Okay, I’m a pretty busy person, so I don’t really write down my thoughts (on sports) much anymore. I normally just verbalize them to anyone who’d listen, but I think it’s a good idea to jot these things down on this blog.
On today’s agenda: What we’ve learned the last few weeks in sports…
First off, I’m a total hypocrite. During the months when Antonio Brown was trying to get out of Pittsburgh – and even this past week when he was causing trouble with the Raiders after the Steelers granted his wish and dealt him away back in March – I wasn’t a fan of what he’s about.
Don’t get me wrong; I’ve always thought he’s a great player. The stats back that up. His performance on a yearly basis backs that up.
The first time I saw him live in action was when I visited Dayton in December 2014 and ventured out to Paul Brown Stadium to see the Bengals face the Steelers. And man, I was impressed by the Big Three – Brown, Ben Roethlisberger, and Le’Veon Bell. It seemed that on virtually every offensive play that afternoon, it was Brown or Bell making the catch or gaining the yards on the run. Those guys put on a display that day.
Of course, my feelings on Brown and Bell changed over time when they kept making headlines for the wrong reasons over the past couple of years.
Then, Brown had that Tweet (apparently about the Raiders), about how “the child who is not embraced by the village will burn it down to feel its warmth.” I thought, like, what the heck was wrong with this dude?
But when the news came that he’d agreed to terms with the New England Patriots, I did a complete 180 and thought, “WOW…” I mean, if you root for the Patriots as I do, then this signing makes New England the heavy favorites to win the Super Bowl. Think about it: with Brady, Josh Gordon, Julian Edelman, and now Antonio Brown? This team could go 19-0!!!
And so, when that YouTube video of Brown surfaced where he was running into the backyard and then calling his grandmother… I thought it was funny. REALLY funny.
There’s also the chatter among NFL executives – which we’ve all heard being talked about by insiders on various media platforms – that Brown and his agent had had discussions with the Patriots while he was a Raider and that Brown consulted with social media experts to figure out how to, essentially, force the Raiders to release him so New England could sign him.
Whatever. I just find it awesome that the Patriots were able to sign him. It just goes to show that I’m a hypocrite and change my mind about an athlete when he’s wearing the colors of a team I cheer for.
Of course, since the signing with New England, more AB drama has surfaced in the form of a civil suit against him by a former trainer. Since I have no knowledge about that situation, I will refrain from commenting. But I do find the timing of this rather odd. The trainer is getting married, apparently, and… well, we’ll just have to see how this plays out.
And then, AB wasn’t the only wide receiver making headlines for the wrong reasons.
In Cleveland, the Browns just got clobbered in Week 1 by the Titans, and there was Odell Beckham Jr. wanting to play by his own rules.
I would think that there are many football fans out there who want to see the Browns fail once again this season. Instead of focusing on winning, there is the star wide receiver focusing on his watch. Okay. Got it. Way to go bringing attention to yourself for the wrong reasons.
Athletes being disgruntled – and making the headlines… isn’t just a football thing. In New York, the Mets have been dysfunctional, to say the least. And one of their star pitchers, apparently, was “livid” this past week.
Well, I’ve never been on a big-league mound. But my thoughts are that if you’re a pro, you can adjust and work with a different catcher. After all, the team is trying to get its best lineup offensively to try and win games. But I digress.
Speaking of New York, what else did we learn on Sunday?
The Jets are back to being the Jets, blowing a 16-0 lead to lose to the Buffalo Bills 17-16. And way to go, Adam Gase, being way too critical of his wide receivers, offensive line, cornerbacks, and defense.
I wonder how long before the players get tired of Gase’s act in that locker room. It’s only one game, and the head coach is losing control. Only with the Jets.
And there was even a quote that he gave, which tells you all you need to know: “That’s the beauty part of being the head coach – I can basically do what I want” (via Rich Cimini, ESPN Staff Writer on ESPN.com).
So, after Week One in the NFL, we know this: The Jets are the same old Jets. The Browns are the same old Browns.
One more thought: Good thing the Saints won on Monday night to start the season 1-0. There was some crazy stat that they had been a combined 1-9 in Weeks One and Two over the previous five seasons.
I want the Saints to do well. I’ve been hoping for a Saints-Patriots Super Bowl for many years because of Drew Brees and Tom Brady, and we were denied that matchup last season. And, the window is closing in terms of having both teams being legit contenders at the same time.
I say good thing the Saints won, because on that team, it seems like there’s yet another receiver who’s a diva.
Why should Michael Thomas go out of his way to comment on the Antonio Brown/Raiders situation when he should have been preparing for the Monday Night tilt against Houston? Just because he didn’t respect Raiders GM Mike Mayock?
Well, I would think – and hope – that head coach Sean Payton and his coaching staff would rather Thomas not comment on matters that aren’t about the Saints. But that’s just me.
And, to finish this post off, here’s that aforementioned AB video that just cracked me up: