It’s Not What You Do But The Way That You Do It ….
By tophatal ………
The NFL season is down to its last two games with pretty much every division being sewn up with the exception of the NFC East . In what is a ” must win game ” for both the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants , the victor will end up be the divisional champion as well as the fourth seed in the NFC .
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It would be remiss to suggest that coaches Jason Garrett and Tom Coughlin are under undue pressure , given the respective woes of their teams this season . Anything short of a postseason berth and the fans could very well end up calling for the heads of both coaches. Granted , Cowboys’ owner and general manager Jerry Jones has steadfastly stood by his young coach and all of his missteps over the course of the season . But you simply cannot deny that Jason Garrett and this team have very much underperformed in spite of the public statements made by the team’s ambitious owner .
It’s hard what to make of the New York Giants this season as Coughlin , his coaching staff and this team have simply once again lured their fans into a fall sense of security . If there’s a Giants’ fan out there who can simply explain to me why and how over the last three seasons this franchise has simply lumbered from one midseason collapse to another without there being any backlash against the players or coaching staff then I am in need of some type of an explanation ! Is ineptitude and apathy par for the course amongst the New York Giants ? Also can we simply get over this idiocy that Giants’ quarterback Eli Manning can now be classified as being amongst the elite players at the position over the course of this season . Nothing at this juncture could be further from the truth and the idiots buying into this idea , I would suggest they simply look at the player’s statistics as to the real worth of the player in spite of his alleged efficiency in the fourth quarter of a game . Manning’s touchdown to interception ratio is 2:1 and that if anything to me is even of a greater bearing on his so called performances rather than this asinine notion as to his overall efficiency. Those mistakes can’t be hidden or deferred by other stats and bear an even greater burden upon a team in terms of losses. Those stats if anything are even more pertinent when one is talking about Eli Manning’s displays this season. That asides beyond his success in the Superbowl (SBXLII) ( SB42) , the player’s aspirations and qualifications are simply borne out by the Manning last name and his riding on that moniker .
The match-up between the Cowboys and Giants as I stated earlier will have a great deal riding on the outcome as it relates to the aspirations at the culmination of the season. From my own perspective I do not believe that either team will prove to be a stern enough test for either the Green Bay Packers , New Orleans Saints or San Francisco 49ers should either of the aforementioned teams be an adversary for either of the duo during the playoffs. Such is my belief that those three teams stand head and shoulders above the rest of the playoff contenders within the conference ! Now all that now awaits the most ardent of NFL fans just happens to be schedule playing itself with all of the drama that we have come to expect that tends to go alongside the uncertainty of the NFL season.
Is it me but are the so called purists within the NFL fraternity that damn naive to think that Drew Brees’ breaking of Dan Marino’s long standing record isn’t of merit ? This idiocy that the records aren’t meant to be broken because of an ever changing area and the evolution of the game somewhat demeans the Saints’ quarterback’s feat this season . But I digress , as the NFL analysts providing the so called analysis and commentary tend to show about as much insight with regard to the game as Paris Hilton might have when addressing the nuances of the English language and literature in any great depth . ! The NFL records are no more sacrosanct that many of the now tarnished records within baseball (MLB) ! But then again one simply has to to look at the pompous oafs who now oversee baseball game to realize how inept that they have been while the players have simply flouted the rules of the sport. From my own perspective this record was bound to be surpassed either this season or next given the proliferation of the game and the preponderance of the quarterbacks in relying upon the use of their arm . The NFL has in essence become a pass happy and pass first with the running game now taking second fiddle and merely being used at the outset to stifle the opposition .
So the NBA season is off to an inauspicious start with the marquee matchup on the opening day having been the game between the reigning NBA champions the Dallas Mavericks in their rematch against the Miami Heat . With the Heat trio of Chris Bosh , LeBron James and Dwyane Wade looking to avenge last season’s unexpected series loss , this year will be one which will truly test this reconstructed Miami Heat team . There is no doubt in my mind that head coach Erik Spoelstra in conjunction with his mentor team President Pat Riley know that all eyes will be upon them as well as the entire organization . Operational losses by the Miami Heat prior to the acquisition of both Bosh and James led to the Riley and team owner Micky Arison engineering the deals that would bring both NBA All Stars to South Beach.
Now the Miami Heat arguably are the best team within the Eastern Conference but many argue that the Chicago Bulls and the veteran presence of the Boston Celtics could possibly be amongst the claimants who could also offer themselves up as viable candidates . Whilst Spoelstra has a further year of experience under his belt as the Heat’s head coach , I do believe that Tom Thibodeau and Doc Rivers are actually better coaches in many facets of the game beyond the capacity shown by Erik Spoelstra . LeBron James for his part was very much the primary reason why the Heat failed so miserably in the NBA Finals last season . But it would be remiss to suggest that the two time league MVP is solely to blame for his team’s woes but it was very clear that James does bear the brunt of the responsibility for the Miami Heat’s poor showing in that historic series . Dwyane Wade as well should now be taking a look at himself in the mirror along with teammate Chris Bosh as they failed to show the leadership one would have thought could from such seasoned veterans . Instead all of the proverbial excuses one would come to expect from coddled NBA superstars whom NBA Commissioner David Stern believe should be the face of the NBA and the league’s biggest selling point .
The league hierarchy and team owners have done themselves no favors this season with their rather inept handling of the NBA induced work stoppage but even more so the greed of all parties concerned in particular by the NBPA (union) gives even more credence as to the main reason why there is literally no common sense being shown by the NBA ! What might be even more absurd however is this rather naive belief that the league even with its new collective bargaining agreement there is this sense financial fiduciary responsibility being shown by the NBA . There is still a great deal of resentment amongst the owners themselves over this new deal which the commissioner himself has failed to acknowledge even knowing that five prominent owners led by Micky Arison (Miami Heat) and Mark Cuban of the Dallas Mavericks voted against the ratification of this deal in total opposition of their peers .
While there now seems to be a great deal of delight in the fact that the Chris Paul … trade has taken place with th former New Orleans Hornets’ player now happily ensconced with the Los Angeles Clippers , very little has been made of or mentioned of the fact that the Hornets are now fighting for their very survival as an NBA franchise , all this while the organization is now under league ownership , without the commissioner himself said to be actively pursuing a new owner of the team. Someone please explain to me the absolute apathy of the fans and that of the league hierarchy itself ___ never mind the idiocy now being shown by team GM Dell Demps and Jac Silver the de facto lead executive of the of the organization who is directly answerable to the NBA commissioner in all matters as it relates to the franchise ? The New Orleans Hornets have been hemorrhaging red ink amongst its bottom line for the last five years and has been one of the least favorable teams in terms of attendance over that period and that is spite of being the recipient of some $55 million from the league hierarchy over the last two years . What is even more staggering , is that in spite of all of these moves Dell Demps and David Stern are of the belief that the New Orleans Hornets as an organization and team can remain solvent and competitive . I for one would like to know what they are now basing those findings on rather than merely speculating that things are about to get better for this franchise !
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As the NFL season now plays itself out with week seventeen’s schedule now awaiting the culmination of another arduous regular season it remains to be seen what dramas are left to unfold . Obviously there are a number of teams this season that have disappointed the NFL fans in general , while others have simply exceeded their own expectations and that of their very fans . The NBA itself with its own truncated season could well fail to live up to the perceived hype and expectations that the league hierarchy and union (NBPA) still believes that the fans yearn ____ but here again it will be about how these teams adapt to their environment and the rigors of the season . What thoughts if any do you have on the points raised within this piece ? Simply leave a comment as to your thoughts .
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(1) Philadelphia Eagles tight end Brent Celek (87) scores a touchdown against Dallas Cowboys free safety Gerald Sensabaugh (43) during the first quarter of an NFL football game, Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011, in Arlington, Texas. The Eagles would end up defeating the Cowboys 20-7 . AP Photo/Sharon Ellman …
(2) Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) sits out with his throwing hand wrapped after being injured on the first series during the first half of an NFL football game Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011, in Arlington, Texas. The Eagles won 20-7 . AP Photo/Waco Tribune Herald, Jose Yau ….
(3) ARLINGTON, TX – DECEMBER 24: Stephen McGee (7) of the Dallas Cowboys on the field during play against the Philadelphia Eagles at Cowboys Stadium on December 24, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images …..
(4) ARLINGTON, TX – DECEMBER 24: Dez Bryant (88) of the Dallas Cowboys runs the ball past Nate Allen (29) of the Philadelphia Eagles at Cowboys Stadium on December 24, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images ….
(5) EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – DECEMBER 24: Eli Manning (10) of the New York Giants looks to throw a pass against the New York Jets during the first quarter of a game at MetLife Stadium on December 24, 2011 in East Rutherford. New Jersey. Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images …..
(6) EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – DECEMBER 24: Head coach Tom Coughlin of the New York Giants yells to his team during the second quarter of a game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium on December 24, 2011 in East Rutherford. New Jersey. Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images ……
(7) EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – DECEMBER 24: Mark Sanchez (6) of the New York Jets reaches for the ball as Jason Pierre-Paul (90) of the New York Giants tackles him during the second half of a game at MetLife Stadium on December 24, 2011 in East Rutherford. New Jersey. Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images …
(8) NEW ORLEANS, LA – DECEMBER 26: Quarterback Drew Brees (9) of the New Orleans Saints throws a pass against the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on December 26, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Saints defeated the Falcons 45-16 . Brees during the game would go on to surpass Dan Marino’s single season passing record of 5084 yds in a season which had stood since 1984 . Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images ………
(9) NEW ORLEANS, LA – DECEMBER 26: Jimmy Graham (80) of the New Orleans Saints signals for a first down against the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on December 26, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Saints defeated the Falcons 45-16. Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images …
(10) Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) dribbles during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks in Dallas, Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011. James scored 37 points in the 105-94 season-opener win. AP Photo/LM Otero …..
(11) NBA Commissioner David Stern, right, looks on as Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban speaks to fans before an NBA basketball game between the Mavericks and the Miami Heat in Dallas, Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011. AP Photo/LM Otero …..
(12) DALLAS, TX – DECEMBER 25: Dwyane Wade (3) of the Miami Heat takes a shot against Vince Carter (25) of the Dallas Mavericks during the NBA season opening game at American Airlines Center on December 25, 2011 in Dallas, Texas. AP Photo/Ronald Martinez/Getty Images …….
(13) DALLAS, TX – DECEMBER 25: Dirk Nowitzki (41) of the Dallas Mavericks dribbles the ball against Joel Anthony (50) of the Miami Heat during the NBA season opening game at American Airlines Center on December 25, 2011 in Dallas, Texas. Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images ….
(14) Trevor Ariza (1) of the New Orleans Hornets drives the ball against Steve Nash (13) , Grant Hill (33) and Channing Frye (8) of the Phoenix Suns during the season openning NBA game at US Airways Center on December 26, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Hornets defeated the Suns 85-84 . Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images …
(15) Chris Kaman (35) of the New Orleans Hornets puts up a shot over Josh Childress (1) of the Phoenix Suns during the season opening NBA game at US Airways Center on December 26, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Hornets defeated the Suns 85-84 . Getty Images /Chris Petersen …
(16) Chris Kaman (35) of the New Orleans Hornets puts up a shot over Josh Childress (1) of the Phoenix Suns during the season opening NBA game at US Airways Center on December 26, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Hornets defeated the Suns 85-84 . Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images …. …..
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