Looking for all of the right answers in all of the wrong places

Looking for all of the right answers in all of the wrong places

In all the fallout leading to the ongoing criticism of the NFL and its league hierarchy, it seems remarkably strange that not one owner has spoken out in criticising Roger Goodell for his handling of the Ray Rice affair . Baltimore Ravens’ owner Steve Bisciotti has been somewhat naive in his belief , he was misled in how the league would deal with the situation , albeit , he and GM Ozzie Newsome would have been within their right to suspend the running back , rather than leaving it to league to mete out its form of punishment . In light of the issue and the back and forth between the NFL and the beginning of an investigation by the NFLPA (Players’ Union) , the belief remains, the commissioner and many of his subordinates made a horrendous mistake in their handling of this affair. It also goes to the question, if the league can now ban Rice for his actions , but belief no such action is warranted after the San Francisco 49ers’ defensive player has readily admitted in an interview, he beat his pregnant girlfriend , it leads me to believe the NFL and Roger Goodell maintains a “double standard” in spite of the changes about to be made concerning player misconduct as it relates to domestic violence and spousal abuse.

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As a face-saving exercise and makeover the NFL has called upon two former federal civil servants , Robert S Mueller and Louis Freeh to conduct an investigation , start a policy to be adopted by the league and its teams , seeking to address the conduct of players and specifically the issue of domestic violence. Given the fact it has taken numerous incidents for the league to reluctantly pull their collective heads out of their own asses . I simply do not believe any measure now being taken will likely force a player to rethink their pattern of behavior . No deterrent set by the league has stopped players when it comes to misuse of a banned substance , and then collecting misdemeanor charges for DUI , or a felony for having an unlicensed firearm , but rather with a great deal of naiveté on the part of the NFL , the commissioner and a number of rather apathetic fans things are now about to change. Roger Goodell , has never looked himself in the mirror and simply address the fact he has been a poor leader and executive for the NFL , not unlike the poor stewardship seen during the final years of David Stern’s leadership of the NBA .

Three weeks into the NFL and there are few positives be taken away, as the league enters week four and then close out the first quarter of the season. The divisions have not yet provided us with a clear picture as to the likely contenders for the Superbowl , but there have been one or two surprises concerning the play of a number of players through the first three weeks of the season.

Rex Ryan head coach of the New York Jets has begun to mull over whether or not Geno Smith remains the team’s best option to win at this level within the NFL , with the quarterback already showing signs of the traits which plagued him for much of last season with his errant plays , fumbles and proclivity for throwing interceptions . Through three games for the Jets this season , Smith has now become more of a liability rather than an asset for the franchise.

A sloppy and indifferent performance against the Chicago Bears in a home loss has pretty much summed up why Rex Ryan may well seek to sit Geno Smith , given the team’s woes in terms of the offense and their passing game . Defensively , the issues for the Jets point the fact the average points per game being given up by the defense. The alternative for Rex Ryan would be to insert seasoned veteran Michael Vick into the starting lineup , but I seriously doubt at this stage of his career , Vick has very much to offer to the team , while simply seeking to enhance his status as one of the elder statesmen in the league currently playing the quarterback position.

On Sunday afternoon the New York Jets will play hosts to the Detroit Lions Lions and it will be interesting to see whether it will be Smith or Vick lined up to take the snap in the contest.

In the aftermath of the Miami Dolphins’ dour lack of competitiveness in 2013 and the franchise’s off the field issues . It seemed only natural to think the Dolphins would show signs of improvement in 2014 . Instead head coach Joe Philbin has been left wondering , how could things remains so awry , with the team still playing without any passion which is reflected in the Dolphins’ record (1-2) and their standing within the AFC East as well as the AFC .

Ryan Tannehill the starting quarterback for the Dolphins has been far from consistent for the team this season , and it places the head coach in something of a dilemma as to what he should do with the incumbent starter. Matt Moore is Tannehill’s backup , but Moore’s career in the NFL has simply been , one of not too many top-notch moments or what could be described as exhilarating plays. It has been several years since the Dolphins had an offense that would pose a threat to anyone in terms of passing or rushing game and it has to be said , neither Ryan Tannehill or Matt Moore would evoke such a memory or pose such a threat.

Dennis Allen’s …. Oakland Raiders will have the Miami Dolphins as their guests this Sunday in an all AFC clash which will both teams overlooking to overcome their very indifferent starts to the season . For the Raiders in particular , this might well be Allen’s last season as the head coach of a team which has underpeformed with their being barely any signs of life from this roster , even in spite of the spirited play of rookie quarterback Derek Carr . Team owner , Mark Davis and GM Reggie McKenzie , this off-season will likely assess the merits in keeping Dennis Allen based upon how the season pans out as well the retention of certain players on the roster . I firmly believe , we will see another merry-go-round, as another head coach is sent packing from a franchise where their average tenure over the last decade and a half has been less than three seasons.

The expectations were high but the returns now being seen have been an extreme disappointment as Lovie Smith , his coaching staff and this Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ team have performed poorly , getting off to an 0-3 start within the NFL , a record shared with the Oakland Raiders , making the two teams the worst in the league from a record standpoint . I believed Smith would have brought some discipline to a team sadly lacking in that last season , but it has become abundantly clear , the players lacked not only a great deal of discipline and there seems to be no vocal leader , much less a great player on the team willing to lead by example . Vincent Jackson no longer poses the offensive threat as one of the better tight ends in the NFL and the Buccaneers' pass attack can best described as simply mediocre. Neither Josh McCown or Mike Glennon have proven to be the answer this regular season and the signs were there to be observed during the preseason. The Buccaneers were a walking disaster in their 56-14 loss to divisional rivals the Atlanta Falcons , and it was somewhat fortunate for Tampa the Falcons missed several opportunities to build a wider margin of victory in their big win .

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are a poor excuse for an NFL franchise and the issues which plague the team covers just about every facet of their game . I do not believe the team can become competitive enough where they are likely to be seen as a credible challenger within the NFC South . Tampa is certainly not good enough this moment to be defeat either the Carolina Panthers or New Orleans Saints and their return visit whereby they will play host to Atlanta Falcons in week ten could very well likely provide us with a similar result as I do not believe the Buccaneers can make that much of an improvement , given their dire situation at present.

Week four will see the Tampa Bay Buccaneers pit their wits against the Pittsburgh Steelers (2-1) at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania , this upcoming Sunday. Pittsburgh for its part will be looking for the win and place themselves into contention for what has now become a tightly contested AFC North division where the Cincinnati Bengals (3-0) maintain a slender lead.

Ben Roethlisberger is not yet back at his very best , but as long as the Steelers have a great running game and a top-five defense then this team can be considered a legitimate contender within the AFC and quite possibly for a deep run in the postseason and to the Superbowl title, itself.

I don’t know what it will take for the Jacksonville Jaguars to be taken seriously as credible NFL franchise . Years of indifference, through poor coaching and needless to say an owner who did not seem to be all that ambitious when Wayne Weaver owned the team. Now with Shahid Khan owning the Jaguars the management has been put into place with a view to making this Jaguars’ organization a legitimate concern within the NFL. Other than the era of Tom Coughlin as the franchise’s head coach, there has been little to cheer about concerning the Jacksonville Jaguars. Mark Brunell and Tony Boselli became synonymous with the franchise but over the past eight seasons , things have been very lean for the organization . With Gus Bradley on board as the head coach and
several
changes
having
been made in terms of free agent acquisitions and the drafting of Blake Bortles , the belief seems to be, things are about to change for the better.

Chad Henne the Jaguars’ starting quarterback for 2014 has proven to be very ineffective and some might say a waste of space and cap money for the franchise. Bortles was seen as a project , and likely at some point to be the team’s starting quarterback next season . Off to a win-less start , with an 0-3 record shared alongside the Oakland Raiders , Tampa Bay Buccaneers and it is now easy to understand why Bortles had his baptism of fire during the closing stages of Jacksonville’s week three game against the Indianapolis Colts , which ended in a 44-17 loss for the AFC South based franchise.

Philip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers will host the Jacksonville Jaguars at Qualcomm Stadium this Sunday , where the Chargers will be seeking to prove their impressive start to the season was no mere fluke. Given what Rivers has been working with over the past few seasons , it has come as something of a surprise to see the Chargers off to such a very good start. In what will likely be a very competitive AFC West division , not including the woefully inept Oakland Raiders . I believe the division could very well become a three-horse race if Andy Reid and Alex Smith can actually figure out what is wrong with the Kansas City Chiefs . The Denver Broncos remain as competitive as ever , with Peyton Manning leading the way for the team .

With a bye-week in Week four , the Denver Broncos can rest their injured players while gauging what their divisional rivals are likely to do. Andy Reid and the Kansas City Chiefs have a potentially tough game against the New England Patriots at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City , Missouri on Monday night , part of the season of scheduled games for the Monday Night Football. A win is very much a must , for the Patriots after their labored and non-too too convincing victory over the Oakland Raiders in week three , where Tom Brady had one of his less memorable games against Oakland .

At the start of the 2014 season , many believed the New England Patriots were capable of having a thirteen win season. My only belief , was that the Patriots would not be severely challenged within the AFC East , where they have been the dominant force within the division of the past decade. I see no reason for the premise to change given the issues of the Buffalo Bills , Miami Dolphins and New York Jets. Bill Belichick remains the ” Mad Scientist” , self-absorbed, over-confident and often abrasive with the press and at times with his players with the exception of his renowned quarterback. Brady and Belichick are joined by an umbilical cord , but the cord will likely be severed in the next two or three years. The departures of Ryan Mallett and Logan Mankins shocked not only Tom Brady , but the fans of the New England Patriots and definitely members of the media . And as good as the team might seem to be , there still remains a number of deficiencies which Bill Belichick has clearly failed to address during the off-season . Jimmy Garoppolo might well be waiting in the wings to take over from the franchise’s all-time leader in a number of offensive passing categories, but I do not believe this rookie will have the type of impact seen with Brady over the past decade.

I have always maintained if you cannot provide the consumer or fan with anything insightful , then it is best to say nothing at all . ESPN /ABC has become a behemoth and monolithic sports’ broadcast entity that leaves it competitors in its wake . In terms of its content and on air presence, there are few if any real bright spots to the medium , but yet , there it is filling the airwaves and the television screens with a great deal of banality , while being hypocritical , misogynistic , sexist and without any real moral virtue. However, what makes the outlet simply tick is its economic clout as a billion dollar money-making entity for parent company , Walt Disney Company . The three other major network outlet pale into comparison as money-making entities and yes folks , that includes the upstart NBCSports Network and Fox’s almost redundant FS1 Fox Sports Network (FS1) , whose content might be just as mediocre and convoluted as its broadcast relative Fox News . CBS Sports remains something of an archaic and dated embodiment of the broadcast network in terms of its appeal and demographic skewered towards those aged fifty-five and over .

ESPN made the decision today , to suspend on air personality Bill Simmons for being critical of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell Granted , the league remains one of the outlet’s primary broadcast partners with whom they have a multi-year, multi-billion dollar contract . Hate to say , but ESPN would rather not bite the hand that feeds it but would willingly kiss the ass of the NFL , even when the league is known to have acted egregiously and erroneously. In reality , some fans couldn’t give a #hit much less really care what Bill Simmons might have to say about anything, given his rather clown-like dexterity for making a complete @sshole of himself , when offering up commentary on issues concerning the world of sports. Simmons’ suspension is something of a non-story but in many ways it simply reflects the ongoing hypocrisy of a network and its willingness to cow-tow and remain in obeisance of a paymaster (NFL) which is just as complicit with its behavior and lack of morals . Unfortunately , there seems to be no one with the balls to say it about ESPN or the NFL , but I am ready to do so and will continue to do so without fear of being sought out by their blow-hard cronies or like-minded representatives.

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Where and when did you feel the league erred in dealing with the Ray Rice affair and do you believe the NFL can get its house back in order , much less regain the confidence of its fans and many of their commercial sponsors ? Three weeks into the NFL season and what has been the biggest surprise to you concerning the games and the teams ? Your comments as always are very welcomed and by all means do feel free to chime in with your own thoughts concerning not only the NFL but the world of sports in general .

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(1) Steve Bisciotti troubled owner of the Baltimore Ravens, who in the past few days has faced mounting criticism of his and the franchise’s handling of the Ray Rice affair. Getty Images / Greg Parsons …

(2)Quarterback Geno Smith (7) of the New York Jets speaks with head coach Rex Ryan before a game against the Chicago Bears at MetLife Stadium on September 22, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Getty Images North America / Elsa Martinez …

(3) Miami Dolphins’ quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) whose record with the franchise as a starter is not impressive (16-19-0) , going into week four where the Dolphins will face the Oakland Raiders in an all AFC match-up at the O Coliseum in Oakland , California , on Sunday afternoon . Miami Herald / Hector Nunez …..

(4) Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ head coach Lovie Smith , center, watches his players stretch after returning from a lightning delay during NFL football training camp in Tampa, Fla., Friday, July 25, 2014. The Buccaneers have gotten off to an awful start to the season with Smith in his first year as the team’s head coach . AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack ….

(5) May 9, 2014; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Blake Bortles (Central Florida) poses with his family after addressing the media at the Upper West Touchdown Club at EverBank Field a day after being selected as the third overall pick in the first round of the 2014 NFL draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars…. John David Mercer / USA Today Sports
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(6) Tom Brady , left , of the New England Patriots is seen here with his back-up , rookie Jimmy Garoppolo . The youngster has been learning all the tricks of the trade from the franchise’s career leader in passing statistics. As a college player, Jimmy Garoppolo had a distinguished career . AP Photo / Martin Kline

(7) Bill Simmons an editor in-Chief at Grantland.com , columnist and on air personality of with ESPN has been suspended (three weeks) by the broadcast outlet for his profanity laced rant , accusing NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell of being a liar . The San Francisco 49ers suspended their television broadcaster and analyst Ted Robinson for his rather idiotic criticism of Jenay Parker-Rice , wife of Baltimore Ravens’ running back Ray Rice . Robinson is his opinionated criticism of Parker-Rice suggested she was in part to blame for the abuse suffered at the hands of her then fiance. Clearly , Robinson has no clue or common sense when it comes to the issue of domestic abuse or domestic violence. UPI / Ross Mitchell …. …

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  1. I now liken the NFL , ESPN and Bill Simmons to being self-absorbed as$holes , self-righteous as#holes , without a clue or a moral compass . All three simply need to be cast aside because in reality , they have each become a blight within society and not really newsworthy in any particular aspect .

    ” Who said , I said that ? Roger Goodell doesn’t know the difference between prosecution and persecution ? Yet , he sure does know how to make a complete $ucking a#shole of himself and the NFL in general ” ! Bill Simmons of ESPN .

    Courtesy of The Washington Post .

    ESPN, Bill Simmons and Roger Goodell: What’s the difference between lying and ‘misinforming’?

    By Erik Wemple

    ESPN eminence Bill Simmons was suspended last night for calling NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell a “liar,” and the critical consensus on this development took just hours to congeal.

    The New Republic’s Danny Vinik writes that the suspension signals that ESPN cares more about “protecting the NFL than reducing domestic violence.” The Post’s Terrence McCoy writes that the suspension highlights the “uneasy” corporate relationship between ESPN and the NFL and that Simmons “didn’t appear to breach any journalistic covenant with his rant.” The Week deems the suspension evidence of “America’s toxic Football Industrial Complex.” Deadspin says that the punishment hits Simmons for “coming to the same conclusion about NFL commissioner Roger Goodell that just about everyone in the thinking public has.”

    The action stems from remarks that Simmons had made on the Monday edition of his podcast “The B.S. Report,” which included this flourish, as Mediaite transcribed it:

    Goodell, if he didn’t know what was on that tape, he’s a liar. I’m just saying it. He is lying. I think that dude is lying. If you put him up on a lie detector test that guy would fail. For all these people to pretend they didn’t know is such f—— b——-. It really is — it’s such f—— b——-. And for him to go in that press conference and pretend otherwise, I was so insulted. I really was.

    Taunting of his superiors also figured into the equation: “I really hope somebody calls me or emails me and says I’m in trouble for anything I say about Roger Goodell. Because if one person says that to me, I’m going public. You leave me alone. The commissioner’s a liar and I get to talk about that on my podcast,” said Simmons.

    A source at ESPN indicates that Simmons’s insubordination was the chief factor determining his three-week suspension from ESPN as well as from social media platforms. Simmons is editor-in-chief of the popular sports site Grantland, an ESPN property. He’s a big deal, accomplished writer, cultivator of a massive following and, quite clearly, a fearless commentator. Yet his defiant statement about what “I get to talk about … on my podcast” comes off as peevish, like an assertion of untouchability.

    In justifying the network’s actions, the ESPN source cited the network’s editorial standards, which state, in part:

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    If ESPN is citing journalistic integrity as a reason for suspending Bill Simmons , then they really do need to take a long hard look at their brand content and some of the ass#holes they have on the air, as the providers of their content .

    The play within the NFL through its first four weeks have been extremely poor and banal. Not unlike previous years but it remains something of a constant .

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    For their next trick the NFLPA’s Board of Player Representatives and their Executive Committee will seek as part of their next collective bargaining agreement to make it mandatory to have a stripper perform in the locker room at the end of the second quarter of all NFL games , starting in 2015 .

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  2. Was he pushed or was the re-signation for real ? Attorney General Eric Holder was simply an @ss while in office as the nation’s highest ranking law enforcement officer. Unfortunately , he can now ride off into the sunset , write his autobiography , earn millions as a senior executive with a Fortune 500 Company or become a senior partner at major national law firm .

    ” Ni$$a I told you , I had your back and now you do this to me ? Barack Obama speaking to Eric Holder

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  3. Last night’s game was the epitome of the banality we have seen within the NFL this season .

    The New York Giants took it to the Washington Redskins in beating up on them in a lopsided 45-14 victory which did nothing to actually enhance the reputation of the NFL , other than to show how damn well mediocre the NFC East will be for the remainder of the season .

    Redskins’ head coach Jay Gruden has now seen his team trip and fall to 1-3 within the NFC East , with starting quarterback Kirk Cousins accounting for five of the six turnovers in last night’s game leading to Washington’s disastrous display and loss.

    Does Gruden now reinsert Robert Griffin III back into the lineup with a view to week five and the Redskins’ next game ?

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    1. ESPN has been just as complicit in terms of the behavior of several of their on air personalities , their mistreatment and misogyny of their female employees by their male counterparts . Does anyone remember the firing of their former MLB analyst Harold Reynolds ? And he is not the first personality to act in such a way . In the case of Bill Simmons , he chose his words rather stupidly, but personally , I have never thought of him as being a very good journalist or analyst . Simply a conceited , self-centered and opinionated as$hole .

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      “Of course I knew she was an intern , but I still wanted to have sex and have her suck my d#ck !

      Harold Reynolds

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  4. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers get off the schneid , beating the Pittsburgh Steelers earning their first victory of the season , a road win .

    Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts get a solid victory in a lopsided contest over the Tennessee Titans .

    Three straight losses for the New York Jets and Rex Ryan still remains the pompous outspoken clown we all knew him to be . Clearly , this Jets’ team is nowhere near as good as some believe and Geno Smith is not as good a quarterback even with the hype of his years in college .

    The Jets against the Detroit Lions was a case where you had two average teams simply showing how banal the NFL just happens to be ,

    One more reason to indicate Chip Kelly will remain an offense minded coach , because defensively , he and his coaches have no fu$king clue . The Philadelphia Eagles couldn’t hold unto the lead over the San Francisco 49ers much less hold unto their own jockstraps (cup) , explaining their loss on the road to the NFC West based franchise . Colin Kaepernick had an abysmal game a but his team came out on top through resilience rather than their overall play in this contest .
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  5. The NFL has is on the cusp of its first coaching casualty of the season with the reported firing of Dennis Allen as the head coach of the Oakland Raiders . Given the team’s disastrous performance against the Miami Dolphins this decision is true , it should come as no surprise to anyone .

    This Oakland Raiders’ franchise has not had a decent head coach in over a decade and with them having not drafted all that well during the time-span in question , is it any surprise the Raiders continue to fail so miserably ?

    Rumors now being bandied about are that the Raiders will seek to gauge Jon Gruden’s interest in returning to the franchise he once coached .

    Speaking of teams said to be under-performing , how bad are the New Orleans Saints at present ? They were comprehensively routed > by the Dallas Cowboys in a game which showed that Sean Payton and his coaching staff have no damn idea about the word ” defense” and what it actually means .

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  6. The NFL’s second best defensive unit looked nothing or anything as advertized , with the Kansas City Chiefs completely embarrassing the New England Patriots at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City , Missouri , on their way to a 41-14 victory in an all AFC clash on Monday night . It would appear these Monday night games tend to be somewhat less competitive than usually Sunday scheduled games during the regular season .

    The Patriots’ offense was simply atrocious with Tom Brady performing very poorly in the passing game for the team leading to this embarrassing defeat for the Patriots. Not much more needs to be said , because this all comes down to the complacent coaching of Bill Belichick and his staff .

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  7. Chris Humpherys (@SportsChump)

    If you truly believe the Baltimore Ravens haven’t anything to hide after this fu#king mess , which the organization systematically tried to cover up , then you are as naive as that idiot , who opines on many of your posts but who forgets his ethnicity and shows his overall stupidity with his asinine rants on crap he simply doesn’t take time to indicate he has any knowledge of . As I will continue to maintain the North American sports’ fans are made up of apathetic a#sholes more often than not are without a frigging clue on a slew of issues as it relates to sports . Kissing Tiger Woods’ ass just because he allegedly makes the needle tick , no longer means fucking thing, when Woods isn’t competitive . Less we forget the player’s legacy would not come into being , were it not for the likes of Jim Thorpe , Lee Elder and other African American golfers and perhaps you ought to remind your naive dumb ass patron of that very fact .

    In an article to be found in USA Today there were at least 50 other incidents involving NFL players and accusations of felonious assaults and other crimes . Yet , not a damn thing was done by the NFL or the union . So as far as I am concerned bringing in fplayeriuLouis Freeh and Robert Mueller to initiate and write policy , is simply using a Band Aid to cover up a gaping wound to the abdomen , that is still bleeding profusely . Roger Goodell remains a fu$king as#hole and idiots who claim his apology showed signs the league erred is fu$king bullsh#it . Only a frigging moron with the IQ of a gnat, would come to that conclusion .

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  8. All’s been quiet since that last Ravens press conference, Al.

    The NFL is hoping their product will keep us entertained and have us forget about what’s really going on but I think we’d all like to see some transparency in this process.

    What is the NFL doing right now to prevent these things don’t happen in the future? Who and what means are they employing to penalize their people who commit these crimes?

    When are they going to let us know?

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