lions .       picture  appears  courtesy  of   ap/photo/ Paul  Sancya  ....................................
A forelorn Redskins' coach Jim Zorn walks the sidelines in the third quarter of the game played against the Detroit Lions . picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Paul Sancya ....................................

One may well point to the fact that there has been continuous upheaval with regard to the organization. From the management on down. But for the team’s much derided quarterback , Jason Campbell . He’s had to deal with more than most. Since his entrance into the NFL and with him being named the team’s starter at the position. He’s had to go through two coaches and at least seven different offensive coordinators in that time . And one wonders why there’s no cohesiveness and fluidity to Campbell’s game ? He’d have been better off doing the play calling himself , for all of the assistance he’s been given. We could also point to the fact , that even though it’s been said that Snyder has taken a hands off approach. You can’t help but feel that he’s got his finger on the pulse of almost everything that takes place within the locker room and with Zorn’s own strategies and training practice schedules.

Redskins'  wide  receiver   Santana  Moss (89) is  tackled  by  Lions'  defensive   players    safety ,  Louis  Delmas (26)  and   linebacker,  Larry   Foote (55)   during  the  game.    The  Lions  would   go  on to  defeat  the  Redskins   19-14  and   halt  their   19   game    regular  season  losing  streak.        picture  appears  courtesy  of  ap/photo/  Carlos   Osorio   .................................
Redskins' wide receiver Santana Moss (89) is tackled by Lions' defensive players safety , Louis Delmas (26) and linebacker, Larry Foote (55) during the game. The Lions would go on to defeat the Redskins 19-14 and halt their 19 game regular season losing streak. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Carlos Osorio .................................

And in terms of a respite , it’s hard to see where the Redskins’ next victory may well come from. They essentially played down to the level of the Detroit Lions in succumbing to a 19-14 loss at Ford Field , in Detroit , Michigan ,during week three. There the Lions were able to stop their run of 19 consecutive regular season game losses, with the defeat of the Redskins. And about the only bright spot for the NFC East team on the day , may well have been the play of Campbell , himself . And that of his wide receiver Santana Moss . The player had 9 receipts for a total of 175 yards , with a touchdown to show for his production on the day. For Jason Campbell it was his best production by far in terms of the season as it stood. His figures , 27/41, 340 yds, 2 TD’s , 1 INT.

Redskins'  defensive  tackle  Albert  Haynesworth   covers   his  face  while   being   taken  off  the   field   on  a  motorized  cart .  The  player  suffered  an  injury   during  the   game  and  as a  matter  of   precaution  his   day  was   curtailed  in  order   for   him  to   undergo  X-rays  to  make   sure  his  injury  wasn't   far  more   serious.  With   $100 million  being  vested  in the  player  ,  the   team  has  yet  to   reap   any  reward   from him   by  way  of  leadership   or  his   presence   on the  field.   picture  appears  courtesy  of   ap/photo/ Paul  Sancya    ..........................
Redskins' defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth covers his face while being taken off the field on a motorized cart . The player suffered an injury during the game and as a matter of precaution his day was curtailed in order for him to undergo X-rays to make sure his injury wasn't far more serious. With $100 million being vested in the player , the team has yet to reap any reward from him by way of leadership or his presence on the field. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Paul Sancya ..........................

With the team now sitting afoot of the NFC East . One has to ask what direction is this team said to be going in ? They’ve not posted a winning season since 2007. And having made the playoffs that season , they brushed aside by the Seattle Seahawks in a wildcard berth playoff loss , 35-14 . Prior to that their last postseason berth was attained in 2005. Something of a sobering thought for one the NFL’s wealthiest teams. For all of the money spent by Daniel Snyder. He’s yet to reap the dividends of his largesse. Much of that appears to be from the ineptitude shown when it comes to making personnel decisions and his continued interference in the team’s day to day operations.

Redskins' quarterback  Jason Campbell (97)  is  face masked   by  Lions'   defensive  player  Jason  Hunter (97)   during  the  game  played  between  the   two   teams  at   Ford  Field   ,  Detroit  ,  Michigan.      The   Lions   would   go  on  to   defeat  the  Redskins   19-14.          picture  appears   courtesy  of   ap/photo/   Paul  Sancya  .........................
Redskins' quarterback Jason Campbell (97) is face masked by Lions' defensive player Jason Hunter (97) during the game played between the two teams at Ford Field , Detroit , Michigan. The Lions would go on to defeat the Redskins 19-14. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Paul Sancya .........................

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Wife wants Haynesworth to pay bills, stay away

By Teresa M Walker , AP Sports Writer

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (AP)—Albert Haynesworth’s(notes) wife is asking a Tennessee judge to force the Washington defensive tackle to pay veterinary bills, his daughter’s tuition and other family expenses dating back to when she filed for divorce in April 2008. She also wants a restraining order against him.

Stephanie Haynesworth said in the motion filed Sept. 17 that Haynesworth recently threatened to stop paying temporary support that began in June. The motion alleges he said he wouldn’t pay his daughter’s monthly tuition and a $4,000 veterinary bill that he authorized for the family dog.

A Williamson County Chancery Court judge had been scheduled to hear the the motion Tuesday, but it was continued until Oct. 13.

Haynesworth signed a seven-year, $100 million contract with Washington in the offseason. The Redskins said Monday that Haynesworth was in Tennessee for an MRI on a sore hip and personal business.

Attorney Joanie Abernathy, who is representing Stephanie Haynesworth, did not immediately return a message left at her office. The attorney representing Albert Haynesworth also did not immediately return a message left by The Associated Press.
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A vocal Redskins’ fans lets his thoughts be known about the franchise and particular its owner and coach

Where the team now stands at present , where they no doubt thought that they would be and want to be. Well it’s like describing the distance that needs to traveled between the earth and the moon. It’s safe to say that at present , as the pilot said to be steering this particular vessel. The coach, Jim Zorn is in need of a great deal of luck and someone who can best assist him in navigating this journey. So far the direction that they’re said to be going in bears no resemblance of the desired destination sought by the fans of the Washington Redskins , or that of its owner , Daniel Snyder. They’ve been aimlessly wandering around and plummeting the depths of mediocrity. That it’s hard to empathize with the franchise or its owner.

A somewhat comical view as to who Snyder ought to hire .
Be sure to watch this in its entirety , it’s a hoot !

Jim  Zorn  (center)  and  team  owner   Daniel  Snyder  (right) at the  team's   training  facility   in  Ashburn  ,  Virginia  .    picture  appears  courtesy  of   getty images/   Chris    Hendricks    ........................
Jim Zorn (center) and team owner Daniel Snyder (right) at the team's training facility in Ashburn , Virginia . picture appears courtesy of getty images/ Chris Hendricks ........................

We can all agree upon the fact that this is an organization that in one way or another has seemingly continued to suck. And they’ll carry on doing so , for the foreseeable future ! Not because they want to but merely because it’s now become a part of their inherent psyche.

I Think I Could Do That ………… !

As the eldest of three , with a younger brother and sister. It was such bestowed upon me that I’d have to be a protector of my younger siblings. Well with the fact that my father thought it best to desert this his then family and start life anew elsewhere. It left me angry and my mother an emotional wreck at the time. At the age of nine , a ‘father figure’ as such became unknown to me. So instead , it was left a distant relative to come along and bestow his own knowledge and kindness upon myself and younger siblings.

 Roundhouse   kick  in   karate
Roundhouse kick in karate

And with the fact that now my now deserted mother had to work all the hours that God could send. It left all three of us (kids) with a great deal of time on our hands. To say that we weren’t mischievous would be putting it mildly. But if there was one thing clear … ‘it was the unconditional love ‘ that our mother showed us , no matter what her emotional mindset was at the time. She’d regale us with the fact that she was proud of us and the way that we were beginning to overcome the departure of our father. She stated that we weren’t at fault in any way. Somehow , I wasn’t sure that was true but later on , I believed her . And that came about in the most unusual of ways.

'Kata'   the  traditional    karate  movement   format
'Kata' the traditional karate movement format

‘Kata’ the traditional terms used in any martial arts movement format. Closely associated however, in the genre of karate.

Grant, who was my mother’s cousin , felt it was necessary for my brother and I to take up a sporting endeavor that he felt would toughen us up. Well in high school , I played and participated in a number of sports, from soccer , to boxing, to cricket , to tennis, to track and field. But if anything it was those sports he felt wasn’t what he felt would make men of my brother and myself. He introduced us both to the martial arts. Karate to be exact. And that was how it came about that I fell in love with the martial arts . The first time entering a martial arts dojo . and seeing karate first hand , up close and personal. And it were as if I’d finally found my calling . I became enamored with the thought of being a martial arts practitioner. I’d seen the movies of Bruce Lee and loved them ! Though the story lines were somewhat far fetched and the action seemed implausible. Those times I shared with friends watching those films at a late night showing in a movie theater ,were memorable in more ways than one.

Muay  thai  boxing
Muay thai boxing

Boxing and soccer had always been my first loves when it came to sports. But now karate had become my mistress . And if anything , I found it far more exhilarating than that of soccer and boxing. My brother wasn’t one for discipline insomuch as the teachings of the discipline and he soon dropped out attending the classes. His passion , he felt at the time was to play soccer and no doubt chase the female form. Not that I for one wasn’t interested in the latter. But by my way of thinking at the time. You could always impress the females with something shall we say ….. different ? And so it came about that the genre of the martial arts and that of karate became my passion. Over the years I’ve immersed myself in the art , its teachings and Far Eastern philosophy. Along the way I practiced other forms of martial arts , including savate, taekwondo and muay thai . Karate however, was where I honed my skills and became proficient enough to earn a Black Belt in the art. Upon entering the military (British Royal Marines) I taught the art to members of the military whilst in the service. Those ten years initially spent learning the art gave me a good grounding , for which I’ll be forever grateful upon my uncle for bestowing upon me. Were it not for him. I seriously doubt that I’d have come this far , much less learned the lessons that have made the person I am today.

Taekwondo    tournament
Taekwondo tournament

And whilst my stay in the military was a fruitful one . Where I served my country, made a slew of friends and have seen various parts of the world. I still at times hearken back to that first visit to the dojo and wondered what might’ve been, had I not chosen to remain there and learned something.

Has there been an experience in your life that has been somewhat similar ? And if so what was it and how was it beneficial for you ?

It Still Has Its Dangers Be It On The Field Of Play Or Off It ………….

One of the most staggering stories that I’ve heard in a long time came about the USC Trojans’ running back Stafon Johnson. The tragic accident that has taken place and has now left the player in a critical but stable condition, should remind us of the dangers of sports as a recreational passtime. Be it on the field of play or off it.

USC tailback  Stafon  Johnson  (13)  seen  here   on the  sidelines  during  a   Trojans'   practice  .    picture  appears courtesy  of    latimes.com/sports/   .............
USC tailback Stafon Johnson (13) seen here on the sidelines during a Trojans' practice . picture appears courtesy of latimes.com/sports/ .............

Johnson, a junior with the Trojans , is a highly competitive and exceptional player. He does nothing by half measures and that’s perhaps one of the reasons he’s so well liked by his fellow teammates and by his coach Pete Carroll. The incident as it occurred is something of a mystery. What we do know is that while working out in the campus gymnasium with the team’s strength and conditioning coach, an unfortunate accident took place. Johnson at the time was said to be bench pressing weights when his hand slipped and the bar-bell came down across his throat , crushing his larynx. Assistance was sought and the player was rushed to the California Hospital Medical Center. He’s had to undergo several hours of intricate surgery to repair whatever damage had been sustained . But the belief is that the player will survive the injuries sustained and make a full recovery. As to what form that will take , is clearly open to intense speculation at this moment in time.

It came to be known as ‘The Drive’.

If one remembers Johnson was an invaluable member and contributed greatly in USC’s 18-15 defeat of Ohio State in week 2 of the 2009-10 college season. Joe McKnight and Johnson made the victory all the more poignant for Trojans’ fans over their arch rivals.

While we can all appreciate that incidents such as this, though rare. It gives us all a sense of our own vulnerabilities and that of the athlete at play, be it on or off the field of play. At this moment in time , my thoughts goes out to the player , his immediate family and that of the program.

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USC’s Johnson has throat surgery after accident

By Greg Meacham AP Sports Writer

LOS ANGELES (AP)—Southern California tailback Stafon Johnson is unlikely to play again this season after a falling weight bar crushed his neck and larynx.

The senior who scored the No. 7 Trojans’ go-ahead touchdown against Ohio State two weeks ago was bench-pressing when the bar slipped from his right hand and fell onto his throat.

Johnson was in critical but stable condition late Monday night after more than seven hours of surgery, said Katreena Salgado, a spokeswoman for California Hospital Medical Center.

He was treated for crushing injuries to his neck as well as severe injuries to his larynx, said the hospital’s trauma medical director, Dr. Gudata Hinika.

It’s unlikely Johnson will be able to play again this season, but his prognosis is good and doctors expect him to make a full recovery, Hinika said in a statement released by the hospital.

Johnson is the Trojans’ second-leading rusher with 157 yards, and he leads USC (3-1, 1-1 Pac-10) with five touchdowns. He led USC in rushing last season with 705 yards and nine touchdowns, but has become into the Trojans’ short-yardage specialist this season behind starter Joe McKnight.

“It hit him with a lot of force, and it hurt him,” coach Pete Carroll said after the Trojans’ brief practice Monday night. “No broken bones as far as I understand, but he’s got some damage in there somewhere, and they’re working it out, trying to figure out what it is.”

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Any sporting endeavor has its dangers and for the fans in attendance who are there to watch their teams do battle . It can’t be lost on them ,that a player is only but one hit away from being seriously injured. While the dangers are there and the players are willing to subject themselves to those inherent dangers. It’s also not lost on them how grave those dangers can be. But yet like the gladiators of ancient times they’re prepared to do it for the glory and the willingness to sacrifice themselves for the team .

Teammates  James  Wilson, left  and  Matt  Patchan  look  over  Tim  Tebow   as  he  lays  on  the  ground  motionless  having  been  sacked.    The  player  was   unresponsive  for  several    minutes  and   had  to be   led   from    the  field  having     incurred  a  concussion.       picture  appears  courtesy  of  ap/photo/   Ed  Reinke  ....................
Teammates James Wilson, left and Matt Patchan look over Tim Tebow as he lays on the ground motionless having been sacked. The player was unresponsive for several minutes and had to be led from the field having incurred a concussion. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Ed Reinke ....................

For the #1 ranked Florida Gators and their Heisman Trophy winning quarterback , Tim Tebow. They face a dilemma of a different sort. The player coming off yet another resounding defeat of another non-descript program,in Kentucky 41-7. During the game , Tebow in the third quarter was tackled and sacked by Wildcats’ defensive end Taylor Wyndham . Having fallen with the full weight of the defensive end on top of him. Tebow’s head came in contact with that of his teammate’s Marcus Gilbert’s leg, sending his neck back violently upon contact. In the ensuing incident , Tebow suffered a concussion and lay motionless on the field for several minutes unresponsive.

Tebow is   helped  off  the field   as  a  stretcher  lies  in the  background.   The  player  was  determined  to  have   suffered   a  second   degree  concussion     during   the  game.     picture  appears  courtesy  of ap/photo/  Ed  Reinke  .........................
Tebow is helped off the field as a stretcher lies in the background. The player was determined to have suffered a second degree concussion during the game. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Ed Reinke .........................

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No.1 Florida wins but Tebow injured

By Will Graves AP Sports Writer

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP)—With one scary hit on Tim Tebow, the fate of No. 1 Florida — and really, the entire complexion of the college football season—could have changed.

The Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback was knocked out of Florida’s 41-7 victory against Kentucky after a hard shot to the head in the third quarter, and taken by ambulance to a hospital.

“I don’t know, I think it’s a concussion,” Florida coach Urban Meyer said. “I think he’ll be all right.

“He took a pretty good shot.”

Tebow was scheduled to stay overnight in the hospital, Florida spokesman Steve McClain said.

The Gators were leading 31-7 and driving deep in Kentucky territory when Tebow was sacked by Kentucky defensive end Taylor Wyndham on a vicious but clean hit. As he fell back with Wyndham on top of him, Tebow’s head struck teammate Marcus Gilbert’s leg, violently bending his neck forward.

Tebow, a tank of a quarterback at 245 pounds, lay motionless for several minutes while Commonwealth Stadium fell silent. He sat up with some help then slowly made his way off the field to a loud ovation. Florida’s medical staff attended to him on the bench and his parents came down from the stands to join him.

He was eventually carted off the field with concussion-like symptoms, vomiting several times.

Florida is off next week, then plays at LSU on Oct. 10. It’s probably the toughest game on Florida’s regular-season schedule and would be even tougher without Tebow.

A third national title in four seasons for Florida, a second Heisman for Tebow, all that becomes iffy if his injury causes him to miss games. Oddly, Saturday started with questions about Tebow’s availability because of a respiratory illness.

Meyer said Tebow had just one question after the hit.

“He asked me ‘Did I hold onto the ball?”’ Meyer said. “I told him he did and he winked at me and said ‘It’s great to be a Gator.”
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The player it is said after the incident wasn’t completely aware of his surroundings. Though his initial response to a question asked of him , was ……” did I hold unto the ball ? ” Thereafter , he was taken to a nearby hospital in Lexington, Kentucky to undergo a battery of neurological testing for the concussion sustained. As it is , with any concussion it can’t always be determined how serious they are. Especially one of the variety that was sustained by Tim Tebow. Second degree concussions do have a tendency of lingering or they can just as quickly disappear.

But already questions are being asked of the Florida Gators’ coach , Urban Meyer , as to whether or not the player will be available to play in their next scheduled game. If anything the utmost priority ought to be concerned health and well being of the player. Rather than whether or not he’ll be ready to play in their next game. It’s not as if he’d just sustained a sprained ankle or a pulled groin muscle. Those type of injuries can be easily overcome through the usual efforts. In the case of a concussion they can have a lasting effect-long after his career has come to an end. And though no one at this juncture would suggest that the player’s collegiate career is about to come to an abrupt halt. Missing a game or two mightn’t be out of the question , as to what’s best for his long term future.

Would that sacrifice be too dear a price to pay for the program at this juncture ? Well for the Gators’ fans and the program that just might be the case. As to the player , himself , only he can answer that question at this juncture.
The chances are that he’ll be prepared to take that risk should he be given the all clear by the medical staff to do so. But then again , we’ve seen cases where the medical profession have made mistakes concerning incidents of this nature.

In this case do you feel it’s worth the risk for Tebow to make an immediate return to the field of play ? And if so why do you feel that way ? And in the case of Trojans’ running back Stafon Johson . Have you ever heard of an accident of this type ever taking place under such conditions ? Your comments on this topic would make for an interesting discussion . So by all means do leave a comment. I’ll look forward to reading and then replying to each .

I’m Not Going To Rain On Your Parade But …………………

Well the sporting weekend has ended and there was a great deal for the fans to rejoice in. And there was also a great deal that they were completely mystified by or just downright upset with. For myself it was seeing the WBC heavyweight title fight that took place between Vitali Klitschko, the champion and Chris Arreola. Suffice to say that the bout ended in the tenth round with a TKO . And the champion , Klitschko was declared the winner. What I for one found repugnant was the fact that the challenger, Arreola , came into the bout highly touted as a fighter. Well he put up about as much of a fight as the French were known have done in surrendering Paris to the Germans in Word War II. Dan Goossen , as the promoter of the event and the WBC at this moment ought to taking some time and asking themselves what the f_ck just happened ?

Vitali  Klitschko  celebrates  his  tenth  round  TKO   of the  challenger   Chris  Arreola   for  his  WBC  heavyweight title  .  The   bout   took   place   at  the  Staples   Center  ,  Los Angeles  ,  California.,   picture  appears  courtesy  of  getty images/  Donald  Miralle /Bongarts/
Vitali Klitschko celebrates his tenth round TKO of the challenger Chris Arreola for his WBC heavyweight title . The bout took place at the Staples Center , Los Angeles , California., picture appears courtesy of getty images/ Donald Miralle /Bongarts/

Now pardon me for saying this, but the Fedex Cup playoff system that the PGA Tour now has in place , elicits about as much excitement as seeing Rosie O’Donnell adorning a stripper pole. And for the lesbians out there who may well feel slighted by my comments then please accept my humble apologies ! The season ending Tour Championship, in the end came down to the game’s two best players, in Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson making the event something of a spectacle. But in terms of sheer entertainment and excitement. It bordered on being anti-climactic. Woods was never in with a chance of losing in the overall standings. And while Mickelson had a memorable win of the event. There wasn’t much else that we could glean from this all. On the PGA Tour at present , it’s merely Tiger’s world and about just about everyone else is just playing for the privilege of being alongside him , in being a part of the final pairing on the last day of an event.

Woods watches  his  tee  shot    on  the  seventh   hole   during  the  final  round  of  the  Tour  Championship  played  at  the  East  Golf  Club   in  Atlanta  , Georgia., .   The event   would  be  won  by  Phil  Mickelson  with   Woods   finishing   in  second  place   , four  shots   off  the  lead.     The  overall   Fedex  Cup  standings and  points  table  was   won  by  Woods.    In  addition  to the  second   place  prize  money    Woods  takes   home   a  $10  million   payoff  by way of an annuity.     picture  appears   courtesy  of   getty images/  Scott Halleran  .......................
Woods watches his tee shot on the seventh hole during the final round of the Tour Championship played at the East Golf Club in Atlanta , Georgia., . The event would be won by Phil Mickelson with Woods finishing in second place , four shots off the lead. The overall Fedex Cup standings and points table was won by Woods. In addition to the second place prize money Woods takes home a $10 million payoff by way of an annuity. picture appears courtesy of getty images/ Scott Halleran .......................

Three weeks into the NFL season and what heave we learned ? Well, the Oakland Raiders are still a long way off from where they want to be. And for those fans of the Raiders ,who feel that this team even has some semblance of being disciplined . Then please entertain me with your thoughts on what it is that leads you believe that they are ? Because , as of yet , I’ve yet to witness it, from this team. The Raiders seem to be content with portraying a team that’s inept. Or it could well be that the organization and their fans are quite content with the direction that the team is said to be going in , at this time.

Raiders'   quarterback   JaMarcus  Russell  (2) talks  with his  quarterback's  coach  on the  sidelines   of  the  game   played   against the   Denver  Broncos   in  Oakland  Alameda  County  Stadium  on  Sunday.    The  Raiders   would  end  up  losing the  game to  their  divisional  rivals   23-3  .      picture appears  courtesy  of   getty  images/   Jed  Jacobsohn  ......................
Raiders' quarterback JaMarcus Russell (2) talks with his quarterback's coach on the sidelines of the game played against the Denver Broncos in Oakland Alameda County Stadium on Sunday. The Raiders would end up losing the game to their divisional rivals 23-3 . picture appears courtesy of getty images/ Jed Jacobsohn ......................

Somehow, some way the Raiders found a way to further sink into the depths of ineptitude. In their home game played against AFC West divisional rivals, the Denver Broncos. This Tom Cable coached team , merely shows us now, that they’ve no right whatsoever to call themselves an NFL franchise. They do the very term an injustice! But yet ‘Raider Nation’ remains deeply faithful to the organization. Their thoroughly lopsided loss 23-3 to the Broncos , would suggest that the team still has a lot to learn. No one more so , than their starting quarterback JaMarcus Russell. But what might be even more galling is the fact the talents of players , such as Michael Bush and Darren McFadden are being wasted.

While the Raiders continue to be content with the travails of Russell as a player, in the NFL. It’s my contention that the Raiders deserve far much more than they’re presently getting from Russell. But rather than having improved at the position. He’s regressed as a player and at the position. His decision making is horrendous and his understanding of the game borders on the fact that he can’t yet read defenses-much less understand the playbook. Defensively, let’s just say that the team hasn’t any semblance of that , at all !

Raiders'  coach   Tom  Cable   argues  with the  sideline   judge   Barry  Anderson   during  the  game  played  against  the  Denver  Broncos   on  Sunday  afternoon.   picture  appears   courtesy  of  getty  images/  Ezra  Shaw  ...................
Raiders' coach Tom Cable argues with the sideline judge Barry Anderson during the game played against the Denver Broncos on Sunday afternoon. picture appears courtesy of getty images/ Ezra Shaw ...................

And if you were under the impression that the Oakland Raiders were the only team to be languishing in the bowels of ineptitude. Then think again ! The Cleveland Browns , Kansas City Chiefs, St Louis Rams , Tampa Bay Buccaneers and last season’s AFC East division winners , the Miami Dolphins . All of whom , are now staking a claim ,as to who might just be the worst team in the NFL at present.

Bucs'  quarterback  Byron  Leftwich  (7),center,  calls a  play in the  huddle   in  the  game   against  the  New  York  Giants  , played  at Raymond    James  Stadium  in  Tampa ,  Florida,.    The  Buccaneers   would   be  shutout   by  the  Giant   24-0.      picture appears  courtesy of  getty   images /   J  Meric  ...................
Bucs' quarterback Byron Leftwich (7),center, calls a play in the huddle in the game against the New York Giants , played at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa , Florida,. The Buccaneers would be shutout by the Giant 24-0. picture appears courtesy of getty images / J Meric ...................

My choice, as to who now holds that unique distinction , as being the worst team in the NFL. Well look no further than the NFC South‘s Tampa Bay Buccaneers . They’re now making the Detroit Lions‘ winless season of a year ago, seem like a stark reality that it’ll be repeated once again. Already at 0-3 and their division being somewhat of a competitive one. Their fans now have to put up with the idiocy of their young first year coach ,Raheem Morris, making ridiculous statements about the commitment and competitiveness of his players. I know it’s one thing to try and spur and encourage your players. But what Morris is now trying to inspire , isn’t at all helping situation. Especially when it comes to the very fact that the players themselves possess about as much will to win as you or I would want to have one of our legs chopped off , just for the fun of it.

Bucs'  backup  quarterback   Josh  Johnson (11)  signals a  play   prior  to the   snap.     Johnson   has  since  been  promoted  to  the  starting   position  with  Leftwich  being   demoted  to  the   role  of   backup.   No   word as   of  yet  as  to  when    rookie  Josh  Freeman  will  take  to  the field.   He's still  Raheem  Morris'   'project  in the  making'   as  of  now.      picture  appears courtesy  of  getty  images  /  J  Meric  ..............................
Bucs' backup quarterback Josh Johnson (11) signals a play prior to the snap. Johnson has since been promoted to the starting position with Leftwich being demoted to the role of backup. No word as of yet as to when rookie Josh Freeman will take to the field. He's still Raheem Morris' 'project in the making' as of now. picture appears courtesy of getty images / J Meric ..............................

Sunday , we saw this Buccaneers’ team perform with all the adroitness of an overweight ballet dancer who’d forgotten their steps. And all this was done, as they entertained their guests ,the New York Giants at Raymond James Stadium , in Tampa ,Florida. The resulting game ended with the Giants ‘blowing out’ the Buccaneers 24-0 . This was all made easier by the sheer audacity and inept play by the Buccaneers on both sides of the ball. I’d contend that instead of Eli Manning quarterbacking the Giants. You could have inserted either Andrea Bocelli or Clay Aiken into the position , you may well have gotten slightly better production from either in the position playing for the Buccaneers. But the end result, would still have been the same . And if you feel that my contempt of the Buccaneers is overdone. Then consider this, it tells you something as to how inadequate this team is when their # 3 quarterback , Josh Johnson had more passing yards and rushing yards than the other members’ of the Bucs’ offense combined, in the game on Sunday. And when one bears in mind that the Buccaneers’ starting quarterback is none other than Byron Leftwich . We can all agree that Johnson’s achievement on the day weren’t all that lofty to begin with. His stats don’t exactly shoot out at you but neither does Leftwich’s.

Bucs'  coach   Raheem Morris  (arms folded)  watches   his  team  from  the  sidelines  as  they  play  the  New  York   Giants  on  Sunday  in  an  NFL  game  played  at   Raymond  James  Stadium  in  Tampa ,  Florida.  picture  appears  courtesy  of  getty  images/   J   Meric  .................
Bucs' coach Raheem Morris (arms folded) watches his team from the sidelines as they play the New York Giants on Sunday in an NFL game played at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa , Florida. picture appears courtesy of getty images/ J Meric .................

As anemic as this Bucs’ defense is, their offense their offense just might be even worse. This isn’t an offense that’s going to scare anynone , much less , put up in excess of 25 or 30 points a game . They haven’t got it within them to do so ! And their options at the quarterback position isn’t liable to get any better with the introduction of their rookie Josh Freeman . This is the player in whom Morris had categorically stated that ” ……. were I to make the choice all over again. I’d still pick Freeman over Mark Sanchez”. Strong talk from a rookie coach who’s yet to attain a win at the professional level within the NFL. Needless to say that the New York Jets are indeed happy in their choice of first round draft pick Mark Sanchez.

Jason Horowitz of CBS Sports and of Pat Kirwin of NFL.com provide you with their pregame analysis of the game. Little did they know that their concerns with the Giants would be of no merit. On the other hand their analysis on the Bucs was spot on.

Giants' running  back    Ahmad  Bradshaw  (44)  runs  the  ball  against the  Buccaneers  on   Sunday.   The Giants'  offense   had  their  way  with  an   undersized  and   unathletic  Bucs'   defensive  squad   throughout the entire  game.      picture  appears   courtesy of    getty  images/  J  Meric  ...................................
Giants' running back Ahmad Bradshaw (44) runs the ball against the Buccaneers on Sunday. The Giants' offense had their way with an undersized and unathletic Bucs' defensive squad throughout the entire game. picture appears courtesy of getty images/ J Meric ...................................

There have been many things that the Bucs’ fans have had to contend with over the years. But this present situation if it goes unabated may well just be the worse thing yet that they’ll find themselves being a part of. And that includes the ungodly years where winning was the farthest thing away from their minds. Losing then was the metaphor for success as far as they were concerned. Especially if the margin of the loss was under 25 points. It hadn’t yet been part of they psyche. And even having become successful , they went away from the things that got them there . As the feeling was that they’d ‘arrived’ and were finally amongst the “big time ” in terms of what success really meant.

Giants'  wide  receiver  Sinorice Moss (83)  catches  a  touchdown  pass   over the  shoulder  of   Bucs'  cornerback  Aqib  Talib (25)  ensuant to  the  Giants   24-0  defeat  of  the  Buccaneers  at  Raymond   James  Stadium  in  Tampa  ,  Florida  .    picture appears courtesy of   getty  images/  J  Meric  ........................
Giants' wide receiver Sinorice Moss (83) catches a touchdown pass over the shoulder of Bucs' cornerback Aqib Talib (25) ensuant to the Giants 24-0 defeat of the Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa , Florida . picture appears courtesy of getty images/ J Meric ........................

Now their trials and travails have once again become all the more glaring , for all too see. And it’s hard to see how they can now extricate themselves from the mess that they’re now in. An inexperienced coach , a team that lacks leadership , but above a team that has a real desire to acquit themselves well on the field of play . Seemingly these are the traits that this team now possesses . And it’s not at pretty in terms of what’s now being served up to their fans and the NFL as a whole !

Back To Life Back To Reality

Call me naive, you may even call me stupid , should you so wish . But explain to me this.

These results seemingly took place at the collegiate level within college football. How in God’s name could anyone not have seen any of this coming ?

Penn State (5) 10-21 Iowa

 A  gloomy  looking  Joe Paterno  stands  on  the sidelines  after  the  game inexplicably   at  a  loss   for words   after  his   team's   defeat  by  Iowa 21-10.   picture  appears  courtesy  of  ap/photo/ Carolyn  Kaster  ................
A gloomy looking Joe Paterno stands on the sidelines after the game inexplicably at a loss for words after his team's defeat by Iowa 21-10. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Carolyn Kaster ................

Out with the old, in with the new. Please Joe , walk away , walk very far away !

Iowa's  Adrian Clayborn (94)  returns  a  blocked  punt  for the   score  in  the  21-10  upset  victory  over  the  Nittany Lions   by  the    Hawkeyes .   picture  appears   courtesy  of   ap/photo/  Carolyn  Kaster  ....................
Iowa's Adrian Clayborn (94) returns a blocked punt for the score in the 21-10 upset victory over the Nittany Lions by the Hawkeyes . picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Carolyn Kaster ....................

If you want to prove a point then nothing say its more emphativcally than embarrassing an opponent than with the return of a blocked punt for a score !

Oregon 42-3 California (6)

Cal's  Jerome   Meadows  ,left,  sits  with his head  buried in  his   hands  unable to  watch  the  unfolding  debacle.  Seated   alongside him is  teammate  J P  Hurrell  as the  final  moments  of  the  game wind  down .  picture appears  courtesy of   ap/photo/ Don Ryan   ...............
Cal's Jerome Meadows ,left, sits with his head buried in his hands unable to watch the unfolding debacle. Seated alongside him is teammate J P Hurrell as the final moments of the game wind down . picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Don Ryan ...............

College teams within the state of California carry such high expectations , wouldn’t you agree ? Only to fall flat, much like an uncorked bottle of wine that’s been left to stand for far too long.

Cal  running  back  Jahvid  Best  is   tackled  by  Oregon  defenders  Josh  Kaddu (56)  and  Lavasier  Tuinei  during  the  second  half  of  a  college  game  played  in  Eugene , Oregon.,     Cal  was   completely   outplayed  by  their   Pac 10  rivals  and  the end  result  was 42-3   victory  for the   Oregon  Ducks.   picture  appears courtesy of  ap/photo/  Do  Ryan  ......................
Cal running back Jahvid Best is tackled by Oregon defenders Josh Kaddu (56) and Lavasier Tuinei during the second half of a college game played in Eugene , Oregon., Cal was completely outplayed by their Pac 10 rivals and the end result was 42-3 victory for the Oregon Ducks. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Do Ryan ......................

The Pac-10 is for steers or queers ? Whoops ! Did I just say that ? Yes ……. I …did ! Oh my !

Miami (9) 7-31 Viriginia Tech (11)

Canes' quarterback  Jacory  Harris  (12)  walks off the  field  after throwing an  interception   during  the game  .  The   Canes   produced  a  rather  lackluster  performance   against  the  Virginia Tech  Hokies   ,  losing  31-7  to  their CC  rivals  .   picture appears courtesy  of  ap/photo/ Steve Hlber  .................
Canes' quarterback Jacory Harris (12) walks off the field after throwing an interception during the game . The Canes produced a rather lackluster performance against the Virginia Tech Hokies , losing 31-7 to their CC rivals . picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Steve Hlber .................

Way to go Canes . Just proving once again that the program is nowhere near where it needs to be. And how the hell do you call that defense ? There was more resistance put up by the French before they ended up surrendering to the Germans in World War II.

Mississippi (4) 10-16 South Carolina

Gamecocks'   quarterback  Stephen  Garcia  (5)  leads  his  team of the  field   having   just  defeate  Ole'  Miss    16-10  victory over the # 4  ranked  team in the  country  . picture appears  courtesy of  gettyy  images/  Streeter  Lecka  .....
Gamecocks' quarterback Stephen Garcia (5) leads his team of the field having just defeate Ole' Miss 16-10 victory the #4 ranked team in the country picture appears courtesy of getty images/ Streeter Lecka ......

The ol’ ball coach can still create a miracle. Cause God seemingly likes ugly on his off days. No word as of yet how St Peter felt about this all.

For many of these teams with championship aspirations. Their season though is far from over. Is just became somewhat more daunting. As they can ill afford to have another slip up of this nature and be of the belief that they’ll still be able to fare well on the national stage. After-all that’s why the games are played. The highs and lows can seemingly bring us back to a sobering dose of reality – as far as life and sports in general are concerned.

Were there any other games played where the final results created the same impression as far as you were concerned ?

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NB: I think that the following song and its title pretty much sums things up ! It’s Soul II Soul‘s “Back To Life “

Alan Parkins

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Did Hell Freeze Over …………..I Must’ve Missed Something

Well it’s the early hours of Sunday morning and I’m surfing the net to see what’s taken place on the sporting landscape by way of the results as it relates to certain events . My day was spent in the company of one of my buddies as I accompanied him to watch his son participate in a karate contest. The event itself was a spectacle to watch, as there were kids of all ages competing . Think ‘The Karate Kid’ but with more of today’s attitude. In the end my buddy’s son didn’t make it beyond the first round of the competition. But his effort was a gallant one and I commended him on that. He in return promised that he’d do better the next time. And who am I , not to take him at his word ?

University of South Florida  coach  ,  Jim   Leavitt  celebrates  with  one of  his   players   Sam  Barrington after  their   surprise  victory  over    Florida State  , played at  the  Seminoles   home  venue   of  Doak  Campbell  Stadium in Tallahasse ,  Florida.   The unranked  USF Bulls  would  go  on  to  defeat  the Seminoles  17-7  in  a  well  earned   victory.    picture  appears courtesy of   ap/photo/ Phil Coale  ....................
University of South Florida coach , Jim Leavitt celebrates with one of his players Sam Barrington after their surprise victory over Florida State , played at the Seminoles home venue of Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahasse , Florida. The unranked USF Bulls would go on to defeat the Seminoles 17-7 in a well earned victory. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Phil Coale ....................

In so far as the day’s events panned out. In college football we saw a couple of upsets. Not that some weren’t expected. But the one that came as a complete surprise to me , was the defeat of FSU Seminoles at the hands of another instate team in the guise of the USF Bulls . The USF Bulls you might say ? Well in the Big East they’re a team that’s seemingly now on the rise and look for not only acceptance but also respect. Well South Florida’s totally unexpected but yet exhilerating defeat of the Seminoles 17-7 in Tallahassee , has got tongues wagging on the Bulls’ main campus in Tampa. What this win will do for USF’s program can’t be fully quantified. But one can expect that there’ll be a great deal of talk about the loss and why it happened. I for one think that on the day not only was this Jim Leavitt coached team ready . But their desire to win , was simply greater than that of the Bobby Bowden coached Seminoles. Wherein , a loss of this measure hasn’t been felt within Talllahassee, as it relates to one of the lesser programs within the state of Florida. The loss has to be a profound embarrassment for not only Bobby Bowden. But also for the Florida State Seminoles’ football program.

Bobby  Bowden ,left,  greets  his  counterpart   Jim  Leavitt   after  the  collegiate  football  game   played   between  their  respective  teams.      picture  appears courtesy  of  ap/photo /  Phil  Coale  ..................
Bobby Bowden ,left, greets his counterpart Jim Leavitt after the collegiate football game played between their respective teams. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo / Phil Coale ..................

It’d be an understatement to claim that this program has regressed. Inasmuch , as Bowden is considered to be a great coach and the respect which he’s brought to the Seminoles’ program during his tenure. It must now be stated that for all sense purpose the game has now passed Bowden by. He may well be the figure head to the Noles’ fans. But as a coach in recent years , even with him having named a successor in Jimbo Fisher . The program if anything has taken several steps backwards. It now meanders between average and bearly consistent by way of the football now being played. Especially at their home venue of Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahasee, Florida. Long thought of a bastion of college football pre-eminence. For all sense and purpose the stadium and the fans are no longer viewed as a factor when it comes to intimidation.

Noles' running  back Ty Jones  is surrounded  by  Bull  defensive   players  as  he   attempts  attain  some  yardage  in  the third  quater.      picture  appears   courtesy  of ap/photo/  Phil Coale  .................
Noles' running back Ty Jones is surrounded by Bull defensive players as he attempts attain some yardage in the third quater. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Phil Coale .................

The problems for the Seminoles on Saturday were far reaching. And it stemmed from their ineffectiveness on both sides of the ball when it came to their play. So much so, that USF were able to have their way with this team as they forced several fumbles and made the Noles’ quarterback , Christian Ponder fear for his life, each time he was in possession of the ball. He was harrassed throughout the game and his offensive line offered about as much protection for him as a wet piece of two-ply tissue paper would be to someone with a cold. He was sacked 5 times during the game and to add further to his own personal tales of woes. Ponder rushed for total net loss of minus 11 yards on six rushing attempts.

 Florida  State wide  receiver  Rod  Owens (86)  fumbles  the ball  after  he's  hit  by  Bulls  defensive  player    Jerome  Murphy   ..................
Florida State wide receiver Rod Owens (86) fumbles the ball after he's hit by Bulls defensive player Jerome Murphy ..................

If fault is to be apportioned for this loss then a great deal of it has to be placed at Bobby Bowden’s door and that of his coaching staff. There’s no drive or determination coming from the team , much less there being any at all coming from Bowden, himself. He lauds over all that he surveys , still thinking that not much has changed from the glory days when one viewed Bowden and the program with a great deal of respect. And for the eighteenth ranked Noles , we’re liable to see them slip further down the rankings after this loss and in essence out of the national picture in terms of a major bowl appearance.

 Delbert Alavarado   (25)  makes  a   successful  last  ditch  attempt    to  tackle    Florida  State's Greg  Reid   on   his   kick  off  return  which    but  for   the attempt   by   Alvarado  would've   resulted   in a  touchdown.     Alvarado's   play  highlighted some  of  the bad  luck  that   befell the    Seminoles.        picture appears  courtesy    of  ap/photo/ Phil  Coale  ...................................
Delbert Alavarado (25) makes a successful last ditch attempt to tackle Florida State's Greg Reid on his kick off return which but for the attempt by Alvarado would've resulted in a touchdown. Alvarado's play highlighted some of the bad luck that befell the Seminoles. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Phil Coale ...................................

For coach Jim Leavitt and his USF Bulls’ program this gives them something to build on. No one essentially thought that the’d be able to go up to Doak Campbell Stadium and seemingly make the impossible happen . But they did and they’re to be commended for it and the effort put forth. They played with such zeal that it was hard to discern which was the ranked team and which one was not. It was if Bowden’s players were like several deers caught in headlights as they attempted to cross the road in-front of oncoming traffic. As the game progressed and with the team not being able to make a play of any substance. The nightmare was about to become a reality for the Florida State Seminoles.

Vitali Klitschko , right,  starts  to  dictate  and  take the   fight  to  his  challenger   Chris  Arreola  .   picture appears  courtesy of  ap/photo/  Mark J Terrill   ............................
Vitali Klitschko , right, starts to dictate and take the fight to his challenger Chris Arreola . picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Mark J Terrill ............................

It’s not often that I’m made to eat my words concerning a boxing match. I think of myself as someone who’s knowledgeable enough about the sport. And certainly this wasn’t the case surrounding the events that took place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. On Saturday night WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (38-2, 37 KO’s) successfully defended his title against the challenger Chris Arreola (27-1, 24 KO’s) in a bout that was scheduled for twelve rounds.

Vitali  Klitschko  throws a  right  hand  that  catches his  opponent  Chris Arreola  squarely  on  the   side  of  his   head    in the fifth   round of  their  heavyweight title   bout  at  the   Staples   Center  in Los  Angeles  , California.   The fight  would   end  with    Arreola   being  unable   to   come  out   for  the   beginning  of  the  eleventh   round. Arreola's  corner    'threw in  the   towel'  at the   end  of  the  tenth  round  to   save  their   fighter   further  punishment.  The  fight  was  ajudged  a  TKO  in Klitschko's  favor.   picture appears  courtesy  of  getty images/  Jacb  de  Golish   .......................
Vitali Klitschko throws a right hand that catches his opponent Chris Arreola squarely on the side of his head in the fifth round of their heavyweight title bout at the Staples Center in Los Angeles , California. The fight would end with Arreola being unable to come out for the beginning of the eleventh round. Arreola's corner 'threw in the towel' at the end of the tenth round to save their fighter further punishment. The fight was ajudged a TKO in Klitschko's favor. picture appears courtesy of getty images/ Jacb de Golish .......................

I looked at this fight as a chance for the challenger in the form of Arreola to live up to the hype. But unfortunately the only thing that the challenger managed to live up to. Was the fact that always a tin can then you’re liable to be pounded like one. The effort put forth by Chris Arreola was about as banal as they come. He showed little if anything of a fighter who wanted to defeat the incumbent champion. His performance was lackluster and devoid of anything worth mentioning.

And at a time when the sport and in particular the heavyweight division yearns for someone to come along and show some moxy. Unfortunately for the fans in attendance at the Staples Center and those watching at home or from whatever else venue that they chose. Arreola forgot the presence of mind to bring his moxy into the ring and put it on display against Vitali Klitschko. The champion for his part put up a clinical display of boxing. Albeit , that it wasn’t necesssarily artistic in its portrayal. He dissected his opponent with ease using his jabs and a flurry of upper cuts as and when needed.

Arreola throws  a  left  against  Klitschko   during  their   bout  .   picture appearas  courtesy  of   getty  images /  Jacob  de Golish  .....................
Arreola throws a left against Klitschko during their bout . picture appearas courtesy of getty images / Jacob de Golish .....................

On appearance this bout had the basis of being an action packed event. Both boxers were known for their punching power. And the chances were that we were going to see that on display from both. I’d mentioned this in passing to an acquaintance of mine. Chris aka sportshchump (http://sportschump.net) as he’s known around the blogosphere. I’d remarked to him ,that this bout would in effect either be a barnburner with a great deal of action. Or it’d end up being a bore and complete snoozefest ! . Unfortunately my prognostication proved to be true , because what action that took place in pursuance of this title fight , only came from the champion, Vitiali Klitschko.

WBC  heavyweight  champion   Vitali  Klitschko   leaves the  ring   having  successfully  defended  his  title  against  Chris  Arreola  .        picture appears  courtesy  of   ap/photo/  Jae C . Hong  ..................
WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko leaves the ring having successfully defended his title against Chris Arreola . picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Jae C . Hong ..................

The bout itself lasted ten rounds . Wherein, the champion bewildered his opponent by simply jabbing away at his torso. In particular wit a flurry of body shots and occasionally taking aim at Arreola’s often open guard -making use of his head as a pinata. As alluded to earlier , the challenger offered up little in the way of resistance or determination. And this lackluster performance in all honesty does nothing to legitimize the health of the heavyweight scene. Vitali Klitschko can’t be blamed for his opponent’s lack of will or presence of mind to fight. I place this squarely on the shoulders of the promoters and the sancitioning body for this particular event. Dan Goossen ,as the promoter and the World Boxing Council (WBC) have once again shown us why the sport is on a downward slide into oblivion. It won’t be long before a sport such as dwarf tossing will outstrip the sport of boxing in terms of its popularity. One can surmise that they believed Arreola to be the #1 challenger for Klitschko’s title. But in all honesty this bout was hastily put together, merely to avail the promoter and sanctioning body a way of making untold millions in terms of selling the broadcast rights of the bout worldwide. Had they really sought some real credibility in making a desired match. Then they’d have gone about their job with a great deal more diligence.

Arreola  of  Riverside, Calif.,  seen  here at  the   postfight    new  conference   offers  very  little   of  an   explanation  by way  of hs  lackluster  performance  in  his   title   challenge  against  Viitali   Klitschko   for  his  WBC  heavyweight  crown  .       picture appears  courtesy  of  ap/photo / Jae  C   Hong   ................................
Arreola of Riverside, Calif., seen here at the postfight new conference offers very little of an explanation by way of his lackluster performance in his title challenge against Viitali Klitschko for his WBC heavyweight crown . picture appears courtesy of ap/photo / Jae C Hong ................................

Two sporting events that took place on the same day. In both cases , each in their own way failed to live up to expectation. Merely because one of the participants in each event didn’t all have have the stomach to be competitive. Nor did they have much to offer by way of an apology to their fans. Hell can’t have frozen over , so what did I actually miss here ?

NB : Should you at all be interested in seeing my original article concerning this bout and my prognosis on it all. Then just click on the text link provided below.

Someone Has Got To Clean House ….So Why Not This Guy ?

The Russians Are Coming The Russians Are Coming ………….

Now that the ‘Cold War’ has ended , though there’s still said to be some distrust, disquiet , between the two former adversaries and by those who claim to be in the know. There’s an interesting anomaly that seems to be arising in the world of sports. In particular as with regards to the sports horizon in the United States and its landscape.

In Major League Baseball (MLB) there are two foreign owners of a major league franchise. In this case it is the Seattle Mariners . They’re owned by Nintendo of America Inc. who are part of the Japanese multi-national company, Nintendo Co,. Ltd . And there’s also the Toronto Blue Jays , owned by the wealthy but reclusive Rogers family. In the NHL , – well obviously there are the Montreal Canadiens and the Toronto Maple Leafs .

The NFL for all of its history and legacy does not possess a foreign owner , much less an ethnic minority owner in any of its 32 franchises. And this from a sport with burgeoning ambitions to become a global brand. It remains the one sport that despite its appearance would rather at ownership level remain and keep the status quo as it is. Essentially an ‘old boys network’ filled with a certain type of owner .

Russian  tycoon  Mikhail  Prokhorov  listed  as  Russia's  wealthiest  person  and  at   #40   Forbes'   list   of the  world's wealthiest  individuals   for   2009.   Prokhorov   has  made  a  detailed    offer  to   purchase a  majority  stake  in the  New  Jersey   Nets   along  with  a  capital  infusion   provided   for  the  development  of  the  Atlantic  Yards  project.  An  area that will   encapsulate   residential    as  well  commericial   properties   with  its  centerpiece  being   the  Barclay  Center-  which  will  become  the  new  home of the  New Jersey  Nets.     The  development   will  be  situated   in Brooklyn,  NY,.      picture appears   courtesy  of   ap/photo/  Mikhail Metzel   ......................................
Russian tycoon Mikhail Prokhorov listed as Russia's wealthiest person and at #40 Forbes' list of the world's wealthiest individuals for 2009. Prokhorov has made a detailed offer to purchase a majority stake in the New Jersey Nets along with a capital infusion provided for the development of the Atlantic Yards project. An area that will encapsulate residential as well commericial properties with its centerpiece being the Barclay Center- which will become the new home of the New Jersey Nets. The development will be situated in Brooklyn, NY,. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Mikhail Metzel ......................................

The NBA now but down to one foreign owned franchise, in the form of the Toronto Raptors . They’re now said to be on their way into possessing a second . It is widely being speculated upon that Russian tycoon Mikhail Prokhorov will formally make a bid to buy in part , the New Jersey Nets. It is said to already have the blessing of NBA commissioner David Stern. Though the formal announcement has yet to be made as it await the NBA’s Board of Governors’ approval. It is not thought that there will be dissenting voice or vote in the process. And certainly with the most recent maneuver whereby the Cleveland Cavaliers‘ owner Dan Gilbert sold a minority stake in the franchise to a Chinese entrepreneur.

The  Barclays  Center    as   the  projected   future home  of  the  New  Jersey   Nets  .  The  design  is   by  architectural   firm  Ellerbe  Beckett .  picture appears courtesy of  curbed.com/archives/ barclays  center  ......................
The Barclays Center as the projected future home of the New Jersey Nets . The design is by architectural firm Ellerbe Beckett . picture appears courtesy of curbed.com/archives/ barclays center ......................

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Russian tycoon to buy Nets, move team to Brooklyn

By Tom Canavan AP Sports Writer

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP)—The NBA has truly gone global.

Russian tycoon Mikhail Prokhorov reached an agreement Wednesday to buy 80 percent of the financially strapped New Jersey Nets and nearly half of a project to build a new arena in Brooklyn.

The only thing that stands in the way is a nyet from the league’s board of governors, and that doesn’t seem likely with NBA commissioner David Stern already giving the deal his initial blessing.

The proposed blockbuster deal would give the Nets’ current principal owner, Bruce Ratner, the needed cash to move forward with the Barclays Center, the centerpiece of his Atlantic Yards development, which includes plans for retail and residential projects.

It would make Prokhorov, a billionaire and former amateur basketball player, the NBA’s first non-North American owner.

It would also mean the Nets really do seem headed to Brooklyn, a New York City borough without a major pro sports franchise since baseball’s Dodgers moved to Los Angeles in 1957.

“Interest in basketball and the NBA is growing rapidly on a global basis, and we are especially encouraged by Mr. Prokhorov’s commitment to the Nets and the opportunity it presents to continue the growth of basketball in Russia,” Stern said in a statement.

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, too, is ready to welcome Prokhorov to the NBA.

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The New Jersey Nets’ principal partner Bruce Ratner , whose paramount issue at present is the relocation of the franchise from New Jersey to New York City (Brooklyn). And it is felt with the cash infusion provided by Prokhorov. It would facilitate the finishing of the project known as the Atlantic Yards project. At the center of this all will be the Barclays Center , which will become the new home of the New Jersey Nets. The project itself is multi-billion dollar undertaking. And it envisaged as an area of residential as well as commercial properties with the Barclays Center as its center piece.

Bruce  Ratner seated  left   of movie  star  Bruce Willis   is the  principal  partner   in the  ownership   group of  the NBA's  New Jersey  Nets.   Ratner  and  his  ownership   group  are  awaiting the NBA's   blessing  to  sell  in  excess of  80%  of  the  franchise  and  other  assets  to Russian  tycoon   Mikhail  Prokhorov.  picture appears courtesy  of  getty  images/   Richard   Hauser .......................
Bruce Ratner seated left of movie star Bruce Willis is the principal partner in the ownership group of the NBA's New Jersey Nets. Ratner and his ownership group are awaiting the NBA's blessing to sell in excess of 80% of the franchise and other assets to Russian tycoon Mikhail Prokhorov. picture appears courtesy of getty images/ Richard Hauser .......................

With this now comes the perception that this won’t be the last big undertaking by the Nets’ ownership. It is widely thought that with impending free agency of the Cavaliers’ Le Bron James at the end of the 2009-10 season . The New Jersey Nets will make a solid push to obtain the player. Certainly the Nets won’t be the only team looking to lure the player to ‘The Big Apple’, as it’s also thought that the New York Knicks will most certainly make the player a very lucrative offer. And it is thought the Cleveland Cavaliers will move heaven and earth to insure that James remains in Cleveland.

Rap star , music mogul and business entrepreneur Jay Z , who’s also a minority owner of the New Jersey Nets. Here he speaks with fellow rap star and record producer Jermaine Dupri and his ambitions to bring the Nets to Brooklyn. It’s also believed that he may well sway the decision that’s yet to be made by LeBron James and whether or not he’ll leave the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Certainly should this deal be approved by the NBA . Then it would most certainly change sporting landscape within the United States. The NFL in large part sees itself as a burgeoning brand on the international market. But essentially they’ve been somewhat haphazard in their marketing of their brand and product to the outside world. And while the game is growing in popularity across the globe. The resonance that it has sought , has yet to reach the levels attained by the NBA. This only adds to the dilemma that it now faces. And for the NBA , the acquiring of a foreign based owner in the guise of Mikhail Prokhorov will be seen as a boon for them and a ‘grand marketing idea’ that they can build around to further their already established brand on a global scale.

Cavaliers'  player  LeBron  James   signs  copies   of  book  'Shooting  Stars'  at  a  book  signing   at  a Borders  bookstore in  Westlake  ,  Ohio.   The   player    seeks   impending  free  agency   after  the  2009-10  NBA   season.   And  it's  believed   that  there'll  be  a  fullcourt  press  by   both  the New  York  Knicks  and  New  Jersey  Nets  to  acquire  the  player.   The  book   is  James'   first  take  at   writing   and  he was  assisted  in the process  by  noted   author  Buzz  Bissinger , who   wrote   'Friday  Night  Lights'  .   picture appears  courtesy  of   ap/photo/  Amy  Sancetta  .......................
Cavaliers' player LeBron James signs copies of book 'Shooting Stars' at a book signing at a Borders bookstore in Westlake , Ohio. The player seeks impending free agency after the 2009-10 NBA season. And it's believed that there'll be a fullcourt press by both the New York Knicks and New Jersey Nets to acquire the player. The book is James' first take at writing and he was assisted in the process by noted author Buzz Bissinger , who wrote 'Friday Night Lights' . picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Amy Sancetta .......................

Well one can surmise to invest in an NFL franchise is a considerable one. Given the fact that the average price of an NFL franchise is slightly more than a $1 billion . And if you were of the opinion what it would indeed cost to be new starting franchise in the NFL. Well unless you can come up with rights’ fees and then have at least another $1 billion dollars in financing for a stadium and other ancillary costs . Then the NFL isn’t the business you really want to be getting into. And that’s even with the over inflated price tags of their franchises. The revenues garnered by way of the tv rights and marketing , may well make it on appearance a lucrative investment. But for every dollar invested what is the return on that particular investment ( roi ) ?

I for one think that with the impending addition of Prokhorov as an owner within the NBA. It can only be of benefit to the game , domestically as well as on the international front. It adds to the ambitions of the game’s hierarchy. And in essence it gives the impression that there’s also a favorable environment for an aspiring sports franchise owner to invest here in an identifiable product and brand. At present the same can’t necessarily said of the NFL. It’s still looking for its first ethnic minority owner , never-mind one from the international arena. And that’s something that the NFL hasn’t really pursued at any level , in reality. If they’re of the opinion that the ‘Rooney Rule’ fixes anything, then they’re sadly mistaken.

Roger Goodell, nor his predecessor, Paul Tagliabue , had gone far enough to ingratiate the thought of even having a minority owner of a franchise within the NFL. It has been something of an eye opener to many and nearly not enough for a number of people who’d obviously like to have seen a genuine effort from the NFL.

We Already Knew There Was Trouble In Paradise But Who’s Now Stirring The Pot ?

It’s often been said that there are three sides to a story …’yours, mine and lying somewhere in between .. normally is the truth ‘ . So what’s now unfolding within the San Francisco 49ers organization and with them having lodged a formal complaint – tampering violation with the NFL against the New York Jets , concerning unsigned rookie Michael Crabtree . It opens up another chapter in something now that could become a rather unsavory episode for all involved.

This   picture  from  May  of this   year  shows  rookie   draftee   Michael  Crabtree  at  the   49ers'  training   facility  in  Santa  Clara,  Ca,.  The 49ers have filed tampering charges with the NFL against the New York Jets regarding Crabtree, Jets coach Rex Ryan confirmed .   picture appears courtesy of  ap/ Paul   Sakuma   .................
This picture from May of this year shows rookie draftee Michael Crabtree at the 49ers' training facility in Santa Clara, Ca,. The 49ers have filed tampering charges with the NFL against the New York Jets regarding Crabtree, Jets coach Rex Ryan confirmed . picture appears courtesy of ap/ Paul Sakuma .................

It most certainly doesn’t add to the case for the 49ers to still sign Crabtree. But does go to the argument , whereby that if the allegations are said to be true. The actions of Crabtree and his agent , Eguene Parker , would leave a great deal to be desired. And though denials have been forthcoming from the Jets’ organization and in particular from their coach, Rex Ryan . If as such negotiations had broken down between Crabtree and the Niners’ front office. Any pursuance by the Jets under any circumstances unless they were speaking with the Jets formally was a contravention of NFL rules and as such violated those rules. And it is punishable, as deemed fit by the the league office.

Eugene  Parker BS.JD,   Parker is  a  prominent   sports agent  as  well as   entertainment   attorney.  Michael  Crabtree   the  unsigned   rookie at the center  of   contract negotiations  between  he  and  the  San  Francisco  49ers    are  now  facing the  possibility  of   being   investigated   by  the  NFL   for their  possible  actions   in the  allgeged  charges   levied  against   the   New  York  Jets.     picture appears  courtesy  of  lifeinsports.org/eugene parker ............
Eugene Parker BS.JD, Parker is a prominent sports agent as well as entertainment attorney. Michael Crabtree the unsigned rookie at the center of contract negotiations between he and the San Francisco 49ers are now facing the possibility of being investigated by the NFL for their possible actions in the allgeged charges levied against the New York Jets. picture appears courtesy of lifeinsports.org/eugene parker ..........

Obviously a routine but yet thorough investigation will have to be conducted by the NFL to ascertain the veracity of the claims being made the San Francisco 49ers. But now one must ask if this is the way that Crabtree and his agent Eugene Parker feel is a way of conducting business. Then it clearly shows how naive they both. Especially given Parker’s reputation as an agent. This isn’t his first client as he’s represented amongst others Deion Saunders, Emmitt Smith, Lavaranues Coles , Ray Lewis , Hines Ward and several other NFL players , current and past.

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Tampering accusation worse than ‘Spygate’ if true

By Charles Robinson Yahoo Sports

There are no hidden cameras to be seized, no long-established feelings of hatred. The key figures involved have yet to carve out rock-star status in the NFL, and unless something unexpected comes to light, the NFL won’t be destroying any evidence.

So, no, this isn’t Spygate. However, it might actually be worse.

That’s what some league executives and at least one owner had to say this week, after the San Francisco 49ers, frustrated at their lack of progress in signing No. 10 NFL draft pick Michael Crabtree(notes), filed a tampering charge against the New York Jets. In what executives are viewing as an extremely serious allegation, the 49ers are alleging, either tacitly or directly, the Jets have played a role in undercutting San Francisco’s ability to sign its first-round pick. And while the charge doesn’t have the sparks and scandal of Spygate, in which the New England Patriots were disciplined for illegally videotaping Jets’ defensive signals in 2007, it’s being viewed as no less serious in some NFL corners.

“[Spygate] was limited,” said a high-ranking NFC executive. “That’s something where – that information or competitive edge or whatever you want to call it, was limited to one team gaining an advantage over another team. But that’s just two teams. … We all have first-round picks – 32 teams have first-round picks.

“It’s hard to prove if it did happen. But if it did, it’s cheating the whole draft. You shouldn’t even be thinking about someone else’s pick. When the draft is over, that’s their deal and you have your own [selections] to worry about. It’s none of your business what is happening in someone else’s [negotiations]. If that [tampering with draft picks] flies, we might as well just make all the college players free agents.”

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Jets'  coach   Rex  Ryan  on the sidelines  watching   his  team   during   warmups   before the  start  of  a  preseason   game against the  Baltimore  Ravens and New  York Jets.   The  coach  has  denied   any  wrongdoing  on the  part   of  the  Jets'  organization  and the  allegations   made  about  tampering  and  that  of  the  unsigned   rookie  Michael  Crabtree .    picture appears  courtesy  of ap/photo/   Gail  Burton  ....................
Jets' coach Rex Ryan on the sidelines watching his team during warmups before the start of a preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens and New York Jets. The coach has denied any wrongdoing on the part of the Jets' organization and the allegations made about tampering and that of the unsigned rookie Michael Crabtree . picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Gail Burton ....................

We all know that the players do have their foibles and there are some who think of themselves as being …’the big man on campus’ . But also there’s the agent who at times is the one who’s the driving force behind very much what you’d see coming from a player. He’ll entice his client to do and say all the right things when dealing with a club. But unfortunately for public consumption by way of the media then all of the idiocy comes to the fore. Then the media buys into it all and goes on to report it. Or the two will work hand in hand to create a buzz out there for the fans and members of the public. Hey, Chris Mortensen can you tell me does Brett Favre still put his pants on , one leg at a time ? And of your routine sources in and around the NFL , how many of them actually go … ‘dumpster diving’ in order to provide you with your so called reliable source of information ? The same can be said of your counterparts at Fox, as well !

As to how the ensuing situation plays out . We can but only wait to see what steps will be taken. Clearly the San Francisco 49ers feel concened enough to take this to the NFL and ask them to deal with the issue. But what if anything does it tell you about the NFL as a whole and how it goes about conducting its business ? I’ve heard all of the whining about the ‘Spygate affair’. But when I suggest to those , commenting on the issue, as to whether or not this isn’t widespread around the league. They become as quiet as a church mouse or actually start to act like a spoilt child who’s been spanked merely because they’ve not been able to get their way. And then they can’t even elicit a meaningful response with regard to the question.

We can take a look at an issue but we tend to not always look at the underlying cirucumstances surrounding a case. The league sees fit to deal with a great many issues placed before it. But how many of us actually agree with many of those decisions made at the end of the day ? Especially when more often than not it’s about the perception of their image remaining in tact. If there’s a case to be made here concernng the tampering violation by the Jets. Then the league shouldn’t just be looking at the actions of only accused but also clearly that of Crabtree and his agent. It’s certainly now placed them in a not too enviable light at this juncture. Nevermind what has gone on from the very beginnng , the player and his entourage rolled into town. Now no amount of back-tracking and public statement can change the image already placed in front of the public or the fans.n

Who’s Going To Be On The NFL Coaches Hot Seat This Season ?

I can’t help but wonder who the first managerial casualty will be this NFL season. There’ll no doubt be a valid list of candidates that we’ve all got in mind. And of those there’ll be one or two surprises , of that I’m quite sure. After such a disastrous start to the season , a name that a number of people fill will be on the hot seat , is none other than the Jacksonville Jaguars’ Jack Del Rio . Another whose name is also mentioned is John Fox of the Carolina Panthers . And what of the Dallas Cowboys you may well ask , and the future of Wade Phillips ? Well it’s safe to say that Jerry Jones is playing his cards close to his chest. As he’s not about to let anyone know of his plans.

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Beleaguered Jacksonville Jaguars’ coach Jack Del Rio voices his displeasure with an official during the game played against the Arizona Cardinals. The Jaguars would end up losing the game 31-17 played Jacksonville Municipal Stadium, Jacksonville, Florida.
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Both Fox and Del Rio are amenable individuals and who both have worked steadfastly to try and improve their respective teams over the years. But it’d now appear that if they aren’t able to turn things around for their respective franchises. Then in all certainty there is the likelihood that both coaches will be out of an NFL job by the end of the season , if not sooner. Whether or not them losing their jobs can be justified would be dependent upon the view that you’re taking as to how they’ve gone about doing their jobs. Is there a basis , whereby their teams have improved and remained consistent ? Or have their respective teams regressed and floundered under their management style ? These are the questions one would think that their fans are asking, as well as that of the impartial observer on the outside looking in.


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New era for NFL head coaches: Superbowl winners must sit

By Sean Leahy of USA Today

Herm Edwards knew when he became head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs in 2006 that he had to build a winner quickly.
Win, and win fast, is the mandate NFL head coaches carry into their jobs. So it wasn’t a huge surprise to Edwards when, after a 2-14 season and a three-year record of 15-33, the Chiefs fired him Jan. 23. “When you take those jobs, you’ve got about a three-year window,” Edwards said. “And you know that.”

His dismissal was part of a year in which a record-tying 11 head coaches lost their jobs. That carousel has created upheaval among the ranks of head coaches. Thirteen of the current crop have less than two years’ experience. There are six coaches (Brian Billick, Bill Cowher, Tony Dungy, Jon Gruden, Mike Holmgren and Mike Shanahan) out of work who hold seven of the last 13 Super Bowl titles and who figure to draw interest from the next batch of owners ready to start anew.

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“There’s only 32 of those jobs,” Edwards said, “and there’s a lot of guys who want to be head coaches in this league.”

Long-term stability among NFL head coaches is rare. Only eight teams have coaches with at least five years’ experience in the same job. When Mike Tomlin led the Pittsburgh Steelers to a Super Bowl victory in February, he joined Bill Belichick (New England Patriots) and Tom Coughlin (New York Giants) as the only active head coaches to have won a title.

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Apart from Fox and Del Rio. I think that we can rightfully assume that should Marvin Lewis of the Cincinnati Bengals fail to get his team into the playoffs. Then it’s fair to say that he too , could also be joining the ranks of the unemployed. The NFL is such a fickle business that if success isn’t forthcoming and immediate. Then the owners and general managers tend to start that whirlwind merry-go-round of abrupt firings. Nevermind the fact that in a number of cases those coaches are still under contract and owed millions of dollars. The comical side of this all, is that coaches are given guaranteed contracts with additional incentives for success. Whereas, the NFL players aren’t afforded such luxuries. NFL players aren’t enhanced with guaranteed contracts when it comes to their compensation. Oh yes , one might say they obtain in large part the bulk of their salaries through the initial signing bonus upon entrance into the NFL. But that’s not always the case for a player who’s drafted in the low first round and lower. Primarily the players that initially afforded the large contracts are those marquee players drafted in the upper echelons of the draft. Do you think that the San Francisco 49ers yet to be signed first round draft pick , Michael Crabtree , still has a problem with this ?

Panthers'  coach  John  Fox   looks  on  in the  Georgia  Dome  in  Atlanta  in  a  game  played between  the  Falcons  and  Panthers.   Fox's  Panthers  would   go  on to  lose the  game 28-20  to  their  conference   rivals .   picture  appears courtesy  of   getty images/  Kevin  C. Cox   .......................
Panthers' coach John Fox looks on in the Georgia Dome in Atlanta in a game played between the Falcons and Panthers. Fox's Panthers would go on to lose the game 28-20 to their conference rivals . picture appears courtesy of getty images/ Kevin C. Cox .......................

A coach’s tenured span within the NFL isn’t perceived as a long one nowadays. And though there are some exceptions to the rule. They’re now few and far between. Consider this, the longest tenured coach in the NFL at present is Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots , followed by Jeff Fisher of the Tennessee Titans . And of the two , only Belicheck has won a Superbowl. So it either speaks highly of the two coaches, as to their abilities. And also it may well be that their owners prefer stability, rather than that of constant upheaval when it comes to a change in management.

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NFL Coaching carousel 2008-09

Track what coaches are in and who’s out around the NFL this offseason:
Team Outgoing coach Replacement

Cleveland Romeo Crennel Eric Mangini

Fired on Dec. 29, one day after completing a 4-12 season that failed to live up to high expectations. The Browns won 10 games in 2007 and were expected to compete for a playoff spot in 2008. But Crennel’s team faltered badly, using four starting quarterbacks and failing to score an offensive touchdown in their final six games. Crennel was 24-40 in four seaons. MORE Nine days after being dismissed by the Jets, the Browns welcomed Mangini back. The new head coach was once a ball boy in Cleveland during Bill Belichick’s tenure in the 1990s. “I feel like I should be getting some coffee or picking up some towels or something,” Mangini said as he was introduced. MORE

Denver Mike Shanahan Josh McDaniels

The NFL’s second-longest-tenured coach was let go Dec. 30. Shanahan won back-to-back Super Bowls in 1997-98, but failed to make the playoffs the past three seasons. The Broncos blew a three-game lead with three to play this season and lost a play-in game at San Diego in Week 17. MORE The Broncos hired the Patriots’ offensive coordinator, who guided the most prolific offense in league history in 2007 and tutored Matt Cassel in relief of Tom Brady in 2008. McDaniels, 32, will be a first-time head coach. MORE

Detroit Rod Marinelli Jim Schwartz

Fired on Dec. 29, one day after completing the first 0-16 season in NFL history. Marinelli Marinelli started 9-15 through one and a half seasons in Detroit, but went 1-23 in the final year and a half of his three-season tenure. Said Marinelli, “You can’t go 0-16 and expect to keep your job.” MORE The former Titans defensive coordinator was hired on Jan. 15. Schwartz, after an interview with the Lions, told reporters he was not daunted by the rebuilding project. “I don’t shy away from a challenge,” he said. MORE

Indianapolis Tony Dungy Jim Caldwell

Resigned on Jan. 12 after seven seasons with the Colts. Dungy went 85-27 with the Colts and won Super Bowl XLI. He made the playoffs every season of his tenure in Indianapolis. He called his departure a retirement, but acknowledged he could return to the sideline years down the road. MORE Promoted to head coach on Jan. 12 after serving as associate head coach in 2008. Caldwell, a Dungy assistant since 2001 who was designated successor in 2007, said he will be more emotional than Dungy MORE

Kansas City Herm Edwards Todd Haley

Edwards was in limbo from the time former team president Carl Peterson stepped down in December. The team hired Scott Pioli as GM on Jan. 13, then fired Edwards 10 days later. Pioli was non-committal on Edwards’ fate when he was hired. Ultimately, Edwards’ three-season tenure in which he went 15-33 with one playoff loss was not enough to buy him another year with the young Chiefs roster. MORE The ex-Cardinals offensive coordinator was hired Feb. 6. He led Arizona’s fourth-ranked offense to a dynamic postseason and its first Super Bowl berth. The fiery Haley is the first hire for new GM Scott Pioli, who worked with his new coach when both were on the Jets’ staff in the 1990s. MORE

N.Y. Jets Eric Mangini Rex Ryan

Fired Dec. 29 after winning just one of his final five games and missing the playoffs. Team owner Woody Johnson didn’t detail the reasons for canning Mangini, who was 23-25 in three years in New York. “We just felt we could get a better fit with someone else moving forward,” Johnson said. MORE Ryan, the Ravens’ defensive coordinator, was hired Jan. 19, one day after Baltimore lost to Pittsburgh in the AFC title game. Ryan led the Ravens’ second-rated defense in the 2008 season, and signed a four-year deal with the Jets. MORE

St. Louis Jim Haslett Steve Spagnuolo

The Rams announced on Jan. 15 that Haslett, the team’s interim coach who relieved Scott Linehan in September, would not return as head coach. Haslett was 2-10 at the helm in St. Louis in what GM Billy Devaney said was “an impossible situation.” Spagnuolo was the Giants defensive coordinator for the past two seasons, including New York’s Super Bowl-winning 2007-08 campaign. The 49-year-old will be a first-time head coach and takes over a team that ranked near the bottom of the NFL on both offense and defense this past season. MORE

Seattle Mike Holmgren Jim Mora

Announced before the season that he would leave the Seahawks after the 2008 campaign. The team designated Jim Mora as his successor at the time. The Seahawks, four-time defending NFC West champs entering the year, finished 4-12. Holmgren said he would consider a return to football, potentially as a GM, but would likely sit out at least one year. MORE Mora was the assistant head coach/defensive backs the past two seasons in Seattle. He was the head coach in Atlanta from 2004-2006, when he went 26-22. He’ll have to retool a roster that succumbed to many injuries in 2008. MORE

Tampa Bay Jon Gruden Raheem Morris

Gruden and GM Bruce Allen were dismissed on Jan. 16. Gruden was 57-55 in seven seasons with the Bucs, with whom he won Super Bowl XXXVII after the 2002 season. The Bucs started 9-3 in 2008, but lost their final four games — including the season finale against Oakland — to wind up out of the postseason mix. MORE Morris was Tampa Bay’s defensive backs coach last season before being promoted to defensive coordinator when Monte Kiffin left the Bucs to coach with his son, Lane, at the University of Tennessee. Then on Jan 17., just one day after Jon Gruden was fired as the Bucs head coach, Morris was promoted to the job by owner Malcolm Glazer. MORE

Note: Three teams (San Francisco, St. Louis and Oakland) fired their head coaches during the season. The 49ers named interim coach Mike Singletary the full-time head coach and the Raiders decided to keep interim coach Tom Cable. The Rams ruled interim coach Jim Haslett out of contention for the full-time job.

Already this season the speculation is rife as to who’ll be in a a job and who’ll be out of even before midseason. As we embark on week three of the NFL season. There are nine winless teams within the league. As to what that might suggest about those teams. It is all predicated upon how you’d view each of the teams in question. And as much we’d all like to have a view as who’s and who’s out . It’s far too early for us to be whose head will be on the chopping block at this moment in time. Obviously it makes for a great topic of conversation. But I’d like to think also that the coaches in question will be given every chance to prove themselves. Then, and only then , can we judge them on their ability as to how they will fare. Acceptability in some cases, will merely mean a winning season. And for others just garnering a postseason berth in the playoffs will be good enough.
For other failure to accomplish any of goals mentioned and it’s quite rightly that the season ought to be deemed a complete failure !

Bengals'  coach  Marvin  Lewis  watches  the  action  as  his team  goes   on to  defeat  the  Green Bay Packers 31-24 at   Lambeau  Field  ,  Green  Bay , Wisconsin,.   picture ppears courtesy  of   getty  images/ Scott  Boehm  .................
Bengals' coach Marvin Lewis watches the action as his team goes on to defeat the Green Bay Packers 31-24 at Lambeau Field , Green Bay , Wisconsin,. picture ppears courtesy of getty images/ Scott Boehm .................

There are but 32 teams in the National Football League (NFL) and only two will have utlimately have the privilege of meeting in and playing for the Superbowl. And that is the goal that each of the teams strives to meet. For some that journey starts off pleasantly and for others it appears bleak right at the beginning. In the end however, fortunes can change , merely by a coach being instinctive and making a decision that elicits confidence from his team and coaching staff. We’ve seen it happen and it’ll no doubt happen with any one of the teams whose future at present doesn’t on appearance seem all that bright.

Coaches coach , and the players play. But we the fans, can prognosticate and cheer on our teams. The decisions that need to be made , are best left for the GM’s and owners, are really theirs and theirs alone to make . So let them make those decisions and we can but speculate.

Winless teams in the NFL at present

In the AFC :

Miami Dolphins 0-2 AFC East
Cleveland Browns 0-2 AFC North
Jacksonville Jaguars 0-2 AFC South
Tennessee Titans 0-2 AFC South
Kansas City Chiefs 0-2 AFC West

In the NFC

Detroit Lions 0-2 NFC North
Carolina Panthers 0-2 NFC South
Tampa Bay Bucs 0-2 NFC South
St Louis Rams 0-2 NFC West