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It’s Not News Unless It’s Relevant

For God’s sake why can’t the Federal Court judge and the MLB hierarchy simply puts us all the fuck out of our misery concerning the ongoing idiocy of Frank McCourt and his wish to retain control of the Los Angeles Dodgers ? It now comes at a time when the beleaguered owner is seeking recourse though US Bankruptcy Courts in the state of Delaware to reach an accord with the team’s creditors. Amongst those who ae creditors of the organization are former players Manny Ramirez , Andruw Jones and at least six other players who are owed in excess of $55 million in salary and other compensation that was deferred by the front office at the time . Personally I’ve yet to meet a fan or anyone who claims they understand the business side of baseball , who seemingly understands the wherewithal and economics concerning the sport. Instead all I continue to hear is the game is pure , in its legacy and the fact that it still stirs the nation as a whole . What a crock of absolute bullshit ! Television viewership for the postseason has been declining steadily over the past decade and a half and this season has proven to be no different .

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Frank McCourt having had his divorce finalized from his ex spouse Jamie McCourt with the former co-owner receiving a $130 million settlement in terms of divesting herself of her interest (personal stake) in the ball-club. Bud Selig for his part and Thomas Schieffer brought in by the commissioner to oversee the day to day operation of the team have simply let things ebb and flow like the ripples on a stream . Personally , I’d rather see this team go belly up rather than continue to have Frank McCourt further run it into the ground ! At the same time McCourt’s fellow baseball team owners are buffoons who have simply shown very little acumen much less anything else one deem to be intelligence . or for that matter having the insight to speak openly on the fact they are at present in financial cataclysm of unimaginable proportions . Anyone who’s of the belief that the game can be self sustaining with its present business template must have their head buried under a rock ! The only reason why Bud Selig now seeks to have divisional realignment and a revised playoff format is to add to his already suspect legacy . Here is a commissioner who obfuscates responsibility and only seeks the photo opportunities that comes his way, merely keep a high profile. And the baseball fans are meant to believe that Bud Selig has been good for the game ?

At the insistence of offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels somehow the St Louis Rams have acquired Brandon Lloyd from the Denver Broncos . And as poorly as both teams have been playing from an offensive standpoint I severely doubt that the acquisition of the former Broncos’ wide receiver will revive the fortunes of this Rams’ team ! Head coach Steve Spagnuolo and his coaching staff is under a great deal of pressure to succeed in light of the positive improvements of last season . and the fact that they missed the postseason by a mere whisker , albeit that winners of the NFC West was a substandard Seattle Seahawks team that this season has been a considerable bust by any stretch of the imagination .

If anything one of the real issues facing the St Louis Rams is to protect team quarterback Sam Bradford and that duty belongs to the offensive line which itself this season seems still to be a work in progress. Through the team’s first six games of their season they have had a litany of injuries which have played their part in derailing the St Louis Rams’ aspirations . As one of the bright young talents of the NFL , Bradford has seen his star rise the moment he was drafted by the Rams in 2010 . His ascendancy and command of the game makes him a natural leader and one of the primary reasons why his teammates and the front office have placed their faith in the former Oklahoma Sooners’ player.

Now don’t get me wrong but given the disparity and inconsistency of the NFC West as a division , it is not out of the realms of possibility that the St Louis Rams even with 0-5 record the team could very well pull off the impossible by playing their way into the postseason . The San Francisco 49ers (5-1) at present lead the division but who’s to say that if by week 9 or twelve we will not have seen this team fall back into their old ways with Alex Smith struggling to keep his poise ? If anything the former number one overall pick has been a revelation this season for Jim Harbaugh , the team and for the Niners’ fan in general . Alex Smith and that of the San Francisco 49ers have been one of the more pleasant surprises of this NFL season . As to whether or not they can maintain this momentum remains to be seen .

Repeatedly , year in , year out I am aghast when the front office of the Jacksonville Jaguars retains the services of Jack Del Rio and his coaching staff ! Either team owner Wayne Weaver is now suffering from the early onset of Alzheimer’s disease and is completely oblivious to the fact that for the last six years this organization hasn’t come within sniffing distance of making the postseason . At the same time the long suffering fans have had to endure those years of torture and systematic ineptitude. With the organization seeking to jettison David Garrard , first year quarterback Blaine Gabbert has been thrust into the spotlight as he embarks on his inaugural season in the NFL .

The AFC South is a now a division up for grabs and as we all know the win-less Indianapolis Colts may well vying for the privilege of being in the hunt of aspiring teams looking to draft Andrew Luck the consensus number one pick in the 2012 NFL Draft . With Peyton Manning sidelined perhaps for the remainder of the Colts’ season it is reasonable to assume that their shot at repeating as divisional champions has been firmly laid to rest . Jim Caldwell and his coaching staff , as admirable as they have performed , it has become abundantly clear that without Manning this team become a mere caricature of itself . Kerry Collins and Curtis Painter are not the answer to the team’s woes . As this season goes and Colts embark on the remainder of their schedule I am beginning to believe that this will be one of a great deal of soul searching for the Indianapolis Colts’ front office led by Bill Polian and team owner Jim Irsay . Do they retain their four time league MVP and Superbowl MVP or look to the future in the form of Stanford Cardinals’ quarterback Andrew Luck.

As to the impending schedule of the Jacksonville Jaguars I firmly believe that Wayne Weaver has to make a decision as to the future of his coaching and that coaching staff ! Should the Jaguars fail to win when they host the high flying Baltimore Ravens at Everbank Field Stadium in Jacksonville , Florida when the game itself will be televised by ESPN on Monday 24th October 2011. Anything short of a victory for this team with an incredibly mediocre record of 1-5 and one has to consider that the front office will have to come to a decision concerning Jack Del Rio’s future .

OK so the West Coast is all in a fervent fever , as it was announced that the Oakland Raiders had acquired Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer . With the loss of incumbent signal caller Jason Campbell one could view this acquisition of as a dire need for the team . With the death of Al Davis at the age of 82 the organization enters an era where they will be without the man who made it all possible in terms of its history and resonance within the NFL . Campbell has performed admirably this season leading the Raiders to a 4-2 record within the AFC West sitting a mere one game behind divisional leaders the San Diego Chargers (4-1).

With the addition of Carson Palmer to this Raiders’ team they get a Pro Bowl quarterback and a player looking to regain the form he showed in 2007. From my own perspective I firmly believe that the Oakland Raiders were duped in this deal simply in giving up two first round draft picks (first round 2012 & again in 2013) for the Bengals’ quarterback ! Granted , such is the urgency facing the Raiders at this juncture that Hue Jackson and the front office felt it necessary to press ahead with this deal . The Cincinnati Bengals’ front office for their part divest themselves of a player who became disinterested with the organization , his former teammates and some might even say that Carson Palmer was acting like a petulant child who simply chose to deflect blame and show the leadership qualities one would come to expect of an elite quarterback within the NFL . Personally , I for one would like to see how he will perform for the team when he faces some real adversity while playing at the Oakland (Alameda County) Coliseum Oakland , California , in front of a packed crowd of rabid Raiders’ fans . As passionate as these fans are known to be at the first sign of any semblance of ineptitude on the player’s part these fans will make their voices heard with their criticism .

Miami Dolphins’ owner Stephen Ross may not have envisaged his team being so inept and lackluster but the real issue here is why does Tony Sparano remain the coach of this franchise ? He is clearly out of his depth and all of the sound bytes in the world proffered up by the coach and general manager Jeff Ireland cannot hide how bad this team really is . Acquisitions asides , the organization’s draft choices under the duo’s tenure are still a work in progress .

High profile players such as Reggie Bush and Brandon Marshall have shown little if anything that would simply convince most fans that at 0-5 this team has the slightest chance of being competitive within the AFC East this season much less the conference as a whole . Perhaps even more to the point would be mediocre play of starting quarterback Chad Henne . Karl Dorrell as the team’s quarterbacks’ coach may well be trying to simplify the game for the player but clearly Henne is struggling to show his prowess on the field and with that , there is little confidence being in shown in the quarterback by his teammates .

With Chad Henne now sidelined at present due to an injury it was left to Matt Moore to helm the team this past Monday when they were the guests of their divisional rivals the New York Jets at New Meadowlands Stadium , East Rutherford , New Jersey . Suffice to say there was little to be pleased about if you happened to be a Miami Dolphins’ fan as they were subjected to seeing the team suffer its most embarrassing loss of the season losing 24-6 to a Jets’ team that feasted on an inept defense that at no time gave you the impression that they could withstand whatever was being thrown at them by Rex Ryan’s players . For the New York Jets’ coach this may well have been just what the doctor ordered as his team simply “beat up “ on the Miami Dolphins like an unwanted stepchild .

Billionaire Stephen Ross may well have felt in adding A list celebrities amongst the ownership throng of the organization would be a way of attracting more fans within South Florida locale . But at this juncture I am not so sure that the likes of Gloria & Emilio Stefan , Venus & Serena Williams , Mark Anthony and Jennifer Lopez can be entirely happy with the current return on their investment . Overall this game was not a satisfying one for the television viewing public or those in attendance at the stadium. Other than Jets’ cornerback Darrelle Revis a punt for a 102 yard touchdown there was little of anything to be satisfied about other than the result for the New York Jets and their coaching staff . After three successive losses this was something that Rex Ryan needed in order to steer the team back on track within the AFC East . Having seen the sudden rise of the Buffalo Bills (4-2) this season within the division and with the New England Patriots (5-1) apparently clicking on all cylinders from an offensive standpoint the Jets’ coach finds his team unwittingly seated in third place with a none too imposing 3-3 record .

As opinionated and self aggrandizing as Rex Ryan happens to be , he knows that if his team is make the postseason for a third consecutive year this franchise have to play with a great deal more consistency and less complacency being shown the players . Anything short of deep run into the playoffs and questions will be asked of not only of the coach but clearly of the players , such as Mark Sanchez , Santonio Holmes , Darrelle Revis , LaDanian Tomlinson and most certainly of Plaxico Burress in particular .

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(1) Who got stiffed ? FILE – At left in a Nov. 19, 2010 file photo, Jamie McCourt arrives at court in Los Angeles. At right, in a Sept. 22, 2010 file photo, Frank McCourt arrives at court in Los Angeles. The McCourt’s have reached a divorce settlement that gives him control of the Los Angeles Dodgers and her about $130 million , making it one of California’s costliest divorces, according to a report published Monday, Oct. 17, 2011. AP Photo/Nick Miller …

(2) MLB Commissioner Bud Selig (left) is seen here with beleaguered Los Angeles Dodgers’ owner Frank McCourt at Dodgers’ Stadium , Los Angeles , California . The league hierarchy are hoping with the present uncertainty as to the club’s impending future McCourt will relinquish control of the team and sell to a prospective bidder . LA Times / Reinaldo Martinez …..

(3) GREEN BAY, WI – OCTOBER 16: Head coach Steve Spagnuolo of the St. Louis Rams looks on from the sidelines against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on October 16, 2011 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers beat the Rams 24-3 . Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images ……

(4) FILE – This Aug. 1, 2011 file photo shows new St. Louis Rams offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, left, talking to quarterback Sam Bradford during NFL football training camp at the Rams’ training facility in St. Louis. The Rams promise a more unpredictable offense this season under McDaniels, with the first test coming in a preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts this Saturday. AP Photo/Jeff Roberson ….

(5) Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio looks on from the sidelines during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011, in Pittsburgh. The Steelers won 17-13 . (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar ….

(6) Blaine Gabbert (11) of the Jacksonville Jaguars looks to throw a third quarter pass behind Ziggy Hood (96) of the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on October 16, 2011 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Pittsburgh won the game 17-13. Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images ….

(7) Quarterback Carson Palmer, left, smiles alongside Oakland Raiders head coach Hue Jackson at the team’s NFL football headquarters in Alameda, Calif., Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011. AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez …..

(8) Quarterback Carson Palmer is introduced after signing with the Oakland Raiders at the team’s NFL football headquarters in Alameda, Calif., Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011. AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez …

(9) Sean Smith (24) and Yeremiah Bell (37) of the Miami Dolphins knock the ball away from Plaxico Burress (17) of the New York Jets during their game at MetLife Stadium on October 17, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images …..

(10) Roberto Wallace (18) of the Miami Dolphins tumbles over Jim Leonhard (36) and Darrelle Revis (24) of the New York Jets during their game at Meadowlands / MetLife Stadium on October 17, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images ……

(11) Tony Sparano, head coach of the Miami Dolphins, reacts during the first quarter against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium on October 17, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images …..

(12) Billionaire real estate developer and Miami Dolphins’ team owner Stephen Ross is seen here with team president & GM Jeff Ireland . Since the departure of Bill Parcells as a front office executive the franchise has regressed greatly both on and off the field of play . Palm Beach Post / Greg Lovett …..

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Care To Take A Bite Out Of This Apple …. ?

Care To Take A Bite Out of This Apple ?

No time to linger on week 5 of the NFL with week 6 comes teams positioning themselves for the long haul. With only two unbeaten teams both residing in the NFC North the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers could very well be the lone teams vying for the postseason from within the division. Matt Stafford and Aaron Rodgers are showing their mettle for the Lions and Packers respectively , in proving to be amongst the best quarterbacks not solely within the NFC but also the NFL as a whole.

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When a team has aspirations to be better than they claim to I’d like to feel that the coach or manager can actually back up that claim. Last season (10-6) the Tampa Bay Buccaneers coming off a great year , albeit that they narrowly failed to make the playoffs . Head coach Raheem Morris bitterly disappointed by the team’s free-fall made it his sole purpose to see an improvement from his team this year. He has seen his players flourish but I doubt that he could have envisaged this Bucs’ team would prove to such disappointment in their last regular schedule outing against the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park , in San Francisco , California . Jim Harbaugh’s team simply laid waste to the Buccaneers’ defense on their way a lopsided 48-3 win .

Raheem Morris and his coaching staff now have to get this team amped up and prepared to meet divisional rivals the New Orleans Saints as they play hosts to Sean Payton’s team at Raymond James Stadium , Tampa , in front of what is sure to to be a raucous and vociferous home crowd . No slip ups here for the Buccaneers and in particular from their young quarterback Josh Freeman . His play if anything has to be clear and indicative of the team’s aspirations .

Forty Niners’ quarterback Alex Smith and the offense looked like the Niners’ offenses of old that simply were as efficient and as devastating as one could imagine. The San Francisco 49ers at 4-1 lead the NFC West and given their performances this season it would be fair to presume that they are now to be viewed as the presumptive favorites for the division and a playoff berth.

The Forty Niners are guests of the high flying Detroit Lions (5-0) at Ford Field , in Detroit , Michigan this upcoming Sunday. Matt Stafford , Calvin Johnson , Jahvid Best and Ndamokung Suh are the talk of the town at present as the rest of the NFL are now taking notice of Jim Schwartz’s young and confident team .

I am not so sure that if I were Steve Spagnuolo’s footsteps , that I would relish the thought of playing the Green Bay Packers in front of a raucous home crowd at Lambeau Field , Green Bay , Wisconsin. The St Louis Rams’ coach has a winless team , lacking in confidence and playing without any real passion . And season given the strengths of this Packers’ team I view this match-up as a train wreck waiting to happen because the Rams are on a collision course with a locomotive traveling at a very high rate of speed.

Two teams with supposedly taking diverging paths but somehow within the AFC East the Miami Dolphins and New York Jets at present seem to be having a multitude of problems . Both Tony Sparano and Rex Ryan are coaches desperately seeking solutions to the malaise of their teams. At 0-4 Sparano must now realize that his very future is on the line if he cannot begin to turn things around and the coach has a Dolphins’ team that simply hasn’t a competent quarterback on their roster. Chad Henne in what universe can this player be viewed as a leader , much less a competent enough starter at the position ?

The New York Jets for their part seem to have a problem with their offense most notably running the ball . And it hasn’t helped that there now seems to be off the field problems concerning one of their more experienced players on the roster with Derek Mason . Clearly things are not all a bed of roses within that Jets’ locker room and now Rex Ryan has to show that for all of the false bravado and sound bytes , he will now have to once again prove that he can become the toast of the ‘Big Apple’ along with his team . Monday night when these two teams collide at the New Meadowlands/ Met Life Stadium , in East Rutherford , New Jersey .

This contest between two teams within the AFC East with stark contrast as to the apparent directions that their respective seasons could be heading in , may well determine the fate of one coach and most certainly a number of players on his team. Rex Ryan , himself, is definitely not out of the woods , as he and this Jets’ team can ill afford to lose a conference and divisional game , only to fall further behind the Buffalo Bills (4-1) and New England Patriots (4-1) within the division.

Either Jacksonville Jaguars’ owner Wayne Weaver loves to endure constant pain or he’s simply enamored with Jack Del Rio and the coaching staff . There has to be a reason why Weaver and the entire front office seem adamant on retaining their coach ? Personally , after the record of the team over the past five years , I cannot think of one ! Del Rio has been an absolute bust and the malaise of the team’s woes can be firmly laid to rest upon his shoulders . He’s simply wasting the talents of Maurice Jones-Drew and even with the organization jettisoning David Garrard they now have to thrust Blaine Gabbert —- given him his baptism of fire within the league .

The Jacksonville Jaguars (1-4) are the guests of the Pittsburgh Steelers (3-2-0) at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania , this upcoming Sunday. And while Mike Tomlinson’s team have had their issues this season this game could very well be viewed as a “gimme ” if they play up to their full potential . Overall defensively the Jaguars are struggling as a cohesive unit and it has been one of the telling signs as to why they have continued to struggle . As an effective offensive unit with Garrard as the signal caller you simply never knew what to expect of the team or the player and that may well have been the primary reason why the decision was made to jettison the veteran and his $9 million salary .

Gillette Stadium in Foxboro’ Massachusetts should be the scene of some real fun and games this Sunday , as Tom Brady and the New England Patriots entertain the Dallas Cowboys . And for those aspirants who continue to make their continued claims as to the “greatness ” of Tony Romo can they please take him down off that damn pedestal ? The player has yet to lead or win a meaningful game in the postseason for the team but yet he’s being placed amongst the throng of great quarterbacks in Cowboys’ history . Isn’t that like saying the “hot chick” in high school gave ” good head “ even though her lips and mouth were covered in blisters ? Ouch ! You’ll either get momentary flashes of brilliance from the player but he simply cannot string together consecutive games where he has played at a consistently high level .

Now I would contend that for Jerry Jones and the entire front office of the Dallas Cowboys this has to be a make or break season for the organization and team . A number of players on this roster are playing for their very livelihood this season . Anyone who believes that to be the contrary had better wake up and smell the coffee at this juncture ! Jerry Jones has been known to tolerate a great deal and through his own sheer ignorance and stupidity the franchise has been something of a laughing stock over the last decade. The organization may well be one of the most profitable sports franchises in North America but when it comes to recent success , well let’s just say for the Dallas Cowboys there has been little to actually rejoice about much less hang one’s hat unto in terms tangible on-field success .

Tony Romo knows that the jury is now in session as to his abilities and leadership skills . He may well be statisically be one of the franchise’s most successful quarterbacks in terms of regular season wins but that simply counts for absolutely nothing if you can’t lead the team to the “Promised Land” . It’s a Superbowl win or bust because that’s how Romo’s legacy will be adjudged amongst his more successful predecessors within the Dallas Cowboys’ fraternity of quarterbacks . Nothing less will be acceptable for the fans or for that matter for those within the front office of the franchise . They may well not voice that opinion openly in public but there’s a reason they tied the player long term , to a very generous and lucrative contract .

As to the game itself between the Cowboys and Patriots it should be an event of contrasting styles . The New England Patriots’ defense ought to be able to contain and contend with whatever Jason Garrett and his coaching staff have prepared for Bill Belichick’s players . With that being said nothing can be taken for granted by the Patriots’ coach . Brady and the plethora of offensive weapons at his disposal should be able to show why it is that they are a high octane offense and amongst the very best in the NFL at present .

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The the NFL season is not yet at its halfway point what thoughts if any do you have on the schedule so far ? And which teams if any have been a major disappointment to you in general as a fan ? Of the coaches at present whose future appears to be in the greatest jeopardy and which one if any could very well be the first managerial casualty of the season ? Chime in with a comment as you deem fit on this and anything else you feel pertinent to the subject matter .

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(1) Mike Williams (19) of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers gets separated from the ball by Dashon Goldson(38) of the San Francisco 49ers in the third quarter during an NFL football game at Candlestick Park on October 9, 2011 in San Francisco, California. The 49ers won the game 48-3 . Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images ……

(2) Tim Hightower (25) of the Washington Redskins runs the ball against the St. Louis Rams October 2, 2011 at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, Missouri. The Redskins defeated the Rams 17-10 . Photo by Whitney Curtis/Getty Images …….

(3) Quarterback Chad Henne (7) of the Miami Dolphins throws a pass against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on October 2, 2011 in San Diego, California. The Chargers won 26-16 . (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images ………

(4) Tom Brady (12) of the New England Patriots hands the ball off to teammate BenJarvius Green-Ellis (42) in the first half against the New York Jets on October 9, 2011 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. Photo by Elsa/Getty Images …….

(5) Tony Romo (9) of the Dallas Cowboys calls a play in the huddle against the Detroit Lions during the second half at Cowboys Stadium on October 2, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images ……

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From The Sublime To The Ridiculous And Beyond …….

From The Sublime To The Ridiculous And Beyond …………

Well it goes without saying that the coming week will bring us a great deal of news . First off the upcoming NFL Draft will begin this Thursday the 28th April being staged at the Radio City Music Hall in New York City , New York . The it factor as they say is that quarterbacks are at a premium and the furor over Cam Newton , Andy Dalton , Blaine Gabbert and anyo other collegiate player playing the position , they’re considered to be prime pieces of real estate in a burgeoning market. Well friends , given the fact that commercial real estate and the whole real estate economy is now in the doldrums , when it comes to the quarterbacks that are on display here . I’m not so sure that any team opting to take a qb in the first dozen picks of the first round would be considered a prudent one .

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I’d say this the idiocy of not only carrying on with the draft but at the same there’s a league instigated lockout and is there a thought that the league hierarchy and owners are looking like more the buffoons we now believe them to be right from the outset ? Roger Goodell and DeMaurice Smith have become the NFL’s answer to that legendary comedic duo Laurel and Hardy with the intransigence that has been shown by between both , as presiding Judge Susan Nelson has mediated over this process . The two sides will not meet again publicly until early May , as Nelson has adjourned this process while she now assesses the presentations from both sides before rendering a binding arbitrary decision . I somehow get the feeling that verdict n will only be met cordially with any form of approval from the side that the verdict is rendered against .

The NFLPA having decertified itself to become a trade association in order to challenge the NFL’s antitrust status took a bold attempt with their decision and maneuver to go down this route . Goodell and the owners saw fit to try and paint the players and their union in a poor light and that effort seems to have failed in the eyes of the public . As to the decision rendered I hope that the two sides will have learned something from this all and that it prove fruitful in any further dealings between the two sides !

I understand that for MLB Commissioner Bud Selig finds that the postseason within baseball is the most exciting time of the calendar year within the game . But if the rumors are to be believed that the league hierarchy and owners are thinking about tinkering with the postseaon schedule by adding to wildcard system . Then I would have to say that the idea is something of an asinine one ! If adding teams to the system is what Selig seeks , then he will most certainly have to seek an agreement from MLBPA Executive Director Michael Weiner and the union . At the same time I would have thought that Selig , the league hierarchy , owners and the union have far more pressing issues such as , the financial stability and viability of a number of teams around the league . Is it not enough that Bud Selig has had to personally intervene by sending in an independent official to take over the day to day operations of the Los Angeles Dodgers whose self absorbed owner Frank McCourt was well on the way to bankrupting the organization with his less than open business deals ?

If McCourt is of the opinion that borrowing some $30 million from the local Fox tv affiliate in order to meet the team’s budgetary expenses for the month of April when the season is barely one month old ___ alludes to the fact that the Dodgers isn’t an organization that is in serious financial trouble then it would suggest that he’s not the businessman he obviously thinks that he is . What I for one would like to know , is when Frank McCourt proposed buying the team from News Corp subsidiary Fox Inc in 2003 what sort of investigation had been conducted by the league hierarchy before agreeing to let the purchase go ahead ? Because had their investigations been absolutely thorough then the hierarchy would have found that McCourt had some serious concerns in light of certain business deals that had fallen through , and wherein certain business entities he’d been dealing with had sought legal recourse within the Federal Courts lodging several suits against the real estate tycoon . But I guess the color of money tends to cloud the judgment even of the most principled of people !

If the changes as proposed does come into being I can only assume that it’s being done in order to foster further interest from the fans of the teams who in large part were never really in with a chance of making the postseason to begin with . This maneuver merely creates an incentive and the illusion that somehow those teams are actually in with a chance. As to the proposal which haven’t yet been made public I would certainly like to know what major changes are about to take place , how and when should the approval be given ___ when will we sit it all come into being ?

Well the silly season has began as the NBA Playoffs creates the excitement we’ve all come to expect . Nonetheless it’s behind the scenes where I for one now find amusing ! . The Houston Rockets and their GM Daryl Morey have seen fit not to seek the return of coach Rick Adelman . But if anything the Rockets’ problems have been fomenting over the past two seasons . Having lost All Star center Yao Ming this past season to a recurring injury and the less than productive tenure of Tracy McGrady as part of the organization you can’t but question the mindset of Morey and that of team owner Leslie Alexander . At what point had it occurred to them that things simply hadn’t been working out with Adelman ?

Surely based on the play of the team not only this season but last season as well , the loss of Yao would play a significant part in how one would view the chances of the team succeeding . You simply can’t think that there’s an easy solution to replace Yao’s productivity and what he brings to a team as merely an aberration . But somehow I get the impression that Morey simply hadn’t planned for such a situation and neither had he taken the opportunity of bolstering the team’s roster in each of the last two seasons when the center was having his injury problems .

If the problems of Miami Dolphins’ wide receiver Brandon Marshall hasn’t been well chronicled enough as it has been already . This latest incident wherein his wife Michi Nogami-Marshall had been arrested and charged with attempted second degree assault in the stabbing of her husband in the abdomen . Though the injury isn’t said to be critical or life threatening , the player had to held overnight in a South Florida hospital . If that hasn’t been enough, given Marshall’s history both on and off the field as it relates to his temperament, that it has now come to this ? A question now has to be asked as to how the Dolphins’ management will view this situation. GM Jeff Ireland and team coach Tony Sparano will no doubt await the results of the police investigation before making any public statement but you can’t help but wonder what they might now be thinking given the team’s poor play and having underachieved last season . Another headache concerning a player whose candor and temperament that in no way represents the undoubted talents that the wide receiver is said to have . So what’s next for the Dolphins and Brandon Marshall at this juncture ?

Any form of violence resulting from any type of domestic abuse cannot be overlooked and here it appears that is the case between the two feuding individuals . Marshall’s wife states that she was protecting herself from an attack by her husband . The way that this now plays out with the law being what it is in within the state of Florida any incident stemming from domestic abuse wherein there’s an act of violence __ one , if not both parties can be placed under arrest dependent upon the circumstances surrounding the actual incident. Character issues come into play once again with the wide receiver but here one simply cannot view this as simply another isolated incident given the fact that while as a Broncos player the player had repeated run ins with local law enforcement there concerning accusations of domestic violence against a previous girlfriend . I view a situation such as this as an issue that the league hierarchy has failed to address concerning the players . Even more so the players’ own union the NFLPA hasn’t a policy in place , relating to giving assistance to their members concerning anger management issues . I understand that the nature of the game demands violence and a great deal of aggression but herein lies the caveat, away from the football these players at times are not able to curtail their aggression and temperament. So in the case of what at times may well be nothing more than innocuous argument can turn into something far more unsavory , as has been the case here between Marshal and his wife.

I’ve always been of the opinion the NFL and its fraternity as a whole would rather have that machismo image on display and anything that tends to blacken its image placed firmly in the background. We’ve had the idiocy of Ben Roethlisberger’s impromptu behavior and the player denying that he’d done nothing wrong in the alleged sexual assault of two women . The player having been given a league mandated initial four game suspension had to undergo treatment for sexual addiction and anger management issues. Having seen his character come under assault the player quietly revamped his image and led his team the Pittsburgh Steelers to a berth in the Superbowl where they end up losing to the Green Bay Packers . They say …….‘time heals all wounds’ but I’m not so sure this is a wound that can be healed as it relates to this incident as it relates to Brandon Marshall and his wife.

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In light of the topics raised within this piece what thoughts if any do you have on these very same issues ? Simply leave a comment as to your thoughts .

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(1) Quarterback Blaine Gabbert (11) of the Missouri Tigers throws a pass during the Insight Bowl against the Iowa Hawkeyes at Sun Devil Stadium on December 28, 2010 in Tempe, Arizona. The Hawkeyes defeated the Tigers 27-24.
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(2) Blaine Gabbert looks on during the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 27, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Getty Images /Joe Robbins ……..

(3) Former Major League Baseball player Eddie Robinson (L) and Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig (R) shakes hands while Major League Baseball Players Association Executive director Michael Weiner looks on prior to a news conference in New York, April 21, 2011. Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association announced an agreement Thursday to make annual payments to players who retired before 1980 but did not have enough service time to qualify for a pension benefit via the MLB Players Benefit Plan. Reuters / Brendan McDermid ………….

(4)Rockets’ GM Daryl Morey . AP Photo/ Carl Breslin ….

(5) Rockets’ CEO & President Leslie Alexander . Both Alexander and GM Daryl Morey made the decision not to retain the services of Rick Adelman as coach of the team for next season . Getty Images / Mike Newell ….

(6) Brandon Marhsall seen here with his wife Michi Nogami-Marshall in a post wedding photograph from September 2010 . Courtesy of South Florida Sun Sentinel …….

(7) Rocky (L), the mascot of the Denver Nuggets interacts with Brandon Marshall (R), wide receiver for the Miami Dolphins and his then fiance Michi Nogami as they sit courtside as the Nuggets face the Dallas Mavericks during NBA action at the Pepsi Center on February 10, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. The Nuggets defeated the Mavericks 121-120. Doug Pensinger /Getty Images ……

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News , Views And What’s In Vogue Or Might Not Be !

News , Views And What’s In Vogue Or Might Not Be !

Well now that the idiocy continues still within the NFL I’m still trying to figure out how it is that two sides who still remain so far apart still manage to act as if they’re completely out of touch with reality. FMCS mediator George Cohen is caught in the middle of this all taking all of the pertinent information submitted and then trying to make sense of it all before rendering a binding decision that more likely than not will be a disappointment to one side . The NFL represented by Commissioner Roger Goodell with the team owners in tow are looking to seek major rollbacks from the NFLPA . I don’t know about you but I’m already sick and tired of the two sides seeking to ruin what little legitimacy that they might still have with the fans. I’ve read one patron state that he’d like to see a major stoppage within the game but I doubt that he fully realizes the repercussions of his statements . A labor stoppage would cost the league tens of millions of dollars but in the cities where the league has a presence the economic impact amongst the the businesses there would be significant . That being said it remains to be seen what else the two sides can continue to agree to disagree on . Having decided to extend their deliberations by another 24 hours they’ve now contend it would be better to extend the agreement for another week and deliberate further.

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I contend that by the time this is all over we could see peace within the NFL or an all out war between the two sides. Away from the game and with the NFL Combine having taken place many NFL analysts and the press in attendance at Lucas Oil Stadium , Indianapolis , Indiana will have assessed the talent on display and made their decisions as to who’s up and who’s down. The upcoming NFL Draft may well belie what was on display at the combine or could very well prove to be fruitful for the coaches , general managers and agents who were in attendance . I certainly know that the likes of Drew Rosenhaus and Leigh Steinberg , Tom Condon and Eugene Parker won’t be completely disappointed if their clients suddenly being talked about as a can’t miss in the NFL Draft.

An army buddy of mine, Paul , who’d just returned from his deployment in Iraq was so about what’s been happening within the world of sports rather than simply wanting let off steam from his time serving his country. I’ve got to admit I wasn’t aghast by that given my own experiences after I’d completed my own stint within the military . There are some things you want to remember and then there are some you just simply want to forget ! Paul simply wanted to know what’d been happening even though he had his laptop there with him while on deployment . Granted , his family was happy to see his return and the fact that he was back safely on home turf made his return all the more pleasing to them as well his closest friends . And Paul who’s a keen Miami Dolphins’ fan really was at a loss as to how things could’ve gone so wrong for the Dolphins over the past two seasons . One of his major concerns was how Ricky Williams had performed and it certainly hadn’t come as a surprise to me or Paul for that matter how the team’s season had spiraled out of control. At no time did you ever get the impression that this team was ever in control of its destiny as the season progressed.

In the case of Ricky Williams it’s hard to believe that this Heisman Trophy winner has been in the league for almost a decade . And who cannot forget his entrance into the NFL ? The 1999 NFL Draft was something that simply was memorable for the audacious move by then New Orleans Saints’ coach Mike Ditka who flushed away the team’s chances by giving up several picks to acquire Williams in the first round (5th overall) of the 1999 NFL Draft out Texas . And as we know Williams’ career with the Longhorns was an extremely successful one . Probably based on that alone Ditka probably felt that the maneuver was simply worth the risk .

However Williams’ career in the NFL initially with the Saints wasn’t meant to be a memorable one and his two season’s with the team if anything, was a complete letdown and essentially ended Ditka’s reign as an NFL coach within the league . And that was in spite of Hall Fame coach’s promise to bring unprecedented success to the Saints’ fans in the Crescent City. Sadly it would be several years before that would all come to fruition before Sean Payton would lead the New Orleans to victory in Superbowl 44 (SBXLIV) .

From my own perspective I’m at a loss to explain the mindset of Ditka to the team and the very fact that he thought one player would have that much of an impact whereby they would be capable winning their division that season as well being a contender for the Superbowl . Either Mike Ditka had been in contact with Faust and made a deal with the Devil or he may well have seen something in his team that others had missed at the time. God knows, I personally didn’t believe that the New Orleans Saints would have achieved anything that season given how mediocre they were over its entirey. There are times when you know that you’re wrong but your ego fails to let you admit to the fact and that was clearly the case with the veteran coach. His success with the Chicago Bears having led that team to victory in Superbowl 20 (SBXX) was perhaps one of the great feats within the annals of NFL history given the dominance of the Bears that year .

If there was anything that you could take away from the disaster of this maneuver it was that Ditka and Williams did provide some comedic elements throughout that tenure of the duo in New Orleans . As to whether or not the fans in the Crescent City were enamored with the display , I really doubt that they were entirely happy with the team’s lack of success under Mike Ditka and the very fact that the team failed do deliver repeatedly over that time. Williams may well have had his social an anxiety disorders but let’s just any guy who’s prepared to don a wedding gown while his coach dresses in formal wear for a photo shoot for a prominent sport’s magazine cover, then any answers that you might well be looking for would be there for all to see in that particular picture and what it may well have been that the pair were trying to elicit from the fans.

Williams’ future with the Miami Dolphins now hinges on the coach Tony Sparano and his coaching staff and how they see the player as an asset to the team . Team GM Jeff Ireland knows that there are a great many flaws on this roster and it primarily starts with the inconsistency of the team’s starting quarterback Chad Henne . There’s no denying that with each passing failure of the player and the fact that he simply shows no leadership skills much less the ability to play with any semblance of confidence it leads me to believe that once again the team is need of a quarterback who can play and play with a great deal of heart !

The upcoming NFL Draft may well be an indicator as to the direction that Ireland and the coaching staff may well be prepared to go in if they’ve indeed lost faith in their quarterback but it may well the price that they’re willing to play in order to attain some success. But to think solely that it’s merely down to Henne would be remiss because on defense the Miami Dolphins are painfully mediocre ! They simply are a one trick pony and anyone who believes otherwise simply hasn’t watched this team play over the last two seasons.

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(1) Running back Ricky Williams (34) of the Miami Dolphins breaks away from linebacker DeAndre Levy (54) of the Detroit Lions at Sun Life Stadium on December 26, 2010 in Miami, Florida. The Lions defeated the Dolphins 34-27. Marc Serota / Getty Images ……….

(2) Running back Ricky Williams (34) of the Miami Dolphins is upended by cornerback Donte Whitner (20) of the Buffalo Bills during a game at Sun Life Stadium on December 19, 2010 in Miami, Florida. The Bills defeated the Dolphins 17-14. Marc Serota / Getty Images North America ………

(3) Syracuse quarterback Donovan McNabb poses with family and friends after being chosen by the Philadelphia Eagles as the team’s first pick, second overall, in the NFL draft in New York Saturday, April 17, 1999. AP Photo/Mark Lennihan ……

(4) Ricky Williams, left, and New Orleans Saints coach Mike Ditka, donning shoulder-length dreadlocks, meet with the media Sunday, April 18, 1999 at the Saints camp in Kenner, La. Williams was drafted by the Saints Saturday, April 17 when they traded all of their 1999 draft picks for the Heisman Trophy winner. AP Photo/Judi Bottoni ………….

(6) Fro better or worse ………… every picture tends to tell a story and this one essentially told us all that we needed to know concerning this debacle with regard to both Williams and Ditka’s tenure in New Orleans . It was a bad marriage between two partners who had nothing in common at all . courtesy of ESPN ……….

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No Excuses Here …….. You Play The Game To Win

No Excuses Here …….. You Play The Game To Win !

Well Monday Night Football will pit divisional (AFC East) rivals the New England Patriots and the Miami Dolphins against each other as the two teams battle for divisional supremacy in week four of the NFL. And based on what we’ve seen thus far I’m inclined to believe that this matchup will go a great deal in telling us about the identities of each team. Each comes in with a 2-1 record but in large part the Dolphins seem to be carrying more of a swagger about them. Tony Sparano’s __ team over the last two seasons has given the Patriots all that they can handle and a great deal more with their ‘wildcat offense’. And tempted as I am to believe that Bill Belichick and his coaching staff will find a way to counter this , I’m still at a loss to explain why it is that the team defense is unable to be more secure in its ‘run or pass defense’.

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We’ve been told that Belichick wanted to go younger and have his defense more athletically tuned but how does that help when they still give up the big play and there’s no leadership forthcoming from that side of the ball ? Never mind the fact that the offense doesn’t appear to have hits its stride completely as of yet. Tom Brady , Randy Moss, Wes Welker and Kevin Faulk are still the ‘go to guys’ on the offensive side of things but there in part still is an identity crisis as far as the Patriots’ defense is concerned and that if anything is somewhat troubling given Belichick’s pedigree as a defense oriented coach.

There’s a great deal at stake in this game as neither side can really afford to let a divisional game slip in terms of a result. I firmly believe that in the AFC at present there isn’t a clear cut dominant team and that is in spite of the 3-0 start by the Pittsburgh Steelers whose rout of the overachieving Tampa Bay Buccaneers firmly put the NFC South team back in its rightful place. And while surveying the AFC one could look at last season’s representatives in the conference’s championship game and say that both the Indianapolis Colts and New York Jets seem to have started where they left off, in reality nothing could be further from the truth. Both teams have had shaky starts to their season and each are looking for a telling performance to let the rest of the league know that their lapses were just minor hiccups.

A win is a necessity for the Patriots as a loss and though their season wouldn’t be completely derailed it would make things that more difficult for them to make the postseason as their division will be highly contentious. It’s by no means a certainty that it will be handed to them on a silver platter so a win would be to their benefit rather than an ignominious loss at the hands of the Dolphins.

I’ve always said that this team was never the same having lost to the New York Giants in the Superbowl (SB XLII) and from own impression the straw that broke the camel’s back and led to their demise was the loss of guard/center Stephen Neal early in that game. It allowed the Giants defense line enough space to “tee off” on Tom Brady like Tiger Woods has been known to tee off on one of his many paramours (mistresses). They laied the wood to Brady just as Woods laid his own ‘wood’ to many of his conquests. There was more penetration there of the Pats’ offensive line than Woods had been penetrating those females !

As to Monday night’s scheduled game I hope that there isn’t a repeat of that wherein we’re seeing way too much penetration . As an avowed fan of the Patriots there’s only so punishment one can endure and seeing Brady being knocked to his ass isn’t one of the most enviable sights that the vast majority of Pats’ fans like to see. The name of the game tonight for both teams is to go out and play aggressively, however, in the case of the Patriots it is to go out and defend both the run and the pass. Should they not be able to do so adequately then they’re liable to lose a game in what will be determined by the team that makes the fewest mistakes over the course of 60 minutes.

The AFC East at this juncture is now up for grabs with no clear team of the three having been able to show a clear dominance of the quartet of teams that make up the division. he New York Jets have a lot of people buying into them primarily because of the bravado of their coach Rex Ryan. While the Dolphins and Patriots based on their own play having the need to show that they belong amongst those who ought to be talked about as contenders within the conference. We’ll know by the end of tonight whether or not either team has a valid case to be put forth concerning that particular argument.

On a side note for the hapless Buffalo Bills it’d appear that the team’s season is already over having suffered their fourth successive defeat to start the season. And for coach Chan Gailey and his demoralized coaching staff it has to be said that the team isn’t buying into anything that the coach is selling. One gets the feeling that for the Bills this will be a season where mediocrity will unintentionally become the norm. Let’s just hope that their long discerning and success starved fans will be able to deal with the mess that they’re now witnessing . If not then look for them to show their ever increasing displeasure by simply being vociferous about the team and coaching staff.

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When Is The Wildcat Offense Not A Wildcat At All ? Pardon Me But You’ve Been Punk’d …………….!

When Is The Wildcat Offense Not A Wildcat At All ? Pardon Me But You’ve Been Punk’d ……..!

For all of the hype and ballyhoo concerning the Miami Dolphins and their offensive presence and the ‘wildcat offense’ . It’d appear that when you live and die by the sword and there’s not much creativity beyond that one offensive strategy . Then the cupboard becomes bare . All of a sudden the Miami Dolphins are beginning to look very ordinary. Much of what we’d witnessed from the team last year was surprising. But this year the teams around the NFL have seen this team for what they really are. What’s even more surprising are the analysts who are still buying into the idiocy that this is still competitive. And in large part, they were against the New Orleans before their sails were caught in the bluster of the winds of Drew Brees and the offensive presence and play of the Saints.

New Orleans  Saints'  cornerback  Tracy  Porter (22)  runs for  the  score  in the   fourth  quarter   against  the  Miami  Dolphins   in a  game  played  at  Land  Shark  Stadium   in  Miami,  Florida.   The  Dolphins   would  give  up  a   24-3  lead  to the  Saints  and    ended  up   losing  46-34   .      picture  appears   courtesy  of  ap/photo/  Jeffrey   M.  Boan      .......................
New Orleans Saints' cornerback Tracy Porter (22) runs for the score in the fourth quarter against the Miami Dolphins in a game played at Land Shark Stadium in Miami, Florida. The Dolphins would give up a 24-3 lead to the Saints and ended up losing 46-34 . picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Jeffrey M. Boan .......................

The New Orleans Saints started off as if they were asleep at the wheel . And it wasn’t just midway through the game that they suddenly realized that they were in with a good chance of being one of the unbeatens within the NFL who could be in for a fall. From being 24-3 down, Brees and the Saints rallied back to defeat the Dolphins 46-34 . For Sean Payton and this Saints’ team , they now move to 6-0 within the NFL and sit atop of the NFC South. And with the fall of the Minnesota Vikings and Brett Favre , who fell to the Pittsburgh Steelers,27-17.

Dolphins'  wide   receiver   Ted Ginn Jr.(right)  can't  hang  on  to  the  ball   causing an   interception  that   would  be   returned   for  a  touchdown    by the  Saints'  cornerback    Tracy  Porter  (22) .      picture appears  courtesy  of  ap/photo/ Jeffrey  M.  Boan   ................
Dolphins' wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr.(right) can't hang on to the ball causing an interception that would be returned for a touchdown by the Saints' cornerback Tracy Porter (22) . picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Jeffrey M. Boan ................

Well, can we now stop with the hoorah, as to the indomitable play of the veteran quarterback ? It’s become an irritant, much like a pain in one’s rear end ! And at this moment in time, it’s very much how I feel about Favre and his traveling circus. Clown school must be out, and one would expect the likes of Mark Schlereth , Merril Hoge and Ron Jaworski must be declaring their profound disappointment with the Vikings’ loss. I trust they’ll be replacing their Brett Favre posters with pictures now, of Clay Aiken ?

Vikings'  quarterback  Brett  Favre (4)  watches  as the   Pittsburgh  Steelers'  Keyaron  Fox  (57)  returns  a TD  interception   for   82 yards   in  the  fourth    quarter   of  the   game  played  at  Heinz  Field    in  Pittsburgh   Pennsylvania,.     The  Steelers   would    go  on  to   defeat  the  Vikings   27-17   inflicting them  with  their    first   loss  of the  season.        picture appears  courtesy  of   ap/photo/Star Tribune/   Jerry   Holt   ........................
Vikings' quarterback Brett Favre (4) watches as the Pittsburgh Steelers' Keyaron Fox (57) returns a TD interception for 82 yards in the fourth quarter of the game played at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania,. The Steelers would go on to defeat the Vikings 27-17 inflicting them with their first loss of the season. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/Star Tribune/ Jerry Holt ........................

For the Miami Dolphins and their coach, Tony Sparano , they now have to show their fans and those of the NFL in general. That they can play with a great deal more than what they’ve shown us. But what else , can we now expect from a team that has fallen short of expectations to begin with ? So much was promised but so little has been delivered by this team. The AFC East is now back to the way it ought to be ! Cream always rises to the top and so it has done so, once again. Need one say anymore on the subject ?

Buccaneers'   quarterback  Josh  Johnson  (11)  is   sacked  by   Patriots'  safety  Pat  Chung  (25) and  linebacker   Tully  Banta-Cain  (95)   in   an   NFL   game   played   at   Wembley   Stadium  ,  London  ,  England .,   The   New England  Patriots   would  hand the  Tampa  Bay  Buccaneers  a   demoralizing   35-7  loss   .  Leaving  the  Buccaneers  still  winless  at   0-6   within  the  NFL.    picture  appears  courtesy  of    ap/photo/ Matt  Dunham   ....................
Buccaneers' quarterback Josh Johnson (11) is sacked by Patriots' safety Pat Chung (25) and linebacker Tully Banta-Cain (95) in an NFL game played at Wembley Stadium , London , England ., The New England Patriots would hand the Tampa Bay Buccaneers a demoralizing 35-7 loss . Leaving the Buccaneers still winless at 0-6 within the NFL. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Matt Dunham ....................

Well is there anything else that needs to be said when the St Louis Rams, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Oakland Raiders still are mired in so much putrid mediocrity ? If there has ever been a triumvirate of teams to have played so badly within the NFL ? And their fans don’t appear to be indifferent as to the sheer ineptitude being displayed by these teams. Personally, when I see fecal matter in the street , I tend to avoid it. There’s no way I’d want to intentionally step in it. Which essentially is what we’re seeing from a number of these teams and their fans. They’re quite prepared to keep on supporting the team through thick and thin , without questioning the ineptitude being shown by the team. I’ve even had a Raiders’ fan try to tell me that this team was disciplined. Well , if that’s dependent upon how one defines the word discipline ? In the Raiders’ case, under the tenure of Tom Cable, it’s akin to playing with the aplomb of a bunch of effeminate transgendered males. And if this is an affront to the transgendered males out there . Then, please accept my apologies as it’s not meant to offend at all. Merely, to make you feel that there are guys out there who are beneath you in the social pecking order. So for Raiders’ fans out there, get your players to man up and act like they’ve got a pair ! And the same applies to Tom Cable as well. Acting tough and assaulting an assistant coordinator is one thing , but it only proves what a fool you really are to begin with. Now, the question that one needs to ask …..is Al Davis still cognizant of what’s going on- on the field of play, as well as off it ?

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NFL Scores Week 7 ….

Green Bay Packers 31-3 Cleveland Browns
San Francisco 49ers 21-24 Houston Texans
San Diego Chargers 37-7 Kansas City Chiefs
Indianapolis Colts 42-6 St Louis Rams
New England Patriots 35-7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Minnesota Vikings 17-27 Pittsburgh Steelers
Buffalo Bills 20-9 Carolina Panthers
New York Jets 38-0 Oakland Raiders
Chicago Bears 10-45 Cincinnati Bengals
Atlanta Falcons 21-37 Dallas Cowboys
New Orleans Saints 46-34 Miami Dolphins
Arizona Cardinals 24-17 New York Giants

Raiders'  backup  quarterback  Bruce  Gradkowski  (5) is  about  to  be  brought  down   for the  sack by   Jets'   linebacker  Calvin  Pace    in  the   third   quarter  of the  game.   picture appears  courtesy  of  ap/photo/  Ben  Margot  .....................
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Monday Night Football encapsulates the game being played between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Washington Redskins. This NFC East match-up pits the beleaguered Redskins and a somewhat pedantic Eagles’ team looking to rebound to from last week’s stunning 13-9 defeat at the hands of the Oakland Raiders. The Eagles’ , Donovan McNabb was doing his level best to make the statements made by Rush Limbaugh, seem to have some veracity to it. His play was so inept that he made his Raiders’ counterpart JaMarcus Russell seem like a Pro Bowl caliber player. Which in essence, if it were possible then I’m sure that the Raiders’ quarterback coach, Paul Hackett would have Russell enrolled in such a program, were it available to begin with. Because Russell has yet to prove that his game has matured to the level where one would deem him even an NFL ready quarterback. And most certainly, it would provide Hackett with something of a respite at this juncture.

I’ve stated this already but in the sixteen plus years that I’ve been following the NFL . Since I emigrated to this country , I can’t remember having witnessed such an abundance of horrendous NFL teams. I know there’s always been talk of parity -whatever they allege it to mean. But at this juncture in time, you can tell , when which teams are good, which are marginal and the ones who are infinitely bad . It’s not rocket science and I certainly don’t need Ashton Kutcher to be about to provide me with a playful prank to begin with ! Seven weeks into the NFL season and I’ve been already provided with enough of them to make a scrapbook of it all. Have you been watching the NFL lately ? How much worse it is liable to get ?