A room with a view , and it’s looking good , baby !

A room with a view , and it’s looking good , baby !

I have to admit that this is one time of the sports’ calendar that I do not always look forward to ! One , you have the NFL Draft , three days of monotonous boring chatter , amongst draft geeks , on air television pundits , merely speculating on what may or may not happen, with a number of teams seeking to improve upon last season . Meanwhile , in the NBA , their postseason , while in its infancy , has now began to create a great deal high emotion and drama . Never mind the fact , we now have an ailing and “ aging “ Los Angeles Lakers’ team on the cusp being unceremoniously dumped out of the postseason foray . Call me naïve , but who in their right mind , actually believed that the Lakers stood a chance against the San Antonio Spurs in this first round match-up ? Granted, the loss of Kobe Bryant to a season ending injury, seemingly, has made the Spurs’ task that much easier. However, the reality here, was the mere fact that this Lakers’ roster really has no depth at all , to it. .

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Away from the two sporting scenes mentioned , in baseball , we have seen the fast start to the season by the Atlanta Braves’ (21-15) , and their outfielder , Justin Upton , and his having struck an astonishing eleven home runs in twenty games for the team, while at the same time being looked upon as a mid-season contender for NL MVP . Under manager , Fredi Gonzalez , his coaching staff , and this Braves’ team have proven to be dominant within the NL East , while it could be said that , they are now the best team in the Majors , judging by their record alone .

Strange as this may seem , as an avid Braves’ fan , my biggest concern as it related to the team , was whether or not the pitching staff , could and would improve upon their showing of last season . This season the staff has been stellar, leading the NL in team ERA (2.52), while seemingly being miserly in terms of their play in the first two-thirds of a game , with some stellar defense , with solid contributions coming from all-round .

Next up for Gonzalez’ players will face will an intra-league game against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park , in Detroit , Michigan , in the best of a three game series , starting on Thursday , 26th April . That series should prove to be highly entertaining and interesting for a number of reasons , beyond what takes during the three game series.

It must be a sign of the times because having moved from the NL Central to the AL West , the Houston Astros still remain a moribund franchise . From a team that bore and ended up with a league worst and franchise worst record of 55-107 in 2012. In spite of the team having changed ownership , with Jim Crane , having assumed control with the three-quarters of a billion purchase of the franchise from Drayton McClane , it would appear that the incompetency of the front office remains intact along with an impoverished coaching staff , that seems completely lacking in confidence and bereft of ideas .

At 7-14 , the Astros are already struggling to make their presence felt within the AL West , and those struggles have been highlighted in the losses racked up by this team , with manager , Bo Porter on appearance alone , now seems to unsure, how best to deal with the adversity that he and the team now face .

The Astros’ task will not get any easier of their next six games , having to face both the Boston Red Sox (14-7) and New York Yankees (11-9) on the road , while not looking to further place themselves in anymore jeopardy of becoming completely irrelevant this season . They will begin a four-game set , starting today at Fenway Park , in Boston , against a resurgent Red Sox franchise . Needless to say that the Astros’ Phil Humber will be under a great deal of pressure to succeed , when he faces his opposing starting number , pitcher , Clay Bucholz . An intriguing match-up in what should prove to be a very interesting series . That being said , less than one fifth of the way through the regular season schedule , and does look as if the Houston Astros’ mark of last season could very well be in jeopardy at this juncture , basing that simply upon the figures at this point last season .

Not really wanting to rain on anyone’s parade , but watching the Los Angeles Lakers’ flounder at present , while several of their players continue to make excuses for the team’s poor play, does bring a wry smile to my face . OK, so I am a contented Spurs’ fan looking to see the franchise make it to another conference semi-finals’ appearance . For Mike D’Antoni , the mounting criticism of his coaching style , and the lack of team defense cannot be overlooked at as it relates to the regular and postseason . And if to further emphasize the issues that the team now faces , beyond the injuries to Kobe Bryant , you have the “ walking wounded “ of Steve Blake , Steve Nash and Jodie Meeks , making the team’s locker room, now seem like the triage unit of a military medical base . Only in this case , it’s not a military unit , that has come under fire , but a bunch of whining bunch of overpaid individuals that make up the Lakers’ roster .

If neither Nash or Blake are ready to suit up for Friday night’s game three , then it will be left to seasoned veteran point guard , Chris Duhon , to be the team’s facilitator at the position , when the series resumes at the Staples Center in Los Angeles , California,. Dwight Howard , for his part has given the Lakers a solid contribution this postseason , but the reality to be faced here , is that Howard cannot do it all alone , and I seriously doubt that the center , actually relishes the leadership role that has now been entrusted upon him ! ! Whatever the outcome of this series , GM Mitch Kupchak , along with SVP and team owner , Jim Buss will have to seriously take a look at the makeup of this roster , its age and the overall experience of the players concerned .

The NFL Draft , what more or else can anyone say about this three-day spectacle of insipid self-serving gratuity on the part of the NFL ? Isn’t it bad enough that one of the league’s newest owners is now embroiled in an investigation that could have some serious consequences and serious ramifications . as to the league itself conducts its business as well as how it goes about vetting potential suitors seeking to buy an NFL franchise . Cleveland Browns’ owner , Jimmy Haslam , part of a Tennessean political dynasty and a self-made billionaire, now finds himself at the center of a federal investigation of which he and his company, Pilot J Inc are the focus of a fraud and grand larceny investigation . If the allegations are to believed, based upon certain pieces of information leaked , and documentation that is now in the hands of the FBI , which alleges that sales’ employees circumvented payments due to the company’s clients , for their own personal use, as well as being used in a scheme to prop up and boost Pilot J’s financials , for accounting purposes and obvious financial gain. While Haslam, has suggested that he was unaware of the scheme that is said to have taken place , lead investigators from the FBI have suggested otherwise , with the CEO’s name being mentioned in several documents that would suggest that he may well have been a willing participant in the fraud that has been perpetrated leading to the loss of tens of millions of dollars due to clients nationwide.

Bill Haslam , governor of Tennessee , hasn’t yet begun to distance himself from his sibling , but now even he, seems to be on the verge of being caught in the crosshairs of this now joint investigation by the White Collar Crime Unit of the FBI and the US Justice Department’s Criminal Division . Damn guys , what the f#ck have you now gotten yourselves into ?

The Haslams , are known to be “ big political contributors” to Republican causes , as well as to legislators at the state and federal levels , having raised millions of dollars for the Republican Party over the last decade and a half . Far be it for me to suggest , but when the shit begins to roll downhill , you had better make sure that none of it sticks your ass ! Herein , lies the un-savoriness of this whole shebang, as it now relates to the NFL and the very fact that the league has yet to issue a public statement , beyond the idiocy league spokesman , Greg Aiello , stating that the commissioner’s office is closely monitoring the situation. Roger Goodell and the entire NFL hierarchy couldn’t monitor their own goddamn “ bowel movements “ , if of prescribed to do so by experienced medical professionals . Yet we are now to believe, that they are closely monitoring the federal government’s investigation of a franchise owner ? When this investigation was first underway , Jimmy Haslam was in the process of purchasing the Browns from then owners , the Lerner family with the league and their board of governors approving the sale. It now begs the question what type of due diligence was taken , if any , by the NFL when they conducted a background check of Jimmy Haslam and the financial documentation made available to the NFL ? Much of this idiocy , back to my mind , is somewhat reminiscent of Reggie Fowler , now a minority stakeholder in the Minnesota Vikings , sought to become the first African-American minority owner of an NFL franchise .

A great deal of embarrassment would come to light for the NFL hierarchy as well for the then bidder , Fowler , who failed to obtain the financing necessary , albeit, that the documentation he provided the NFL for their approval failed to indicate his financial woes and the very fact that , the funding was not fully in place by the financial institution , he stated was being made available to him. It would however lead to then commissioner , Paul Tagliabue seeking out a new purchaser of the franchise. Fowler would , himself seek legal action against the NFL, by suggesting that they showed a prejudicial bias, in denying his bid to purchase the Vikings from Red McCombs . Tagliabue was successful in bringing in Zygi Wilf to buy the beleaguered team , with Reggie Fowler on board as a minority stakeholder . It’s pretty much safe to say, that after that embarrassing episode , the NFL no longer seeks to see itself being made a complete idiot in the eyes of the public or the fans. Yet somehow , NFL Commissioner, Roger Goodell , over the past eighteen months has brought that all back to the fore , with his ongoing incompetence and a great deal more !

After a nondescript season that saw the Browns end up with a 5-11 record and firmly rooted at the bottom of the AFC North . With that final mark in the NFL , it grants the franchise the chance , with the sixth pick in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft and from thereon-in , the sixth in the second round (68th overall) , subsequent picks in the third , fourth , fifth , sixth and seventh rounds accordingly .

Browns’ head coach Rob Chudzinski , his coaching staff along with the front office led by GM , Michael Lombardi , and CEO Joe Banner , this franchise will undoubtedly have to strive to make last year’s woes a thing of the past . From my own perspective the Browns were woefully inept last season and in 2011 , in terms of the draft classes in question. What might be even more idiotic concerning the Cleveland Browns , was the thinking that Brandon Weeden , was simply good enough to lead this team to any semblance of success this past season .

Weeden was taken as the 22nd overall pick in the first round of 2012 NFL Draft and the fourth quarterback taken overall behind by Andrew Luck , Robert Griffin III , and Ryan Tannehill . With the exception Luck , Griffin and Russell Wilson , the rookie quarterbacks of last season, can be viewed as moderately average , if nothing else .

I am not about to suggest as to where , and how the Browns should come to any type of personnel decision as it relates to this NFL Draft . Those decisions will be made by the executives who seemingly know best, and not by any prognostication from any draft geek , television pundit or NFL analyst for that matter . However , over the upcoming season and specifically as it relates to the Browns , I’ll be keeping an observant eye on the franchise , seeing how they progress and the type management style brought by Rob Chudzinski , and his staff. As to how this all plays out , as to the ongoing investigation being conducted by law enforcement into the activities of Jimmy Haslam and his company.

To my mind this unraveling episode is liable to have some far-reaching ramifications for the NFL and every single franchise from this point onwards . There are those within this community who simply do not fully comprehend the allegations now being leveled against the Browns’ owner and the very fact that the NFL were simply negligent in how they went about granting their approval in the sale of the Cleveland Browns . Doubt my word ? Then ask yourself this , how in this day and age a multi-billion dollar concern such as the NFL with all of the resources at their disposal , yet they can botch such an exercise and then act as if their actions have been above reproach. Jeff Pash , as the NFL’s Chief Legal counsel , may well be the accomplished and an incompetent legal adviser , that the league has at present , but then again , it shouldn’t really come as a surprise to anyone given the ongoing incompetence that is routinely being exhibited by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell .

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(1) Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Tyler Chatwood throws against the Atlanta Braves during the fourth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, April 24, 2013 in Denver. The Rockies won 6-5 in 12 innings . AP Photo/Barry Gutierrez …

(2) Atlanta Braves catcher Evan Gattis (24) tags out Colorado Rockies’ Eric Young Jr., (1) at home during the 11th inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, April 24, 2013, in Denver. The Rockies won 6-5 in the 12th inning. AP Photo/Barry Gutierrez …

(3) Boston Red Sox’s David Ortiz points to the dugout as he rounds first base on a solo home run in the third inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros in Boston, Thursday, April 25, 2013. The Red Sox would go on to defeat the Astros 7-2 . AP Photo/Michael Dwyer ….

(4) Houston Astros’ Philip Humber .. pitches in the first inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox in Boston, Thursday, April 25, 2013. AP Photo/Michael Dwyer …..

(5) SAN ANTONIO, TX – APRIL 24: Gary Vitti , athletic trainer of the Los Angeles Lakers, speaks with Steve Blake (5) as the team plays against the San Antonio Spurs in Game Two of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2013 NBA Playoffs on April 24, 2013 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. Photos by D. Clarke Evans/NBAE via Getty Images ….

(6) San Antonio Spurs’ Tim Duncan (21) is defended by Los Angeles Lakers’ Dwight Howard (12) while trying to score during the first half of Game 2 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series on Wednesday, April 24, 2013, in San Antonio, Texas. AP Photo/Eric Gay ….

(7) Browns’ CEO Joe Banner ,left , is seen here with team owner, Jimmy Haslam , brother of Tennessee governor Bill Haslam (R_Tn) . Haslam’s company Pilot J Inc is at present the subject of a federal law enforcement investigation concerning fraud , grand larceny . The ongoing investigation is now joint investigation by the FBI and US Justice Department , with senior sales executives and certain executives within the company who are said to be implicated in the investigation. AFP/Photo /Martin Gorham ….

(8) Barkevious Mingo , from Louisiana State , stands with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after being selected sixth overall by the Cleveland Browns in the first round of the NFL football draft, Thursday, April 25, 2013, at Radio City Music Hall in New York. AP Photo/Jason DeCrow …..

(9) Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden (3) talks with quarterback Jason Campbell during NFL football mini-camp at the team’s training facility, Tuesday, April 16, 2013, in Berea, Ohio. Weeden and Campbell threw passes side-by-side as the Browns opened their first mini-camp of the season. The 29-year-old Weeden is the incumbent and started 15 games last year. He was the 22nd overall pick in the 2012 draft. Campbell, 31, was signed as a free agent on March 26. The ninth-year pro appeared in six games last season with the Bears. AP Photo/Tony Dejak …

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Team stats’ offense

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28 thoughts on “A room with a view , and it’s looking good , baby !

  1. The Astros could be on pace to surpass last season’s franchise worst , 55-107 mark they attained in the NL Central , as evidenced by their poor start to this season and the very fact that they sit at the foot of the AL West , with the division worst record .

    Is there anyone who’s of the belief that Browns’ owner , Jimmy Haslam isn’t lying concerning the actions of his company ? Why else would he order the executives within Pilot J to have senior sales executives relieved of their duties temporarily , pending the ongoing investigation jointly by the FBI and Justice Department ? Never mind that there is said to be documentation suggesting that Haslam , himself , is also at the focus the ongoing investigation.

    The NFL have truly screwed up their approval of the sale of the Browns ! Whatever the background of the investigation that was said to have been carried out , must’ve been conducted either by the Los Angeles Police Department or the direct descendants of the Keystone Cops ! Goodell and Jeff Pash are a frigging embarrassment to the league .

    Change you don’t necessarily have to believe in , Barkevious Mingo , drafted by the Browns

    Barkevious Mingo you now have a dubious distinction of being the first pick overall by selected by the Browns in the first round by this franchise .

    The 2013 NFL Draft

    ” Read my lips , Commissioner Goodell and I , are not nor have we ever been involved in any type of gay sexual relationship . I am cognizant of my sexual identity , I love to have sex with latex dolls with the anatomically correct orifices ” ! Jeff Pash & Roger Goodell .

    The Los Angeles Clippers are a bunch of ass wipes and whining bi#ches ! You could see that in their demeanor and that they’re a truly soft team , as evidenced in the team’s loss to the Grizzlies , in Memphis , Tennessee .

    Series over ! The Heat will now bitch slap the Bucks by closing out their series in Milwaukee .

    Brandon Jennings obviously isn’t a math’s whiz , by guaranteeing that the Bucks would take their series against the Heat in either six or seven games . Brandon , your team is on the cusp of being tossed on their ass out of the NBA postseason ! Get a clue , lead by example and get your team playing , you dumb ass !

    “I’m still learning to count , much like the Cookie Monster , but I’m still being paid , bitch ” ! Brandon Jennings of the Bucks

    The Nets simply , are a soft team …… across the board and this continued talk that Deron Williams is a one of the top point guards in the NBA is misguided and laughable ! His play alongside his of teammates in this game three was an embarrassment as evidenced in the team’s stats from the game .

    The Phillies are a bad team ….. heading absolutely nowhere and when you lose , as they have done , to instate rivals and league rivals , the Pirates , then it becomes even more embarrassing .

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    Gianna Michaels shakes what God gave her , ever so well .

    Tophatal ……….. 04/26/2013 1:12 am EST

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  2. The Lakers will not be erasing an 0-2 deficit to the Spurs , as the team simply isn’t good enough .

    Simply look at the roster and how unimpressive they just happen to be , and defensively this team is a frigging mess . All of this idiocy about them remotely having a chance is a damn joke to begin with . Hasn’t anyone amongst their fan-base realize that Mike D’Antoni doesn’t know how to coach a lick of damn defense ? I suppose not as the Lakers’ fans are not that highly intelligent to begin with !

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    Gianna Michaels can give you more bang for your buck !

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  3. EJ Manuel is the first quarterback taken in the draft ? Damn ! What does that say about the lack of real quality or quite possibly the lack of insight shown by the front office staffs around the NFL ?

    Im sorry but the Bills were a damn awful team last season and I seriously doubt that Manuel much less Kevin Kolb will be the answer to their needs at the quarterback position !

    Buffalo Bills’ draft picks

    Bucs’ fans , Greg Schiano and Mark Dominik after all of the off-season moves they , can now concentrate on the draft and all of the team’s needs whatever they might be on both sides of the ball .

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ 2013 draft picks and their choices from 2012 .

    Tophatal ………………………..

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  4. The Lakers are dead. so are the Bucks. The NFL draft what joke. Those morons on ESPN make me wanna puke. Mike & Mike- get real! The eagles who the heck knows. The needed a tackle lets hope this kid from OK is good. The two the schmucks were a bust. The Phillies? What the heck is going on. They are bad. The Bucks won two outta three. Memphis beat the Clippers. This might be a good series.

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  5. Who will be the 210th or 215th person taken in the draft actually have a successful career ?

    With rounds three through six taking the usual amount of time with the general managers now simply trying to use one-upmanship to outsmart the other . Which franchise do you believe is liable to make the biggest mistake and which is liable to come out ahead of the pack ?

    Don’t cry Geno ,. someone will want your immature punk @ss !

    Sheldon Richardson taken by the Jets in the first round .

    I don’t expect her to be drafted , but I do love what she’s got to offer !

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  6. The city of ” Brotherly Love ” just doesn’t seem to getting any friendlier at present , as it concerns two of their professional sports’ franchises . The Phillies are having a pitiful season as borne out by their 9-14 record within the NL East and the very fact that the pitching staff has been very inconsistent and the offense has become all too anemic . The clock has to be ticking for Charlie Manuel and GM Reuben Amaro . Failure now , and both will have to go .

    Questions must now arise concerning how competitive this team is , or has been over the past two and a half years .

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    Philadelphia Phillies’ news

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    Jada Stevens (left) and a friend making a splash of things and how one likes it !

    It may well be Chip Kelly’s first season with the Eagles but his bolting from Oregon because the Ducks’ program was so tainted , and his ass ran like a skunk caught in the midst of a fire . Chip Kelly is just like any rat fink bastard of a coach within college football , literally no goddamn integrity of friggin’ conscience ,. yet the pundits on television and their peers kiss each others’ ass as if their accomplishments are flattering and actually built on integrity .

    The Eagles this upcoming season will be lucky to end up with a winning record much less get a satisfactory performance out Michael Vick at all this season .

    In terms of the Eagles’ potential draft choices , based on their draft history and in particular that of their novice GM Howie Roseman . Does any one really believe that the Eagles will be able to overcome the Giants , and Redskins over the course of this season in terms of their scheduled meetings ?

    Philadelphia Eagles’ news

    Eagles’ 2013 schedule

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    And the survey says Jada Stevens’ ass needs to see some penetration

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  7. Can’t believe Geno Smith lasted all the way to 39. That’s gotta be hard to deal with. Gonna be real fun to see what the Jets do with their whole QB situation, you know, as long as you’re not a Jets fan. Rex Ryan better be praying Geno is the guy

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    1. Chris Ross

      The New York Jets remain absolutely clueless and John Idzik and Rex Ryan are now caught in the cross-hairs . The drafting of Geno Smith now puts and places 6 quarterbacks on the team’s roster .

      As for Ryan’s claim that this creates quarterback competition , it’s clear it’s his wish to blow smoke up everyone’s ass !

      Sanchez is owed a boatload of money this season , and they will have to make a decision to either cut him or retain him. While restructuring Da’Brickershaw Ferguson’s contract , it saves the franchise a minimal sum . And overall it does nothing to assist the long-term goals of the Jets as they prepare for next season within the AFC East .

      Less we forget , but we still have the idiocy of Tim Tebow and the fact that , whining weasel is still crying foul that he hasn’t been given a chance to play .

      Rex Ryan and his 30-34 record wouldn’t know “quarterback competition ” if it were stamped on his dick as a reminder or a clue .

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  8. Who the hell are GM John Idzik and Rex Ryan trying to kid ? Quarterback competition amongst 6 quarterbacks now on the teams’ roster and a petulant ass such as Geno Smith ? Now we all know that at some point prior to June 1st the Jets will have to get rid of Mark Sanchez while seeking to save themselves a $12.8 million cap hit .

    Why do I get the feeling that the Jets’ “idiot circus will now continue ” , now with Geno Smith in tow along with another immature kid , in Tim Tebow in tow ?

    Jets’ draft picks and their draft history

    Jets’ contracted players for 2013 (salaried-yearly) , team payroll & cap hit

    The Jets’ roster and the six quarterbacks that will be part of their menagerie of under-achievers and overpaid players .

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  9. The Lakers are becoming a poor excuse for a team , and all we’re now hearing from the pundits , seems to be a great deal of griping and whining from all over the place, most notably from the on air ass wipes of ESPN and TNT Tv . These guys have about as much insight as a blind man in whorehouse filled pox riddled whores .

    I wonder what Kobe now has to say with regard to his lame a$s “tweets ” ? This series between the Lakers and Spurs shows all the evidence of being lopsided with Duncan and Parker leading the way for the San Antonio over a poor Lakers’ team in every facet of the game . Now can everyone realize that Dwight Howard isn’t a leader , and this season , he hasn’t been anywhere near being the best center in the NBA or during the postseason for that matter .

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  10. So far , so good as it relates to the Patriots , their draft choices and recent off-season moves . Now let’s see if during the upcoming season within the AFC East amounts to something tangible this year .

    With the Patriots having traded for LeGarrette Blount in exchange for Jeff Demps and a seventh round pick , and you kind of get the feeling that Belichick wants to have a variety in terms of the Pats’ offense and in particular with regard to the team’s running game .

    Courtesy of NFL.com official Patriots’ site

    Patriots trade Jeff Demps for Bucs’ LeGarrette Blount

    By Greg Rosenthal NFL.com

    Patriots trade Jeff Demps for Bucs’ LeGarrette Blount

    By Gregg Rosenthal
    Around The League Editor
    Published: April 27, 2013 at 04:29 p.m.
    Updated: April 27, 2013 at 06:15 p.m.

    NEW YORK — The New England Patriots and Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Saturday swapped players they didn’t really want anyway.

    NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reported that the Patriots gave up a seventh-round draft pick (No. 229) and return man Jeff Demps in exchange for Bucs running back LeGarrette Blount.

    Demps, an Olympic track star, decided to pursue his track career rather than play football full time. Rapoport indicates the Bucs were willing to be flexible with Demps’ schedule to retain his rights.

    Patriots trade Jeff Demps for Bucs’ LeGarrette Blount

    By Gregg Rosenthal
    Around The League Editor
    Published: April 27, 2013 at 04:29 p.m.
    Updated: April 27, 2013 at 06:15 p.m.

    NEW YORK — The New England Patriots and Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Saturday swapped players they didn’t really want anyway.

    NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reported that the Patriots gave up a seventh-round draft pick (No. 229) and return man Jeff Demps in exchange for Bucs running back LeGarrette Blount.

    Demps, an Olympic track star, decided to pursue his track career rather than play football full time. Rapoport indicates the Bucs were willing to be flexible with Demps’ schedule to retain his rights.

    Demps is a long shot to ever make an NFL impact. Blount could have an uphill battle just to make the Patriots’ roster. Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen are roster locks ahead of Blount. Leon Washington has a good chance to make the team as a return man. That leaves Blount hoping to be a No. 4 running back. Second-year pro Branden Bolden has a similar power game, but he’s more likely to help in special teams.

    In short, this is a trade that includes two interesting names but really shouldn’t make much of an impact.

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    New England Patriots’ news

    Beyond Doug Martin the Bucs’ running game is simply pedantic and not that awe-inspiring .

    Freeman’s erratic play over the past two seasons has mirrored what the quarterback now seems to be about .

    If it’s left to Josh Freeman and his passing game , then it’s likely to be curtains this for the franchise as was the case last season . And if simply look at Freeman’s game , measured against his peers within the division , conference and league as a whole, and what it meant to the team overall .

    Buccaneers’ draft pick (2013)

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ news

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  11. I’d like to thank Chael Sonnen for turning up to become Jon Bones Jones’ bitch ! Another white guy from UFC within in the light heavyweight division who simply couldn’t fight his way out of a wet paper bag but who’d rather talk bullsh#t as usual , rather than show what he’s capable of which in reality simply isn’t a great deal , wrestler my ass ! Chael Sonnen is everything you simply don’t want to see or from a loud mouth rat fink ba#tard !

    Punk @ss bi#ch , Chael Sonnen ! Softer than your average effeminate guy ? I guess so !

    Sonnen will now become everyone’s bit#h that when there’s an a$s that needs to be “pounded ” his will be the one first mentioned . The guy is nothing more than a has been and will remain nothing but a pu$sy !

    “Sonnen how does it feel to be my bit#h , you fu#$ing as# wipe ” ?

    “Talk is cheap mother-##cker and you’ve always been a cheap son of a bit$h Chael Sonnen !

    All of this talk from Sonnen ……… ” Jon Jones beat me if you can “ …. and his dumb ass gets knocked the fu#k out in the very first round faster than it’d take for you take your seat and watch the initial moments of the bout ! LOL, LOL ,LOL !!! Sonnen is softer than the gay jailhouse inmate , who also happens to be a pillow biter . Chael Sonnen is use to taking one for the team , so much so he took one in the ass , and it looked as if he enjoyed it .

    Tophatal ……………..

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  12. Seems the Steelers arepleased with what they have done…..now it remains to see how it plays out.
    They could be a factor this year even after losing some malcontents…need to have team cohesion, if not……. Didn’t follow a lot of the other teams since I am really a “homer”…..

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  13. The Jet organization is a chaotic mess. They hire Testaverde and Wienrke to work with Tebow off season. The two former QBs worked wonders on TT’s footwork. No one else noticed he was throwing off the wrong foot. Before even watching the improvements, they cut his ass. WTF??

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    1. Ronbets

      As far as I’m concerned they could’ve hired a hooker to see if Tebow ” had game ” and to deflower him as a virgin ! In reality , the kid simply hasn’t got the intelligence to play any position in the NFL competently ! If that were the case , a team would have already picked him up the moment he was cut by the Jets .

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      “You want me to do what to Tim Tebow ? That’ll be an extra $5,000.00 for anal and another $1,500.00 merely for the fact it’s Tebow . How long is his ###is to begin with ’cause I might also be interesting in giving him ‘ some head’ ” Hooker speaking to a Jets’ front office executive

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    2. Ronbets

      The Jets will continue to be a mess this upcoming season , in spite of their draft class . An aging Santonio Holmes is the best offensive weapon that Rex Ryan and the coaching staff , have at present .

      Holmes of the Jets

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      Denise Milani

      Brandy Robbins

      Chics love the long ball or is that they simply love, and prefer a pair of balls lodged right up against their chin ? Your thoughts on the matter ?

      Topatal ………………

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      1. Brandy Robbins used the plastic surgeon from WalMart. He musta gone into the sporting section and inserted a couple of softballs. Not very attractive. She couldn’t hold Milani’s G-string. I’d demand a refund.

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        1. Ronbets

          Don`t knock it , `til you try it, `cause Brandy`s ta-ta`s, are nice enough for me , to want to do want to some real nasty things to her !

          Brandy Robbins

          🙂

          I also like Milani, and I`d nail her ass , as well !

          Chris Broussard

          Off topic , but w hat do you think of ESPN`s Chris Broussard`s criticism of Jason Collins declaration of is sexuality ? Personally , I don`t believe that had any right to come out , declare his Christian beliefs and then with his on air actions , criticisms of Collins , were incendiary , inflammatory and downright bigotry and clear as to his intolerance .

          Tophatal …………….

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  14. I did not like Bruce, as all other fans chimed in……but…….Haley????? The dink and dunk may work….iffen you can clear out the area that short pass is going to….if not you are 8 and 8.
    See what Haley does this year………..

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    1. I don’t know what the intent of Knicks’ players might’ve been, but I found it to be insulting damn insensitive on their part ! How the fu#k can anyone in their right mind come up with that idiocy in light of the tragedy that took place in Boston recently ? This further enhance my own suspicions when it comes to New York teams and their fans . they’re all anally retentive and bunch of damn idiots to begin with !

      Perhaps the biggest as#hole on the team , is the idiot who thought up this insane idea , that half ass dimwit , Kenyon Martin ! Hopefully the Celtics can rally back from the present 3-2 deficit and dump the Knicks on their sorry ass !

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