Choose Your Devil, Aaron Hernandez or Roger Goodell

Tweet Football causes CTE?  The devil you say. He will be attractive! He’ll be nice and helpful. He’ll get a job where he influences a great God-fearing nation. He’ll never do an evil thing! He’ll never deliberately hurt a living thing… he will just bit by little bit lower our standards where they are important. Just a tiny little bit. Just coax along flash over substance. Just a tiny little…

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Ryan Pace and John Fox Don’t Owe Us Explanations

Tweet Their ability to keep secrets helped us land Trubisky. I believe the only reason Mitchell Trubisky is a Chicago Bear is because Ryan Pace and John Fox know how to keep their mouths shut.  I also believe the Cleveland Browns wanted to draft Trubisky, but felt so confident the Bears weren’t going to draft a quarterback, they chose not to trade up to the second slot on draft day. …

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Is the NFL the new Greatest Show on Earth?

Tweet Send in the clowns?  With TV ratings heading downward, CTE cases heading upward, and the NFL owners ignoring the fans, don’t bother.  They’re here. The Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus used to be the greatest show on Earth, but it no longer exists.  The circus might reasonably be listed as one of serial killer John Wayne Gacy’s victims.  When not raping, torturing, and killing young men, Gacy spent…

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Spin Doctors can’t Out Spin Hurricanes

Tweet Whether it’s pass patterns or weather patterns, people see the truth eventually. A former Eagles tight end once told a remarkable story about quarterback Jim McMahon.  Before the Eagles lined up on offense McMahon told the tight end to forget his assigned pass pattern and go deep if the safety started creeping in toward the line of scrimmage.  McMahon sensed a blitz was coming and figured the tight end…

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Class of 2000: Will Janikowski, Lechler, or Brady be the Last Man Standing?

Tweet Janikowski may be on the way out in Oakland. And then there were three.  In 2000 then NFL drafted 255 players and three players are still playing, Sebastian Janikowski, Shane Lechler, and Tom Brady.  One of the other best picks was Brad Meester, a center who played 209 games for the Jacksonville Jaguars over a fourteen year career.  Adrian Klemm was an offensive tackle who played 42 games over…

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Quarterbacks Never Beat You With Their Legs

Tweet Teams need quarterbacks who can run the show, not run the ball. you know that Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Namath threw more touchdowns than interceptions in only two of his thirteen seasons in professional football?  1965 and 1969.  When he retired Broadway Joe had 173 touchdown passes on his resume, but he also had 220 interceptions.  You can look it up, as Casey Stengel used to say.  The…

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What is the Missing Piece for a Super Bowl Contender?

Tweet What position does the eventual Super Bowl winner choose first in the draft before winning the championship?   Safeties:  Did you know that over the last thirty-two years, a team whose first draft pick was a safety never went on to win the Super Bowl that year?  I began wondering if there was a pattern to good teams finding the last, missing piece in the draft, and then making…

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NFL Turns a Blind Eye to Police Abuse, and Abuses Kaepernick

Tweet Badges?  We abuse our stinking badges. If you live long enough you see a lot.  While in college I worked at a grocery store down the street from a bank.  The young tellers, three or four women in their twenties, sometimes came by the store and once told me that if they ever bounced a check, the bank would fire them.  The bank’s management believed people who couldn’t keep…

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Or I Will Dress You In Warning

Tweet We’ve all become bullfighters, but Fox News is holding the cape. Does the name Manuel Benitez Perez mean anything to you?  In the 1960’s and ‘70’s Perez earned worldwide fame as the greatest bullfighter in the world, called El Cordobes.  If not the greatest, Perez definitely put on the best show.  In many parts of the world his fame rivaled that of the Beatles, although not quite in the…

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