NFL Season At A Glance ……………….

NFL Season At A Glance ……………….

The NFL —– season has been one of surprises and a great deal of disappointment and if anything the off the field stories have been just as suspenseful as the intrigue on the field. Brett Favre’s downward spiral into mediocrity has been one big hoop-lah after the other. And it would appear that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell would rather suborn the player’s behavior and hide behind the fact that quite possibly Favre’s imminent retirement will circumvent him having to suspend the player if his verdict is in fact a positive one that finds the player guilty any wrongdoing in his alleged sexual misconduct concerning a former New York Jets’ employee.

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On the field we’ve seen the fall from grace of the Minnesota Vikings and Dallas Cowboys the presumptive favorites to make it to this season’s NFC championship game. And as much as I’d like to say that it all came as a surprise to me but in reality nothing pleased me more than seeing both of these over hyped and underachieving teams fall like a lead balloon. Foolhardy management, inadequate coaching and players who simply were complacent essentially played a part in the soap opera that has encapsulated both teams’ season. For owners Jerry Jones and Zygi Wilf they’ve seen their year fall apart and that of any ambition they had professionally as well as from a financial standpoint. In Wilf’s case it was also the prospect of having the upper hand in terms of persuading the state legislature in their upcoming vote for a new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings. Jerry Jones’ ambition of not only hosting the Superbowl as the NFC representative has been shot to hell .

Coaching changes are abound with two firings have taken place Wade Philips , Brad Childress and it’s clear that with the Cincinnati Bengals —– Marvin Lewis choosing not to return to the team next season we may well be in for a slew of coaching upheavals with there being speculation as to whether or not the likes of Jon Gruden , Bill Cowher and Tony Dungy will be making a return to the NFL. They are viewed as the top three desirable coaching free agents on the market and it’d be asinine to think that a number of teams around the NFL won’t offer the trio an interview for any vacancy that may well arise.

Now while a number of teams are now in the mix for a playoff spot as well as those divisional titles that have yet to be settled . It goes without saying that for those teams who could end up playing spoiler and put an end of those postseason desirables. In the AFC West where I’ve always maintained that the football being played there borders on being mediocre, I’m still at a loss to understand the explanation and excitement that’s foisted upon the San Diego Chargers because they go on late regular season run as they strive to make the playoffs. For me if you simply can’t be consistent throughout the season then it simply doesn’t augur well for any ambition that they might have as the month of December and January approaches . As it is Norv Turner’s —- team is now in the fight of their life just to win their division and perhaps gain a postseason berth in the playoffs as a wild-card entrant. The division is now simply the Kansas City Chiefs to lose and as I alluded to earlier with the ineptitude being shown as to the form within the division just about anything can happen and actually has happened during the course of the season.

The NFC West has been no different as there we could well see a division winner with a sub .500 record make the playoffs. Clearly there are many fans in general, as well several team executives who feel that this is something that shows why many feel that they’re ought to be a change in the playoff format as it relates to the postseason seedings. But with there being no outwardly directly calls vocally as of yet other than the murmured rumblings for the moment the format is unlikely to change.

Steve Spagnuolo’s —- St Louis Rams appear to be in the driver’s seat with regard to the NFC West and their game against the San Francisco 49ers being a titanic matchup of two teams looking to make their bid. Guided by Sam Bradford , the Rams could be the surprise team of the playoffs as no one could’ve foreseen the strides taken not only by the team but also by Bradford in his rookie season . In terms of the 49ers this has been something of a tumultuous season as from one moment to the next Mike Singletary seems to have lost control of this team . And it would appear that he can’t make up his mind as which quarterback is his best option to lead this team. Alex Smith still remains an enigma despite his five years in the league and with Troy Smith this season has simply seen him placed into his cauldron for his baptism of fire with the 49ers .

The AFC and for all of the drama that has taken place there it seems that Bill Belichick has the New England Patriots riding high and Tom Brady would appear to be now the odds on favorite this season for league MVP. Brady’s year has been an exceptional one with this high scoring offense and a plethora of offensive weapons . But if there’s a cause for concern then it has to be this young defense that has been somewhat inconsistent but then at times they give you a snap as to what they might be potentially by showing their athleticism .

The AFC South now seems to be up for grabs and it appears that the Jacksonville Jaguars may well have played themselves out of contention for the division. A week ago you’d have been hard pressed to have bet against the Jaguars but it now appears that Jim Caldwell and the Indianapolis Colts led by Peyton Manning are is in a fight to make this division theirs once again. The Houston Texans who came out of the starting gates like a stallion seems to have fallen off the track and it now looks as if Gary Kubiak’s tenure as the team’s coach could very well be coming to an abrupt end. With that type of high powered offense it’s easy to see the appetite that the analysts may well have had for the team . But offense alone simply doesn’t win games the Texans’ defense this season has been as porous as a sponge giving up points like a child gives up his or her lunch money having been bullied by an elder child. Let’s just say that the Texans have been extremely philanthropic when it comes to losing.

The Jacksonville Jaguars should they fall at this obstacle it’s hard to see how these players and in particular Jack Del Rio can look the the fans in the eye and state they tried their best. Their best has never and was never good enough , enough it was marginally above average , if that at all !

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Now while many have made the comment that the Cleveland Browns have finally began to show some signs of life playing with a great deal of bravura it has to be said their divisional rivals the Cincinnati Bengals have been an immense disappointment . And despite the outward looking optimism shown by some team members Chad Ochocinco and Carson Palmer have shown little to suggest that they have what it takes to lead this team. The only positive to come out of this all may well have been the play of Terrell Owens who seems to have had a year that shows that he’s got a great deal to play for. Beyond that trying to salvage anything from this mess would be like shoveling manure and then suggesting that some real use can be made of it when you know that the flowers in a garden that have already blossomed.

As to what the remainder of the season portends for the NFL and these teams it remains to be seen what will transpire. But this much is certain with all of the drama that has taken place both on and off the field we do still have the intensity and the thrill of the postseason yet to avail itself to us. Make of it what you will . What thoughts if any do you have as to what you’ve witnessed this season within the NFL and what thoughts if any do you have with regard to the playoffs ?

Alan aka tophatal ………………………………..

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We Didn’t Land On Plymouth Rock …Plymouth Rock Landed On Us ………….. Limbaugh Will Make His Mark Felt There In St Louis

“We’re not Americans, we’re Africans who happen to be in America. We were kidnapped and brought here against our will from Africa. We didn’t land on Plymouth Rock – that rock landed on us.” quote by Malcolm X .

Businessman  ,  entrepreneur   ,  Pres & CEO of  SCP Worldwide Inc     a sports   management   holding   company  and   prospective    bidders   for the  NFL  franchise   ,   the    St   Louis  Rams.     picture appears  courtesy  of   ap/photo/   Phil   Dourber   ........................

Business entrepreneur and mogul Dave Checketts . Already an owner of the NHL’s St Louis Blues and Real St Lake of the MLS . Checketts through his company SCP Worldwide are seeking to pursue a bid to become the owners of the NFL’s St Louis Rams. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/Phil Dourber ….

As no doubt many of you may well have been made aware , conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh and former New York Knicks Executive Dave Checketts are teaming up together to make a bid for the NFL franchise , the St Louis Rams.

Conservative   radio   talk  show  host  Rush  Limbaugh.     Rush  and   former  New  York  Knicks'  executive   Dave  Checketts   are     part  of  a   group  said  to  be  viewed  as  one  of  a  number  interested  parties   wanting  to  acquire   the  St Louis  Rams  franchise.     The  franchise   is   said  to be  worth   in the  region  of   $900 - $ 975  million  ,  as  a given  estimate.   The  current  owners  are  the Frontiere   family   , who   are   said  to  be   looking to offload  the  franchise  as  the  family  is   no  longer  interested  in  owning  the  franchise.        picture   appears  courtesy  of   getty  images/    Chris  Patterson  .........................
Conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh. Rush and former New York Knicks' executive Dave Checketts are part of a group said to be viewed as one of a number interested parties wanting to acquire the St Louis Rams franchise. The franchise is said to be worth in the region of $900 - $ 975 million , as a given estimate. The current owners are the Frontiere family , who are said to be looking to offload the franchise as the family is no longer interested in owning the franchise. picture appears courtesy of getty images/ Chris Patterson .........................

Now, I won’t condone Limbaugh for his political views and thoughts on a number of issues in or outside his so called profound realm of knowledge. Of this I’m certain however , having Limbaugh as in owner in the NFL , will be akin to having a closeted racial bigot in the midst of a group of minorities. With the antagonist now telling you that he’s merely a businessman looking to make a buck. The NFL and its board will no doubt have a great deal of thinking to do on the matter , should Limbaugh’s and Checketts’ bid come up for final consideration as to meeting the criteria set for becoming an owner of an NFL franchise. And though the two are part of a partnership group looking to purchase the team from the Frontiere family. They are by no means the only parties with a vested interest in purchasing the team. It’s been said that there are as many as five potential bidders interested in acquiring the franchise.

Delanie   Walker (46) of the  49ers   evades  the  vain  attempt  to  tackle  him  made   by the  Rams'  Justin King (31).   The   San  Francisco   49 ers   would   go  on  to   rout  the   St  Louis  Rams   35-0   in   the  NFL  game  played  at  Candlestick  Park  ,  San  Francisco  ,  California.   The   49ers  are  the  surprise  team  in the  NFC  West   this  season  having   started  off   3-1  and   they  now  sit  atop  of the   division.       picture  appears  courtesy of   getty images/ Jed  Jacobsohn   ............................
Delanie Walker (46) of the 49ers evades the vain attempt to tackle him made by the Rams' Justin King (31). The San Francisco 49 ers would go on to rout the St Louis Rams 35-0 in the NFL game played at Candlestick Park , San Francisco , California. The 49ers are the surprise team in the NFC West this season having started off 3-1 and they now sit atop of the division. picture appears courtesy of getty images/ Jed Jacobsohn ............................

When one considers that the makeup of the NFL with regards to its playing personnel and in part its coaching personnel is in large part represented by a specific racial minority. It does beg the question what will a number of players think of the potential of having an owner such as Limbaugh within their midst ? I’ve no doubt that some players will have no problem with it. But at the same time there are bound to be those who’ll feel that the talk show isn’t wanted within NFL. But given the fact the NFL is first and foremost a business and then a sports entertainment format . One doubts that there will be very much that those dissenting voices can do about it all, at the end of the day. This could well be the calm before the storm , or it could well amount to nothing in the end. As it is the NFL has yet to have a minority owner within its midst. And it’s not something that the game’s hierarchy has seemingly fought hard to address. But then again the NFL has always marched to the beat of its very own drum on certain issues.

Stephen  Jackson  (39)  of the  St  Louis  Rams sits  on the  bench   during  the  waning  moments  of the    team's  loss  to  the  San  Francisco  49 ers.   The  Rams   (0-4)   remain   winless  in the  league  and    having  been  playing    some  really  bad   football  as  of late.          picture  appears  courtesy  of   getty  images/  Jed Jacobsohn  ........................
Stephen Jackson (39) of the St Louis Rams sits on the bench during the waning moments of the team's loss to the San Francisco 49 ers. The Rams (0-4) remain winless in the league and having been playing some really bad football as of late. picture appears courtesy of getty images/ Jed Jacobsohn ........................

Courtesy of NFL.com and the Associated Press :

Limbaugh, Checketts ‘continuing the process’ in bid for Rams

Associated Press

ST. LOUIS — Green Bay Packers fans are known as cheeseheads. Could fans of the St. Louis Rams soon be dittoheads?

Conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh said Tuesday he is teaming up with St. Louis Blues owner Dave Checketts in a bid to buy the Rams, owners of the NFL’s longest losing streak at 14 and just 5-31 since 2007.

In a statement, Limbaugh declined to discuss details, citing a confidentiality agreement with Goldman Sachs, the investment firm hired by the family of former Rams owner Georgia Frontiere to review assets of her estate, including the NFL team.

Limbaugh also declined to discuss other partners that might be involved in the bid, but said he and Checketts would operate the team.

“Dave Checketts and I have made a bid to buy the Rams and we are continuing the process,” Limbaugh said.

Forbes magazine has estimated the Rams franchise has a value of $929 million.

Frontiere’s children, Chip Rosenbloom and Lucia Rodriguez, inherited 60 percent of the Rams when their mother died in January 2008. Columbia, Mo., billionaire Stan Kroenke owns the remaining 40 percent. It wasn’t clear if the Limbaugh/Checketts bid was for 100 percent of the Rams or just the share owned by Rosenbloom and Rodriguez.

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Rams'  coach  Steve  Spagnuolo   looks  on  as  his   team  plays  the  San  Francisco  49ers   in  an  NFC  West   divisional   match  up.    The  Rams   would   go  on  to  lose  the  game  in a  lopsided   rout   35-0    the   Forty  Niners.   picture appears   courtesy  of   getty  images  / Jed  Jacobsohn  ........................
Rams' coach Steve Spagnuolo looks on as his team plays the San Francisco 49ers in an NFC West divisional match up. The Rams would go on to lose the game in a lopsided rout 35-0 the Forty Niners. picture appears courtesy of getty images / Jed Jacobsohn ........................

The fate of the St Louis Rams (0-4) as it now stands, is a rather precarious one. The team hasn’t been of relevance since they were customarily known as the ‘Greatest Show on Turf’ and were led by Dick Vermeil to their lone Superbowl triumph over the Tennessee Titans 23-16 in Superbowl XXXIV. From those lofty heights the franchise has fallen into an abyss of mediocrity and despair. Much to the heartache of their many loyal and most discerning fans. And the malaise that the franchise now finds itself in has come from the mismanagement and the apparent neglect of the team by the Frontiere family. Their internal familial bickering and un-wantoned concern for the franchise in many ways was indicative of the lack of attention shown by the management as well. And in the midst of it all things just spiraled out of control.

A  forelorn   Rams'  starting  quarterback   Kyle Boller   sits  on the  ground   against  the  San  Francisco  49ers.   The  player  much  like  the  often  injured  player   he'd    replaced   Marc  Bulger   has  been    very   anemic and   unproductive   in  his  play  for   the  team.          picture  appears   courtesy   of   getty  images/  Jed  Jacobsohn    ..............................
A forelorn Rams' starting quarterback Kyle Boller sits on the ground against the San Francisco 49ers. The player much like the often injured player he'd replaced Marc Bulger has been very anemic and unproductive in his play for the team. picture appears courtesy of getty images/ Jed Jacobsohn ..............................

This season the team has started off in a similar vein as to how their season culminated last year. And with new coach Steve Spagnulo now on board and looking to change the identity of the team. To state the the task he now faces isn’t one littered with immense obstacles would be an understatement. There are but a few players on the Rams’ roster that any other NFL franchise would at all find desirable. The talents of Stephen Jackson , Donny Avery , James Butler and Laurent Robinson are being completely wasted.

Courtesy of USA Today :

Bart Scott, Mathias Kiwanuka: No possibility of playing for Rush Limbaugh-owned team ….

Calling the suitor of the St. Louis Rams a “jerk,” Jets LB Bart Scott said he would never play for the team if Rush Limbaugh is successful in his bid to buy the NFL franchise.

Scott and Giants DE Mathias Kiwanuka, in comments to the New York Daily News, said Limbaugh’s racial insensitivity and his controversial comments about black people are gamebreakers that would keep them away from the Rams.

Their criticisms add to a long list of people who say they don’t want Limbaugh in the NFL. Liberal MSNBC host Keith Olbermann has been one of the lone voices defending Limbaugh.

From Scott:

“I know I wouldn’t want to play for him. He’s a jerk. He’s an —. What he said (about Donovan McNabb) was inappropriate and insensitive, totally off-base. He could offer me whatever he wanted, I wouldn’t play for him. … I wouldn’t play for Rush Limbaugh. My principles are greater and I can’t be bought.”

Limbaugh resigned as an ESPN NFL analyst in 2003 after suggesting the media wanted Donovan McNabb to succeed because he was black.

Kiwanuka’s former coordinator, Steve Spagnuolo, coaches the Rams. The Giants defender said even though he admires Spagnuolo, he would rule out playing for him if Limbaugh buys the team.

His comments to the Daily News:

“All I know is from the last comment I heard, he said in (President) Obama’s America, white kids are getting beat up on the bus while black kids are chanting ‘right on. I mean, I don’t want anything to do with a team that he has any part of. He can do whatever he wants, it is a free country. But if it goes through, I can tell you where I am not going to play.”

“I am not going to draw a conclusion from a person off of one comment, but when it is time after time after time and there’s a consistent pattern of disrespect and just a complete misunderstanding of an entire culture that I am a part of, I can’t respect him as a man.”

— Sean Leahy

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Rebuilding or not, this franchise is a long way off from being competitive. And within the NFC West , where there resides the San Francisco 49ers(3-1), Seattle Seahawks (1-3) , Arizona Cardinals (1-2) as well as the hapless Rams. We can in essence say , that not only is it the weakest division in the NFL. But the brand of football being played there is amongst the most putrid that an NFL fan could ever wish to witness. The surprising thing is that fans are still bothering to turn up and watch it all.

Forty Niners' wide  receiver  Josh  Morgan (84)  catches a  24 yard  toucdown  pass  during  the  game  as   he's  surrounded   by  Rams'   players   cornerback    Justin King (31)  and   safety   Oshiomo  Atogwe (21)   during  the   fourth   quarter  of  the  game .          picture  appears  courtesy  of ap/photo / Paul  Sakuma    .......................
Forty Niners' wide receiver Josh Morgan (84) catches a 24 yard toucdown pass during the game as he's surrounded by Rams' players cornerback Justin King (31) and safety Oshiomo Atogwe (21) during the fourth quarter of the game . picture appears courtesy of ap/photo / Paul Sakuma .......................

As to the pending situation and the future of the franchise. One can only but take it but one step at a time. Whether or not Checketts and Limbaugh as joint suitors in the bid to acquire the team is successful. We’ll have to await the decision of the NFL and the vote that will no doubt take place. Limbaugh may well have his supporters out there and also his detractors as well. But never let it not be said that he doesn’t know how to draw the ire of those . Especially when he takes the stance of being the all knowing guru that he makes himself out to be. Whether or not his knowledge does indeed stretch as far as to the running of an NFL franchise . Well that remains to be seen. Chances are whatever transpires , it won’t be the last that we’ll hear from Limbaugh on the subject matter , whatever the outcome may well be. There’s a great deal of discord already within the NFL – without the thought that adding Limbaugh into the mix , just to see where the chips will end up falling .

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