Into the valley of death rode the six hundred
“Half a league, half a league,
Half a league onward,
All in the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.
‘Forward the Light Brigade!
Charge for the guns!’ he said:
Into the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.
‘Forward, the Light Brigade!’
Was there a man dismayed?
Not though the soldier knew
Some one had blundered:
Theirs not to make reply,
Theirs not to reason why,
Theirs but to do and die:” by Lord Alfred Tennyson
The NFL preseason has kicked off with the usual flurry though not with the expectations accorded a new season, being embarked upon within the league. In the midst of the off the field idiocy that’s said to be taking place , we still have the NFL battling litigiously as a defendant and plaintiff, in a number of legal issues that has created the perception that the league hierarchy is clearly clueless under the tenure NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell . I firmly believe , that the proponents of those supporting Goodell to succeed the outgoing , Paul Tagliabue . Had they hindsight to fully grasp how incompetent the incumbent has been, it is my belief that they would have been far more judicious in their choice ! . At this juncture Robert Kraft , Steve Bisciotti , Jerry Jones , Jerry Richardson , Dan Rooney III , John K Mara , may well on the face of it, show signs of contentment with the incumbent but behind closed they might well be rethinking their position concerning Roger Goodell .
Slide show .
First off, the issue of the New Orleans Saints scandal still stands within their midst , with Saints’ defensive player Jonathan Vilma’s defamation lawsuit still standing leeringly over the head of the NFL . A US Federal Court judge of the 5th District , in New Orleans , Louisiana , having stated that he believes a compromise can be worked out between the two sides , and has not ruled out hearing the case in due course. This is the last thing that Goodell as a defendant as well as the NFL wanted to hear. Such has been the poor handling of this ongoing issue , that I for one firmly believe if this matter cannot be resolved expeditiously , it could come back to be a major embarrassment for all parties concerned. As it now stands, for all of the posturing said to be taking place , neither side comes off looking good , from an image standpoint . The league has shown no transparency as how they gathered and derived much of the evidence used to suspend the four alleged players involved in the scandal. And but for the less than contrite apologies forthcoming from the Saints’ current and former coaching staff as well as GM Micky Loomis, I seriously doubt we would have truly known outright the depth of the malfeasance that has taken place concerning this sordid episode . Now to exacerbate things further the league is now embroiled in waging a battle that could very well turn into an all-out war with the league officials , who preside over the NFL games during the regular and postseason.
Goodell , prior to this latest episode with the NFLRA (referees’ union) saw fit to denounce the union, calling them disingenuous and operating from a position of strength , when in fact that they were unjustified in doing so. Furthermore, the commissioner also stated that it was unjust for the referees’ union to call for a strike action in the lead-up to the pre and regular season . Well, at no time had the union call for such an action , the only thing being sought, was there to be a starting point for the negotiations between the two sides . Something now the league has yet to acknowledge, albeit that the NFL , chief legal counsel Jeff Pash has stated that this is something the league had sought all along. Adolphus Birch III, chief labor negotiations’ adviser to the NFL , whose diligence led to what some might feel was the only way for the NFL to end its impasse with the NFLPA (Players’ Union) during their long and often contentious battle , is now said to be working closely behind the scenes with the senior members of the union’s hierarchy , as he seeks to reach a far-reaching compromise between the two sides that would lead to sanctioned officials working the 2012-13 regular season schedule . As of now, that situation remains in jeopardy , with the NFL , having already used replacement officials for the opening games of this preseason.
In terms of implicit faith , I have never seen fit to trust Roger Goodell, and how he conducts the business of the NFL ! For an individual in such a position of power , his communicative skills are certainly mediocre and I do believe that he wields far too much power in terms of his influence, and the way in which he is the sole arbiter justice , as related to the punishment meted out to the players concerning their on and off the field transgressions ! Goodell, has been quick to point out that Vilma’s actions in terms of his defamation lawsuit , has no bearing upon the actions taken by himself in suspending the player , three of his peers as well as current and former members of the Saints’ coaching staff. However, the commissioner has seen fit to hide behind the tenets of jurisprudence as it relates to the league’s own transgressions concerning their willingly withholding evidence of concerning the effects of blunt force head trauma and its cause-and-effect for current and former NFL players suffering various neurological disorders CTE ([chronic traumatic encephalopathy]), concussions , short and long-term memory loss, vision impaired issues, aneurysms . Do you get the feeling that the league hierarchy always had something to hide concerning this issue? And for the idiots out there who continue to suggest that the players knew exactly what they were getting into as it relates to the full-contact sport of the NFL . Well I would suggest you consider the actions of “Big Tobacco” and their surreptitious maneuvers concerning their product, the evidence withheld and which they sought to have stricken from their research. Are their actions any different from those of the NFL and the very fact that at no time had the league sought to make their own research public . Instead , it has been left to world-renowned bastions of academia to hold the NFL accountable for their lack of action and embellishing of the truth.
I have read number of pieces within this forum by individuals who will rail on about the grandest of the NFL its popularity but rarely have I read anyone taking the league to task on the aforementioned issues. Instead , it is if they remain oblivious to what is actually happening in-front of their very eyes or they simply lack the wherewithal to question the NFL image . Prior to the start of the preseason , Goodell saw fit to avail the fans analysts with the very to make everyone aware that the league would be adding another $1.75 billion in additional revenue by way of a renegotiated television contract . Money may well be the root of all evil but in the eyes of the NFL it is very much the dulcet tones of mezzo-soprano singing an aria . With the NBA revenues now deriving in excess of $7.75 billion annually and who continues to offer the public something of a diluted product while the franchise owners continue to cajole municipalities into using their resources to facilitate the building of new venues for multimillionaires and billionaires . And it certainly doesn’t help that rarely does the league seek to avail their franchises with its G4 loan program
when they seek to build a new facility , instead it is left to the cities where many of the franchises operate are coerced into financing such arenas. You merely have to see the idiocy of the Minnesota state legislature and the very fact that the governor , Mark Dayton (R-MN) succumbed to a number of his state legislators and the lobbyists who represented the interests of the Minnesota Vikings. Team owner Zygi Wilf was relentless in pressing the case for the franchise he owns , without ever taking into account that the state faced a burgeoning state deficit of $5.6 billion ($ 5,600,000,000), and that state agency having to furlough state employees or and cut the state’s education budget , in order to stave off financial ruin. Some would suggest that because the Vikings are part of the minutiae of the fabric of the St-Paul Minneapolis area , it was a matter of urgency that the Vikings be retained within the vicinity , rather than seeing the franchise relocate elsewhere .
Minnesota in part will be partially funding the $1.2 billion development that will house the venue that will be named Target Field , in Minneapolis . As to the franchise’s aspirations this season within the NFC North, well, everything will most certainly lead to all avenues , and will have to go through the Green Bay Packers. Head coach, Leslie Frazier will be hard pressed to make this team competitive this season, given their schedule .
GM Chris Spielman and the coaching staff were judicious in the drafting of the players they believe will make great contribution for the franchise this season. The team’s preseason schedule began with their meeting the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park, San Francisco , California ,. The resultant 17-6 loss by the Vikings, this past Friday, the event gave us little by way of an indication by way of expectation from this beleaguered franchise. Game two of their preseason schedule pits the Vikings against the Buffalo Bills . With both teams looking to resurrect their fortunes after last year’s underachievement , it will be interesting to gauge how both of these teams will fare in 2012. From my own perspective the Buffalo Bills and Minnesota Vikings are due for some good fortune but much of that will be predicated on the ambitions of the franchises and how they each seek to acquit themselves over the course of the 2012 regular season schedule .
A great deal is being asked of both Robert Griffin III and Andrew Luck for this season , with both players taken as the number’s 1 and 2 draft picks in 2012 NFL Draft. Also as the top two quarterbacks taken the added pressure being placed upon further heightens the expectations. For general managers Ryan Grigson of the Indianapolis Colts and Bruce Allen of the Washington Redskins , theirs is a season which will be predicated upon the play both of these quarterbacks rookie quarterbacks. With the scintillating performances of Cam Newton in 2011 , the bar has been set very high by the 2011 number one draft pick from last season’s NFL Draft. Beyond the aspirations of Luck , RGIII , Brandon Weeden, Ryan Tannehill, Brock Osweiler and Russell Wilson , are each likely to see some action at some point during the regular season but in all likelihood their baptisms of fire will come in form of the preseason . If they are able to prove themselves to their respective head coaches , then in all probability there is the chance at some point during the regular season we are like to see the quarterbacks beyond Griffin and Luck , start for their respective teams.
If there is said to be a certainty with regard to the NFL season then it is the very fact that year-in-and-year-out there is bound to be a managerial casualty . This season will be no different , while Norv Turner continues to walk a tight rope of uncertainty and ineptitude with the San Diego Chargers . Pete Carroll , among the league’s highest paid coaches ($7.5 million a-year) continues to prove that in spite of his success at the collegiate level , he is not an NFL caliber coach . And for those making the claim that this season , this current Seahawks’ team , is the very best that unit that he has had at disposal , since he assumed the mantle of the head coach of this franchise . Let’s put it this way, if Carroll is unable to guide this unit deep into the postseason , then team owner Paul Allen , seriously has to consider jettisoning the head coach .
For Lovie Smith , this may well be the final season , with which has the chance to guide the Chicago Bears and redeem his and that of the Bears’ reputation . The 2010 NFC title game was a damning indictment of how lackluster and gutless the team just happened to be . Jay Cutler, simply has no heart , in spite of the claims that he is an immensely talented quarterback . The day he wins a meaningful game but more aptly , possesses the leadership skills to lead , then perhaps one might take those claims more credibly . If Rex Ryan missed his vocation , then it should have been as a federal legislator in either the House of Representatives or US Senate . How he can continue to come up with that deluge of garbage professing to the merits of the New York Jets while claim there is some veracity to his claims , is as asinine as the claims of Sarah Palin and her knowledge of jurisprudence . Ms Palin can you name a current US Supreme Court Justice or at least one piece of “landmark ruling “ rendered by the Justices of that institution ? That bit#h is s so dumb that those fawning over her every word , clearly have not one iota of goddamn intelligence !
If Rex Ryan is unable to secure a Superbowl title for the Jets within two years , then his reign as the head coach of this franchise , has to be viewed as a monumental failure . No excuses, about the lack of talent afforded him over the years , since he was installed as the head coach or that of not having drafted wisely . Everything has come under his watch , has been of his own volition and the coach cannot apportion blame elsewhere . Only a petulant child would seek to do that , and by appearance alone physically , Rex Ryan could never claim to be that . Mentally however, that might be another thing altogether !
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What thoughts if any do you have concerning the points raised within this article? By all means do leave a comment as you see fit .
Picture and slide show details below .
(1) From left to right Dan Rooney , Roger Goodell , Paul Taglibue and Jerry Richardson . Goodell assumed the mantle of commissioner , succeeding Tagliabue in 2008 . USA Today/ Getty Images/ Anthony Carbone ….
(2) New England Patriots defensive back Devin McCourty (32) breaks up a pass intended for New Orleans Saints tight end David Thomas (85) during their first NFL preseason football game in Foxborough, Mass., Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012. The Patriots would defeat the Saints 7-6 . AP Photo/Michael Dwyer …
(3) A New Orleans Saints fan expresses his sentiments during their first NFL preseason football game against the New England Patriots in Foxborough, Mass., Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012. AP Photo/Michael Dwyer …
(4) Vikings owner Zygi Wilf , right, tells the media he is open to a new stadium at the Metrodome site, but no decision has been made, Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012 at the State Capitol. In the background are Gov. Mark Dayton , Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and Rep. Morrie Lanning , left to right. A subsequent vote taken in state legislature to approve the financing of a new venue for the Minnesota Vikings and signed into law by the state’s governor Mark Dayton. MPR Photo/Jennifer Simonson ….
(5) Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll, right, talks with corner-back Roy Lewis , left, following a drill, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012, at NFL football training camp, in Renton, Wash. AP Photo/Ted S. Warren ….
(6) Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6), kicker Robbie Gould (9) and tackle A.J. Greene (75) watch from the sidelines against the Denver Broncos during the first half of an NFL preseason football game in Chicago, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012. The Bears’ offensive line played a mere series on their way to a 31-3 loss but the quarterback remains detached and lacking in leadership with regard to his team . It remains the question that has followed Cutler over the course of his professional career since he entered the NFL Draft in 2006 … AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast ….
(7) Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith speaks at a news conference at NFL football training camp at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Ill., Tuesday, July 24, 2012. AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh ….
(8) New York Jets coach Rex Ryan, right, meets with Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis after an NFL preseason football game, Friday, Aug. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. The Bengals won 17-6 . AP Photo/David Kohl …
(9) New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez (6) gets up after being sacked in the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Friday, Aug. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. AP Photo/Al Behrman …..
(10) New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow passes against the Cincinnati Bengals in the first half of an NFL preseason football game, Friday, Aug. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. AP Photo/Tom Uhlman ….
Hot chic pic of the day Tasha Douglas .