You might call them “trolls” but I’ll call them “slavery supporters”…

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I’m sure these types of comments are written thousands of times a day by all sorts of people.

Yes, they might be known as “trolls” but come on. We have people in society who, because they disagree with others in OPINION, resort to name-calling or these sorts of comments.

When you verbalize these sorts of things, you’re really saying you are better than someone else; someone else is inferior to you. If you really think that and actually write it and/or say it out loud, that makes you a supporter of slavery.

Think about it. Saying you’re better than someone else, than another human being, illustrates that you believe in a society where there are masters and slaves, like you’re that person’s master and that person should go serve fries somewhere. Again, what an amazing society we live in.

Reminds me of this awesome video that SB Nation’s Jon Bois once created:

It just goes to show how far some people will take an argument when they disagree with others….. 😉

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At least Manning has class…

Eli Manning has been benched by the New York Giants, who plan to start Geno Smith this weekend in Oakland. This will end Manning’s consecutive-games streak at 210. According to reports on ESPN.com, Manning was given a choice of making that start against the Raiders to preserve his streak—and then the 2-9 Giants would have Smith come in during the contest as a backup—but the 36-year-old two-time Super Bowl champion didn’t want to do so as the streak would be meaningless if he isn’t going to finish the game. It would be tainted, so to speak.

I’m sure it’s hard on Manning to have that streak end even though he’s healthy and ready to play (and now the longest active streak belongs to Philip Rivers, whose streak ironically almost ended two weeks earlier. Rivers was cleared late in the week—almost last minute, it seemed—to make his start against Buffalo after being in the concussion protocol). But give Manning credit for being classy.

This reminds me of a situation with the MLB Orioles, from something I’d read in Champions! The Saga of the 1996 New York Yankees by John Harper and Bob Klapisch. In that book, it was revealed that in 1996 when manager Davey Johnson pulled Cal Ripken in the late innings of a ballgame for a faster pinch-runner, Ripken (from what I remember) sulked and gave a “no comment” to the press afterward instead of acknowledging his manager’s right to insert a faster runner to try and win the game. Pulling him didn’t hurt his iron-man streak, as Ripken had broken Lou Gehrig’s record a year earlier when Phil Regan was the skipper.

I can only go by what I read and remember from this book, but Ripken was portrayed as a selfish player. But the story didn’t end there. Apparently, when Johnson then moved Ripken to third base and had Manny Alexander play shortstop, Ripken didn’t bother to even say hello to Alexander. Wow. Like, you would expect a veteran player like Ripken to support a youngster, to help a rookie along. But not Ripken. Hey, perhaps it was karma when those 1996 Orioles fell in the ALCS thanks in part to Jeffrey Maier’s deflecting Derek Jeter’s flyball into the stands for what was ruled a home run in Game One. That 1996 Orioles team, despite its home runs, didn’t deserve to win anything. Not with one of their leaders acting essentially like a child. (And I haven’t even talked about Roberto Alomar’s spitting incident yet.)

Cal Ripken was credited for “saving” baseball in 1995 after the 1994-95 players’ strike had turned fans off. It was his showing up every day to play that the fans resonated with, like he was one of the guys. But c’mon… sulking and ignoring your teammate—or co-worker, essentially—are qualities that we should be emulating? The thing is, it wasn’t as though Davey Johnson’s moves affected the streak. That streak continued on until 1998 when Ripken pulled himself out of the starting lineup. His sulking and attitude, in my opinion, weren’t warranted. But what happened there isn’t talked about at all today. Instead, Ripken is regarded as a great ambassador of the game. The problem is the media reports things differently and I wouldn’t have known about Ripken’s stunts in 1996 if not for the book by Harper and Klapisch.

So, give Eli Manning credit for giving up his starting job when asked and allowing his streak to end.

Different Types of People (Part 3)

Today, let’s talk about a third category of people: the Facebook Stalking Non-Friend.

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A couple of years ago I was at a reunion get-together, and the week before the event I wasn’t sure if I would be able to make it. Maybe a couple days before the event, I confirmed I could make it after all. So on that Facebook group page, I posted that I didn’t have any hockey commitments that weekend and could be there for a few hours.

At the event, this guy – let’s call him Mr. Grey Hair – came up to me and acknowledged seeing my hockey videos on my Facebook page. Yet, Mr. Grey Hair didn’t “friend” me or say that he would do so. He just commented to me face-to-face that he’d seen my videos because I’d posted them on Facebook. Nothing about any opinions about the videos – just that he’d seen them. Like, why tell me about this if you weren’t going to add me as a friend, or say something specific about those videos??

So, we have this situation where someone was stalking me on Facebook – that’s the term that’s widely used; I didn’t create this term – but wouldn’t add me. So why on earth did he bother to talk to me face-to-face??? If you saw my profile on Facebook and clicked on my stuff, and we obviously knew each other, but you wouldn’t add me at all, what does that mean?

It means you’re nothing more than a Facebook Stalking Non-Friend.

We have quite a few of those around us, don’t we? I once worked in a company where this girl “Abbie” acknowledged Facebook stalking a coworker named Philip (when he wasn’t in the room). Yet being the hypocrite that she was, “Abbie” was very protective of her own Facebook account and had certain privacy settings. (Just to prove a point, I showed others that no matter how “private” your settings are on Facebook, anybody who knows what he/she is doing can see “hidden” pages on there.) But she was okay stalking Philip’s page and checking out his photos – without his knowledge. In Dan Shulman’s words, “Abbie” would be a jackass.

What is everyone’s priority again?

Yes, I do have some beef against Canadian sports fans, but I’ll save that for another day. Today, I want to focus on the mindset of American sports fans.

Now, ever since the local Team 1040 (now TSN 1040) began operating and started carrying feeds from ESPN Radio, Sporting News Radio, and later Fox Sports Radio, I’ve been listening fairly regularly.

Over the years, callers to talk shows and talk-show hosts have always been blasting the Dallas Cowboys. It seems people want owner and G.M. Jerry Jones to fail, and they laugh every time the Cowboys lose a big game. They laugh when Tony Romo loses a game. There were those years when the Cowboys lost their regular-season finales and wound up missing the playoffs – and these people on ESPN Radio or Fox Sports Radio and so on, take shots at Dallas.

I remember specifically the media and the callers to these talk shows mocking Romo for his losing record in the playoffs. They did the same when Romo threw a late interception in a shootout against Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos to set up the winning score, with certain media personalities later claiming they knew Romo would throw a big INT with time winding down.

It’s like people are happy when they see somebody fail, whether it’s Jerry Jones or Tony Romo. And the thing is, Romo wasn’t even drafted, and I thought Americans rooted for the underdog. Yet, Romo, an undrafted free agent who wound up putting up big stats for a legendary NFL team, was ridiculed seemingly every time he threw an interception or lost a game. Shouldn’t the guy have been celebrated for achieving as much as he did despite not being drafted, rather than been ridiculed for his “failures”?

And I want to switch gears for a bit before going back to the Cowboys. Earlier this week, baseball Hall of Famer Joe Morgan wrote a letter saying he didn’t want PED users in the Hall. Naturally, all of the analysts opining about this brought up the names of Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens.

Now, with Bonds particularly, it seems the American public who hates him do so because he was surly as a player and he (according to himself) unknowingly used PEDs. Many want his records to have asterisks beside them. Others have opined that Bonds isn’t the true home-run king.

All this because Bonds was surly and didn’t play nice with the media?

Now, on the other hand, back to the Cowboys, I don’t hear any outcry for Dallas having asterisks beside its won-loss record when it won games this year with an alleged woman abuser in its lineup. I haven’t heard any outcry at all.

Dallas, as of now, is 5-6 this season with three straight losses. Hey, when the Cowboys beat the Chiefs earlier this month, that guy ran for the go-ahead TD and also had 93 yards for the game. Without him on the field, perhaps the outcome might have been different.

Yet, I don’t hear anyone saying the Cowboys, the very team that many people hate to begin with, should have forfeited that game or there should be an asterisk or whatever.

So, basically I’m seeing that American sports fans don’t care if an alleged woman abuser is affecting the outcome of games by being in the lineup when he should have been suspended. But if someone is surly and is suspected of using PEDs – which does not physically hurt another human being – he should be outed and banned and have his records stricken.

I see where people’s priorities lie. To me, that’s sad. First of all, we have people that celebrate others’ failures (ie. Jerry Jones, Tony Romo). We have people saying nasty things about people who are surly and not physically hurting anyone (Bonds). But we have literally no outcry against an alleged woman beater.

Okay, I see. Maybe it’s because that guy can help them score fantasy points in football. Okay, got it. Again, if that’s where people’s priorities are, that’s sad and also sickening. Welcome to the world of sports fandom.

L. Ball: A category of his own…

Okay, so I’ve been discussing different types of people in society. This character LaVar Ball deserves his own category.

So, yesterday I was having lunch at a restaurant and they had CNN on. And guess who was on CNN shooting his mouth off? None other than LaVar Ball. If I understand correctly, CNN had him on for 20+ minutes, which led me to, first of all, wonder why that network had nothing better to do than talk to this wannabe-coach for that long. (I say “wannabe-coach” because it seems that’s what he’s been doing with one of his son’s teams, the L.A. Lakers.)

I mean, this LaVar Ball is nothing more than a loudmouth who likes to stir things up. And if I understand him correctly, he apparently thinks shoplifting is “no big deal.” Wow, what a wonderful role model as a parent. Stealing is okay, according to my understanding of his comments.

The other thing, of course, was the refusal to thank President Donald Trump for getting his son and the other two college basketball players out of jail. So, LaVar Ball, a so-called “media personality,” is essentially teaching young Americans out there to be ungrateful… to not bother to thank people who’ve helped you out. Talk about the lack of manners. Who the heck is LaVar Ball? Just the father of some basketball players.

And no, his son is not better than Steph Curry. LaVar Ball himself can’t beat Michael Jordan in a one-on-one competition. Sure, the guy (LaVar Ball) was a practice squad player on two NFL teams in the mid-1990s, but he never played a regular-season NFL game in his carer. But perhaps he suffered a concussion or two to, years later, seem to suggest stealing is okay. Yup. Must be those concussions. If not, then LaVar Ball was probably born and raised that way – an ungrateful fool.

And shame on CNN (and other media outlets, for that matter) for allowing him to go on and on with his nonsensical, idiotic shtick.

Alex Smith losing in OT to Giants… Nothing new

I think a fair number of people don’t believe in the Kansas City Chiefs, and I’m one of them. I’ve never been a fan of quarterback Alex Smith, and his Chiefs losing to the 1-8 New York Giants on Sunday was shocking… but then again you’re talking about the Chiefs…. and Alex Smith.

I still haven’t gotten over Smith’s best-ever NFL game, when he led the 49ers to that epic last-second win in the 2011 divisional round against Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints. That was the year the Saints were dominant and went 13-3…but still finished third in the NFC because Green Bay was 15-1 and Smith’s 49ers were 13-3 (and had the tie-breaker over the Saints).

New Orleans had blown out Detroit in the wild-card round, and if the Saints had then beaten the 49ers in San Francisco, they would host the Giants in the NFC Championship Game. The Giants-Saints matchup would have favored New Orleans big time, and there was no way the Giants were going into the Superdome to beat Brees. That would have set up a dream New England-New Orleans Super Bowl… Tom Brady vs. Drew Brees.

But Smith had to ruin that, foiling everything with that last-second TD pass to Vernon Davis. You know what happened next… San Francisco hosted the Giants the following week and lost in OT. Eli Manning and the 9-7 Giants then upset the Patriots in the Super Bowl…

Thanks Alex Smith for ruining that potential Brady-Brees matchup. I still haven’t gotten over that one and Smith not beating the Giants again… not a major surprise, I suppose.


As for the Chiefs, it’s been meltdown after meltdown for that franchise. There was 1995, when the 13-3 Chiefs had homefield advantage and were one-and-done, losing 10-7 under frigid conditions at Arrowhead Stadium to the Jim Harbaugh Colts, a domed team. That was thanks to Steve Bono’s inept play at QB and Lin Elliot’s three missed field goals. Then there were the 13-3 Chiefs from 1997, when Marty Schottenheimer thought Elvis Grbac was a better choice at QB than Rich Gannon, who’d played extremely well down the stretch when Grbac was injured. Naturally, they were one-and-done again, losing to John Elway’s Broncos.

You know the rest… Under Dick Vermeil, the Chiefs began the 2003 season 9-0 and finished 13-3. And they were one-and-done, losing to the Colts in a shootout. Then 2013, when with Alex Smith at QB, they began 9-0. But they lost twice to Denver and finished 11-5, second behind the Broncos in the division. Of course, that wasn’t their worst meltdown; that came in the wild-card round, when KC coughed up a 28-point lead and lost in Indianapolis, 45-44. That was the second-largest comeback in NFL playoff history.

Of course, they eventually ended their losing streak in the playoffs in January 2016, after the skid had reached eight games. But we’re talking about a franchise that went to two of the first four Super Bowls, and haven’t been back since. Yes, they’re still on pace to win the AFC West this year… but the way they looked against the Giants in Week 11…. don’t count on their Super Bowl drought to end this season.

What did you expect from the Bills?

Ahh, the Buffalo Bills lost again and have fallen to .500 at 5-5, and you just know they’re going to fade down the stretch – again. (Wait. Five must be a magic number, as in how rookie fifth-round pick Nathan Peterman threw five interceptions in the first half of his starting debut in their 54-24 loss to the Chargers… Yikes.) This isn’t anything new. The Bills have, since 1999, choked in the biggest games and that’s why they haven’t been back to the playoffs since the franchise benched Doug Flutie in that memorable “Music City Miracle” playoff game in Tennessee.

And it’s not as though they’ve always had no quarterback. In 2002, with Drew Bledsoe in town, the Bills were 5-3 at the midway point of their schedule. Then of course, they lost twice to the Patriots in the second half and finished 8-8. The next season, they spanked New England 31-0 in the season opener and won the following week. Despite that 2-0 start, the Bills finished 6-10… losing their finale by that same 31-0 score in New England. In 2004, they started out 1-5 before winning six in a row late in the year… but not enough to salvage the season. At 9-7, they still missed the playoffs. Bledsoe was gone after that year, and the Bills fell on hard times following his departure.

But ahhh, in 2008 behind Trent Edwards, the Bills began 4-0. They were 5-1 when they lost four in a row and eight of their last 10. In 2011, they thought Ryan Fitzpatrick would be the saviour. They started out 3-0 including a 34-31 win over the Patriots. Through eight weeks, they were 5-2 (including a bye). But seven straight losses followed and Buffalo was crushed 49-21 in New England in the season finale to finish 6-10. Clearly, Fitzpatrick wasn’t the answer and he lasted just one more season in Buffalo before moving on.

Of course, last season the Bills won four in a row and were 4-2. But again these were the Bills. You knew they would fold, and they did. After a loss to Miami in Week 16, head coach Rex Ryan was fired with one game to go in the season, and the team finished 8-8.

This season through 10 games? A .500 record. What more did you expect from the Bills?

Those around me know how passionate I have been about how RB Adrian Peterson would rather be a starting player on a bad team than a role player on a good team. No, he didn’t see a lot of playing time in New Orleans at the start of the season, but with Drew Brees at QB, you knew the Saints always had a shot. Yet Peterson apparently wanted out and was excited to join the Cardinals… an underachieving team that didn’t look good in any of their first five games (or, before Peterson’s arrival).

Of course, Carson Palmer’s injury has led to the mediocre Drew Stanton (9-6 career record but in the league since 2008) and Blaine Gabbert (9-32 in the NFL since rookie year in 2011) in leading the passing attack over the past three games. And you can argue that Peterson (14 carries, 26 yards) cost the Cardinals their Week 11 game against Houston, when “A.D.” was stopped on fourth-and-1 from the Arizona 35 and trailing 24-21 with 6:33 remaining.

It was another awful week for Peterson, who had 21 carries for 29 yards the previous game versus Seattle. The Cardinals’ overall mediocrity allowed Texans QB Tom Savage to finally get a win… just his second in the NFL. So, now the Cardinals have eked out OT wins against the awful Colts and 49ers – plus two other victories versus the sub-.500 Bucs and 49ers again – and lost to the Lions, Cowboys, Eagles, Rams, Seahawks… and the Tom Savage-led Houston Texans. If Peterson’s looking for a ring, he’s gone to the wrong team.

Finally, with both the Cardinals and Texans without their starting quarterback, it’s puzzling neither has brought in Colin Kaepernick or Tim Tebow. Surely, Tebow would at least sell tickets and don’t tell me Savage/Gabbert/Stanton are better than Kaepernick or Tebow.