It’s not Rocket Science , so why turn it into something it is not ?

It’s not Rocket Science , so why turn it into something it is not ?

Was there really any doubt that the Houston Texans were not going to make Jadeveon Clowney to the number one pick in the 2014 NFL Draft ? The South Carolina Gamecocks’ linebacker was a consensus top pick among general managers , analysts , draft geeks and even those, who were not even intense football fans. It is pretty much safe to suggest, that had Texans’ GM Rick Smith chosen to forego the choice of Clowney , then there would have been a number of questions raised concerning the inner workings within the front office of the AFC South based NFL franchise. We all know what Clowney brings to the table as player, even where there have been questions concerning his maturity level.

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The first round of the Draft played out with a little drama, but the greatest surprise of the night might well have been the fact , highly praised Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel had dropped to become the twenty-second pick of the first round , when he was taken by the offensively challenged Cleveland Browns , who were most definitely in need of dynamic passer and someone who could bring back fans to Paul Brown Stadium , in Cleveland , Ohio. Brandon Weeden’s short stay with the franchise was not a memorable one , with the quarterback rarely achieving anything of note during his two-year stay with the franchise. Whether or not Manziel can engineer something of a rebound will be completely dependent upon how quickly the player can acclimatize himself to the rigors of playing in the NFL . Head coach Mike Pettine is likely to use his rookie quarterback throughout much of the Browns’ preseason schedule and then into the regular season .

Johnny Manziel will also have to prove his doubters wrong , many of whom believe that the player because of his size, will not be an overall resounding success in the NFL . My take on it all, we will never know, until Manziel steps unto the turf and makes that first successful pass and his then being able move on from there. One game , is such a small step to take , but it could end up being the first of many , to the level of success that is likely to be achieved . Well, that will be dependent upon the player, his teammates and the coaching staff of the Cleveland Browns.

If the shock of Johnny Manziel not being taken as the first quarterback in this year’s NFL Draft was not enough of a surprise. Then Blake Bortles being the first passer announced, was stunning, given that , the UCF Golden Knights’ passer plays in a newly established conference where the play is still being assessed , are the teams that now make up the American Conference . Blake Bortles has been placed in the not too enviable position, being asked to succeed Blaine Gabbert of the Jacksonville Jaguars and to lead that franchise to some semblance of success.

Gabbert’s tenure , as the starting quarterback, for that particularly moribund franchise, can be best described as being mediocre , if not downright incompetent. Yet for some reason, it was felt that he still offered the best opportunity possible for the Jaguars to win throughout much of last season . Jacksonville’s year-end record was enough to suggest that they are nowhere near where they needed to be and quite possibly team owner , Shahid Khan may well be overreaching and overly ambitious, in suggesting the team would be capable of winning a Superbowl title within five years of his taking ownership of the franchise . The owner now entering the third year of his tenure and I would to think, that Khan’s strategy and plans are now being revised.

Teddy Bridgewater was the second quarterback taken behind Blake Bortles and he too , will be asked to succeed another failing quarterback , in Christian Ponder , whose tenure with the Minnesota Vikings has been a unique failure , beyond the incompetency shown the successive general managers of the franchise and the very fact that Zygi Wilf’s efforts in recent years , have been strictly been about strong arming the state legislature in Minnesota to finance the building of a $ 1.4 billion venue for the franchise , further endangering the state’s precarious financial situation , where they now have a burgeoning deficit and a number of municipalities are having to choose to cut much-needed services within their communities or simply seek bankruptcy reorganization protection. This is now a situation that several cities around the country are now facing, as they are being asked by the hierarchies of the NBA , NHL , NFL and MLB to finance what those bodies claim are newly required venues , while the revenues and profits within football , baseball and basketball are now on the rise . In the case of hockey , Garry Bettman and his teams still find themselves behind the “black ball “ , as well as between a rock and a hard place .

Bridgewater may well be just what is needed for the Vikings and for the team’s long tenured running back , Adrian Peterson , a player of Teddy Bridgewater’s ability could be the make or break decision for the franchise’s most revered player over the past six seasons . It has long been rumored, that Peterson would have sought a trade, if the front office was unwilling to bolster the Vikings’ roster . The departure of Jared Allen may well have been seen as a prudent move, but I cannot help but feel that GM Rick Spielman still has not done enough to make the team in its current guise a legitimate contender within their own division, much less the rest of the NFC as well and the league , itself !

The Minnesota Vikings will open their regular season schedule with a game against the St Louis Rams at the Edwards Jones Dome Stadium in St Louis , Missouri . on the 7th September , 2014 . As what we ought to expect , could very well be determined by what we are likely to witness by the rookies on show that day, when these two teams face each other .

With the first two rounds of the NFL Draft now having passed, the remaining four rounds now become about , teams simply doubling up by way of players they now feel perhaps, may well meet a need , in terms of a third or fourth depth choice on their respective rosters.

Offensive players were said to be in abundance in this particular NFL Draft, by way of the running backs and wide receivers said to be in play. I have no doubt, that players such as Sammy Watkins , Mike Evans , Marquise Lee , Odell Beckham and Kelvin Benjamin will find their way onto the rosters of teams who are in need of very good receivers . The same can be said also , for the running backs seeking to make their mark in the NFL this upcoming season and whether or not they are capable of taking advantage of the situation that they are likely to be placed in. The first running back taken in this particular draft, the Ohio State Buckeyes’ rushing sensation Carlos Hyde , albeit, that there are those who believe that there were number of players at the position with far greater productivity than Hyde has shown over the course his career. Yet, clearly Jeff Fisher , the St Louis Rams’ front office and the Rams’ coaching staff saw something in the player that they believe will be to their advantage , as they set about their season in 2014 , with their preseason and regular season schedule . Hyde will no doubt, be given every opportunity to prove himself a worthy successor to many of the franchise’s great running backs in recent years , most notably the Rams’ all-time leading rusher, Steven Jackson . A tough act to follow indeed, but Jackson no longer part of the franchise, and their being little power to the franchise’s rushing game last season , something is needed to reignite the team and Carlos Hyde may well be the player, in this case.

Trent Baalke , general manager of the San Francisco 49ers , having seen the franchise’s failed attempts in recent years, to add a sixth Superbowl trophy to the Niners trophy cabinet and to bring some joy back to the faces of the fans. Well, the front office executive , is now seeking to stock his team roster, with an abundance of offensive players by engineering a number of trades without yet , delving deep into the NFL Draft. The additions of Brandon Lloyd and during this draft process, in obtaining Buffalo Bills’ receiver Stevie Johnson might on the face of it seem a debatable risk , but clearly, Baalke , team CEO Jed Yorke and head coach Jim Harbaugh believe the moves worth taking. San Francisco’s divisional rivals the Seattle Seahawks reached the pinnacle of NFL team success in winning their first Superbowl , by bulldozing the highly rated Denver Broncos and along the way making five-time League MVP and Broncos’ quarterback Peyton Manning seem like a rookie in his third Superbowl appearance , in what has been one of the great NFL careers of recent years within the league.

Baalke fully realizes, that the NFC West has now become by far the best division in the entire NFL , with the likes of the San Francisco 49ers , Seattle Seahawks , Arizona Cardinals and St Louis Rams now jockeying for divisional supremacy. Take into account also the caliber of the quarterbacks within the division and you can now understand why that claim is now justified beyond the overall play of the quartet of teams in question. .

Colin Kaepernick the Forty Niners’ starting quarterback has proven himself to be a worthy successor to Alex Smith , who himself, now appears to have made a name for himself with the Kansas City Chiefs . Kaepernick’s failings , if there are said to be any, may well be derived from the fact that he comes across as too brash and arrogant . Yet, he cannot be faulted for the team’s loss to the Baltimore Ravens in Superbowl XLII(SB47), a game that still remains clouded by the incompetency of the league and host site, the New Orleans Superdome , home to the New Orleans Saints . That debacle still has not been explained adequately by the league office , in spite of the post-game comments made , to the resounding success in the staging of the event . A showcase for the NFL’s biggest game of the season was something of a shambles, with the organizing committee fully aware of the ongoing problems concerning site’s electrical infrastructure and an hour-long interval, as repairs were made to the electrical power generator supplying power to the Superdome.

Over the past two seasons , the New England Patriots have proven themselves to be the class of the AFC East twice succeeding to defend their divisional title, but it has been their postseason forays in 2012 and 2013 , that have many questioning whether or not Bill Belichick and Tom Brady have lost their “magical touch” when it comes to the postseason. The window of opportunity for both to add a fourth Superbowl title to their respective resumes’ seem to be slowly closing , in spite of Brady’s ongoing zeal to seek perfection with each postseason game , and the performances thereof. The Patriots’ quarterback remains one of the most successful passers in postseason history, over the past fourteen years and his three Superbowl victories are unmatched by any of his peers currently playing.

Tom Brady has never been outspoken or demonstrative in making demands of the Patriots’ front office , having placed his trust in the coach , the coaching staff and GM Nick Caserio to do what is in the best interests of the franchise. This draft could very well be the one, where the organization chooses to load up on both sides of the ball , while also availing themselves of the best available free agents on the open market . Caserio has sought to be prudent, in terms of the cap room , in the buildup to the NFL Draft and once the contract negotiations begin for the rookies, you can be sure that he will drive a hard bargain with their respective agents , representing those clients.

Finally , all of the gloating and self-righteous hypocrisy of the NFL remains on show , with the league’s drafting of its first openly gay player. Michael Sam will become of a member of the St Louis Rams , having been drafted in the sixth round by the NFC West based franchise. Head coach Jeff Fisher in addressing the issue , has stipulated that he does not want the actions of organization of the Rams to be the sole focus of this season. Also, he has stated, Sam will be made available to the press to discuss his place on the team and not the social relevance about his sexuality and what this all means to the NFL . Yet , for all of this hyperbole, to the importance of the decision by the Rams , one simply hide the fact the league remains not only homophobic , but it has to be said there still remains a great deal of racism hidden and obviously open in the aftermath of the Richie Incognito “ affair” within the Miami Dolphins’ organization .

In the aftermath of his being drafted by the Rams , Michael Sam was given a congratulatory kiss by his partner of several years , when Vito Cammisano , kissed the player on live television, with countless millions watching nationally and millions more globally . Now, while there has been some public outrage, about the act, and the fact there may well have been children watching the NFL Draft. It begs the question, if children can witness hours of gratuitous violence, during prime-time hours on national or syndicated programming, never mind the fact they also witnessing acts of war where victim’s global conflicts are sometimes being shown. Then why now, of all the situations possible, is there such outrage to the act of Sam kissing his partner ? Political correctness or not , unless one can either be respectful one’s right to freedom of expression , but dare I say it, show an ounce of common decency , rather than allude to the fact that this country remains without an ounce of bigotry . Those espousing such beliefs simply have no goddamn idea in actuality , concerning what is happening in the real world , much less realizing that times have changed , be it for the better or the worse . Common decency and respect ought to overshadow , intolerance and bigotry . Obviously, there are fans of the NFL , who remain ignorant and bigoted , while trying to behind some falsehood created in their own psyche .

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Do you believe there were any major surprises, during this NFL Draft? Which teams in your opinion may well have pulled off a coup, in terms of the players drafted and likely to be seen as a legitimate contender for the Superbowl this upcoming season?

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(1) Jadeveon Clowney of the Houston Texans is seen here with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodel , after the defensive line was taken as the number one overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft by the Texans. Getty Images / Loyd Carr ….

(2) Jadeveon Clowney makes his arrival for the 2014 NFL Draft alongside his Mom, Joseanna , to the prelude for the night’s events . AP Photo/ Dinesh Patel ….

(3) Johnny Manziel , thought to be everyone’s consensus pick as the first quarterback taken in this draft , the player was taken as the twenty-second overall pick by the Cleveland Browns. Team GM Tom Heckert hopes that the Texas A&M and Heisman Trophy winner can show the type of form that made him one of the dynamic players at the collegiate level during his tenure with the Aggies . AP Photo / Tom Johnson ….

(4) Blake Bortles is seen here with Roger Goodell . The player was taken as the first quarterback in the draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars and is deemed the likely successor to Blaine Gabbert whose tenure with the franchise has been somewhat sporadic and uneven since being originally drafted in the 2011 NFL Draft by the AFC South based franchise. AP Photo/ Tom Johnson …….

(5) Teddy Bridgewater now of the Minnesota Vikings . The former Louisville Cardinals’ quarterback will be hoping to make a successful jump from the collegiate level to the NFL ranks for the Vikings’ organization. AP Photo / Phil Devlin …..

(6) Michael Sam is seen here in a congratulatory embrace, as he shares a kiss with his partner Vito Cammasino after the announcement was made that the SEC Defensive Player of the Year had been drafted in the sixth round by the St Louis Rams . Sam is the first active and openly gay player to be drafted in the NFL . As to whether or not this will be met with a “seal of approval” by ardent Rams throughout this season remains to be seen , but that first preseason home game , as well as regular season contest , should prove to be an indication , as to whether or not the fans will be supportive of Michael Sam. Already those within and outside the NFL have begun to voice their disapproval of the player’s embrace and the kissing of his partner on live television. Courtesy of ESPN @ copyrighted material all rights reserved …………

(7) Michael Sam is seen here addressing members of the convened press as takes questions concerning his thoughts on the upcoming NFL Draft. Sam was taken in the sixth round of the Draft by the St Louis Rams and hopes to be a productive member of the team as they embark upon their season in the NFL . AP Photo / John Pettite ….

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17 thoughts on “It’s not Rocket Science , so why turn it into something it is not ?

  1. So Michael Sam kisses his partner Vito Cammasi no on the lips on live television but the hypocritical #ssholes , who seem to have no problem , that their children can witness hours of gratuitous violence on prime-time television . What does that indicate to you about these frigging pious buffoons , especially among those homo-phobe misogynistic former NFL players questioning Sam’s actions . Hypocrisy and bigotry still reigns supreme within the NFL and there are a bunch of anal retentive fans within the world of sports who basically have the IQ of a gnat and who have no fuc@king common sense for their own good, in terms of intelligence .

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  2. Both are in bad taste……….the violence and the kissing. I’m a realist that is 95% PC. Let me put this out there.

    If you took a secret poll among NBA players and the Y/N question was : Would you accept openly gay players in your locker room? What’s the tally? I’d tap out on over 65% NO and double pop at over 75%. Right or wrong, I believe that’s the sentiment among the players.

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    1. Ronbets

      Here’s my take , with all of the idiocy and recent news concerning the NFL and NBA . How do you view their handling of both situations ?

      The Miami Dolphins were fully aware as to the behavior of Richie Incognito and played it off as mere pranks between what they deem to be mature individuals . Richie Incognito’s response, is that he’s not a racial bigot , yet , his antics belie that , with his calling teammate Jonathan Martin a n##ger and wanting to fu#k both Martin’s mother and sister , doggy style and then to ejaculate in their mouths . This was somehow overlooked but dumb ass sports’ fans here are talking about the NFL being filled with camaraderie . What the NFL is actually filled with , is a great deal of bull#hit and hypocrisy , presided over an ignoramus like Roger Goodell along with a union leadership that simply does not give a $hit . In the meantime , let me pose this question, which NFL owner has come out and questioned the Dolphins’ own actions , much less be vocal about the actions of Incognito ?

      In the NBA that league was lauded by fans when Jason Collins was finally signed by the Nets but yet, you had unproductive centers such as Andrew Bynum , Kwame Brown and others robbing their teams blind in terms of a salary and a contract .

      You know what is in bad taste , hypocritical as$holes such as Roger Goodell who remain so goddamn clueless about their respective sports.

      In the nineties, when David Stern saw fit to use the genre of gangster rap to sell the NBA brand, how is it that no one questioned the fact he was also intent on using a specific racial demographic to sell the brand knowing, full well the level of violence taking place on the streets of Los Angeles between the Cripps and Bloods and the gang related deaths taking place there ? Yet we have idiot fans , contributors and patrons within this domain suggesting that Stern was good for the NBA during his tenure. I have asked one particular individual to explain that chapter and his thoughts on it succinctly , but he just doesn’t have the intelligence or the wherewithal to do so . Anal retentive and that is all it is .

      What should matter is whether or not Michael Sam can play and will be given the chance to prove his worth . If he is capable of winning the SEC Defensive Player of the Year Award in 2013 , then surely that has to mean to something ? Or is this now going to be about the media being given the chance to spin another piece to simply lure in readers, without doing any real in-depth investigation as to their being bigotry , racism and misogynistic behavior with both the league NFL and NBA , but everyone would rather gloss over .

      The night that Hank Aaron broke what was then the all-time home run record , > look at what he was subjected because that was glossed over by baseball historians and fans with ongoing stupidity . Never mind how Jackie Robinson was treated during his rookie season as a Dodger . This being an individual who served his country proudly as a member of the military . Again something overlooked by fans and a number of historians alike .

      I am sure that when you served in the military you are likely to have served alongside a comrade who might well have been gay but it was unknown to you. Yet your only concern would be that he would have your back in a moment of danger ? I served a decade and I was only concerned that when I was on the streets of Belfast in Northern Ireland my fellow platoon members had my back . My concern was never their sexuality and never will be . I now work alongside a number of individuals who are gay and I just don’t care ! All of this hypocritical outrage , but where was the outrage by fu$ing idiots still defending Joe Paterno and the likes of the US dioceses up and down the country in the midst of the sexual abuses of young children ? Please if we are going to deal with intolerance , bigotry , racial intolerance then let there be a clear debate on not just one topic , but a whole gamut of issues that somehow idiots deem as taboo and excuse that type of behavior or simply show their frigging apathy which in actuality has been the norm in this country for so many years .

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  3. Tophat,

    When I was ‘forced’ into joining the military during the Nam War it was charactor molding time. Many ‘friends’ fled to Canada like true pussies. During bootcamp many other pussies couldn’t hack it. What did they do? Claimed homosexuality and were summarily discharged. I honestly can say that I never witnessed any serious racial(BW) bias during my tour. We shared everything including our stash. The only negative that came outta this was an indifference toward the 5’2″ yellow slime bags that came outta tunnels to ambush our side or plant river mines.
    I agree with most of your post and find it reasonable to assume you are not a fan of N.Ireland and it’s ppl. FU Jane Fonda you traitor bitch.

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    1. Ronbets

      Those are the sycophants , who then become critical of the country having never done a goddamn thing with their lives be it in public or private office. I’ve no doubt , some may well have felt that they had valid reasons for not wanting to make that sacrifice for their country . Yet on the other hand , Ali was bold enough to stand up and voice his opposition for not wanting to fight what he felt was an unjust war . For those who then , scurried off elsewhere , be it Canada or Europe as the case maybe , they ought to be seen for the cowards that they are !

      The people of Northern Ireland voted numerous times in a referendum to remain part of the United Kingdom . It was the populace , who were South of the Border, who felt that the country ought to be united as one entity . The IRA (Irish Republican Army) were the forerunners to Al-Qaeda and the Taliban with the religious zeal also , in using religion to espouse their venal crimes .

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  4. As a die-hard Patriots’ fans , I have to say , that I am not overly impressed with their 2014 draft class in spite of the drafting of Jimmy Garrapolo . What will this now mean for Tom Brady’s backup Ryan Mallett and is it likely to lead to his being traded to the Houston Texans as a cap saving exercise by the franchise ?

    Garrapolo center , seen here alongside Roger Goodell , right and former Patriots’ great Willie McGinest .

    It would be an idiotic decision to be made by the front office , no matter how good the coaching staff might believe Garappolo to be .

    tophatal …………………

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  5. Most watched draft in NFL history, Al, with the ratings also telling us that the moment Manziel was taken was the ratings highlight of the night.

    I also heard on the radio that a popular porn site had 15% less traffic over that same time frame.

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    1. Chris Humpherys ewoitemd

      A number of interesting sideline stories that encapsulated this NFL Draft beyond the “hyperbole “ of Johnny Manziel and Jadeveon Clowney . And what should we actually make of the now so infamous kiss ? Is there really that apathy and idiocy among fans concerning Michael Sam , while they somehow make excuses for racial bigotry , misogyny and hypocrisy within the NFL . Like I have said to you repeatedly , the North American sports’ fan is not the most intelligent or insightful of human beings ! They often spend far too much of their time with their heads buried either in the sand or up their own ass !

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  6. I don’t really like the NFL draft it has way too much hype these days. Nobody really knows who’s going to be good and who’s not. I was pretty happy with the Raiders picking Mack, but then again I was happy when the Raiders picked McClain and well we know how that turned out.

    Everyone talked about how deep the draft is, but you never really know until they start playing. I guess we’ll see if it’s true or not in a couple of years!

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    1. chappy 81

      I liked what the Raiders were able to do in this NFL Draft , but a great deal as to what we are likely to see from the team will be more down to the acumen shown by the coaching staff of Dennis Allen than it will be with the players themselves . I believe that Allen will be watched closely by Reggie McKenzie and Mark Davis , as their two most, senior executives within the franchise’s structure . Failure to produce this season and Allen is likely to be shown the door just like many of his predecessors have been previously .

      There has always been way too much hype concerning the NFL Draft and it is deliberately done by the NFL and press alike to lure in the fans in general . This Draft , the subplot to it all was about where Michael Sam would be picked and who would be the overall number one pick . Would it be Johnny Manziel or Jadeveon Clowney ?

      The Houston Texans would have been deemed idiots had they passed on Clowney and the fact that Manziel was picked that low in the first round , indicated how low his stock had dropped as he was not even the first quarterback taken .

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      1. Have you seen their schedule?!? Toughest in the NFL. I have a hard time believing they’ll be able to make much noise this year, but hey sometimes miracles happen!!

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          1. Yeah not only is their division tough, but they drew the NFC West which is probably the toughest in ALL of football. They also go to the eastcoast twice in the first three weeks and then to London!?! I think the league set the schedule thinking Al was still alive, and trying to get back at him. I guess all I’m hoping for is some competitive games that they hang around in for three quarters…

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  7. I am anxious to see how those top rated draftees work out…..Steelers had a lot of busts over the years…AND they let Johnny Unitas go! Nothing is guaranteed, no even one’s life

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