I Don’t Drink The Kool Aid Simply Because I Don’t Like It !

I Don’t Drink The Kool Aid Simply Because I Don’t Like It !

I’ve never been one for hyperbole myself but it appears that the analysts of ESPN would rather come out with some of the most asinine statements imaginable simply to create that furor media frenzy needlessly . The Carolina Panthers’ Cam Newton is off to a tremendous start as a rookie for the team throwing for over 850 yards in his first two games as a professional . Granted, the number one pick overall in this past NFL Draft has been lauded as the best player available of the talent to be had . Opinions being what they are , there is no denying the player is something special but it’s one thing to show that prowess in the college game , within the NFL it becomes a whole new ball-game altogether .

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Now as much as I respect the analysis provided by these individuals simply brought in to host these shows on ESPN but there comes a time when Chris Carter and Keyshawn Johnson make the statement that Newton should be seen as the “Chosen One “ amongst the players that were recently taken in this past draft . As talented as many believe Cam Newton to be , there is a growing belief that until he becomes more attuned to the NFL and his teammates then there’s no way in hell the Carolina Panthers will be viewed as a success in the NFL . Coach Ron Rivera and his coaching staff are in for an arduous season and though playing as well as can be expected the team has yet to register its first win in the NFL . At 0-2 there is a belief that once having notched that first victory the Carolina Panthers might just be able of acquitting themselves well in enough within their division (NFC South) and the league as a whole .

There’s no doubt that expectations were high for Cam Newton coming out of college given the success attained by the player while attending at Auburn . And now that player has to take his talents to the NFL he’s now being viewed as “The Messiah” and ” Prodigal Son” all rolled into one as the Carolina Panthers seek to become relevant in the NFL once again. Rivera and his staff sought to obtain the best possible talent available in the draft to complement an already experienced roster which has a mix of youth and seasoned veterans .

The Carolina Panthers will host the Jacksonville Jaguars in week three that is bound to be of real interest to the Panthers’ fans. Jacksonville at 1-1 look to be a staunch test with coach Jack Del Rio and his team facing the challenge of taking advantage of the problems that have beset the Indianapolis Colts and make an outright challenge to the now presumed favorites within the division to win the AFC South the Houston Texans (2-0). As to whether or not those teams within the division can actually take advantage of the woes of the Colts remains to be seen .

From my own perspective , I do believe that Cam Newton can be a success within this league but he’s still a work in progress , as too is his Tim Tebow whose current status with the Denver Broncos seems to come into question with each passing week in the league. It simply has become idiotic to witness the sheer ineptitude shown by the front office of the organization led by EVP John Elway . Team owner Pat Bowlem and newly installed coach John Fox have certainly got to address this issue before it gets completely out of hand and sinks this organization to even lower depths than could be imagined . It is bad enough that the team’s incumbent starting quarterback Kyle Orton has performed miserably for the Broncos during the first two games of their season schedule .

Certainly for Tim Tebow , he has done himself no favors with his alleged poor performances during team practices but it seems somewhat hard to be believed . Either that’s simply due to poor coaching by John Fox’s coaching staff and in particular from quarterback’s coach Adam Gase or quite possibly due to the fact Tebow was simply coddled as a player by his former college coach Urban Meyer while the player attended Florida . Now while the fans’ calls seem to be for Tebow to be on the field , one simply cannot be sure that the player is a sure fire guarantee to be the presumed savior of this organization . Draft choices asides and the organization’s history in that field , it has been troubling to see the Denver Broncos struggle to make their presence felt within the NFL .

The Denver Broncos for their part have had something of an inauspicious start to the season with a 1-1 record within the AFC West where they sit jointly atop of the division alongside the Oakland Raiders , San Diego Chargers with the winless Kansas City Chiefs seated as the cellar dweller in a hapless division. Kyle Orton and the Broncos next play a conference game against the Tennessee Titans in a match-up that should tell us a great deal about the temperament of this Broncos’ team under the leadership of John Fox and his coaching staff.

Perhaps it’s me but with the NCAA —- football season now up and running is now filled with more scandal than collegiate athletics would willingly care to admit . With Butch Davis having been fired the school ( UNC[ Tar Heels]) is now having to endure multiple sanctions for violating NCAA rules with regard to recruitment violations and several other transgressions that the school’s now former AD Dick Baddour has seen fit to address before stepping down in his role . I am not about to suggest that this will be the last time that we will hear or bear witness to such indiscretions across the collegiate sports landscape . Suffice to say …… where there’s smoke there is fire and there are several schools at present in college sports either fanning the flames or simply looking to put out those flames because of their incendiary nature . Think Ohio State , Miami Hurricanes , Oregon and Boise State and USC (Trojans) ? Let’s just say that until the landscape is cleaned up with any sense of urgency we will continue to see such malfeasance on the part of these schools . Never mind that we have the idiocy of college football conferences simply looking to become bigger by luring teams from one conference to another , simply through sheer financial greed . It has absolutely nothing to do with bringing about a competitive balance because as we all know the system is skewered to favor the teams within the major BCS conferences in terms of college football . Anyone who believes otherwise obviously is living in complete denial !

Now while the various polls are now out there ranking the teams within D1 football , I am of the opinion that until we are at the midpoint of the season we will not truly get a true glimpse of how things are about to pan out over the course of the year ! Certainly the rankings seem to bear out what we have longed felt about a number of teams . Oklahoma ( Sooners) , LSU , Alabama , Boise State and Stanford seem to be the standouts this early in the season . And that is with good reason as each of the teams remain unbeaten but as they get into the meat of their schedule I would preface this by saying that one or two of those very same programs are likely to slip up . Whether it this upcoming week or down the line it remains to be seen .

For myself the college football season only becomes really interesting down the stretch of the schedule when everyone seems to be aggrieved once the BCS rankings simply skewers what many of feel to be to be a brokens system and what is wrong with college football to begin with . We know that the minnows of the game will never truly be given the chance to go up against the big boys within college football . Oh , once in a while when the beat writers and fans alike show their resentment , we may well see the subterfuge take place with a proposed match-up of one of those teams on the outside looking in , as they’re given the privilege of playing in one of the lesser tiered Bowl games or BCS games . But God forbid ….. we will ever see the day of seeing the likes of Boise State perhaps taking on Auburn or perhaps Florida for the BCS national championship . What do you think would happen then amongst the likes of conference commissioners or even an idiot such as Ohio State universtity President Dr E Gordon Gee who still believes that a program outside any of the major bowl conferences is not entitled to play for the national title ? I feel that Gee should simply stick to cleaning up what we now know to be an utterly corrupt athletics program , with both he and AD Gene Smith then stepping down in shame ! I mean only these two assholes could still maintain that they were completely unaware as to the deceit , lies and subterfuge that was taking place that was being orchestrated by the program’s former football coach Jim Tressel ! Imagine that ….. ?

Amongst the presumed Heisman Trophy candidates this season the names of Andrew Luck , Landry Jones , Marcus Lattimore , Kellen Moore , Robert Griffin , Trent Richardson and Chris Rainey are being bandied about . And though there may well be justification for those names to be mentioned let’s not get ahead of ourselves just yet . It’s still too early in the season to be making these type of prognostications , so give it a while and let things simply play themselves out as the season progresses .

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I know that Kool Aid can be viewed as a great elixir but in reality it’s all down to one’s preference . Do you like it sweet and mixed in with something else or do you simply drink it , as is ? It’s the same with the opinions that tend to be proffered up by the analysts on tv , so simply make of it what you will ? For myself , I tend to like my drinks shaken (preferably with alcohol) and not stirred much as in the same way as that fictional character James Bond does ! Which are you in that context ? Chime in with a comment as you deem fit with regard to the subject matter and anything else you deem to be pertinent .

Alan aka tophatal ………. https://tophatal.wordpress.com

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(1) Seen here from left to right are ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown host Chris Berman joined by analysts Mike Ditka , Keyshawn Johnson , Cris Carter and Tom Jackson . courtesy of ESPN …..

(2) CHARLOTTE, NC – SEPTEMBER 18: Quarterback Cam Newton (1) of the Carolina Panthers takes the field for play against the Green Bay Packers September 18, 2011 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Packers would go on to defeat Carolina 30-23 . Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images ….

(3) Quarterback Cam Newton (1) of the Carolina Panthers runs for a gain against the Green Bay Packers September 18, 2011 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina. Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images …..

(4) Fans wear jerseys in support of Tim Tebow (15) of the Denver Broncos as the Broncos face the Cincinnati Bengals at Invesco Field at Mile High on September 18, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Bengals 24-22 . Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images ……

(5) Fans dispaly a sign in support of quarterback Kyle Orton (8) of the Denver Broncos as the Broncos defeated the Cincinnati Bengals 24-22 at Invesco Field at Mile High on September 18, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images ……..

(6) Something of an ambiguous sign by fans in support of Tim Tebow (15) of the Denver Broncos as the Broncos face the Cincinnati Bengals at Invesco Field at Mile High on September 18, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Bengals 24-22. Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images ……

(7) DENVER, CO – SEPTEMBER 18: Head coach John Fox of the Denver Broncos watches a video replay during the fourth quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on September 18, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images ……

(8) Quarterback Kyle Orton (8) of the Denver Broncos fumbles the ball and as he is sacked by Michael Johnson (93) of the Cincinnati Bengals in the third quarter at Invesco Field at Mile High on September 18, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. The fumble was recovered by Domata Peko (94) of the Cincinnati Bengals as the Broncos defeated the Bengals 24-22. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images …….

(9) Wide receiver Tim Tebow (15) of the Denver Broncos tries to avoid cornerback Leon Hall (29) of the Cincinnati Bengals at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on September 18, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images ……

(10) Quarterback Andrew Luck (12) of the Stanford Cardinal scrambles to pass during the college football game against the Arizona Wildcats at Arizona Stadium on September 17, 2011 in Tucson, Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the Wildcats 37-10 . Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images ………

(11) Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones (12) fires a first quarter pass during an NCAA college football game against the Florida State Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011, in Tallahassee, Fla. Oklahoma would go on to defeat FSU Seminoles 23-13 Getty Images / Ahmad Kilyan ……

(12) Running back Trent Richardson (3) of the Alabama Crimson Tide breaks away from defensive back Ryan Downing (22) of the North Texas Mean Green and defensive back Royce Hill (21) of the North Texas Mean Green for a 71-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter on September 17, 2011 at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Alabama would defeat North Texas 41-0 . Photo by Butch Dill/Getty Images …..

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Ignorance Is Bliss And Then There’s Sheer And Utter Stupidity ……….. !

Ignorance Is Bliss And Then There’s Sheer And Utter Stupidity ……….. !

While I admire what it is in essence that each of the various Hall of Fames stands for. I sometimes question the legitimacy of the adjudicators who preside over the process. Not a season goes by when there isn’t some sort of controversy as to who’s enshrined in Cooperstown ,New York – when it comes to Major League Baseball (MLB). And it’s certainly beginning to look that way even more so within the NFL with the nomination process and then enshrinement of the nominated candidates for the NFL Hall of Fame in Canton , Ohio.

Jerry Rice, middle, and Emmitt Smith, right, are joined by fellow class of 2010 member Floyd Little after the announcement of this year's Hall of Fame selections.
Jerry Rice, middle, and Emmitt Smith, right, are joined by fellow class of 2010 member Floyd Little after the announcement of this year's Hall of Fame selections. photo appears courtesy of US Presswire / John David Mercer ........

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Jerry Rice, Emmitt Smith lead NFL’s 2010 Hall of Fame class

By Skip Wood, USA Today

Fort Lauderdale – The tracks of their tears traced careers of unparalleled excellence for wide receiver Jerry Rice and running back Emmitt Smith.

The two former players were the unquestioned headliners for the NFL Hall of Fame’s 2010 class, which was introduced Saturday.

Rice, the league’s all-time leading receiver, wasn’t able to keep his emotions in check after the announcement.

Shortly thereafter, neither was Smith, the league’s all-time leading rusher.

Both men had arrived for the announcement early, and joked with each other in a holding room, knowing full well they would be chosen.

But once it was official, they were individually summoned onto a stage to discuss their Hall of Fame inclusion, they both had to stop in mid-sentence on several occasions in an attempt to quell the tear drops.

“You just don’t know exactly how you will feel until that moment,” Smith said. “Although you try to take in every second and every minute, every hour up to this time, when that opportunity comes and they call your name, you start reflecting over the people who have helped shape the foundation of who you are as a football player, who you are as a human being.

“And the people who have given you the opportunity to even do some of the things that you’ve been able to do and provided you an opportunity to play in a sport at this level that you’ve played your entire life for. It’s just an honor that I am able to be a blessing because people have blessed me.”

Rice put it more succinctly.

“I’m just honored to stand up here with greatness.”

They were joined in the latest class with five others:

•Offensive lineman Russ Grimm, part of the famed ‘Hogs’ unit of the Washington Redskins.

•Linebacker Rickey Jackson, who played 15 seasons and had 128 career sacks for the New Orleans Saints and the San Francisco 49ers.

•Cornerback Dick LeBeau, better known these days as a coach but a master of interceptions in the 1960s with the Detroit Lions.

•Defensive tackle John Randle, a longtime sack master with the Minnesota Vikings and the Seattle Seahawks.

•Running back Floyd Little, a bruising but elusive rusher for the Denver Broncos who also excelled at kick returns.

Little and LeBeau were elected through the senior process, which looks at great players of yore who slipped through the regular Hall of Fame screening.

Among those who missed the cut were pass-rushing specialist Charles Haley, receiver Tim Brown, receiver Chris Carter and tight end Shannon Sharpe.

Rice had a 20-year career, the majority of which was spent with the San Francisco 49ers and coach Bill Walsh and quarterback Joe Montana. He caught 1,549 passes for 22,895 yards and had 208 touchdowns. He played in four Super Bowls, three with the 49ers, and was voted the most valuable player of Super Bowl XXIII. For 11 consecutive seasons, he had at least 1,000 receiving yards.

Smith was a mainstay of the Dallas Cowboys, along with quarterback Troy Aikman and wide receiver Michael Irvin, before finishing his career with the Arizona Cardinals. He helped lead the Cowboys to three Super Bowl wins and finished his career with 18,355 rushing yards and 164 touchdowns, as well as 515 catches for 3,224 yards. He was voted the most valuable player of Super Bowl XXVII, which capped the 1993 season when he was also named league MVP.

Both Rice and Smith won three Super Bowl rings. It was their first year of eligibility after five seasons of retirement.

The players’ official induction will be Aug. 7 in Canton, Ohio.

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An anchor on three Super Bowl champions for the Washington Redskins, <strong>Russ Grimm <em>(left foreground)</em></strong>, one of the "Hogs," was a four-time Pro Bowler at guard. A member of the 1980s all-decade team, Grimm was part of a unit that helped the Redskins average 152 rushing yards a game in the 1982 postseason en route to a win in Super Bowl XVII.  photo  appears  courtesy  of   Associated  Press/   Mark  Talbot  ...........

An anchor on three Super Bowl champions for the Washington Redskins, Russ Grimm (left-foreground), one of the “Hogs,” was a four-time Pro Bowler at guard. A member of the 1980s all-decade team, Grimm was part of a unit that helped the Redskins average 152 rushing yards a game in the 1982 postseason en route to a win in Super Bowl XVII. photo appears courtesy of Getty Images/ Otto Greule Jr ………

This year without question the seven nominated candidates are an exemplary cast of characters and each epitomizes what the NFL stands for. They played the game with a passion and ‘each’ was very much respected by their peers, teammates, coaches, and fans alike . And if anything, that amongst the accolades garnered and success attained, is one the primary reasons that they’re attaining the game’s highest honor . Well, in most people’s eyes that would be a Superbowl ring ? But not everyone Superbowl winning player is worthy of enshrinement in the NFL’s (Pro Football) Hall of Fame. And that’s as it should be ! But then again, we have players who’ve failed to win a Superbowl but who end up being enshrined because of their body of work . Or in some cases through the Hall’s Veteran’s Committee. That being said the initial criteria to be met for a player’s enshrinement , is that upon five years after he’s played his last game and retired , they are then eligible to be nominated for enshrinement. The NFL’s Hall of Fame is presided over by Stephen A. Perry, the President & Executive Director of the establishment. Alongside him, there is an executive board . But inasmuch as Perry has his place within this esteemed establishment. He’s neither a participant or an adviser in the adjudication process. That’s left to the NFL writers who cover the NFL and its complement of 32 teams in each of of their respective markets.

One of the NFL's most dominant pass rushers in the 1990s, Randle had 137.5 sacks in his 14-year career. Extremely durable, Randle played in 183 consecutive games through his first 12 seasons. A six-time All-Pro and seven-time Pro Bowler, Randle had 35 games with multiple sacks.
One of the NFL's most dominant pass rushers in the 1990s, John Randle had 137.5 sacks in his 14-year career. Extremely durable, Randle played in 183 consecutive games through his first 12 seasons. A six-time All-Pro and seven-time Pro Bowler, Randle had 35 games with multiple sacks. photo appears courtesy of Getty Images / Tim Mitchell ...........................

For the nominees, Russ Grimm , Rickey Jackson , Dick LeBeau , Floyd Little , John Randle , Jerry Rice and Emmitt Smith, this has to be one the highlights of their esteemed careers. Their enshrinement will take place on the 7th August 2010, the date of the NFL’s Hall of Fame Game. The event itself will be televised by ESPN , as too will the game itself. The families and and invited friends will be there in accordance , to be part of the festivities. And as usual, there will be the press covering the event for their respective publications and broadcast news outlets across the country. The culmination of the event will be the acceptance speeches by each of the nominees due to be enshrined. It’s bound to be something of an emotional event for each the septuplets in question.

Raiders’ wide receiver , Tim Brown single handedly destroys the Denver Broncos.

The whole selection process for the initial group of 25 semi-finalists, as prospective nominees, has to be a long drawn out process. And no doubt the deliberations made by the empaneled body of writers who try to whittle down the candidates to that ‘final seven’. At one times, one has to view it that the scenes must be somewhat exasperating and contentious between all of those involved in the voting process. But at the same time, the secrecy involved and the oral arguments being made, if anything boils down to favoritism amongst the writers. Rather than quite possibly looking overall at that prospective candidate’s body of work over the course of their career. No don’t get me wrong given the fact the voting and ballots cast don’t have an effect on our day to day lives. Then as such , we shouldn’t really get caught up in the controversy that arises. But then again , when I look at how both former Oakland Raiders’ wide receiver , Tim Brown and his Vikings’ counterpart Cris Carter were once snubbed once again and then completely overlooked. I have to begin to question the veracity of the voting process and that of the credibility of the writers themselves ! Either , it’s ignorance on their part or just sheer and utter stupidity ? The ‘snub’ of ‘these two elite receivers’ whose stats speak for themselves, just goes to show me how strange and how idiotic humans are and can be !

Former Vikings’ receiver Cris Carter at this subliminally best. Need one say anymore on the subject ?

Now in light of this all and the continued snub of both players and the very fact that they’ve long reached the eligibility criteria some time ago. It could very well be another several years before they’re even seriously considered for enshrinement in Canton , Ohio. There seems to be no sadness for either Brown or Carter at this point but I can’t help but wonder if there’s not not profound disappointment once again at this slight on the part of the NFL writers ? It’s clear that while there task isn’t necessarily an easy one. Their continued faux-pas’ are becoming a sign of idiocy as to the veracity of their argument that they are indeed the rightful custodians, when it comes to the adjudication process for the NFL Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. I’d dare say that any sane individual , given the facts could make the case where both Tim Brown and Cris Carter should’ve been enshrined long ago. But with this bunch of ingrates, it’s like watching the whole Presidential election process of 2000 repeat itself, all over again. No hanging chads here, just utter stupidity, that’s all !

Alan Parkins aka tophatal……

<strong><em> Julie  Stangle </em> model and   former  Eagles'  cheerleader </strong>.  Young   Julie  seems to  be  missing  her  top.  Not  that  any  of  us  would  mind  to  begin  with  !   What   do   you   think  ? Please  answer   truthfully  ?
Julie Stangl model and former Eagles' cheerleader . Young Julie seems to be missing her top. Not that any of us would mind to begin with ! What do you think ? Please answer truthfully ?

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