Age, is simply, nothing but a number , yet , when it catches up with you , it does make one look old

Age, is simply, nothing but a number , yet , when it catches up with you , it does make one look old

Having spent a decade in armed forces of Her Majesty’s government as a member of the British Royal Marines , I have to admit that those years were some of the best and the most formative of my adult life ! Two decades plus , later , and here I am , residing in the USA , Central Florida of all places , and I am amazed as an ardent sport’s fan , to hear others quip and the belly aching of fans , as to the merits of their teams ! And nowhere is this more cognizant, than with the self-absorbed fans of the teams, residing within the Big Apple , New York City , to be exact . Granted, the Buffalo Bills failed miserably last season , with the intra-conference rivals the New York Giants , also failing to show any resolve over the course of their season . And the less said , about the three-ringed circus , known as the New York Jets , the better the whole world becomes !

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As if to further place emphasis on how asinine the world of the NFL now becomes this time of the year , consider the fact, that teams will now start to trim the fat from their rosters , as they deem to be necessary , all to fit in, under a league mandated salary cap that has increased exponentially each season . Yet , repeatedly , rarely do you hear of the league hierarchy , speaking of financial restraint being shown on the part of owners , and the front office executives . Instead, it is left with NFL Commissioner , Roger Goodell , regaling us with the fact the NFL revenues are increasing , while he purports to suggest , that he is working to make the game safer . Unfortunately, those claims are false and falling on deaf ears , when one considers the fact that the NFL , still remains a defendant in at least 275 civil suits within the legal system , at varying levels within the US Courts , ranging from the state to the Federal Level . In midst of this , all , $ 1 billion ($1,000,000,000), set aside to assist in providing benefits for retired veterans of the past still remains unused , yet when questioned on the matter , Goodell and his union counterpart , DeMaurice Smith of the NFLPA (Players’ Union) , somehow cannot provide a suitable answer , as to the reasons why that money has yet to find its way into the hands of those who need it the most .

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Flat salary cap forcing NFL teams to restructure numerous contracts

By Mark Garafalo , USA Today

In the NFL right now, Paul is making out like a bandit. It’s Peter who’s getting robbed.

With the start of the league year approaching and a salary cap flatter than most expected, there’s been a run of what have been termed “restructures” around the league. It’s a term that connotes a somewhat involved process, but it’s actually a simple move in which the money a player is slated to receive in the current season is repackaged as a signing bonus, thus allowing the proration of the guaranteed money to be spread over the rest of the contract.

Like the saying goes, it’s robbing Peter to pay Paul: All of the cap room saved in the current year is being pushed back to later years.

It happens every year in the NFL as competitive teams spend up to the cap to fill in the final pieces of what they believe is a Super Bowl-worthy roster. But the extent of the occurrences this year hasn’t been seen in the league since the late 1990s and early 2000s when teams were still trying to learn how to manage the salary cap.

By now, teams know better. Or at least they should.

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With clubs like the Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers having to restructure the deals of as many as 10 players, it’s an indication much of the league was caught off guard by how flat the cap has been under the new collective bargaining agreement. (However in the Cowboys’ case, they must finish serving a $10 million cap penalty assessed against them last year for overspending during the cap-less 2010 offseason.)

This season, it’s expected to be roughly $123 million, which is where it was back in 2009 in the final capped year of the previous CBA. The cap won’t spike in coming years despite the expected influx of big dollars from TV contracts in 2015.

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In baseball , the standings and the postseason simply reflected how awful the New York Mets and their crosstown rivals , the New York Yankees , just happened to be ! With Spring Training now in full swing , and the World Baseball Classic said to be an international team tournament , said to represent the “best of the best “ of the international talent available

for the fans to observe . I am now, beginning to wonder how much longer MLB and IBAF (International Baseball Federation) FAB can carry on with this ridiculous charade ! Hopefully , not ,much longer given the dire mediocrity of the play coming from several of these international teams , including Team USA, itself . This is one competition; I believe that the world can do without !

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The ailing and aging New York Yankees are now in a world of trouble , with Mark Teixeira , Alex Rodriguez , Curtis Granderson , and a still unfit Derek Jeter , still being uncertain as to when his return might be. The three aforementioned players, beyond, Jeter , remains on the team’s disabled list.

The loss of that triumvirate , along with Derek Jeter , represent and an offense that led the league and the AL home runs . Teixeira , Granderson, Rodriguez and Jeter , accounted for 100 of the team’s 245 home runs in 2012 , an AL record for the season . Moreover, the real issue with the Yankees , remains their pitching , and other their starting pitcher, C C Sabathia, one could attest to the fact that the team’s pitching remains their Achilles’ Heel .

One of the more pressing issues to resolve for GM Brian Cashman will be the impending status of the team’s second baseman , thirty-year old , Robinson Cano , perhaps the Yankees’ best all-round player , and in many fans’ eyes , the heir-apparent to Derek Jeter , as the team captain. The player becomes a free agent in 2014 , and one seriously doubts that the ball-club would like to see Cano , seek to test the free agency market . A highly desirable and productive player , it would not be out of the realms of imagination to see Robinson Cano be offered a multi-year , multimillion dollar contract. At present, the second baseman, is in the final year of a four-year $30 million deal .

As the Yankees, make their way through their preseason schedule , it will be interesting to see how the team fares , and how Joe Girardi goes about assessing his roster of none roster invitees and every day players , seeking out the strengths and weaknesses of the squad overall . . The team opens their regular season schedule , with a three game set against their heated divisional rivals, the Boston Red Sox , at Fenway Park , in Boston , Massachusetts , with their first meeting on the 1st April, 2013. In the ensuing months , there will be a great deal, that we are liable to learn about this team , the organization , and the fans , themselves .

The NBA this season , has left a lot to be desired , while fans are looking for feel-good stories , which have been few and far between . OK, so we have the Golden State Warriors within the Western Conference surprising everyone with their resiliency , and the recent play of Steph Curry has been exceptional , to say the very least . Yet , beyond that, there are no real break-out stories , which seemingly have the fans on the edge of their seats . The NBA defending champions , the Miami Heat , are making their division and Eastern Conference seem like something of a cakewalk , as they simply stroll through , slaying their opponents , almost at will.. So much so, that it seems , that head coach , Erik Spoelstra has an embarrassment of riches , by way his roster’s star laden makeup . As the team’s season has progressed , we have seen LeBron James systematically raise the level of his play , to the point , where we must now ask “ since the heydays of Michael Jordan, has there ever been a player this dominant within the NBA , with such an sound all-round game “ ?

Sixteen straight wins , for the Heat , and the NBA analysts, are now looking for “ superlatives “ to describe the team , as well as the play of James , who remains the leading candidate for the League MVP award, a trophy , which he won for the third time, last season , in his already illustrious career . And while his legend grows , so too , are the flattering comparisons that are being made. It is way too early to make either the suggestion or the comparison as to the greatness of LeBron James . What we do know , it is , that he is now the preeminent player in the NBA , with perhaps only Kevin Durant , being remotely close by comparison , in the creation of a “budding rivalry”. A much-needed rivalry , I might add , because although the belief is that the league has a dearth of extremely talented players . In reality , what we do have, is a handful of very good players , one truly dominant player , and perhaps no more than two or three very good teams , now playing in the NBA .

At the start of the season , a great deal was made concerning the strengths of the Brooklyn Nets and New York Knicks . With the Nets having relocated from New Jersey to their lavish and palatial venue , the Barclays Center in downtown , Brooklyn , New York . Nets’ owner , Mikhail Prokhorov , the billionaire Russian oil and financial magnate , and majority stakeholder /owner of the multi-billion dollar development , that houses commercial and residential estate, as well as the NBA’s newest venue , was meant , to signal the reawakening and relevance of a newly revamped Nets’ team , led by their All Star point guard , Deron Williams . The point guard, and the newly acquired Joe Johnson , were meant to provide the glitz and glamor to rival that of their more renowned erstwhile rivals, the New York Knicks . However, what has taken place with the franchise this season , is one of sheer ambiguity and the very fact that Brooklyn Net are simply not a very good team. Certainly not good enough, to be seen as a credible challenger, to the might of the Miami Heat. And while the Nets’ fans might beg to differ as to how their team might well be viewed by the rest of the fans around the NBA . The fact of the matter , is that the evidence is there for all to see , and which has been witnessed by the inconsistent play by the franchise over the course of the season. Avery Johnson , head coach of the Nets at the start of the year, would be relieved of his duties , by GM , Billy King , after it was felt that Johnson had lost control of the team. Speculation began to mount , that the firing of the coach came at the behest of Williams, who is said to have clashed with Avery Johnson , on more than one occasion concerning the style of play of the team. Shades of Jerry Sloan’s departure, from the Utah Jazz, Williams’ former team , and how it all went down ? I will leave that for you all , to speculate on .

Johnson’s successor, veteran head coach , P J Carlesimo , and it must be said, there were signs of improved play, only for there to be a subsequent tapering off as the team faltered. The Nets’ most recent game played against the lowly Charlotte Bobcats , a team that once again seems to be on the verge of creating NBA history , by ending the season with the league’s worst record . In 2011 , that was most certainly , the case with the Bobcats’ front office , having no idea , as how to get the franchise heading in the right direction. Team owner , Michael Jordan and GM , Rich Cho , will have a number of issues to address this off-season concerning this team and the makeup of its roster . Chances are , the Bobcats will be part of the NBA Draft Lottery pick , when the draft comes around .

The Nets for their part , now holding down the fourth seed within the conference , a potential playoff opponent , would appear to be the Chicago Bulls (34-26), a team whose defensive prowess has kept them in close games throughout much of their season schedule . Leading the Bulls ,without their All Star and former MVP point guard , Derrick Rose , we have seen Carlos Boozer , Luol Deng , but most notably , Joakim Noah , playing at a level not often seen with this two-time NCAA championship winning Florida Gator .

Inasmuch, as high praise has been heaped upon the New York Knicks this season and the fact that they have led the Atlantic Division throughout much of their schedule. To my mind, the biggest disappointment remains the fact that this team has an aversion to playing defense , in spite of the claims of their fans . A strong case, could be made that although Mike Woodson demands it, of his players , they somehow, only play defense as and when they see fit for the need to do so. They remain, one of the league’s best offensive units , but therein lies the misnomer for the players on this roster . What use, is a prolific offense , when you simply resist the desire and discipline to defend ?

With an aging core , in terms of its roster , the one thing that this Knicks’ team remains susceptible to , are injuries to their core group of players , but more so, to their veterans , players such as , Rasheed Wallace , Jason Kidd , Marcus Camby , Kurt Thomas and Amar`e Stoudemire . All season long for the New York Knicks , it has been the Carmelo Anthony “ show” , while he has been ably assisted by J R Smith , Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton . Personally , now , I feel that the prospects of the Knicks having a deep and successful run in the postseason , are not as assured , as they might well have been two weeks ago ! It has been the team’s inconsistency in large part , which has been all the more thought-provoking , beyond the fact that as the season enters the final third of its arduous schedule , things now become a great deal tougher , as teams now jockey themselves for position , the divisional races , and conference berths , with a view to entering the postseason.

A patron , who is a frequent guest to my columns , suggested that former Miami Heat and Orlando Magic head coach , Stan Van Gundy , was one of the better coaches that we have seen within the NBA in recent years . Van Gundy , no longer with a team , now awaits an opportunity to come his way , and a speedy return to the league . Both Van Gundy , and his sibling , Jeff Van Gundy are but a few of the siblings to have either played or coached alongside in each other in NBA history . Jeff , is now a respected NBA commentator and analyst for TNT Tv , and his astute observations , do provide some levity , as part of that network’s broadcast coverage. Stan Van Gundy ,with an all-time win percentage of .641 would fall behind only Gregg Popovich and Tom Thibodeau among active head coaches in that specific category . However, in light of that , as good a coach as Stan Van Gundy is said to be , I have always judged a head coach, not only by the success attained , but also by the players that he developed, from their being drafted and then becoming established stars . In reality , I have yet to see view the former Heat and Magic head coach in that endeavor ! Granted , as I alluded to earlier , he is a very good coach , more so an X’s and O’s type of individual , when placed in the right type of environment. His last coaching foray , with the Magic, was well chronicled , wherein , it all came to an embattled and bitter end , with the fallout between the coach , the Magic front office executives , but also , his contentious relationship , with former Magic center , Dwight Howard. Suffice to say , the pairs’ behavior, bordered on being rather infantile and less than honorable . Could one have asked for anymore ?

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(1) FILE – In this Dec. 20, 2012, file photo, Buffalo Bills linebacker Shawne Merriman (56) walks on the field before an NFL football game against the New York Jets in Orchard Park, N.Y. Merriman is calling it “Lights Out” on his career , announcing on his website, Tuesday, March 5, 2013, that he plans to retire. AP Photo/Bill Wippert, File …

(2) Buffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone answers a question during a news conference at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. The first year head coach , faces a rough first season , with major roster moves having been made during the off-season , as the Bills seek reduce cap space , in order for the upcoming NFL Draft and to acquire potential free agents . AP Photo/Michael Conroy …

(3) New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan warms up during Clemson Pro Day on Thursday, March 7, 2013 in Clemson, S.C. AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt …

(4) New York Jets defensive back Darrelle Revis runs on the field before the preseason NFL football game between the New York Jets and the New York Giants Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012, in East Rutherford, N.J. There now seems to be mounting speculation that the Jets may well seek to trade the corner-back who spent much of the team’s 2012 schedule on injured reserve . AP Photo/Bill Kostroun …..

(5) New York Mets’ Wilmer Flores hits a home run off Venezuela pitcher Enrique Gonzalez during the ninth inning of an exhibition baseball game , Wednesday, March 6, 2013, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. Venezuela won 14-10. AP Photo/Julio Cortez …

(6) Home plate umpire Chris Segal , left, gestures a called strike on New York Mets’ Travis d’Arnaud , right, for the final out, next to Venezuela catcher Miguel Montero in an exhibition baseball game, Wednesday, March 6, 2013, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. Venezuela won 14-10. AP Photo/Julio Cortez …

(7) Atlanta Braves’ Justin Upton follows through on an RBI ground-out off New York Yankees’ David Phelps during the first inning of a spring training baseball game , Tuesday, March 5, 2013, in Tampa, Fla. At right is Yankees catcher Chris Stewart . AP Photo/Matt Slocum …

(8) TAMPA, FL – FEBRUARY 20: Robinson Cano (24) of the New York Yankees poses for a portrait on February 20, 2013 at George Steinbrenner Stadium in Tampa, Florida. The player who becomes a free agent , seeks a long-term deal with the Yankees’ organization , but it appears that GM Brian Cashman and managing partner Hank Steinbrenner are said to be unsure that it would be productive in offering Cano such a deal . Leading to speculation that the ball club might be willing to allow the player to test the free agency market in 2014 . Photo by Elsa Martinez /Getty Images …

(9) From left, Golden State Warriors’ Harrison Barnes, Andrew Bogut , David Lee , and Step Curry watch from the bench during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Sacramento Kings Wednesday, March 6, 2013, in Oakland, Calif. AP Photo/Ben Margot ….

(10) CHARLOTTE, NC – MARCH 06: Deron Williams(8) of the Brooklyn Nets shoots over Ben Gordon (8) of the Charlotte Bobcats during their game at Time Warner Cable Arena on March 6, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images …

(11) Oklahoma City Thunder’s Kevin Durant drives past New York Knicks’ Tyson Chandler , right, during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, March 7, 2013, in New York. The Thunder won 95-94 . AP Photo/Frank Franklin II …

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31 thoughts on “Age, is simply, nothing but a number , yet , when it catches up with you , it does make one look old

  1. Well the craziness of the NFL off-season is now here as teams simply go crazy off-loading talent that they sought to overpay initially .

    “Lights Out Merriman ” is retiring ? No surprise there , at all !

    The Jets’ off-season moves will read like one of the Theodore Giesel (Dr Seuss) books , “Green Eggs and Ham ” . The team’s front office couldn’t tell the difference between night day !

    Ladies and gentlemen , I give you The Big Apples’ Biggest overrated shows

    , and they are not even on Broadway , it’s the goddamn Knicks and Nets ! Need I say anymore on the matter ?

    The Steinbrenners and Cashman , are unsure whether or not, it is worthwhile to offer Cano a long-term deal because of his age and they have worries about his health ? WTF ! Jeter , A Hemorrhoid , Granderson and Teixeria , are among at least eight Yankee’s players on the team’s DL . Are the Yankees’ owners and GM , that frigging dumb ?

    http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/fantasy/injuries/#team147

    The World Baseball Classic , what a mess ! It could’ve been worse , as rumors were percolating that both Schilling and Clemens were willing to come out of retirement to join Ryan ‘roid” Braun as part of Team USA , in this utter piece of garbage !


    A pox on you both !

    Eat s#it , and die please !

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    Notorious BIG , feat’g , Twista , Krayzie Bone , 8 Ball & M,JG ” “Spit Your Game ”

    As Biggie says , come “Spit your game” .

    Tophatal …………….

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  2. 🙂

    Wave your hands in the air , like you just don’t care and shout out loud , you’d just like to taste some of Kimbella’s ” tasty cakes ” . I know , I would love to taste a great deal of her tasty cakes !

    Guys , have a great weekend , stay safe and enjoy !

    Tophatal …………….

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  3. Wow, you’re right, Al. I hadn’t thought of that.

    Every single professional sports team in New York is above average at best. I guess you can’t really say the Giants and Nets suck. They’re competent. But look at the rest of them. Just not directly at them for fear of going blind.

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    1. Chris Humpherys(@SportsChump)

      First let’s take a look at both the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets , where they stand within their division and the conference . Then look at their respective records , then their recent streaks within the NBA . Now try and suggest to me , that those two teams are remotely in the same area code , when it comes to their playing and that of the Miami Heat . Give me a frigging break ! The Heat will ” beat the living shit” out of the Nets and Knicks , at whatever point they get the chance to face either team in the postseason .

      Heat vs Knicks regular season and postseason .

      Heat vs Nets regular season and postseason .

      There are idiots within this forum , writing about the merits of the Knicks and Nets , and they can’t even put down in words , succinctly , the strengths and weaknesses of both teams . Instead they show their complete goddamn naivete’ and sheer stupidity !

      Tophatal ………………….

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    2. Chris Humpherys

      The sports’ franchises in New York are above average at best ? Let’s ignore the NHL for a start , , because that’s a sport that remains a fu#king joke from top to bottom !

      In the NFL , the Giants , Bills and Jets simply sucked the fu#king life blood out of the league throughout much of the season . And the fact that all three teams were so goddamn disappointing , tells you how bad they were in 2012 . Not one of them were remotely close to making the postseason .

      Now in baseball , the Mets are and will remain a mess ! Front office executives , Sandy Alderson , and JP Riccardi will be hamstrung by the Mets’ ownership and the fucking stupidity of Saul Katz and Fred Wilpon , two of the “ worst owners” in all of professional team sports ! . As to the current makeup of that team , they won’t be remotely in with a chance of winning the NL East , much less gain a playoff berth . Tell me what you see about the Mets that would make you even remotely make you think that the team are that good to begin with ? Look at the mess of their season (74-88) in 2012 ?

      The Yankees will suffer this season , because their pitching beyond CC Sabathia , there really isn’t much there ! And I don’t if the emphasis will now be the fact that Rivera will be retiring , but no one is about to allow that to be the norm and allow them make this Mariano Rivera’s last hoorah .

      The Yankees will no doubt make a big play this season within the AL East , but I believe this year, may well be the Orioles and perhaps the Blue Jays’ chance to shine , with the Red Sox quite possibly making a real push , with new manager John Farrell guiding the team .

      With regard to the Rays , I am not so sure what to make of the team and the number of changes made with regard to the makeup of the roster . I certainly don’t believe that the offense will be anywhere near as productive as last season !

      Tophatal ………………….

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  4. Al , you’re right. It’s too early for a MJ/LBJ comparison. Here are a life intangible that will put LBJ over the top. It’s called etiquette. I live in a service oriented city and talk to many of the vendors, waiters, etc. Michael Jordan must have razorblades in his pockets. Tipping is not his forte. LBJ on the hand could teach the 50 year old MJ a few things in that area. OTOH, Bonds would be in the HOF if they added the gratuity category. Oh yeah, Lefty Mickelson is in the Jordan stiff camp. The life slogan goes, “it’s better to give than receive.” That can be applied to Kimbella also. WOW!

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    1. Ronbets

      Only idiots with nothing better to do , are the ones making comparisons between Jordan and LeBron James ! Let’s wait until James’ career is over , then we can start to make real tangible comparisons and not before !

      Jordan and James share one thing in common , they both came from lower income families , but moreover both it appears were also placed under the microscope at an early stage in their athletic careers .

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      Somaya (Reece) can suck my stick any day she wants !

      Tophatal …………….

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  5. The World Baseball Classic and specifically the game between Canada and Mexico , is another indication why this tournament rates as a joke !

    Mexico’s manager Rick Renteria states that he and team were not aware that run differential plays a part in who also advances through from Group play . When your team isn’t fully cognizant of the rules then your dumb ass doesn’t belong in such a tournament , especially one , where no one domestically is taking an interest in and where the viewership is marginal at best !

    The Knicks may well have thumped the Jazz , but who doesn’t nowadays ? What should be troubling for the Knicks and their fans is that Stoudemire and his contract , is a continued burden to this organization , beyond his inconsistent play , all season long .

    Saturday’s NBA schedule and games for Sunday afternoon

    Bernard Hopkins now showing why he deserves to be viewed as one the top fighters of his generation and one of the five best middleweights and light heavyweights in boxing history , having defeated in a unanimous decision IBF title holder Tavoris Cloud on Saturday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn , New York .

    Some great college basketball games were played on Saturday in conference tournaments , with a number of teams punching their ticket for the NCAA Tournament .

    At the WGC Cadillac Championships at the Doral Golf Course , in Miami , Florida , , which was recently bought buy Donald Trump . Tiger Woods is now shredding the course , obliterating the field while looking to secure the 76th professional victory of his PGA Tour career .

    Tophatal ………………

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  6. One is only as old as they feel is the saying…..right now I feel young, but recently had a cataract removed from the right eye…next…in 2 1/2 weeks….the left eye. I would like to be old as described by the NFL….Harrison cut by Steelers at age 34, what’s Ben? 31???
    Coursse with Harrison it was a money issue, his agent thought no to restructure for cap space….didn’t learn from Joey Porter did they?

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    1. al clements

      I never thought that the Steelers would allow Harrison to leave ! He’s by far in a way the best defensive player that the organization has , in spite of this idiocy that Polamalu makes that defense tick . Troy Polamalu hasn’t been an explosive or productive enough player for the franchise in at least two years . Injuries have now slowed the Polamalu , to the point where his long-term and immediate future is now somewhat questionable .

      There are rumors percolating that the Patriots might be interested in acquiring Harrison and the fact that they have the available cap space , makes it a probability , especially after Brady restructured his contract in order to make more money available for the Patriots for such endeavors .

      Tophatal ……………….

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  7. Of course I feel that football and basketball are the tougher sports on the body of the player….lot of contact…next would be soccer as a hard hitting sport

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    1. al clements

      Six sports you know that has a great deal of physical contact , soccer , basketball , hockey , football, MMA and rugby .

      The idiocy however is that misnomer that Goodell has the safety of the players at heart , which in reality is sheer and utter bullshit ! The NFL is still a defendant in over 275 civil suits that are pending at different levels within the Justice system , which the commissioner and league hierarchy are still looking to have thrown out . Bear in mind also , the $1 billion set aside as part of the league’s most recent collective bargaining agreement with the NFLPA (union) , not one red cent has yet been disbursed to aid the retired veterans of the NFL .

      Tophatal …………….

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    2. al clements

      I feel that this upcoming season the Pittsburgh Steelers will face some real problems of their own , much of it having to do with the core age of the roster , which has aged very rapidly , beyond the injuries issues . And the very fact that the front office in recent years , have not truly addressed the underlying issues there , either by way of the draft or via free agency !

      Offensive coordinator Todd Haley , foreground , and head coach Mike Tomlin . Not exactly , a match , made in heaven , was it ?

      Haley , may well have made his name in New England with the Patriots , but it is clear , that as a head coach with the Chiefs , he was simply not good enough to get the job done , and if anything his schemes with the Steelers , this past season , has that team , even less effective , than the fans are usually accustomed to .

      This upcoming season , head coach Mike Tomlin and his coaching staff will be in for a tough time , both on and off the field of play .


      AFC North standings (2012)
      and the AFC final conference standings .


      Steelers’ team statistics 2012
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      Team injuries week 10

      2013 NFL Draft order of the teams .

      Tophatal …….

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  8. I haven’t really been into the NBA. Baseball or should I say steroid ball will very interesting. My Phillies will be better this year. the guys stunk but in the end we finished at the mendosa line right five hundred. The bums should be a lot better. The NFL- I juts hope the schmucks the Bums the eagles will will be better but this is the life of a philly kid and his crappy teams.

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    1. bobby gee

      Steroid ball is alive and well . Never mind the current idiocy of the World Baseball Classic !

      The NBA , now doesn’t get interesting until the playoffs actually begin .

      A lot of upheavals for the Eagles in more ways than one , and I believe , that this upcoming season ….. Chip Kelly and his staff will have a great deal to prove , if the team is to be taken seriously .

      Given the play I witnessed from the team last season , I think that they are no better than the third best team in the NFC East , just ahead of the pitiful Cowboys !

      Tophatal ……………

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  9. Alan,
    Here’s a couple of thought provoking comments and insight.

    #1 Bet Scola to become the next Pope. Vatican returns to tradition. IOW the good ole boy network. Turkson? Not yet.

    #2 Who was better BoJax or Herschel Walker? Quoting from a former Michigan linebacker Rodney Lyles who told me he played versus both, “No contest, HERSCHEL”.

    #3 B-Hop is 17 years older than TCloud and wasn’t suppose to win. SURPRISE!!

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  10. Ronbets

    Screw the Roman Catholic Church and the hypocrisy it stands for , along with the outgoing Pope , Pope Benedict XVI ! It has been his (Benedict’s) countenance and that of the Conclave of Cardinals and their distinct lack of honesty and integrity , that has led the institution into a situation of distrust and mistrust .

    As a former military veteran on active duty in the armed services of the British Royal Marines , where , I’ve seen bloodshed , death and destruction , up close and personal . But in no way can I or will I have an interest in this bull-crap about the choice of a new Pope . Hell, the institution itself , along with many of their anal retentive worshipers , are still in goddamn denial , as to the heinous acts perpetrated by their priests , and Benedict , himself, all that idiot could state , was a lame ass apology to the victims , when he visited North America , prior to being ordained as the 265th Pope of the Holy Roman Empire. What an absolute crock of s#it !

    Walker and Jackson . Which of the duo , was the better athlete overall ?

    Herschel Walker may well have been the better running back but , Bo Jackson provided more out of your seat highlights over the course of their respective careers in the NFL , as Jackson also , was one hell of a player in the league , as well as a damn great ball player in Major League Baseball .

    Brian Bosworth still can’t find his testicles after Bo lodged them up in his throat , after he ran over his ass , in a game between the Raiders and Seahawks .

    Tavoris Cloud was an ” overrated light heavyweight “ to begin with , and his fight career up to his meeting with B-Hop indicated that , as he’d fought no one of any great standing ! Hell, rumor has it that , Clay Aiken could have ” punched “ Cloud’s ticket and sucked his d#ck for the right price .

    “Clay, what word of advice would you offer to Manti Teo and his sexual ambiguity ” ? ” A d_ck a day , keeps the doctor at bay , especially a big black di#k ” ! Clay Aiken .

    😉

    Arrielle Kebbel and below, Shannon Elizabeth

    🙂

    I know you wouldn’t mind tasting some of her ” tasty cakes ” and neither would I , for that matter !

    Tophatal ……………..

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  11. Alan,
    Nice to know you’re a vet and were on our side. I served in SE Asia. Very briefly under the command of John Kerry, aka Frankenstein. I hate water….thus live in the desert.

    Manti Te’O?? I’d like to secret ballot every GM and player. I’d put up an over/under 88% would not want him on their roster if he declared homosexuality. The other 12% might be represented by Adam Lambert and welcome the similarities.

    Oh, btw, the papal reference was for gaming purposes only. I’ll leave the religious banter to those honorable gentlemen like Swaggert and Bakker.

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    1. Ronbets

      My brother served , and so have I , with him serving as an engineer in the regular army , and myself as a Royal Marine . On active duty I saw up close and personal the carnage that can be caused from all-out death and destruction , in Ireland and then while serving again in Northeast Africa , around the Horn of Africa (Eritrea , Ethiopia —- and then in Morocco ) , as part of UN peacekeeping force and then assisting in the training of Moroccan forces .

      Don’t get me wrong , Kerry as the Secretary of State ? As knowledgeable as he is , the role does call for someone decisive . John Kerry to my mind , cannot be seen as that , by any stretch of the imagination ! ” I voted for it before I voted against it” ? What the ##ck is that about ? You either did or you didn’t !

      You’re right on Manti Teo , and inasmuch as I believe he will be drafted , he places any general manager in something of a really unenviable situation . The kid should have kept his damn mouth shut , concerning his issues , his ambiguity concerning, his sexuality .

      “Mr President , I’m here to serve you ” ! That’s good , now how ’bout you clearing up this goddamn business in Afghanistan and Iraq , come back and we go an bag some ho’s ” ?

      Please tell me Ravens’ GM , Ozzie Newsome knows what he’s doing ? He’s now traded Anquan Bolden to the Niners and now they’re talking about trading Ed Reed also to the team they beat in Superbowl 47 . Damn papi !

      The Knicks are now stinking up the joint worst than a used female hygienic product ! That’s a damn awful team at present . Mike Woodson’s players are now Steph Curry’s bitch ! Evidence last night’s game between the Knicks and Warriors . Where are those lame ass Knicks’ fans now ? Quieter than a docile mouse caught in a mouse trap , no doubt ! They’re slipping down the conference rankings faster than it takes a porn star to disrobe for a multiple partner porn sex scene . Jenna Jameson and Tera Patrick love that sort of action . Who doesn’t ? Gang ##ng scene ?

      Jameson , left, and Tera Patrick

      The Seahawks gave up way too much for Percy Harvin , but it is , what it is !

      The Roman Catholic church , another reason to simply laugh at organized religion, altogether ! Please , the papacy ? Old men , claiming they talk to God , while lewdly salivating over young children , especially teenage boys and girls ? WTF !


      Tophatal ………….

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    2. Ronbets

      I thoroughly enjoyed my term and time in the military , but I don’t know, that I’d be willing to do it again today ! Not with the sheer incompetence I’ve seen exhibited by the Defense Dept and the lines of demarcation in terms of command of what was then the coalition forces in Afghanistan and Iraq . Rumsfeld was an ass , from the very start , and his being part of that ungodly trio of bumbling assholes led by Dubya , Cheney and himself (Donald Rumsfeld) , with their “shock and awe theme ” , and their sheer and utter disregard of human sacrifice .

      ” Hemorrhoids ? No George , I don’t believe I’ve ever had mine , pushed even deeper into my a$s by another guy . but I know Dick , has ” ! Rumsfeld , Dubya and Cheney

      It makes me wonder , why we went into Iraq without a planned and thought out strategy ?

      Now everything within the area , has become one big cluster-#uck , along with the country’s (US’) foreign policy , and not knowing who our real allies are , in the region . And please don’t suggest that Israel remains this country’s closest ally . They’re amongst the this country’s biggest recipients of aid ($ 8 billion annually [discretionary much of it at the best of AIPAC ]) , far more than the next 25 countries combined that the State Dept and government combined provides in humanitarian and NGO aid to third world countries within and outside the region (Middle East)..

      From left to right , Newsome , team owner , Steve Bisciotti and John Harbaugh
      Ravens’ GM Ozzie Newsome , I sure as hell hope ., he knows what he’s doing !

      Ravens’ transactions within the past 48 hours , with the new season and waivers now fully operational . wherein as of 4 PM EST today , teams can officially tender offers to their impending free agents .

      My sort of transaction , preferably, has me inspecting this chic’s under carriage for any damage !

      🙂

      Jay-z , Jigga aka Hov’ ………….. “Girls , girls , girls ”

      Tophatal …………………

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  12. Alan,
    Military service? I believe you’d do it again. I would. Besides coming out alive, it made me understand different cultures and people that looked different than myself. Especially when we were covering each other’s back.

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    1. Ronbets

      Once was enough ! And the fact that I lost fellow comrades in arms , while on duty , does have its drawbacks . Of course, the travel , and being given the opportunities to see different cultures was wonderful . It has given me a greater understanding of life overall and a healthier respect of all beliefs , even if I disagree in part with some of the sentiment espoused .

      Before I entered the military , I had traveled extensively through Europe and North Africa , lived in Paris for eighteen months also , while working for an investment bank , which was UK based .

      Tophatal …………….

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    1. Ronbets

      Phuket , Thailand ? I’ve a few friends who’ve had some great adventures there .

      😉

      For me it’s the Red Light District of Amsterdam , and in various areas of Paris , far too numerous to mention . Loved it all, though !

      In Paris , the Timhotel in the Boulevard de Clichy ,

      And then there’s the Sexodrome .,

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