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 !

Author: Alan Parkins

College grad (UCL London & LSE ) formerly in the British military as a Marine. Now residing in Central Florida and working for a major national law firm within their corporate law division- in the field of risk management , mergers & acquisitions - IPO's investment banking. Have a love business primarily because of college educational background. MBA and Degrees in Econ & Int'l Fin and AIB( Inst of Bankers). An avid sports' fan !

10 thoughts on “I’m Not Going To Rain On Your Parade But …………………”

  1. First, Tiger didn’t have it wrapped up. Stricker was only 400 points away, and Tiger was one shot away of losing the lead in the points for the whole front 9. Even Tiger said after, that this was the happiest he’s been to come in second… Anyways, you know how I feel about the FedEx Cup.

    There’s a good youtube clip of how Raider Nation is reacting to JaMarcus’s stinkfest out there. Search Russel Jersey burning.

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    1. chappy81

      All Woods had to do was to finish in the top 5 to win the Fedex Cup outright. If you’d took the time to verify how the points are awarded you’d have realized that from the outset.

      It pays to do your research !

      As for watching a youtube clip of Raider Nation , I guess at this moment in time it’d be better than watching the Raiders on the playing field.

      Alan Parkins

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      1. Yeah, but for a good portion of the day it looked like he might not be in the top five, which was intriguing in itself… Anyways, I’m done with this topic it’s just making me mad arguing with you…

        As for the Raiders, I kind of hope more of their games get blacked out so I don’t make myself go through the torture of watching JaMarcus suck… Not sure if you’re an NBA fan, but I wrote about the Warriors media day yesterday… http://doin-work.com/2009/09/29/monta-doesnt-want-to-play-with-curry-and-sjax-still-wants-out/

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  2. Raiders suck. Cable broke his assisants jaw. This clown is still a head coach. Thank you Al Davis. The raiders are worse than bad. KC is bad. Miami, I don’t know. Tampa Bay is bad.. At least the Lions won. JaMarcus Russell is not an NFL QB. He was barely a college QB.

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    1. Bobbygee

      Cable is proving what a complete mess this franchise is in. It’s ill disciplined , lacks leadership on both sides of the ball. But above all as a coach , Cable much like his counterpart in Tampa – is way in over his head.

      Alan Parkins

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  3. chappy81

    In all honesty though other than his meltdown to Y E Yang . How often have you seen Woods give up a lead in stroke play events ? He’s been known to do it match play as in the Ryder Cup and the World Matchplay championships. But rarely in stroke play events.

    I’d left a response concerning the piece mentioned. I’ll revisit in a moment. Just multi tasking at present.

    Alan Parkins

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  4. Never, but since that happened only a few months ago, maybe he isn’t as good as he used to be. He didn’t win one major this year… I’m not a Tiger fan, but I respect how good he is. Yang’s victory made me believe that it CAN happen…

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    1. chappy81

      It’s been about consistency with Woods and his own pursuit of excellence . And that you’ve got to admit isn’t found amongst too many athletes nowadays. For many it’s about getting that brass ring and then saying ……”hey look at me ? . Look where I’m at now ?”. They seem to forget that it’s harder to remain at the top than it is to begin the journey !

      Alan Parkins

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  5. I don’t know If I said it already but …Hey good stuff…keep up the good work! 🙂 I read a lot of blogs on a daily basis and for the most part, people lack substance but, I just wanted to make a quick comment to say I’m glad I found your blog. Thanks,)

    A definite great read..Jim Bean

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