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I wonder if we're missing the underlying current here? When the 1st spygate came out, there was mention of a memo sent out by the league that said spying on other teams' signals was bad (duh)... Now, with spygate sequels (prequels?) threatening to come out in such numbers that they would rival the Friday the 13th franchise, we get THIS gem from Goodell: "He said that's always been his interpretation since he's been the head coach," the commissioner said. "We are going to agree to disagree on the facts." WHAT THE F**K IS GOING ON HERE??? If I send a memo saying don't do X to my employees, and one does it anyway and says, "Sorry boss, I just don't see it that way..." the absolute LAST thing you'd hear from me is, "Well... We're just going to agree to disagree..." And this is coming from the self-described tough guy sheriff- the wannabe Joe Arpaio of the NFL??? Does this wizard think that Belichick's behavior is less damaging to the NFL image than Michael Vick or Pacman Jones?
posted by don-peyote at 12:32 AM on February 15
he would probably be dragged in mid-sentence from the broadcast booth by Security I wonder if Keith Olbermann would have the jewels necessary to reference this on his weekly 'Worst Person in the NFL' spot during halftime of the Sunday Night game... Judging from his previous rants, he seems the only one who would dare stray from parroting the company line and publicize this to a wide television audience... And to think, I was SURE no one in the NFL could disgust me more than Michael Vick... Congrats to Gene Upshaw on that one...
posted by don-peyote at 11:40 AM on November 17
Careful, Mars- your logic sounds a slight hop away from, "pit bulls attack defenseless children and other people all the time"; therefore, it's OK to hang, drown, slam etc them to death... Goodell dropped the ball on this one by being inconsistent, but I can't fathom Blank's wait and see stance on this whole thing. The LAST thing I'd want as an owner going into training camp is the media circus/locker room cancer that having Vick on hand would bring- If it was me, I'd pull a Titans/Steve McNair and tell Mike he was not welcome at the facilities until he gets his sh*t in order... The Falcons would probably win more games this year with Harrington/Culpepper and no distractions to the team anyway...I know it's not fair to lock Vick out for only an indictment, but if you think about it, we're dealing with twilight zone situations in the NFL to begin with- I mean, how fair is a 35 million dollar signing bonus given to a kid who hasn't proven himself, just to play a game?
posted by don-peyote at 08:38 PM on July 20
Yerfatma, I understand the legal system has different principles; I was speaking generally, not legally... I mean, OJ Simpson is legally innocent, right?
posted by don-peyote at 08:07 AM on July 18
Bishop, if you want to jump to a man's defense based on the color if his skin (which I can only assume by your 1:38 AM CDT on July 18 rant), you'd do much better sticking to the 'he hasn't been convicted- he's innocent until proven guilty' angle; You lose major credibility with the 'Give me a break, at least he's not Chris Benoit' shtick... While I would tend to agree that 'an indictment only means that the grand jury decided that there is enough evidence to go forward with a trial, that is still quite a long way from a conviction' and anyone is entitled to his day in court, I can't help but think that there is NO way that a grand jury would find enough evidence to indict me of dogfighting charges... Where there's smoke, there's usually fire, etc. etc. (Igottheblues- What's a Nubian... classic!)
posted by don-peyote at 07:58 AM on July 18
Reading through the posts on this thread, I'm reminded of why I love the playoffs so much- After all, it's the time that everyone is at their most logical and clear-headed with their predictions, without letting personal feelings cloud their judgement.... You can see this by the record number of 'Go (insert team here)' in the signoff, or the sudden emergence of the team owner (MY Eagles) taking time out of his busy day to post on a sports board...
posted by don-peyote at 09:07 AM on January 13
It's almost like the Football Gods decided that Ben will not play a complete season this year- if the accident won't keep him out of a regular season game, we'll throw this at him- poor guy.... Howard, as far as Ben being overrated, I disagree- It is entirely possible that Ben would have been a much worse QB had he been drafted by, say, the Cardinals (but then again, the Cards have a tendency to ruin draft picks); However, Ben has shown a great ability to read defenses and make the proper throw, especially for a young QB (young guys usually get confused by NFL defenses disguising their coverages and playing faster than a college defense)... To use your Pats as an example, Ben's QB rating of 98.1 and 98.6 over his first 2 seasons is much better than Tom Brady's 86.5, and 85.7 his first 2 years starting (as a matter of fact, Tom has never been over 92.6, and no one will ever question that he's a good QB)... Also, I have never seen a QB throw so accurately while running as Ben, including Steve Young. I personally believe that Ben's progress and the fact that Willie Parker is more of a speed back than a pounder was convincing Cowher to shift towards an Indianaoplis-style no huddle offense this year (I noticed them doing it a few times in preseason, and then stopping real quick before any opponents could get quality film of it to study, lol)... I guess I have to wait another week or two to see if I'm right...
posted by don-peyote at 01:21 PM on September 04
Well, you gotta admit, after this year's saviour (Edgerrin James) averaging around 0.1 yards per carry this preseason, the O-line seems to be playing like a bunch of P**sies, so why NOT the Pink Taco stadium?
posted by don-peyote at 05:19 AM on August 22
Ok, I stand corrected... The Cardinals organization has drafted and developed talent wonderfully over the years, as proven by their continued dominance of the NFL since the days of the Chicago Cardinals... a few questions though: O.J. Anderson- wasn't he best known for breaking the Buffalo Bills' hearts as a member of the Giants? David Boston- Are you serious? That's an example of a good pick? Vai Sikahema- good return man, but I don't recall Bill Walsh offering to trade Joe Montana for him... Eric Swann- what was it- 1 decent season before he became the amazing always injured DT? Simeon Rice- Jumped ship for Tampa as soon as he could escape the 'armpit of the NFL' (I mean, if you want to include players who became good/great/better after leavng the Cards, what about Jake Plummer, Garrison Heart, or Thomas Jones?) Aneas Williams- class act, pulled an unsuccessful 'Ray Bourque'- I wonder if he will be elected to the Hall of Fame as a Cardinal, or a Ram? Anquan Boldin/Larry Fitzgerald- too soon to really tell, wouldn't you agree? Ad Nauseum- was that a draft pick from the pre-Arizona days, or what ASU was feeling when the Cardinals sued them over advertising revenue at their own stadium a few years ago?
posted by don-peyote at 10:35 PM on August 15
I think Leinart held out for the best money he could because he instinctively knows he's more suited to partying with Paris Hilton than excelling at the NFL level- in a few years, people will be lumping him in with all the other horrible picks the Cards have made over the past 80 years or so...
posted by don-peyote at 06:26 AM on August 15
ctal, you asked 'how can people that stupid get (or stay) that rich'... I'm reminded of Kevin Smith (of Silent Bob fame) talking about John Peters, who went from being Barbara Streisand's hairdresser, to producing her boxing movie 'The Main Event', to being the Executive Producer of the movie Wild Wild West.. because, as Kevin Smith says, "In Hollywood, you just kind of fail upwards"... Perhaps the same principle applies to Millen?
posted by don-peyote at 01:17 PM on August 05
Wow, Bidwill usually pays for one of these 'Wait for next season- the Cards are gonna turn it around for sure!' pieces much earlier in the offseason, so by the time training camp rolls around the Cards are everyone's sleeper pick- and then the games start, and we get back to reality... As the old saying goes, 'Fool me once, shame on you; fool me 18 times and counting, shame on me'...
posted by don-peyote at 06:12 AM on July 25
Bdaddy- So we agree that it would be something other than a classy move by Porter to bring anything up during the photo-op; For Dubya to withdraw the invitation on that basis (or do that screening bit like his election cycle 'town hall meetings') would seriously smell like quashing a citizen's right to free speech- if Porter were to have the oh-so-American bad taste to bring negative comments to him, I'd say he'd have to suck it up and keep a calm expression on his face... like he did with Colbert at the correspondents dinner, lol.
posted by don-peyote at 09:48 PM on May 18
Bdaddy, No one said anything about insulting Dubya's wife; I think the more realistic analogy would be for your friend to inform you that he'll take time at the party to mention that he doesn't like your habit of letting your dog crap on his lawn... perhaps not the best timing, but what's the solution here? Maybe they should pre-screen all the members of the Steelers team and only allow those who sign statements supporting the president to attend? I think too many people have worked too hard for too long to shield W from any negative thoughts entering his private bubble...
posted by don-peyote at 09:18 AM on May 18
The only surprise for the Arizona Cardinals will be how they can manage to finish 3-13 in spite of all their recent aquisitions... Edggerin James will wish he was back in Indy playing for the league minimum after averaging 2.1 YPC behind that underachieving line, and Leinhart partying with Paris Hilton tends to remind one more of Brian Bosworth than Joe Montana...
posted by don-peyote at 08:51 AM on May 13
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