It’s Often Best To Be Seen And Not Heard ……………

It’s Often Best To Be Seen And Not Heard ……………

Well with the ongoing NFL lockout you simply knew that ESPN couldn’t live without getting a sound byte no matter how inane it might be. And you can simply count on ESPN to sink to the lowest common denominator to make sure that scenario arises . Reporter Sal Palantonio  in an interview with the Baltimore Ravens’ Ray Lewis had me chuckling when he correlated that the prolonged labor stoppage would lead to a rise in crime because the discerning NFL fan would have nothing to with there being no football. I simply wanted to say …” nig_a shut the fu_k up for God’s sake ” ! Ray Lewis knows about committing a crime and actually getting away with it because of the fact that the legal establishment simply obfuscated their responsibility as they often do , when taking a plea agreement or in this case, Lewis simply got off ” Scott free” in the manslaughter death of a victim in a deadly brawl during which two of Lewis’ accomplices actually committed this heinous act . ==================================================================================

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Courtesy of USA Today

Ravens’ Ray Lewis warns of spike in crime if NFL season is lost By Nate Davis , USA Today Ravens star LB Ray Lewis believes if the players and owners don’t soon find a way to resolve the ongoing lockout that people outside the NFL’s family could suffer far more severely than the ones squabbling within it. “We really got to remove pride. Seriously,” he said in an interview with ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio. “There’s no other reason the issue is going on. That’s why I don’t get into words and all that other stuff, because it takes away from life — itself. Man there are people who’s really struggling — for real. There’s real struggles out there. What we’re going through right now, we’re affecting way more than us. “There’s too many people (that) live through us, people live through us. Yeah, walk in the streets, the way I walk the streets, and I’m not talking about the people you see all the time.” Lewis goes on to suggest that the livelihoods of many fans and some of the NFL’s subsidiary employees — such as stadium workers — hang in the balance. “Do this research if we don’t have a season,” Lewis says. “Watch how much evil — which we call it crime — watch how much crime picks up, if you take away our game. … There’s nothing else to do, Sal.” —————————————————————————————————Click on the link to read this article in its entirety . =================================================================================

Ray Lewis ought to recognize that crime usually goes up primarily because of the harsh realities of an economy goes into the tank ____ it’s now there for all to see. Without a doubt Lewis is either showing his ignorance or he’s merely looking for a way to show that he feels aggrieved because of the league’s actions in initiating the stoppage . And the very fact that the stoppage itself has been legally upheld by a judicial ruling by the 8th District Court of Appeals in Minneapolis , Minnesota he of all people should be concerned with his own union (NFLPA) body has been doing while all of this plays out . The NFLPA has simply been about its own image and self worth while painting the league hierarchy as the villains of the piece . It’s at times like this I’m simply happy that the idiots within the NFL and the NFLPA show that what they lack in common sense is only exhibited by the stupidity that either side has shown in trying to further play to the public’s sympathy by simply looking to blame the other for something that they collectively brought into being .

As respected as Lewis may well be by his peers within the league and some fans across the NFL panacea , I do believe that he could have expressed himself considerably better . Emotional as he may well be about this stoppage , he should remember also that the average fan out there isn’t as lucky to have been attributed with the Lewis’ God given talents and the fact that they would be able to earn a multi million dollar salary each year . And in spite of his image makeover after his legal issues in the aftermath of the trial that took place in the manslaughter death of that male victim by his two accomplices I still believe that Lewis is considerably lucky not to be behind bars ! Were this a mere civilian rather than a high profile athlete the outcome might well have been different. At this juncture there’s not much more that can be really said other than the words I’ve already directed at the Ravens’ player !

We all know the idiocy that has taken place concerning the New York Mets  and the fact that the organization as well two of the team’s most prominent owners Saul Katz and Fred Wilpon  as defendants are being sued in a Federal Court by the plaintiffs in the Bernard Madoff Ponzi scheme scandal . The plaintiffs are being represented by noted attorney Irving Picard . In light of this Katz and Wilpon have plead their innocence in any wrongdoing and have stated that they are if anything victims of Madoff’s malfeasance rather than being enablers that have profited financially wherein the duo have received in excess of 700 million over the decades that the scheme had been enacted.

Given the grave financial instability of of the New York Mets I found it quite comedic that Fred Wilpon was being critical of several players on this team most notably Jose Reyes , Carlos Beltran and David Wright . Wilpon stated that he felt that Reyes, in the process of seeking a contract extension isn’t good enough to be earning a Carl Crawford type of a contract (7 years / $140 million ) and that Beltran isn’t the same player they signed to a 7 year $119 million contract. Furthermore , he went on to state that the team’s All Star and team captain David Wright isn’t a star in the making or simply good enough to be compared to his cross-town counterpart Derek Jeter  . Strong words indeed for an owner who simply signed the checks on the say so, of then general manager Omar Minaya  . And during Minaya’s tenure it simply wasn’t about attaining players for the sake of it but merely gaining back page coverage in order to compete with the New York Yankees for that coverage on the sports’ pages within the nation’s largest ad market and also on the local television there within the Big Apple. I’ve got to say when you’re that envious, there’s got to be something that you can do better in order to obtain a higher profile rather than spending money so capriciously ! Keeping up with the Joneses ?

This season much like last season it would appear that the New York Mets are simply mediocre and I seriously doubt that things are liable to change anytime soon . And even though the organization sought to bring in Sandy Alderson , J P Riccardi  to head the front office as Exec VP, general manager , assistant EVP general manager it still has me wondering whether or not this will be enough to turn things around for a team that has been engulfed in such an abysmal situation where much of that has been self inflicted by the idiotic personnel decisions made . But it appears even with a new manager Terry Collins and coaching staff in tow it appears that things haven’t changed all that much from his predecessor Jerry Manuel was leading this team. Minaya and Manuel simply took this team to depths of mediocrity and beyond if that’s actually possible . And Minaya simply tried to justify the personnel decisions made that brought this club to where they became somewhat of a laughing stock . Never mind that uber-agent  Scott Boras  and many of his clients made off like thieves in the night as the Mets simply overpaid for mediocre talent .

Courtesy of Sports Illustrated

Mets owner Fred Wilpon sounds off on his beloved team’s troubles By Tom Verducci , Sports Illustrated New York Mets owner Fred Wilpon, as profiled this week in Sports Illustrated, provided a blunt picture of the team’s finances: The team is “bleeding cash” at the rate of a possible $70 million loss this year and his ownership of the team could be jeopardized by the $1 billion lawsuit against him and his Sterling Equities partners. The suit was filed by the trustee of the liquidation of Bernie Madoff’s investments. What does it mean for the baseball operations? In the short term, the Mets likely will cut payroll next year by about 30 percent and give a voice to a new investor that Wilpon expects to introduce in about three weeks — an investor he will treat as a limited partner. Is Wilpon worried that the lawsuit — in which the trustee wants about $300 million in fictitious profits and another $700 million in principal the Sterling partners put into Madoff accounts — could cause him to lose the team? “Not right now, no,” he told SI in an exclusive interview last week. “Because I don’t think anybody thinks that 700 is realistic.” ————————————————————————————————————————-

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At present the New York Mets  6-4 in their last ten games coming off a two game losing streak but they’re already 4 1/2 games behind the division leading Philadelphia Phillies  (28-18) within the NL East . And as spirited a change as many well have thought might have taken place with the Mets this team continues to perform monstrously in the most inexplicably of ways . Injuries or not the explanation being given by Wilpon as to the team’s present woes while in part justifiable it simply doesn’t go anywhere in explaining how it is that he and the front office have simply let things get to where they are at present . Most team owners I would have thought would desire some real effort put forth by its players even in the face of real adversity . Instead all we have seen from this team is an exceptionally inept organization from top to bottom in terms of its performances both and off the field of play.

Now some might say it is still too early to judge Alderson , Riccardi and Collins at present but if things continue to get any worse I can assure you that the fans in attendance at Citi Field for the team’s home games can’t continue to endure the mediocrity that seems to be part of this organization’s current mantra. Er’go it’s akin to the laughable excuses I’ve heard being uttered when some patrons try to state that because a change are in the offing, it solicits that the changes being made even if they are incremental , will be for the better . Since when was the game of baseball not been about what you’re doing now but what you’ll be doing four to five years from now . And that's especially true when teams are struggling not only from a competitive standpoint but also financially as well ! If one is going to delve also into the business of sports at least one should show the acumen to understand that the game simply isn't just about winning but also being a profitable going concern. After all the owners are simply doing this all out of the goodness of their heart but some idiotic fans seem to be under the impression and that making money is the last thing that the team owners simply want to do !

Fred Wilpon and his partners within the Mets’ organization and at his company Sterling Equities of which Katz happens to be a co-founder have a lot to be concerned with given their reluctance to comply with many of the requests of the plantiffs’ attorney Irving Picard with regard to certain financial documents still in their possession concerning monetary movements between the New York Mets and the financial concern under their command. I get the feeling that Wilpon has made this statement simply to deflect the attention he feels that has been unwarranted concerning his actions and Saul Katz’s as it relates to the financial scandal that has engulfed the Mets and their company ! He may well be justified in calling out certain players but he also should be taking a close look at his own actions in all of this , as an owner , he too has a responsibility to voice his concerns but it was clear that was the furthest thing from his mind at the time when he , in conjunction with Minaya and Jerry Manuel decided to make many of the outrageous personnel decisions that have brought the New York Mets to where they presently are.

As this season plays itself out it will be very interesting to see how things pan out for the New York Mets and the steps that might well be taken by the front office come the trade deadline . Win or lose , as of now , the clock is ticking on this organization’s immediate future and the shape that it will ultimately take. The league hierarchy under Bud Selig may well be watching this all with a great deal of close scrutiny because simply put, in the aftermath of the Los Angeles Dodgers’ debacle , their financial woes and the assault of a San Francisco Giants’ fan, Brian Stow , at Dodgers Stadium . The last thing the game now needs is another black eye to further taint its already tarnished image .



Picture gallery for your perusal .

What thoughts if any do you have on the points raised within this piece ? And do you believe that the statements attributed to both Lewis and Wilpon in any way are somehow justified ? Chime in with your thoughts as see fit .

Alan aka tophatal …………..

Picture and slide show details below .


(1) Lewis seen here in his interview with ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio speaks of what he sees as the ramifications of what he sees will embody and impact this lockout with regard to the NFL fan . ESPN/ Mark Gustaffson …….

(2) Linebackers Ray Lewis (52) and Terrell Suggs (55) of the Baltimore Ravens celebrate a play during their 2011 AFC wild card playoff game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on January 9, 2011 in Kansas City, Missouri. Getty Images North America / Dilip Vishwanath …..

(3) From left to right Fred Wilpon , GM Sandy Alderson , team manager Terry Collins , Mets’ COO Jeff Wilpon  and team President Saul Katz . Collins was being formally introduced to the public and New York press as the team’s new manager after the abrupt firing of his predecessor Jerry Manuel . Getty Images / Chris McGrath ……

(4) Mike Pelfrey (34) of the New York Mets reacts after giving up a first inning home run to Curtis Granderson (14) of the New York Yankees on May 22, 2011 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. Yankees defeat the Mets  9-3 . Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images …..

(5) Chris Dickerson (27) of the New York Yankees hits a double in the seventh inning against the New York Mets on May 22, 2011 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. Yankees defeat the Mets 9-3. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

(6) Mike Pelfrey of the New York Mets is pulled in the seventh inning as teammates Daniel Murphy(28) , Willie Harris(22), and manager Terry Collins (10) look on against the New York Yankees on May 22, 2011 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. Yankees defeat the Mets 9-3. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images ……

(7) Derek Jeter (2) of the New York Yankees and Jose Reyes (7) of the New York Mets share a laugh on May 21, 2011 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. Yankees defeat the Mets  7-3 . Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images ….

(8) David Wright(5) of the New York Mets who’s on the team’s DL sits on the bench during the game between the New York Mets and the New York Yankees on May 20, 2011 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. Mets defeat the Yankees 2-1 . Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images ……

(9) Mark Teixeira (25) of the New York Yankees (not pictured) hits a home run just over the leap of Carlos Beltran(15) of the New York Mets in the bottom of the third on May 20, 2011 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images ……..


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18 thoughts on “It’s Often Best To Be Seen And Not Heard ……………”

  1. ‘I don’t care what you say I’ve never had changed Mr Wilpon out his diapers ‘ . Minaya speaking with then manager Jerry Manuel .

    tophatal …………….


  2. Ray Lewis makes me feel proud to say ………….. ‘I think he’s another reason why” Brown vs Board of Education was needed ! Because simply put , can you imagine what it’d have been like had his black ass not been educated ? What type of dumb ass comment would he have come up with then ?

    Way to go Ray ……. you’ve set back the cause of an educated African American male at least more than three decades and quite possibly a couple of generations as well with your fuc_king ignorance ! Did the crime rate go up during the last NFL work stoppage as well ?

    tophatal …………


  3. Ray should stick to selling soap and leave crime prevention to the professionals.
    You can tell when a baseball executive is lying… his lips are moving:)


    1. aero

      With this comment Lewis simply makes the likes of Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson appear to be profoundly intelligent and that’s saying a lot given that those two hog the limelight and simply look for the next photo-op at the drop of a hat !

      My nigga did you hear what brother Ray said today ? Yes sir I did brother Al and he makes me proud to be a black man in these here fine United States ‘ !

      Now all we need is for the tri-fecta with Spike Lee interjecting his ass in the midst of this idiocy ! ‘nough said !

      tophatal …. 🙂


  4. stupid says as stupid does. Ray Lewis is idiot. The owners of the Mets are stupid. Just because these clowns have money this doens’t eman they kniow what they are doing. Stupid, Stupid, stupid. Ray Lewis is another one of those great thinkers of all time.


    1. Bobby Gee

      Lewis is better off serving man-kind by simply doing what he does best and that’s to prove that he’s perhaps “the best defensive player” to have come down the pike since “LT ” left the NFL to become a crack addict and sexual predator . Other than that there’s not much else that can be said !

      Both Katz and Wilpon are damn frigging morons and you can add Minaya and Jerry Manuel to that list . Minaya , Wilpon and Manuel couldn’t spot talent much less spell the _ucking word but here’s Wilpon calling out his players after he’s the dumb ass_ole that has signed the checks for the same lass ones on the roster he’s now calling out . Go figure !

      tophatal ………….


  5. I do not know what Ray was thinking but he may just be trying any trick up his sleeve to get this NFL situation resolved. The Mets organization is not looking good and the guys within the top of the organization are idiots. Good article.


    1. Hersch

      No one ever claimed that Lewis was a Stanford or MIT grad and unfortunately that talent that’s churned out from U of Miami in terms of intelligence well let’s just say those guys aren’t going to be employed by NASA or any particular governmental agency where a high IQ is required .

      As for the Mets from top to bottom that organization is absolute crap ! . Dog sh_t would come up smelling like roses by comparison to the Mets at this juncture .

      tophatal …………….


  6. Ray isn’t the smartest guy. I wonder if he thinks crime goes up when football isn’t going because he killed someone during the bye week before the super bowl awhile back!


    1. chappy

      I’m pretty sure crime went up on the night that two of Ray’s buddies decided that it was best to stab to death a guy during that brawl that Lewis as such was a participant in. And that’s even with him not having been physically involved in the assault although he was verbally abusive to the victim and the victim’s friends . My how little even Ray himself remembers !

      Instead we had the image makeover a la Kobe taking every photo-op to be alongside kids and doing good deeds. It still doesn’t change the fact that his ass got off lightly because the DA’s in Miami Dade DA’s office were too fu_king dumb and unwilling to charge him as they should’ve done . Had that been a civilian involved in that assault and who’d taken the actions of Lewis they would have been charged in some fashion and that’s a fact !

      Well he did go to the U of M (Hurricanes) not exactly an educational establishment renowned for turning out the brightest of academic talent to begin with !

      tophatal ……….

      tophatal ………….


  7. LOL, Whatever Ray was smoking, please get me some of that!

    What do you think about the Mike Brown hiring today? IMO opinion, it was a bizarre move. Why not Shaw, who’s been Phil’s sideman for god knows how many years, or even Adelman. It really came outta nowhere. Yeah, hes a defensive minded coach, but I think he struggles with X’s and O’s. I personally would have went with Shaw, who understood Phil’s system. It would be quite interesting to see how Brown deals with all of those ego’s in LA. We might be seeing alot more of this…..


    1. jgome

      Lewis doesn’t have to think to prove he’s an asshole ! He simply opens up his mouth and absolute shit will come out !

      I’ve said all along I thought that Shaw would be the presumed choice as Phil’s successor ! He (Shaw) knows the ‘Triangle Offense’ and he’s more of a defensive minded coach as he’s a disciple of not only Phil but also of Phil’s mentor Tex Winter . It appears that Buss’ son Jim Buss felt that Brown would be a better fit than Shaw. What I’d like to know however is how much of an input and say might Kobe have had in the matter at the end of the day ? Obviously what any of the Buss’s say ……goes ! So Kupchak either had to agree with the decision or his ass would’ve been grass !

      If the ‘relationship’ between Brown and Bryant isn’t conducive from the start then look for things to become real testy in La La Land .

      tophatal ………


    1. Chris Humpherys

      I don’t know ! But if I were a betting man I’d be looking at Plax once he gets out next month (6th June) . I hear that Vick wants him in Philly ? What the f_ck could go wrong there should those two get together ? LO,LOL,LOL !!!

      “This isn’t a black or white thing is it because I’m part Cherokee “. Kevin Kolb speaking to Michaeal Vick on the sidelines of a game.

      Do you honestly believe that Kolb is good enough to be a starter and win in this league ?

      tophatal ………


    1. I didn’t think that a MLB game could have been played and executed so badly ! But then again these two teams (Mets / Pirates ) might well be the worst duo in the league with the exception of the Twins at present .

      The only thing funnier might well have been an eighty year old female streaker running across the diamond at Citi Field . But then again that might prove to be more entertaining than watching either the Mets or Pirates play wouldn’t you agree ?

      Mind you at Wimbledon when the chicks there streak they look a hell of lot better than an wrinkled up female octogenarian . !

      tophatal ………..


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