I don’t like Mondays …

I don’t like Mondays …..

Well it’s Monday and in the aftermath of an excellent sports’ weekend we can look back and assess the damage done by way of the results. Major League Baseball and the mystifying play of the teams was beyond bewildering. Two of the series were uncompetitive with the Baltimore Orioles sweeping the Detroit Tigers with immense ease. In the other ALDS contest, the Cinderella story continues with Ned Yost and the Kansas City Royals continuing their march through the postseason after downing the Los Angeles Angels. As to what this might say about a team whose payroll exceeds the Royals’ almost “two to one “ , has me now believing , it’s not about the pay alone , but the quality of the players and their commitment to pursuing the same goals .

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For Angels’ manager Mike Sciocsia , this might have been his last season in charge as the manager of Major League team. Executives , Arte Moreno and GM Jerry Dipoto are likely to make the decision relieve Sciocsia of his managerial duties , with several of the players on the current roster likely to be shown the door .

The two remaining series still ongoing, have now become the best of a three-game series, with the Los Angeles Dodgers and St Louis Cardinals’ squared at one game apiece (1-1), with the Washington Nationals and San Francisco Giants also squared one apiece . Game three for the four teams will take place on Monday 6th October , 2014 with the home teams in both cases seeking to take a 2-1 advantage in their respective series.

Say what you will about the College Football season with the now defunct BCS seeking re-image itself as a more concerned entity and its perceived image by the fans. With intelligence , it is said comes clarity and a sense of purpose, but for collegiate athletics as it relates to football, it is business as usual , with money being the preeminent reason for the game to exist . Where else can you witness such brazen greed among the major conference, with the programs themselves and conference commissioners playing an active role in how the tens of billions of dollars in revenue are disbursed ? I guess the word “shamateurism ” is well represented , with the NCAA playing their part in making sure the fraud continues , albeit the all too naive fans of the game and college athletics believes there still remains some endearing principles being upheld.

If nothing else, with a new playoff format now set to unfold the results one would hope, will play some part in how the empaneled body will seek come up with their premise upon which teams are likely to be playing for a national championship in College Football. Week six’s results were somewhat surprising , with Alabama falling to conference rivals Ole Miss in a very extraordinary result .

We all know how competitive the SEC will be this season , with several teams within the conference likely to be vying for one of the playoff berths. With Alabama’s loss , things have not only been shaken up within the conference , but also among the collegiate landscape and the national rankings . How five weeks into the schedule , Nick Saban’s team can still be ranked inside the top ten having suffered a conference loss while noted unbeaten teams are ranked lower, remains as mystifying as the play of the players during their game against the Rebels.

I am not about to suggest Nick Saban and the Tide’s hopes have been dashed after this defeat, but it is unlikely to be an aid to the team and their long-term goals. Next up for Alabama will be a game against Arkansas (Razorbacks) in a contest likely to be a competitive match-up between these two teams.

It seems rather idiotic the talk within certain circles happens to be the future of Florida Gators’ head coach Wil Muschamp after an indifferent season in 2013 and a rather tenuous start to 2014 . AD Jeremy Foley has stated Muschamp’s job is safe for now and there will be no changes made until the end of the season. Florida (3-1) are a good team , but they are not a great team and while the expectations are always high for a program known for the success gained with Urban Meyer as the head coach. It must be said, the Gators became very complacent after their two most recent national title championships. A great deal of the blame rests squarely on the shoulders of Meyer prior to his abrupt departure from the program.

The Gators’ defeat came in their week four loss to Alabama in what was to be a reflection of their season so far . If you thought things would get any easier, then consider the fact Florida struggled in their next game eking out a 10-9 win over Tennessee (Volunteers) in a terrifically bad exhibition of football by both teams on the day within the SEC .

Gators’ quarterback Matt Jones was the starter in the game against the Volunteers who struggled constantly as did his backup , Jeff Driskell , but the issues of the team are not just on the offensive side of ball but also defensively which suggest Wil Muschamp and his staff have a great deal of work do before their next game . That contest will be against another SEC behemoth , where Les Miles and the LSU Tigers will be the guests of Florida this upcoming Saturday , 11th October, 2014 at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Florida.

Heisman Trophy winners often viewed as the best player in College Football for the year they won the trophy or simply for the body of their work during their college career. In recent seasons we have seen winners such as Cam Newton , Robert Griffin III and now Johnny Manziel take the step from the college ranks to the professional level. In 2014 , the front-runner for the award appears to be Marcus Mariota of Oregon (Ducks) , a program simply known for their offensive prowess while showing very little guile on defense . Such are the ways of the programs within the Pac-12 , that it remains easy to understand why those teams have continued to struggle in recent seasons to make inroads in winning a national title.

Mariota and the team were off to an impressive start to their season before being recently upended by conference rivals Arizona (Wildcats) in a lively contest where the two opposing quarterbacks let loose with their array of talents . This was a game which told us a great deal about Mariota, but also likely may , well have forestalled his chances of winning the Heisman this season . I believe he remains the front-runner , where last year’s winner Jameis Winston because of his off-field antics will be overlooked as a repeat winner and where the other likely candidates may well have inched closer in closing the gap on the presumed leader . Todd Gurley , Amari Cooper , Ameer Abdullah , Kenny Hill , Dak Prescott , Everett Golson and Melvin Gordon are seen as the players still in with a chance of claiming college football’s most prestigious individual trophy.

Week seven will see Oregon led by head coach Mark Helfrich lead his team against the UCLA Bruins (4-1) in what is sure to be a lively contest.

You have to wonder how much longer fans of the NFL can endure the idiotic antics , rhetoric and pragmatism of New York Jets’ head coach Rex Ryan . At the start of the season Ryan was extolling the virtues of his team and in particular his quarterback Geno Smith. Five weeks into the NFL season and Smith remains one of the least productive quarterbacks in the league and his frailties and tendencies are still being exposed .

Coming off the wrong side of an embarrassing defeat, where no real explanation could be offered up by anyone on the Jets’ coaching staff or roster . It easy to now understand why everyone might want to hide their heads in shame . Not only did Philp Rivers and the San Diego enjoy exploiting the New York Jets’ secondary, but I got the impression had the Chargers not made a number mistakes the margin of victory certainly would have exceeded fifty points instead of the end result of 31-0 , in a rout of the Jets.

There are few alternatives for Rex Ryan with regard to demoting Geno Smith and then calling on a veteran such as Michael Vick . The former starter with both the Atlanta Falcons and Philadelphia Eagles is now on the downside of a less than stellar career . Things are unlikely to get any easier in six when the New York Jets host the Denver Broncos who are coming off the demolition of the Arizona Cardinals this past week . Needless to say , Peyton Manning is likely to revel in the task of shredding the Jets’ defense throughout this contest.

In week seven the Jets will lock horns with the New England Patriots in a game which will likely have a bearing determining the AFC East , where the play has been less than impressive from the teams within the division.

New England have been far from convincing through their first five games , A> with some now questioning the consistency of Tom Brady’s play and of the defense and offense in particular . A great deal of the blame rests squarely on the shoulders of head coach Bill Belichick and his coaching staff who seem to be showing complacency in a number of areas. A case could be made that Josh McDaniels and Matt Patricia are failing in their respective duties without pointing blame at the Pro Bowl quarterback . And while the Patriots lead the AFC East , the division is by no means sewn up , albeit, it remains a poor division in terms of the overall play witnessed this season.

Policy or no policy , the idiocy of the league as well as their front office executives remains bewildering and rather self-absorbed . Who are the NFL trying to protect , if not themselves ? Clearly, neither Roger Goodell or the owners have the faintest idea about reality and the world they conduct business in, other than to make money at the cost of consumers , and the legions of female fans of the league. As for the insistence of the league, it remains conscious of their duties in fighting off all stereotypes of their image, concerning player misconduct, consider the negative stories which have engulfed the league recently and the response from the NFL , certain members of the hierarchy without the failure of the NFLPA (union) and its executive committee to step up and issue an official statement. Instead there has been a great deal of rhetoric , pragmatism but above all , a great deal of goddamn hypocrisy and apathy on the part the traditional male fans , who seem to be Neanderthal in their nature and thinking .

Colin Kaepernick and the Forty Niners have been indifferent in terms of their performances this season . Having landed a multi-year , multi-million dollar contract which makes the quarterback among the highest paid players in the NFL . It would be true to suggest through five games, Kaepernick seems a mere shadow of the player who took the franchise to their most recent playoff successes , albeit they failed in their ultimate goal of claiming a Superbowl victory.

Kapernick and the San Francisco 49ers(3-2) will be in for a tough battle with the Seattle Seahawks(3-1) as they each seek divisional supremacy within the NFC West this season . The divisional games between these two teams this season should tell us a great deal about both teams as well as the two opposing quarterbacks , Colin Kapernick and Russell Wilson . Wilson for his part almost single-handed took apart the woefully inept Washington Redskins(1-4) in the latest chapter of another bad Monday Night Game this
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With there being a great deal on unrest now said to be ongoing within the San Francisco 49ers’ locker room and the adversarial approach now taking place between head coach Jim Harbaugh and his players , it remains to be seen whether not the coach last the season or the possibility he might be fired by Trent Baalke .

It’s still early days yet , but with a new owner in tow , Tom Benson of the New Orleans Pelicans has to be hoping the franchise he purchased will one of the teams likely to be very competitive this season . With Anthony Davis coming off a FIBA World Cup medal tournament win and the player being the centerpiece of head coach’s Monty Willams’ ambitions for this team . It will be interesting to see how the players fare once the regular season gets underway.

While I believe the Pelicans to be a good team , they are not yet a great team and they have no real pedigree or body of work to show they will be one of the better franchises within their division much less their conference this upcoming season. What we are aware of, is the very fact they have a young core group of players quite capable of excelling at the highest levels when coached by a very good staff . Dell Demps has assembled a roster he believes will be good enough to make a competitive challenge within the Southwestern Division and Western Conference this upcoming season .

Anthony Davis , a supporting cast of Jimmer Fredette , Tyreke Evans , Luke Babbitt , Eric Gordon , John Salmons and Austin Rivers are likely to provide Pelicans’ fans with a number of highlights this season. In the preseason the team has already had their way with an experienced Miami Heat team , that may well appear to be still shell-shocked after their rather shocking display in NBA Finals last season.

The Pelicans will open their regular season schedule against the Orlando Magic in a game where the home team will have a distinct advantage. Regular season meetings between the two teams over the past four years have been entertaining and wild, with the emphasis placed on offense over defense. Anthony Davis will be viewed as the focal point of the team, but I believe it will be Tyreke Evans who will prove to be one the primary mainstays for the Pelicans over the course of this season . Games against the San Antonio Spurs will be of particular interest , as it will be a way for the Pelicans to test the merits of the team .

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In the aftermath of this sports’ weekend , what do you feel was the biggest story to unfold and which event do you think was simply over-hyped and merely the media looking to make something out of nothing ?

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(1) Baltimore Orioles designated hitter Nelson Cruz gestures after hitting a two-run home run during the sixth inning in Game 3 of baseball’s AL Division Series against the Detroit Tigers, Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014, in Detroit. Cruz was one of the primary reasons why the Orioles swept the Tigers in three games to make it to this season’s ALCS where they will face the Kansas City Royals with the winner representing the AL in this year’s World Series . AP Photo/Carlos Osorio …

(2) Baltimore Orioles’ Nick Markakis , right, and Nelson Cruz celebrate after Baltimore defeated the Detroit Tigers, 2-1, in Game 3 of baseball’s AL Division Series Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014, in Detroit. Baltimore won the series 3-0. AP Photo/Paul Sancya …

(3) Kansas City Royals’ Eric Hosmer , right, celebrates his two-run home run with Alex Gordon in the 11th inning against the Los Angeles Angels in Game 2 of baseball’s AL Division Series, in Anaheim, Calif., Friday, Oct. 3, 2014. AP Photo/Gregory Bull …

(4) Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost, right, celebrates with Mike Moustakas after the Royals’ 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Angels in 11 innings during Game 1 of baseball’s AL Division Series in Anaheim, Calif., Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014. Moustakas hit a home rum in the 11th inning. AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi …

(5) Trae Elston (7) of the Ole Miss Rebels celebrates after a kickoff against the Alabama Crimson Tide on October 4, 2014 at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in Oxford, Mississippi. Getty Images/ Joe Murphy …

(6) Serdius Bryant (14) of the Ole Miss Rebels tackles T.J. Yeldon (4) of the Alabama Crimson Tide on OCTOBER 4, 2014 at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in Oxford, Mississippi. Mississippi beat Alabama 23-17. Joe Murphy/ Getty Images ..

(7) Marcus Mariota quarterback of Oregon Ducks , seen as this year’s Heisman Trophy front-runner , but with the team suffering their first loss of the season against Arizona , the feeling is the player has now fallen in down the list of favored candidates for this season’s award. AP Photo / Michelle Ward ..

(8) Geno Smith of the New York Jets whose performance against the San Diego Chargers was among the worst of week five among the starting quarterbacks in the NFL on the day . The Jets would end up losing the game 31-0 , with head coach Rex Ryan having to insert Michael Vick in the early stages of the contest. It remains to be seen whether or not Smith will be the team’s starter for week six . Getty Images / Richard Parsons …

(9) Anthony Bennett(42) of the New Orleans Pelicans is seen here with Pelicans’ head coach Mont Williams during a team workout session for Team USA in their preparation for the FIBA World Cup Basketball Tournament held in Barcelona , Spain this year . The team took home the gold medal after a very tough and competitive competition. Getty Images / Phillipa Law …

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  1. A great ALCS ahead between the Baltimore Orioles and Kansas City Royals . Ned Yost’s vibrant young team are proving that they are ” the little engine that could and did .

    ” Spoiler alert, spoiler alert ” , Alabama are not as good as first advertized and it genuinely shows how wrong the pundits are concerning the team .

    As a quarterback , Marcus Mariota is by far the best dual threat in College Football and it is not even remotely close . The Ducks’ quarterback can flat out play . Now whether or not he wins the Heisman this season will be predicated upon the voters and also if the team can possibly go unbeaten for the rest of their schedule .

    I’m not about to suggest Wil Muschamp needs to start looking over his shoulder but as a head coach he’s proving to be as dumb as a box of rocks . He has no handle on his team and has simply let his players run wild off the field of play, rather than on it . How many more fu#king problems can the program now withstand , with allegations of rape and other sexual misconduct by members of the team ? . All of which Jeremy Foley has failed to address as the program’s AD .

    “Wil , you have my word , I’ve got your back ” . Jeremy Foley and Wil Muschamp .

    Now in light of the Treon Harris issue what the hell are the Gators likely to do ? Oh I know , they will sit the kid pending an investigation rather than rescinding his scholarship and kicking his fu#king a#s out of school as they are well within their right to do . But leave it to the numb skulls at Florida and their dumb @sses to try and paint a rosy story of them being really proactive .

    From the Gators’ official website .

    Statement from University of Florida University Relations

    Gainesville, Florida

    University of Florida student athlete Treon Harris is accused of sexually assaulting a female student early Sunday morning in a residence hall on the UF campus.

    The University of Florida Police Department is investigating the incident, and UFPD has brought in the Gainesville Police Department to assist with collection and analysis of forensic evidence.

    The investigation is ongoing and we do not have an update regarding any charges at this time.

    The University of Florida and the University Athletic Association are cooperating fully.

    Due to legal and privacy requirements, there are limitations as to what the university can say publicly about a pending matter such as this. In these types of serious situations, Student Affairs initiates the Student Conduct Code process. Often, a student may be suspended on an interim basis, which means he or she is banned from campus and all campus activities, pending the outcome of the conduct process.

    UAA has suspended Treon Harris from all team activities.

    “We have no tolerance for sexual assault on our campus,” UF President Bernie Machen said. “The university is committed to providing a safe and inclusive environment for every member of the UF community. We must strive to protect all of our students from sexual harassment and assault, and do everything in our power to promote a safe learning environment.”

    UF continues to provide a wide variety of support services and resources. The university continually enhance its campus efforts to address issues of sexual assault and harassment.

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    The university offers a litany of aid for students concerning the issue of on campus violence ? What an absolute crock of #hit ! Statement from UF is rhetorical bull#hit and pragmatism because under Urban Meyer’s reign they tolerated a great deal more and did fu$k all about it , simply because the was winning and it took an eye off of the malevolence happening on campus .

    Geno Smith is proving to be an even bigger bust than his predecessor Mark Sanchez and you only need to look at their comparable statistics to realize that fact.

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  2. Tom Benson , owner of the New Orleans Saints has now taken on a franchise bereft of success and whose last playoff appearance in the NBA postseason was not fondly remembered by anyone . The New Orleans Pelicans have a very good young team , but that is all they have for the present .

    Pelican players will have to go out and prove themselves this season against the likes of the Spurs , Thunder , Clippers and Rockets over the course of their schedule without thinking about opponents in the East much less the NBA Playoffs, .

    If Monty Williams can get this team playing with a great deal of zeal then I believe it would be very possible for them get a postseason berth . A forty five to forty eight win season might just be enough to gain a conference berth into the postseason .

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    If I’m a partner in the Los Angles Dodgers’ ownership group at what point do I say .. “fu#k it , I want my money back ?

    GM Ned Colletti and team President Stan Kasten have spent money ( $485 million over the past two seasons ) to give Dodgers’ fans absolute crap in the postseason . LA has become the St Louis Cardinals’ bit#h in the last two years . In 2013 it was in the NLCS and this year it just happens to be in the NLDS . History repeating itself all over again. I wonder what Magic Johnson must be thinking right now ? By any means necessary was his mantra , in doing what ever it takes to bring a World Series’ title back to Los Angeles . Well maybe next year or the year after ? Personally, I believe this current roster will have to be gutted and they will have to think about rebuilding without going the route of high-priced free agents and develop talent from within their farm system .

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  4. Will there be anymore idiotic policies initiated by the weak ass NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell ? He too much like the incumbent in the White House remains so frigging clueless ? How in hell’s name will any policy change initiated by an investigation presided over by former FBI Director Robert Mueller will bring about change when Goodell , himself , remains all too inconsistent when it comes to meting out the necessary punishment concerning player misconduct ? As it is , Ray Rice stands a very good chance of being reinstated back into the NFL , with his case being backed by the union and several high-profiled lawyers .

    No less an authority , legal scholar Roger Cossack and ESPN legal analyst on believes Mueller’s hiring to be a mistake and nothing more than a self-serving exercise by the league . Goodell is simply looking to save face with the NFL’s big money sponsors and that is simply it . Any recommendations made by Mueller with further input by NOW are unlikely to be fully acted upon , especially when you consider the lax action of the commissioner and the rather asinine and clueless behavior of owners such as Steve Bisciotti and Jed Yorke .

    The NFL will continue to be ran by a bunch of middle aged Caucasian males whose demeanor and lack of intelligence truly shows what they are actually about .

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    Cossack calls the hiring of Robert Mueller a huge mistake

    By Mike Florio

    Three cheers for the four-letter network.

    While most of the public and the media have swallowed the hook regarding the notion that former FBI director Robert Mueller will be conducting an “independent” investigation into the many questions regarding the Ray Rice video, ESPN has been at the forefront of calling the independence of the investigation into question.

    Keith Olbermann has teed off on the topic, pointing out the various tentacles between Mueller’s firm, WilmerHale, and the NFL. Other key figures like Adam Schefter aren’t using the term “independent” when mentioning the investigation.

    The clearest statement questioning the independence of Mueller’s investigation came during a conversation between Hannah Storm and legal analyst Roger Cossack. Pointing to the connections between the NFL and Mueller’s firm, Cossack called the hiring of Mueller a “huge mistake.”

    Indeed it was. Even if Mueller finds a way to rise above those connections and conduct a truly independent investigation, any outcome favorable to the league office or to Commissioner Roger Goodell will be open to scrutiny and criticism based on the appearance that Mueller wasn’t truly independent.

    This isn’t about Mueller. On Friday, someone with a different network (not ESPN or NBC) asked me, “Why are you impugning the integrity of a man who has served two presidents?” Setting aside for now the question of whether serving a president infuses a person’s character with a full tank of integrity, this isn’t about Mueller.

    It’s about his law firm and its connections to the NFL. WilmerHale just helped the league negotiate a multi-billion-dollar contract extension with DirecTV. WilmerHale surely made a lot of money for its efforts. WilmerHale surely hopes to get similar assignments in the future from the NFL.

    The easiest way for that to end permanently would be for Mueller to display the kind of independence that forces the NFL to ultimately do things it currently doesn’t want to do.

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    “Off course I know the NFL is a mess but what do you expect me to do about it ” ?

    Former FBI Director Robert Mueller

    Anyone who takes the NFL seriously and as an entity of its word has to be utterly stupid and without an ounce of intelligence . There is no independence or transparency being shown when Mueller’s ties through his law firm have been long and well established with the NFL . Does the NFL commissioner take the public to be complete idiots ?

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  5. OK , the question is will there be another really bad Thursday night game served up by the NFL ? As things go , the games on that particular day of the week have been mediocre .

    This Thursday pits the Indianapolis Colts against the Houston Texans in an all AFC South divisional clash .

    It will be interesting to see how Andrew Luck fares against the Texans as he seeks to make inroads on Houston’s lead within the division . I for one do not believe JJ Watt will be given the opportunity to score a defensive touchdown for the team as he was able to do last week via an interception .

    Quite possibly the best game on the NFL schedule will be the all NFC clash between the Dallas Cowboys and Seattle Seahawks at QWest Field in Seattle, Washington .

    Opposing quarterbacks Tony Romo and Russell Wilson are having great seasons and it remains to be seen whether or the two teams are likely to be considered major contenders within the NFC and at the end of the season as possible candidates for the Superbowl . p>

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    College Football is also likely to serve up several games which are likely to be less than competitive .

    In the SEC with the Alabama (Tide) coming off a loss and Florida having both on and off the field issues , it will be interesting to see how both teams fare in week seven .

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  6. So now the League Championship Series (ALCS & NLCS) are about to begin and these contests should make for an interesting postseason in baseball , especially in light of what we witnessed last year .

    The fallout from the Los Angeles Angels and Los Angeles Dodgers’ defeats at the hands of the Kansas City Royals and St Louis Cardinals will be what ? Bear in mind the combined payrolls of these two teams exceeded $400 million , it does make you wonder what the hell Jerry DiPoto , Ned Colletti and Stan Kasten had on their minds when the rosters in question were assembled . Bigger is not always better with the evidence seen in the poor play by the Angels and .Dodgers this postseason .

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  7. The Indianapolis Colts are already up 24-0 in the first quarter over the Houston Texans in another drab and dreary Thursday night game . How much of this bull#hit will the NFL continue to feed the fans with , while trying to call this brand, exciting football ? Monday and Thursday night games this season have become an utter farce and have in no way been competitive .

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  8. Another abysmal display of football in a Thursday night game where the Indianapolis Colts seemingly put on show for the first quarter and half before allowing the Houston Texans back into the game . And fans are suppose to be drawn to the NFL because of this bull#hit ? ? Every Monday and Thursday night game this season has been a goddamn mess , with their being nothing entertaining about the contests in question , at all .

    ” My conscience made me come forward and now I’ll try to kiss my own @ss ” . Jerry Angelo

    So former Chicago Bears’ front office executive & GM Jerry Angelo having made a statement concerning his not having done enough during his tenure to stop the player misconduct concerning domestic violence involving players within the franchise , is now seeking to retract his original comments . Why do I get the feeling Angelo much like the league itself , remains a bunch of goddamn fu#king hypocrites, without idiots suggesting Goodell’s apology is a step in the right direction by the NFL ? What type of an @sshole do you have to be, to come up with that perception of this league, given the action of the NFL hierarchy , owners , players and the union itself ?

    Courtesy of USA Today

    Former NFL exec: Teams hid ‘hundreds’ of abuse incidents

    By Josh Peter , USA Today Sports ,

    A former NFL executive said teams did not discipline players in “hundreds and hundreds” of domestic violence incidents during his 30 years in the league, and said he now regrets his role in the failure to take action.

    “I made a mistake,” Jerry Angelo told USA TODAY Sports. “I was human. I was part of it. I’m not proud of it.”

    Angelo, who was general manager of the Chicago Bears from 2001 to 2011 and has been out of the league since, said his typical approach after learning of a player’s involvement in a domestic violence case was to inquire, “OK, is everybody OK? Yeah. How are they doing? Good. And then we’d just move on. We’d move on.”

    “We knew it was wrong,” Angelo said. “…For whatever reason, it just kind of got glossed over. I’m no psychiatrist, so I can’t really get into what that part of it is. I’m just telling you how I was. I’ve got to look at myself first. And I was part of that, but I didn’t stand alone.”

    The Bears released a statement later Thursday denying any knowledge of Angelo’s assertions. “We were surprised by Jerry’s comments and do not know what he is referring to,” the statement read.

    Angelo said his perspective changed when the infamous Ray Rice video surfaced, showing the star running back punching his fiancee in the face in an elevator and causing her to lose consciousness. The video triggered outrage over the league’s handling of domestic violence. For Angelo, it brought remorse.

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    This league (NFL) remains a joke , lacking in leadership where the owners’ only concerns just happens to be the money being made and their own less than pious image . As to the anal retentive fans sipping from the pot the league continues to piss in , trying also drinking the urine and eating the fecal matter being defecated by the league and then opine on that for once .

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  9. With Dallas Cowboys’ quarterback Tony Romo recently making the announcement he believes the team’s tight end Jason Witten to be the best player the franchise has had , it makes me wonder if Romo has the faintest idea about the franchise’s history their Pro Bowl players and Hall of Famers . Granted , Witten might just be the best offensive player the team has had over the past seven seasons and with due deference but beyond , that he cannot be placed among the pantheons of the Dallas Cowboys’ greatest players .

    This weekend the Cowboys face a tough task when they take on the Seattle Seahawks , in a game between two of the best teams in the NFC at this point of the season . Russell Westbrook has been on a tear as too has DeMarco Murray who has rushed for six consecutive games of one hundred yards or more . It will be interesting to if Murray can make that a seventh straight game of 100 rushing yards this season .

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  10. The continued hypocrisy within College Football continues with the indefinite suspension of Georgia Bulldogs’ running back , Todd Gurley for what was the contravention of an NCAA violation where the player is alleged to have accepted for monetary gain the signing of memorabilia and his autograph.


    Alex Ogletree , left and Todd Gurley of the Georgia Bulldogs

    In 2013, Texas Aggies’ quarterback Johnny Manziel did the same thing and was suspended for one game by the program with little more than a scolding from the NCAA for a similar violation .

    Manziel now a player with the Cleveland Browns .

    Gurley was considered to be one of the leading candidates for the Heisman Trophy this season alongside Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota . With Mariota’s sudden slip down the list of candidates after the Ducks’ loss suffered at the hands of Arizona (Wildcats) , things now seem unclear as to who the leading candidate is now likely to be.


    “That’s right all my bit#hes gets the number one treatment and then we’s got to go to Publix for dinner , which I don’t pay for . Y’all nig#a’s feelin’ me ”
    ? 2013 Heisman winner Jameis Winston .

    Meanwhile , questions have now arisen as to the investigation process by Florida State into the rape allegations against their standout player Jameis Winston and also the Tallahassee Police Department’s handling of the original and subsequent investigation . Winston has since been forced to sit out one game for his off the field behavior and misconduct for crude and misogynistic behavior directed at women .

    Somehow , Jimbo Fisher and AD Stan Wilcox have no real stomach to do what is right, in terms of the player’s egregious and disruptive behavior , simply putting out rather asinine public statements concerning the matter , as if it will somehow negate the adverse publicity the program and school has already received . It should be noted Florida State is one of more than fifty NCAA programs at the D 1 Level where the US Justice Dept and Dept of Education have questioned how those schools treat the issue of on campus sexual assaults as well as other felonious crimes . All of this seems to be missing among the rather ridiculous and anal retentive opinions now found within blogging world on the matter , where the male testosterone and demeanor , makes the argument rather than common sense and intelligentsia.

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  11. Florida (Gators) will face and have a steep hill to climb when they take on conference rivals the LSU Tigers at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium , in Gainseville , Florida , this afternoon .

    Alabama and Nick Saban will have something to prove when they face Arkansas in all SEC clash , one of many taking place this Saturday afternoon . .

    NCAA Football news

    NCAA Football schedule & results (week seven)

    SEC scheduled games and results (week seven)

    NCAA standings (FBS)

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  12. At some point , the print and television media in their continued stupidity they might catch unto the fact Bill Belichick likes to play games with them concerning the New England Patriots’ injury list coming into a regular season game. Time and time again , these morons when in need of a story will speculate whether or not Tom Brady is actually injured or likely to play , The likes of ESPN and NBC’s ProfootballTalk.com simply have nothing better to do, than continually print and report drivel on such matters.

    New England for their part will be the guests of the fast fading and enigmatic Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park , New York on Sunday afternoon . It will be an interesting match-up for Brady and his teammates as they seek to take command of the AFC East division .

    NFL news

    NFL teams’ injured reserved list week six

    NFL results week six 2013

    NFL player stats week six (2013)

    NFL results week 6 (2012)

    NFL player stats week 6 (2012)

    :/

    More bounce to the ounce ,wouldn’t you agree ?

    :/

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  13. Were my eyes deceiving me ? Some crazy results in week seven of the College Football season .

    The SEC , ACC and Pac-12 got shaken up quite a bit in terms of the results within those conferences .

    Florida State came away with a victory , but it remains their off the field issues and the lack of action by the Athletics Department led by AD Stan Wilcox and head coach Jimbo Fisher which remains the most bewildering .

    NCAA Football

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    “It’s good to be on top of things ” .

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  14. So as Erik Spoelstra , Pat Riley , Micky Arison and the rest of the Miami Heat (0-3) organization now try to pick up the debris after the shattering blow , the departure of LeBron James left with the franchise. It seems certain players Chris Bosh and a number of his teammates are trying to placate the player’s departure by saying all of the right things in terms of pragmatism . No one wants to suggest Riley and Spoelstra were complacent in assembling last season’s roster and the lack of real cohesion and consistency of the team .

    In a preseason meeting between the Miami Heat and the Cleveland Cavaliers , it was James and his team coming away with a narrow victory . The two Eastern Conference franchises will meet again on Christmas Day which will be a nationally televised game .

    NBA news

    NBA standings (preseason – division)

    NBA results

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  15. Christian /Blog Surface.com

    The Kansas City Royals are living a dream this postseason having equaled an MLB postseason record with four consecutive extra innings’ win . Ned Yost’s players destroyed the Los Angeles Angels in a series that was simply horrendous to watch . Angles’ owner Arte Moreno needs to revamp the roster building around the talents of Mike Trout , some of the younger players and from within their farm system .

    Tell me what Albert Pujols or Josh Hamilton have brought to the franchise since joining the Los Angeles Angels ? Also consider their contracts as part of the equation .

    The Royals now seem to be in the driver’s seat and I can see them upending the Baltimore Orioles in the ALCS this year !

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