Cronyism , alive , kicking and damn well doing well in the NFL and in being part of our daily lives

Cronyism , alive , kicking and damn well-doing, well in the NFL and in being part of our daily lives …

After yesterday’s rather embarrassing display in the NFL , I am beginning to wonder how the league hierarchy and in particular NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will try to suggest that the game itself was a rousing success , as a branding and marketing of the NFL for a global audience . An expectant worldwide audience of over 1.3 billion people were in fact subjected to one of the most lopsided Superbowl games in NFL history , from what were we informed were two of the best teams in the league all season long . Perhaps , we ought to have really read more in the week two preseason meeting between the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks , as Russell Wilson and his teammates subjected the Denver Broncos to a 40-10 mauling . Rightly or wrongly, we are told that we should never read much into the preseason and whatever takes place there, as the games are meaningless . If that appears to be the case, then can someone explain to me , how in the most important game of the season , the Superbowl , an experienced quarterback such as Peyton Manning and his accompanying teammates can once again manage to lay a goose egg with another inept performance of such gigantic proportions ?


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Sunday’s thirty-five point margin of victory in Seattle’s staggering pounding of the Denver Broncos , where the Seahawks’ defense simply steamrolled and outplayed the Broncos’ offense , was not the largest winning margin in Superbowl history ,but by all means it may well have been the most embarrassing , when one considers that we were led to believe that the two combatants were the best that the NFL had to offer all season long in 2013. Pete Carroll and the Seattle Seahawks, in their 43-8 victory , gained the NFC West based franchise their first Superbowl victory of their existence. For owner , Paul Allen this was indeed vindication in hiring the former USC Trojans’ head coach .

Pete Carroll can now go off into the off-season , knowing that his previous experiences within the NFL can now be cast aside as he joins growing throng of head coaches to have won a Superbowl. For opposing head coach , John Fox , this was once again a season of missed opportunities and questions will certainly abound as to what went wrong, and why things went wrong and so abysmally for the Denver Broncos and their presumed to be, high-octane offense. Broncos’ owner Pat Bowlen and the team’s President & Head Football Operations John Elway , have now seen the team falter two years in succession , after a great deal of anticipation in both 2012 and then again this past postseason . It is pretty much safe to say, that the two lead executives will go about reassessing the roster and the team’s needs overall , as they prepare for the upcoming NFL Draft.

What seems eerily strange throughout this contest between the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks , was the very fact that John Fox and his coaching staff appeared be at a loss in how counter Seahawks’ every move . Perhaps , it was me , in expecting far more out of Fox as a head coach , given his pedigree in that role !

For a team that might not have been seen as an odds on favorite over the Seattle Seahawks in this Superbowl title match-up , the Denver Broncos were certainly expected to make this game a competitive one. Instead, it became a lopsided affair, with only one team , seemingly eager to display their all-round talents. Something that was effectively done and continually on display thought the game by the Seattle Seahawks , in particular from a defense that was hell-bent on showing why they were the best defensive unit in the entire NFL over the course of the regular season . Russell Wilson, in only his fifth postseason start , can now be called a Superbowl champion. His teammates, Richard Sherman and Superbowl MVP winner Malcolm Smith , are not likely to rest on their laurels , as they seek to make a successful defense of their title at the start of next season. . Seahawks’ GM John Schneider having succeeded John Idzik , has assembled a roster of veterans , as well as a group of young and versatile players at several positions amongst the team’s depth chart . It bodes well for the Seahawks, if they are able to keep the greater part of the team’s roster, as they seek to embark on the defense of Superbowl 48. Granted, they are likely to lose a number of players through free agency and attrition , but with . the salary cap possibly kept in line with the 2013 figure of $124.8 million. It could well lead to the front office being a significant player during the off-season , in seeking retain players , as well as signing a couple free agents to meet the team’s needs.

With the postseason having come to a close within the NFL and stories having been written , with differing plot-lines having been envisaged at the start of the preseason as well as the regular season. It must be said, that the arrogance shown by Roger Goodell and the league hierarchy has simply been nothing short of astounding. Several teams as we know, failed to live up to expectations and with a postseason finale that bordered on being so abysmal, by way of the lack of competitiveness. Any type of postscript to be made by the commissioner that concerns the Superbowl and his selling the game as being a tremendous success cannot be seen in any type of positive light .

The economic impact of a Superbowl can lead to anywhere between $2 and $3 billion being infused into a local economy , and it is understandable that the state of New Jersey harbored the ambition to host this event at the NFL’s newest venue , at MetLife Stadium , in East Rutherford , New Jersey, which just happens to be home to the New York Giants and New York Jets . John K Mara , President & CEO of the Giants went so far as to suggest that no matter what the outcome of the event , it was his belief that MetLife Stadium should now be placed on the list of venues that should be hosting future Superbowl games. Mara, off course, is quite within his right, to make such a suggestion, as is his wish. Yet, were it not for what we know to be the fact that the league and specifically owners such as himself, making outlandish demands of the governmental agencies repeatedly , while a great deal of the time offering them little in return, other than the so-called privilege of stating that they have an NFL franchise within their locale.

Roger Goodell professes his wish to see the NFL grow on a global basis and for the past several years , the fans have seen preseason and regular season games being staged in Mexico City , Toronto and London , England. Yet, for all of that un-abashed gimmickry by the league, in selling the game in spite of annual revenues exceeding $8 billion , the NFL still faces an uphill battle to compete against the likes of the NBA and soccer on the global stage. One factor that hinders the league’s process, comes down to the fact that the NFL’s most highly visible players are not known on a worldwide basis as of yet, in spite of the league’s slow but growing profile in Europe , the Far East and on the African continent.

It will be interesting to see the direction taken by the Cleveland Browns after another inauspicious season , with the firing of Rob Chudzinski and his being succeeded by the newly appointed Mike Pettine , a first time head coach in the NFL. Team owner , Jimmy Haslam , having narrowly escaped being imprisoned , for what he now tries to suggest were actions by subordinates within his company , that were completely unknown to him , now has to convince the fans and players that he is indeed an owner , who will take a great deal of interest in the franchise and its future ambitions . The singular biggest issue for the franchise, may well be, whether or not they can keep faith with Brandon Weeden as the team’s starting quarterback . The player, since his elevation to the role, has been wildly erratic , in not being able put together consistently efficient performances , leading many to now believe that the front office will likely draft a quarterback , while also possibly acquiring a free agent during the off-season.

Having finished with a 4-12 record , afoot of the AFC North and barely being competitive throughout this past season . It is easy to understand why the Browns are now said to be seeking a new direction. If nothing else , it may well give the fans hope, but in reality , it just about creating the perception that the organization is seen to be trying in earnest , in seeking some semblance of success. If Weeden is not the answer for the Browns at the quarterback position, then I expect Mike Pettine to seek out an alternative , for that specific role !

Well, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers made the decision to cut short Greg Schiano’s reign as the head coach of the team. A lackluster season and the idiocy of claimants that with the players putting together a three-game winning streak , it meant that Schiano’s position was safe, because of that streak . What, they seemingly failed to realize, the very fact the head coach was ill-disciplined in terms of his coaching style and defensively the team was simply bust . Finishing just ahead of the bottom of the table Atlanta Falcons within the NFC South was a further sign of a lack of progress made under Greg Schiano , after all of the pageantry at his being made the head coach.

Schiano and ousted former GM Mark Dominik simply failed to acquire the players needed, to foster some semblance competitiveness over the course of the season. Add in the fact, that amongst the playing staff, there were few memorable moments for the fans to feed off , as well as their being a complete lack of leadership from anyone on the roster over the course of the year. The apathy of the fans of the franchise, remains , with some trying to point to the fact that this is still a very young team. I guess, having seasoned veterans such as Vincent Jackson and Darrell Revis , simply counts for nothing in their eyes ? And it remains a constant , amongst the fan-base of this franchise.

The hiring of Lovie Smith , a disciple of the Tony Dungy coaching philosophy, it will be very interesting to see the type of dialogue that takes place between Smith and Mark Dominik’s successor , Jason Licht , a former front office executive within the Arizona Cardinals’ organization. If the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are to have any semblance of success , then both Licht and Lovie Smith will have to be on the same page and off the same mindset as to what is needed to improve the team and make them competitive and a perennial contender within the division and NFC. No use crying over spilt milk, as the Josh Freeman era with the Buccaneers has now ceased to exist. As serviceable as Freeman was said to be , he simply did not appear to be a player who had honed his craft or learned from his numerous and repeated mistakes over the course of his reign with the franchise. The drafting of Mike Glennon and the ability of the young rookie to make plays while being efficient with the “rock” impressed Schiano during last season. Alas, where Glennon succeeded , his offense at times, simply let him down and was repeatedly the source of many of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ woes this past season.

During the off-season, as Jason Licht and Lovie Smith prepare for the NFL Draft , the team’s will be predominantly on offense, where at least one or two productive wide receivers are needed along with a tail-back and a tight-end. Seeking out that type offensive weaponry via free agency could prove to be expensive dependent upon how Licht views the market in terms of the aforementioned positions ( wide receivers, running back , tight-end).

In the aftermath of what has been a tumultuous season for the Glazer family as owners of two professional sports’ franchises in Manchester United of the English Premiership League and their floundering fortunes within the Premiership (EPL) , to be concluded with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ infamous soiree in 2013. I must now ask the question, are the sons of Malcolm Glazer, completely clued in as to what is needed to either create or simply continue the success of a professional sports’ team? As the patriarch of the family , the now rarely seen Glazer must be shuddering to think that both of these franchises are likely to sink or swim , with the decisions made by his offspring .

As if to emphasize and further reiterate, why the Tampa Bay Buccaneers now appears to be a franchise. without a clue . It is being widely reported that the franchise , are keenly interested in acquiring seasoned veteran quarterback, Michael Vick. With the exclusion of an twenty-two month incarceration at a federal penitentiary, for his involvement in an illegal gambling and dog-fighting ring that he presided over through a company that he was directly involved (Bad Newz Kennels) with . While, the player has served his sentence, for the crimes committed and his league mandated suspension for his conduct. It has been the gradual decline of the Michael game since his return to the NFL in 2010 , that have many wondering, if he is still capable of being a starting quarterback in the NFL . Andy Reid’s implicit and undying loyalty to the then Philadelphia Eagles’ quarterback proved to be fateful for the head coach in 2012 , leading to his dismissal at the end of the season, with fans also calling for the release of the player. Last season, while it proved to be a success for the Eagles, Vick played no major role in the franchise’s resurgence under Chip Kelly . Nick Foles proved to be effective throughout much of the season , leading the team to the NFC East divisional title and playoff berth in the postseason.

If the Buccaneers are interested in signing Michael Vick , who becomes an unrestricted free agent this off-season , it simply makes no sense to have a player , who over the last two seasons has not been productive or provided any type of leadership skills , where necessary. Even if merely acquired, as a backup to Mike Glennon, there are far better options than Vick , amongst the quarterbacks who will become free agents during this protracted break before the 2014 NFL season comes into being. This has me wondering, what are the apparent motives behind a possible move like this ! Desperate times, may well call for desperate measures , but this is not one of them, for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. If anything, it can be seen, as an act of utter idiocy, from a franchise still seeking some semblance of consistency! .

This past Superbowl may well go down as the most watched and the highest rated in NFL history, as well as being the most watched program in US history, by way of the official figures revealed by the league hierarchy and Fox Television. Yet, the question that has to be asked , how many of those viewers nationally , switched channels , once it became inevitable that this contest was simply going to be a “blowout”, rather than a compelling and gripping game , between what was said to be the two best teams in the NFL?



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With the NFL season having reached a conclusion with the determining of a Superbowl champion for the year . Which event during the regular or postseason, in your opinion do you believe to be the most memorable? Also, with John Mara deeming the staging of Superbowl SBLVIII a monumental success, do you think it right, that another postseason finale contest should be staged MetLife Stadium within five years, at the omission of another venue ahead of the scheduled return that proposed stadium ? The NFL hierarchy we know , tends to pander to the more powerful of the owners within the league at the cost of less vocal of the franchise owners. What thoughts, if any, do you have with regard New York Giants owner’s suggestion? Simply leave a comment on this and anything else you believe pertinent to the subject matter.


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Peyton Manning (18) of the Denver Broncos is caught off-guard, as the ball sails over his head during the first quarter of the game of the Superbowl contest between the Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks . That play was a sign of things to come as the Seahawks won this lopsided contest in a rout 43-8. The game would prove to be one of Manning’s worst in his postseason career. AP Photo/ Mark Cameron …

(2) An aerial view of MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford , New Jersey as clouds hang over the venue that was the scene for Superbowl 48. In the stadium filled 80,000 fans , this was the first Superbowl to be played in an outdoor stadium in a cold weather city. Getty Images / John Moore ….

(3) Seattle Seahawks’ wide receiver Percy Harvin (11) returns a kickoff for a touchdown during the second half of the game against the Denver Broncos during the Superbowl played at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford , New Jersey. The televised event broadcasted by Fox ,was the most watched sports’ program and non-sports’ televised event in US broadcast history , from the figures released by the NFL . AP Photo/ Matt York ….

(4) Russell Wilson (3) of the Seahawks looks to evade the Denver Broncos’ Danny Trevathan (59) while making a playing during the first half of the Superbowl contest played between the two teams on the 2nd February , 2014, at MetLife Stadium, in East Rutherford , New Jersey. In only his fifth postseason start , Wilson can now be called a Superbowl winning quarterback. The player was selected by the Seattle Seahawks as part of the rich crop of quarterbacks that were part of the 2012 NFL Draft class. AP Photo Paul Sancya ….

(5) To the victor belongs the spoils. Russell Wilson is seen here with the Lombardi Trophy after the Seattle Seahawks’ triumph over the Denver Broncos . It was the franchise’s first victory in only their second appearance in the NFL’s most prestigious game. AP Photo/ Julio Cortez …..

(6) Superbowl MVP Malcolm Smith celebrates the Seattle Seahawks’ victory by laying on the ground amongst the confetti while creating a snow angel . REUTERS/ Shannon Stapleton …..

(7) New York Giants’ owner John K Mara having seen MetLife Stadium host the Superbowl would like to see the event return to the venue within the next five years. Whether or not this will be amenable to the league hierarchy and many of the other NFL owners remains to be seen. AP Photo / Paul Harris …..

(8)New Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht, right, smiles as he poses for a photo with new head coach Lovie Smith during an NFL football news conference Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014, in Tampa, Fla. Licht becomes the fifth general manager in team history. He takes over a team that hasn’t made the playoffs since 2007 . AP Photo/Chris O’Meara …




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44 thoughts on “Cronyism , alive , kicking and damn well doing well in the NFL and in being part of our daily lives”

  1. Bucs’ fans aspiring to show their intelligence would not even suggest that it would be of benefit to have Michael Vick on the team’s roster as a backup to Mike Glennon . But I digress , this is franchise still living off the vestiges of a Superbowl win , . where the coach had previously coached the opposing team . So I ask , what is meant to be so scintillating about that success ?

    Giants’ owner John K Mara having got a whiff of the money to be made from hosting the Superbowl now wants to see the game’s return to MetLife Stadium at the expense of another venue due to host the event within next five years . Roger Goodell , in all likelihood will accede to the request using a great deal of subterfuge and double-speak as only he can !

    100 million plus viewers and counting , but how many had actually switched channels by the end of the third quarter when the game had become irretrievable for the Broncos and Peyton Manning was playing like he’d forgotten to cash one of his numerous endorsement checks that he receives in earning in excess of $30 million a year ?

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  2. The TB Bucs new hierarchy? Jason Licht has to be on Lovie’s page. Lovie has rank here.

    RWilson and RSherman will be playing 2014-15 for chump change. Tough break, but that’s part of the deal struck in the CBA.

    My SuperBowl summation. Both number one seeds made the finals. The winner as expected was the NFL’s leading PED abusers Seattle. Yep, #2 was Denver. Oh yeah, this is documented. Also an analogy from this game to hoops. It was Pau Gasol versus Shaq in the paint.


    1. Ronbets

      For the first time observer of the event (Superbowl) , a viewer may well have been drawn by the spectacle . To my mind the pre game and half-time entertainment was far better than the game itself .

      Keith Olbermann . A grandstanding piece of turd !

      That putz , Keith Olbermann , with his ridiculing the fact that Bruno Mars was part of the half time entertainment , ranks up there alongside his belief that he’s better than every other presenter on the cable networks . There’s reason why he’s never been able to employed for a long-term at any point of his tv broadcast career.

      John K Mara also needs to keep his damn mouth shut concerning MetLife Stadium being allowed to stage another Superbowl event inside of five years . The NFL has a strict policy on the matter and he for one , knows that to be a fact . He has become a classless self-serving moron and has nowhere near the class of his father , the late Wellington Mara .

      I believe that the guys (odds-makers) in Vegas made out handily with this particular result in the Superbowl !

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    2. Ronbets

      I personally, have no faith in any member of the Glazer family and their presiding over the ownership of both the Tampa Bay Buccaneers or Manchester United ! The ongoing problems of both teams at present , has gone way beyond managerial issues . It also has to do with the negligence shown by the owners .

      Bucs’ fans are delusional and spend too much time reliving the past and specifically the Superbowl win over the Raiders . Hell, Stevie Wonder could have coached the team to victory on the day !

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    3. Ronbets

      Mark my words , both Richard Sherman and Russell Wilson are about to get “paid” once their contracts are set to be negotiated . Team owner Paul Allen has the wealth to make it reality , but I believe even with the salary cap , the right deals will be negotiated for both. All of these clowns who simply drink from the urinal that Romo might choose to defecate and urinate in . How do they feel about what Wilson was able to achieve in only his fifth career postseason start? By comparison , Tony Romo might as well be Kellen Winslow Jr seated in an SUV “pleasuring ” himself , because that will be as close as he’ll ever get to play with a pair of balls , much less making an appearance in the Superbowl .


  3. The Sherman tirade with Erin Andrews made thousands of bystanders emotional bettors and instant Bronco fans. Smart $$ weren’t swayed though. J.Q. Public made Vegas corporations very happy. Record handles and record HOLDS.


  4. Ronbets

    So Sherman made everyone somewhat scared ? Beware of a black man who shows some emotion . By comparison what about Deion Sanders’ interview with Marshawn Lynch and the fact that the Seahawks’ running back let loose with several extremely profane expletives on air for the NFL Network . Sanders should not be let loose anywhere near a microphone as he comes across looking , a real @ss . I know that they say Magic Johnson was clumsy as a late night talk show host , but by comparison , Johnson would be Kronkite to Sanders idiotic and self absorbed version of Dan Rather .



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  5. Yeah Tophat, white America was ruffled by that outburst. Little do they know that Sherman’s IQ is way up the ladder. Higher than most of the haters. They’d prefer a softer spoken religious white boy like Tebow. BTW, the last I noticed, the rant was directed toward another black guy Crabtree. Erin Andrews seems to have gotten demoted for this sideline job.


    1. Ronbets

      Richard Sherman didn’t go to Stanford ,because of any type of affirmative action. He is highly intelligent and when he chooses to , can speak eloquently on a wide variety of topics . Erin Andrews ” bilked “ her fifteen minutes of fame to get a contract extension and great deal of money out of her employers . A peeping “Tom ” gets a couple of pictures of her half naked and it caused her emotional distress ?

      Andrews should consider herself lucky that her mother isn’t Kris Jenner . I mean we all know how Kim Kardashian shot to fame after her infamous porno tape was shot by her and singer Ray J . Only for the tape to be somehow then to be mysteriously leaked out to go viral on the “net” ? Yeah , right ! Bull##it !

      Erin Andrews


      Not quite the position she’s usually in , but I guess it just didn’t hurt her career at all .

      Kris Jenner and Kim Kardashian


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    2. White America doesn’t give a #hit about ‘ black on black’ crime, much less two African American males going at it . God forbid though that a Caucasian female makes an allegation that she was raped by a young black male or that her children were abducted and then killed. White America and the press goes into “full flight” with their usual bull#hit .


      A truly despicable and conniving bi$ch !

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    3. Tebow has the intelligence of a gnat ! All of this talk especially by an @ss like Rex Ryan who had the temerity to suggest that he worked just as hard as his teammates and was capable of doing extraordinary things . If that were the case he would still be in the NFL . Too many damn clowns talking a whole load of bull without using any common sense .

      Hype could not counter the utter crap in terms of his lack of talent > at the NFL level . Everything was positive until he stepped unto a field .

      Tim Tebow when he holds a conversation with members of the press does not come across as someone who is lucid or who has a great deal of intellect .

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  6. The Kardashian Clan—-a talentless egotistical family. WAIT, I’ll take that back. Apparently good sexual performers that drive their men to new heights and actions. How’bout the once proud Olympian Bruce Jenner losing all dignity. He’s using coupons for face lifts. Just grow old gracefully you pussy whipped jerk.


    1. Ronbets

      The Kardashan clan are and will remain one of the many reasons why the rest of the world will continue think of this country as being dumb down in terms of intellect .

      Bruce Jenner remains an idiot , in spite of his athletic career as a decathlete . At his best , I do not believe he would not be good enough to beat Daley Thompson , Roman Seberle or Ashton Eaton .

      Jenner’s official website has him listed as a world-renowned motivational speaker . WTF is that about ? Seeing him appear on television , he is about as eloquent as an inebriated vehicular suspect, having been stopped by a traffic cop.

      Dyslexia or not he still comes across as a butt-hole , in letting his wife emasculate him , repeatedly , on air , even if the show is meant to be unscripted , which it is most definitely not. Ryan Seacrest as the producer of this garbage ( Keeping Up With The Kardashians) needs to be executed by a firing squad .

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  7. The NFL thrives despite itself, Al. Despite its poor decisions, despite its personality-less commissioner and despite the violent nature of its sport.

    Now these things may eventually bring down the game but I still watched the Bowl in its entirety as I’m sure tens of millions of others did.

    It was the most watched event in US television history.

    And while many consider it a failure and a boring ball game, I guarantee you those inside the Seattle locker room would beg to differ.


    1. Chris Humpherys

      The guys inside the Seattle Seahawks’ locker room are most definitely not going to differ , having won a lopsided game . Each player walks away with approximately $ 53 ,000 apiece , in prize money , that comes courtesy of the NFL for the win .

      Corner-back Richard Sherman is likely to sign several lucrative endorsement deals that is likely to net him in excess of $ 10 million for the course of this year . While his salary and contract with the Seahawks is said to be paltry , the exposure has not hurt the Ivy League school attendee one bit .

      The NFL under Roger Goodell has made a great many missteps , but at the same time its business template for making money is unsurpassed . Neither the NBA , MLB or even the NHL can remotely touch it , in terms of annual revenues . At the same time simply look at the values of the teams within the league and then adjudged to that of baseball , basketball and hockey . Need I say anymore on the matter ?

      In large part the majority of us watched this game wanting to know whether or not Peyton Manning could add a second Superbowl title to his already distinguished resume’ . Granted , the Seahawks’ fans would obviously be taking the opposing view .

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      1. Seattle’s future signings will be an interesting experiment, Al.

        Carroll and his GM have a strong relationship. If they can get this young team to buy into all taking a little less, which isn’t entirely out of the question in this case, they could make a run at things for years to come.

        On the flipside, giving Sherman Revis-money and giving Wilson Flacco-money will distort the balance this team was built on.


        1. Ronbets

          Alumni of the school would beg to differ , but mine is not to reason why . What I do know it has one hell of a law library and it's one of the best I have ever come across !

          It will be interesting to see how the Seahawks’ GM John Schneider sets up about re-upping on the contracts of both Richard Sherman and Russell Wilson , given the fact that their salaries are at the low end for their respective positions ( corner-back & quarterback ) .



          “Pete , we win the Superbowl , and I promise you and each of the players on the roster a Porsche ” ! Seahawks’ owner Paul Allen and head coach Pete Carroll .

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  8. Tophat, it’s ok to admit you’re wrong once in awhile. With my gambling investments I’m wrong approximately 45% of the time. That’s with laying 10% commission on losers.


    1. Ronbets

      I know and I will admit to being wrong ! Me , I’ve laid off the betting for years . Granted , having learned in the ins and outs of the ponies (horses -horse racing) from my father , it got to the point where I was making way too many risky bets , purely for the sake of thinking that I had things down pat. Now I may well peruse the odds once in a while but not laying a bet .

      Romo must be looking at Russell Wilson with a great deal of admiration .

      Your thoughts on acquitted murder defendant , George Zimmerman agreeing to fight rapper DMX in a celebrity boxing match ? Zimmerman, apparently called out Kanye West , saying that would be his preferred opponent .

      Courtesy of CNN

      George Zimmerman to fight rapper DMX in celebrity boxing bout

      By Saeed Ahmed and Carma Hassan

      (CNN) — Let’s get ready to … mumble.

      As in, what now, George Zimmerman?

      Seems like the former neighborhood watchman has found yet another way to remain in the public limelight.

      This time, he’ll be stepping into a boxing ring to fight rapper DMX.

      Zimmerman said the celebrity boxing match was his idea. Boxing was his hobby, he told Radar Online last month, even prior to the “incident.”

      The incident, of course, is the February 2012 encounter in which he shot dead an unarmed Trayvon Martin, 17. He stood trial for murder, but was acquitted.

      “Prior to the incident, I was actually going to the gym for weight loss and doing boxing-type training for weight loss,” he told Radar.

      “A mutual friend put me in contact with Damon and provided me with an opportunity and motivation to get back in shape and continue with my weight loss goals and also be able to help a charity out.”

      Damon is Damon Feldman, owner of Celebrity Boxing and self-described opportunist, whose claim to fame is putting together bizarre matchups. Think Tonya Harding, Michael Lohan.

      He said last week that he was accepting offers for someone to step into the ring for a three-round, pay-per-view fight with Zimmerman.

      “The news has been out for an hour and my e-mail is overloaded with 8,000 people wanting to fight George,” Feldman told CNN on Thursday.

      Early Wednesday morning, he said he’s picked the contender. Out of more than 15,000 e-mailed requests, he’s going with DMX.

      “The match will be one of the Biggest Celebrity Boxing matches of all time,” his news release said (uppercase emphasis his).

      But in order to find out where and when it will take place, we’ll have to wait until next week.

      DMX, as we know is a rapper, and braggadocio is his calling card.

      He’s out for blood, he told TMZ. Not only will he break every rule in boxing, he said, he’ll “beat the living (expletive)” out of Zimmerman.

      Ian Karmel, a writer for “Chelsea Lately,” has a better idea.

      Click on link to read in full.

      It’d just be a “thing of beauty” to see Zimmerman get his once and for all !

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      tophatal ……….


  9. Tophat,
    Zimmerman is very fortunate to be walking the streets. Pay-per-view? I wouldn’t watch it on a pirated stream. This wannabe rogue cop wudda atleast gotten manslaughter in any 4 of 5 jurisdictions north of the Mason Dixon.


    1. Ronbets

      For me the whole trial was a farce ! Both sets of attorneys pandered to the press and public alike . The judge simply presided over the trial and it made the Justice System here within the state look so damn farcical , without us taking into account that at least one member of the juror on the case coming back now , and saying she believes Zimmerman was actually guilty . It begs the question, did all the jurist and jurors as a whole actually understand the basic facts of the case and how it was presented and the choices laid out before them ?

      Zimmerman’s attorney Mark O”Mara is said to be open to offers from publishers to write a book concerning his experiences in his defense of his client .

      My own perspective on the case , was it that it showed the legal system within the state to be flawed and the need for jurors to actually have some knowledge about the law , rather than coming across as uneducated and downright stupid .


      Pam Bondi , centered in between Rick Scott, left and Mitt Romney


      It’s a sad indictment when the Attorney General for the state of Florida Pam Bondi , an alleged trial attorney shows the aptitude of an idiot , with her incoming position that upon ascending to the position , her first act would be to seek to overturn the “healthcare act “ all on her own . Since then , she and the idiot governor of the state (Florida) , Rick Scott , have backtracked so much , that you can see their footprints and the trail of fecal matter that continues to follow them both . .

      tophatal …………….


    2. Ronbets

      The Zimmerman case itself here within the state of Florida is not an isolated incident and there have been four other cases , of the same instance , that were not as highly publicized in terms of national exposure to the press and public alike.

      tophatal ………..


    3. Ronbets

      As I said, it would be a thing of beauty just to George Zimmerman get his @ss kicked ! Apparently he wanted to get rapper , Kanye West in the ring for his proposed bout , as he believes that the musician to be a misogynist ? This being the same @ss (Zimmerman) who has allegedly threatened both his ex-wife and present pregnant girlfriend with a gun , with the intent to kill them both .

      tophatal ………..


  10. Seattle kicked ass and took names. Denver was destroyed. the Doncos play bad football. Seattle played sound fundamental football. These folks were taught the art of tackling and blocking. They weren’t going for the big hits but wrap up their opponet and drive throgh him with the head ,arms and legs. Russell Wilson is only in the league two years. he is slowly beoming a very good quarterback. Pere Carroll taught his guys well. Denver what can one say- they stunk the joint out


    1. bobby gee

      I now believe that was the last appearance that we will see of Peyton Manning in a Superbowl contest ! As great as his career has been , this Broncos’ team was abysmal in so many areas that they deserve to give their fans and the public alike a true act of contrition and apologize for such a mediocre display .

      Manning’s demeanor after the game sums it all up, as well as his sub par performance .

      No amount of excuses from anyone within the hierarchy of the Broncos’ organization , from Pat Bowlen , John Elway , John Fox , the coaching staff and the players themselves can excuse that poor performance .

      I know that there are some who mock soccer as being exceedingly boring because of the lack of offense and high scoring .

      After the fiasco of Superbowl 48 and the events that took place there, what have those idiots now got to say for themselves , much less about the game itself ?

      tophatal …………


          1. The NFl won’t! Look Futebol is a great sport. It is like chess and hoops all rolled into one. If you want to watch the triangle Offense watch Futebol. a one nil match is more exicting than the Seattle Doncos Super Bowl.


            1. bobby gee

              The NFL failed miserably with the NFL Europe experiment losing over $100 million while it remained in existence. Even now, with something of a fan-base in Europe and the UK specifically , it will still never be able to compete alongside soccer, rugby , cricket or for that matter even a sport such as tennis .

              The NFL could not sell sand to a Bedouin , but yet they and Roger Goodell believe that can sell the league as is to the masses on a global basis . Goodell knows that his brand has reached maturation and saturation level in North America . It will be an extremely hard sell as of now to expand and have that new franchisee spend close to $1 billion for the privilege of calling themselves an NFL team owner .

              Hell , the city of Los Angeles yearns for a franchise but no one is willing to step forward and put up the money to have new franchise within the greater Los Angeles area. Hence , the idiocy of the city and businessmen who seek that , wanting another franchise to relocate to the area .

              ophatal …………….


                1. bobby gee

                  Not even the Oakland : A’s no longer went to play in that dilapidated and archaic venue known as the O Coliseum . There’s a reason why the baseball’s organization’s front office are now said to be seeking a new ballpark , which will come to no avail as neither the city of Oakland or Alameda County has the funds for the building of a new venue . Let the USC Trojans continue to play there for what it’s worth and that is it .

                  tophatal ………..


                    1. bobby

                      The issues that the state now faces fiscally , could cause a ripple effect across the nation if these other states are not mindful of their own financial predicament . You have only to look at the mess that the city of Detroit got themselves into and the same can be said of New Orleans while Ray Nagin was the mayor of the Crescent City during Katrina .

                      Nagin has since been charged with fraud and bribery and various other larcenous acts by the US Justice Dept for his actions during his tenure as the Mayor of New Orleans .

                      I look at this way , the city of Los Angeles and the greater surrounding city area , has over 300,000 homeless military veterans, but then Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was more concerned at the time in seeking an NFL franchise in his city , rather than cutting crime and seeking to aid those homeless former military men and women . What does tell you about the city of Los Angeles and their citizens as a whole and the lack of common decency and humility ?


                    2. He wanted to give illegals amnesty and stick it to the citizens. He wanted us to pay for illegals education, healthcare and all the rest. This part and parcel with the House Senate, Prez and the state run and state controlled media.


  11. Tophat,
    What really got me about the Zimmerman case was the public $$ pouring in from strangers for his defense. The kicker? His old lady tried to embezzle some. A fellow gambler friend of mine insists that this(US) isn’t necessarily the greatest nation on earth. I’ll leave that alone for now.


    1. Ronbets

      The only real power that the US now has, is its militaristic might and not much else beyond that . Economically , it still cannot get its financial house in order and the Obama administration is simply filled with imbeciles and led by an even bigger imbecile ! As to the House and Senate , I’ll let you be the judge of that !

      tophatal …………


  12. Ronbets

    The State Attorney’s Office should have gone after George Zimmerman for perjury , having lied on a legal document pertaining to the legal defense fund ($140,000) . Instead those oafs did not do a damn thing . Not only that, but thousands were allegedly moved into a private account , and were it not for his lawyer Mark O Mara advising him have the funds transferred back to the account (legal defense fund) , then he would have been facing additional charges. The legal system within the state of Florida is a complete farce and it is presided over by an idiot in Pam Bondi as the Attorney General of the State of Florida !

    tophatal ……….


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