Crap ! Say It Ain’t So ….. ?

Crap ! Say It Ain’t So …… ?

Well while the men’s NCAA basketball tournament has us all in awe and the suspense builds as the ‘Final Four’ is upon us. Life still goes on in the NFL and unfortunately the idiocy that is the Brett Favre spectacle still remains as the Minnesota Vikings awaits the player’s decision as to whether or not he’ll be making an imminent return to the game. Like we really care ?

2008  Heisman  Trophy  winner   Sam  Bradford.   The   player is widely  expected  to be  taken   number   one  overall  in  the   upcoming  NFL  Draft.   The  team  with  the   first  pick  are  the  NFC's   St  Louis  Rams .    photo  appears   courtesy  of  Associated   Press/  Chris   Rogers  ...........
2008 Heisman Trophy winner Sam Bradford. The player is widely expected to be taken number one overall in the upcoming NFL Draft. The team with the first pick are the NFC's St Louis Rams . photo appears courtesy of Associated Press/ Chris Rogers ...........

While much of this is now happening we’re close to pro days where several players will be exhibiting their skills for the general managers and coaches that’ll be in attendance. Also a number of teams will be bringing in a number of draftees personally for interviews . Amongst the players participating in this will be Oklahoma’s Sam Bradford . The Sooners’ quarterback is thought to be the desired choice of the St Louis Rams . The franchise will have the number one pick in the upcoming NFL Draft . And with Ndamokung Suh , Eric Berry , Russell Okung , Gerald McCoy and quite possibly Jimmy Claussen may well be amongst be the ‘first six picks’ taken in the draft, to commence on the 22nd April . It begs the question , will the teams, their coaching staff and general managers have done their jobs prudently ?

Personally , I don’t place a great deal in the draft geek’s in depth analysis of the players. Either these college players can take their game to the next level or they can’t . Now the situation as it arises , is one of making money in term of their draft position for the players in the first round. A drop off from being the first pick to midway in the first round can mean anywhere between $25-$30 million. The number one draft pick could be the recipient of as much as $30-million , as a signing bonus. But when one bears in mind this upcoming season in the NFL will be one that will not have a salary cap for the teams, since the NFL first adopted the salary cap in the early nineties.

The draft itself will take place from the 22nd April through to the 24th over the course of seven rounds , three odious and grueling days. Now call it what you will but I for one won’t be spending a great deal of time assessing the draft and what takes place. As I alluded to earlier my own thoughts are, can they play ? Because in this league if you’re found wanting , then it will be magnified greatly and there’s nowhere to hide if the talent isn’t there to begin with.

Eagles' quarterback    Donovan  McNabb.   The  player   is  said  to  want  to  remain  with  the  Eagles   but  it's  becoming  clear  that  he   will   be  traded  sooner   rather  than  later.   Eagles'  coach  Andy  Reid  and   team President   Joe  Banner  are   willing  to  listen  to  offers  for the Pro  Bowler.    photo  appears   courtesy  of  US  Presswire/ Jody Gomez  .............
Eagles' quarterback Donovan McNabb. The player is said to want to remain with the Eagles but it's becoming clear that he will be traded sooner rather than later. Eagles' coach Andy Reid and team President Joe Banner are willing to listen to offers for the Pro Bowler. photo appears courtesy of US Presswire/ Jody Gomez .............

There are now widely conflicting reports that the Oakland Raiders are the prohibitive favorites to land unsettled Philadelphia Eagles’ quarterback Donovan McNabb . The veteran Pro Bowl quarterback has been a fixture as the franchise’s signal caller for a decade. The possibility of him now moving to play for the Raiders can only mean that incumbent starter JaMarcus Russell’s days in Oakland as a starter have got to be numbered. Either that or the implicit faith that Al Davis has in the player is either waning or still there. The former LSU Tiger has been an immense disappointment to the coaching staff , the front office and in particular their long suffering fans who’ve had to witness the complete ineptitude shown by the led by Tom Cable and his staff. And to think that Raiders’ owner Al Davis is still revered within the NFL. ? I’ve got to wonder the irony of it all concerning the embarrassment to be found amongst the hapless Raiders !

Tebow (15)  left is  seen  here   alongside  his  former  college  coach   Urban  Meyer.   The   two  proved  to  be  very  sucessfule   as  a  team   combining to  win   two  national  titles   in  four  years.    photo  appears  courtesy of   boston.com/  articles ............
Tebow (15) left is seen here alongside his former college coach Urban Meyer. The two proved to be very sucessfule as a team combining to win two national titles in four years. photo appears courtesy of boston.com/ articles ............

Back again to the upcoming draft for one final time and the feeling is that Florida Gator quarterback Tim Tebow may well see his draft stock rise . Not just because of the apparent retooled delivery of his passing action but more so how the player has been conducting himself during the interview process with a number of NFL teams thus far. Now while the view is it has to be about the players’ performances during the drills and practices. Obviously how a player also performs during the interview process means a great deal and it bodes well for Tebow in showing his intelligence on and off the field of play. Do you think that former NFL player Ryan Leaf may have initially had that problem but it was overlooked firstly by the San Diego Chargers ? How fortuitous was it that the Indianapolis Colts didn’t take Leaf in the 1988 NFL Draft ?

DeMaurice Smith Executive Director of the NFLPA. Smith who assumed the position after the death of his predecessor Gene Upshaw. He was elected to the position by the board members of the Players' Association. Smith was a corporate litigation attorney for the DC law firm Patton Boggs. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Phillip Mitchell
DeMaurice Smith Executive Director of the NFLPA. Smith who assumed the position after the death of his predecessor Gene Upshaw. He was elected to the position by the board members of the Players' Association. Smith was a corporate litigation attorney for the DC law firm Patton Boggs. photo appears courtesy of Associated Press/ Phillip Mitchell

The NFL makes sure that its season is now an all round one that is a constant reminder that to its fans as to how important the game really is. Business is business,as they say but more and more that business is all about making money . Everything else is just considered to be an afterthought .

I don’t know that I may have missed anything but how is it that the NFL still believes that it’s possible to still continue with the belief that playing a regular season game in the United Kingdom adds to the excitement of the game ? Never mind the fact that the league’s hierarchy envisages having a franchise at some time in the future placed in the city of London. Never mind the asinine notion that the city of Los Angeles still yearns for the return of the NFL. In what universe, given the fact that in order to facilitate that prospect any proposed relocation to the city would be at a cost to the taxpayers in the city ? And fans there are said to be yearning this all ? Now unless I’m mistaken I was under the impression that the residents in the greater Los Angeles area were bright and highly intelligent ? I guess I was wrong but then again look at the financial mess that the California State Legislature has placed itself in ? Could it be anymore asinine than it is at present ,given the nature of the state legislature and the apparent idiocy of the state’s governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger ?

Goodell speaks on the Vick incident. But need I remind you there’s a conduct policy that the commissioner can use to suspend a player for conduct detrimental to the game as agreed to in the collective bargaining agreement between the NFL (league) and the NFLPA (union). Someone should broach Goodell on the reasons why he’s yet to act concerning Roethlisberger given that the player’s conduct has also been detrimental to the sport . It’s taken him this long to meet with the player much less make a statement on the matter. But yet he has always stated he’s concerned with the image of the players and their behavior ? Unfortunately Goodell and DeMaurice Smith just keep on blowing hot smoke up everyone’s ass on the matter ! But that’s to be expected as they couldn’t give a sh_t to begin with !

The NFL for all of its proclivities it tends to forget about the fans and what they mean to the game as a whole . But it’s becoming even more apparent the fans are not thought of as an integral part of the game by the heirarchy , players and the union itself. Doubt that ? Ask yourself this what has either the NFLPA (union) or the NFL for that matter done to rein in the behavior of its members when they’ve ran amok and broken the law . It’s not as if they’ve proceeded to be proactive at a given time. Image to the NFL has been merely about looking good from one moment to the next and never about doing what’s right at the appropriate time. Somehow I think that present NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell , his predecessor Paul Tagliabue and Goodell’s union counterpart NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith simply don’t give a damn ! If they did, then it’d be more apparent in their actions whereby they would either be dealing with many of the problems that have arisen. I’d like to think that there would be a concerted effort by both parties either jointly or singularly to deal with many of the problems concerning the off the field behavior of the players !

Common sense within the game at present isn’t at a premium and unfortunately it just seems to be an ongoing thing across the landscape of sports in general. Crap , just say it ain’t so ?

Alan Parkins aka tophatal ………………….

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Nappy Roots …………. “Po’ Folks”

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Adult  entertainment   star   and  actress   Tera  Patrick  .    Wonder  what  she   does  when   she's   got  some  down  time on  her  hands    as  they  say  ?
Adult entertainment star and actress Tera Patrick . Wonder what she does when she's got some down time on her hands as they say ?

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Author: tophatal ...........

Brit ex-pat living C Florida . Now working with a consultancy firm in the field of corporate governance on the international front , concerning economic policies . Also covering the area of finance , banking, international banking. An MBA graduate from the (LSE) and UCL (London) , M&A (mergers & acquisitions), economics , risk management & assessment . Martial artist (tae-kwondo, karate, savate , muy-thai) & an vowed sports ' fan , sports' junkie. Served in armed forces British ... Royal Marines . Taught unarmed combat to members of the military and also competed in tournaments prior to joining the Royal Marines . Also an avid motorcycle junkie & free running enthusiast . Tech geek and computer repair technician. Entertainment: Musical tastes _ reggae, r&b, soul, hip-hop, rap , jazz, classical. Film genres , Preferably thrillers , crime dramas Hobbies ..... reading biographies & anything by John Grisham Just a lil' something to make me feel comfortable ! Tophatal

20 thoughts on “Crap ! Say It Ain’t So ….. ?”

  1. Ah well….Mc could possibly help the Raiders….Lord knows they need it. Not only does Philly teams treat QB’s the public also.

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    1. al clements

      Mc’s going to help the Raiders ? How ’bout them helping him out by having an offense in terms of their wide receivers ? Never mind that the defense is still as porous as a sponge. They may well win no more than 6 games at best this upcoming season. But to most Raiders’ fans they’d probably call it a successful season to begin with !

      They probably use to the same drugs on dear ol’ Al that they used on Whacko Jacko just to keep his ass awake and then suppressant to put him to sleep.

      Alan Parkins

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  2. I’d be happy to get Mcnabb, but wouldn’t want to lose Asomugha. If we can get him for our 2nd round pick I’m all for it… Since the AFC West is so bad, I don’t mind going for it, but not at the expense of our pretty solid defense…

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    1. chappy

      The Raiders getting McNabb will probably be a one year thing as I don’t feel it’d be prudent of them to re-sign him to a long term contract that he seeks. And neither do I feel that they’ll tag him as a ‘franchise player’ and then have to offer him $ 20million for one year ?

      But then again the idiot front office and coaching staff isn’t all it’s cracked to be.

      Asomugha is ‘overrated’ as a corner-back ! But yet I remember you tell me how special he is because he’s a Pro Bowler.

      The Raiders’ defense is still as porous as a sponge and Asomugha and the rest of the defense clearly shows you why ! Need I say anymore on the matter ?

      Alan Parkins

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  3. chappy 81

    So you’re telling me that the Raiders will pay McNabb if they can’t resign him $20 million for one year ? I know that not even you are that naive to think that the Raiders are prepared to do that ! But then again we are talking about the Raiders where rationale went out the window a long time ago .

    Alan Parkins

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  4. chappy 81

    Write all you want about Asomugha but the proof is there for all to see in the team’s stats. Make sure you carefully read the e-mail I sent concerning the Raiders as it gives you more information that you need to take into context when you do your piece . Never mind the fascination about there’s a need for a franchise in LA. If the fans in the city wanted it then it’d have already happened. I doubt that the taxpayers want to be footing the bill for that !

    Alan Parkins

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    1. You should look at the “top receivers” boxscores against the Raiders. That’s where you get the stats on how good or not good Asomugha is. He plays one on one every down against the opposing teams best receiver… Vincent Jackson and Miles Austin are the only two to get over 100 yards this year, and what a coincidence, that Asomugha wasn’t on the field for that Thanksgiving day game against Dallas… He held Andre Johnson, Brandon Marshall (twice), Dwayne Bowe (twice), Desean Jackson, Chad Ochocinco, and Vincent Jackson (once) under 100 yards. That’s a pretty good list of guys that were held in check, by an average corner. The games where the other team didn’t have an elite reciever, there was only one that cracked the century mark… I’ll respond how I responded to your e-mail. Name the 8 corners you think are better!

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      1. chappy

        Those stats concerning the receivers mean nothing because it’s overall defense that counts. What you’re suggesting is as if Asomugha has only one specific responsibility on the field of play. It’s a collective thing on defense . You win and lose as a team and not as individuals. The NFL and the game of football is a “team sport” not an ” I” sport as in it’s about me and what I do . As you now seem to be making it out to be .

        And when they win , it’s done collectively as a team and not solely because of one individual. Or are you oblivious to that ?

        Alan Parkins

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      2. chappy

        And was the result any different in the end in the games that were lost by the Raiders ? The defense isn’t anywhere as good as it should be nor is it consistent enough ! As with most Raiders’ fans you can’t see the hills but for the trees. You take respite out of the little things instead of looking at the big picture overall .

        Alan Parkins

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  5. In my opinion a lot of individual statistics are overrated in a team sport. The talent level on the squad has got to be a factor in a players success. That is why the draft is such a crap shoot.
    I can’t quite put my finger on it, but there is definitely something about the Roethlisberger case that does not pass the smell test. A double standard perhaps?

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    1. aero

      The only area where teams stats counts in the game of baseball. Merely because of the contest between the pitcher , batter and the defensive elements of the game. In the NFL it’s a team sport and that’s what chappy fails to realize when he’s alleging that Asomugha is a ‘so called top flight defensive player’. If he and the Raiders’ defense were that damn good then the stats wouldn’t have them in the bottom half of every defensive category that matters in the NFL . I mean the guy isn’t even in the top ten list defensively at his position of cornerback ?

      Alan Parkins

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    1. Chris Humpherys

      I don’t have any implicit faith in the Bucs’ front office at present. And given their financial instability under the Glazer’s sons. I can see them trading down rather than taking the likes of McCoy, Suh or Okung ! That’s how little faith I have in Raheem and Mark Dominik !

      Alan Parkins

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    1. Chris Humpherys

      I don’t even know whether or not they’ll (Bucs) make the pick or trade down. They have eleven picks in the first 6 rounds and that’s far more than most teams.

      We’ll just have to wait and see what’ll happen on draft day .

      Alsn Parkins

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  6. Really think the Eagles will make a mistake by dealing away McNabb… to be honest… just don’t compare Kolb to Rodgers in the sense… for Green Bay Favre was older and Rodgers had more hype around him, but here it’s different.

    Also, think the Redskins are crazy to look at Clausen… hopefully if they ended up selecting him, they would trade down and get multiple picks in the first few rounds… but in the end, Washington taking a QB I think they would be much better off taking Bradford or McCoy…. or someone else much later on…

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    1. KP

      The Eagles front office are a bunch of idiots with Joe Banner (GM & Pres of Operations) at the helm of it all ! Either way they’re wanting to rid themselves of McNabb has more to do financially as to anything to do with the player’s game and his competitiveness.

      They should’ve been grooming Kolb already , rather than have him sitting on the sidelines with a clipboard over the last five years. Now they haven’t a pot to pi_s in or a window to throw it out of. McNabb is disgruntled as the Eagles’ coaching staff and front office are none the wiser for it at all !

      Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dumb !

      Alan Parkins

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