Nobody’s an expert…

Okay, so I haven’t been posting… but I’ve been following what’s going on in the world of sports. I’ve just been too busy with writing three books and teaching full-time. I have thoughts but I’m not that obsessed to be posting daily.

Super Bowl aftermath: So many of these talk-show hosts on FOX Sports Radio and ESPN Radio are just full of it. They’ll say anything just to drive ratings, especially controversial stuff. Blah blah blah, “Bill Belichick goofed up” blah blah blah. So, you’ve got analysts who’ve never coached before criticizing a guy who’s won five Super Bowl titles as a head coach. Really. Seriously. How many titles have those analysts won? We’re talking about one of the greatest head coaches of all-time.

Same deal with certain people on ESPN who say there are red flags with the way Tom Brady played in the Super Bowl. Again, really? Brady threw for how many yards again? And he’s scrutinized? Yes, he fumbled the ball in the dying minutes, but c’mon.

The 49ers. C’mon, give me a break. A guy who’s started only seven NFL games, five for the 49ers, is now the savior in San Francisco? He started five games! Analysts are saying it’s a great deal to lock him up at that contract. How do these experts know he’s not going to be the next Matt Flynn? How many QBs in recent years have proven to be a bust after looking good for a few starts? And let’s not forget the guy played against some crappy teams such as Chicago, Houston, Tennessee… People are just content that this 49ers QB is playing well… just so they can say the Patriots and Belichick made a mistake. Blah blah blah.

Olympic hockey: Those (fans) who keep blaming Gary Bettman for NHL players not being in the Olympics this year should just get over themselves. All these naysayers do is blame Bettman for everything. Then, these same people don’t bother watching the Olympics anymore because the NHLers are not playing. Well, I have never understood the logic of temporarily stopping the NHL season for two weeks just for the Olympics. I don’t care how exciting the Games would become. The NHL should not have its season interrupted. It’s stupid.


NFL/XFL/Baseball Thoughts…

There’s really not much for me to talk about regarding the NFL. I’ve already long established the fact that I wanted a Brees-Brady Super Bowl matchup – and, in fact, have wanted such a Super Sunday for the past decade. Not much really to add, other than the fact that people who “hate” Tom Brady and the Patriots simply do not appreciate greatness. How can anyone hate greatness? And Brady has been loyal to his team, not switching clubs the way that other star athletes in other sports do on a regular basis. I mean, the way that LeBron James, for example, left Cleveland to go to Miami was disgusting, and you can hate that. Not only that, James has a losing record in the NBA Finals. Brady is 5-2 in the Super Bowl, and it easily could be 7-0. He’s been a winner throughout his career and was drafted at a position where he was almost an undrafted player. How can one hate a successful guy like that, one who began his journey as an underdog?

As for the XFL, count me as one of those who aren’t interested. A two-hour game is not real football, in my opinion. Gimmicks and all that aren’t real football. I applaud the concept of not allowing players to kneel during the anthem, but other than that, you’re talking about a low-tier league. Why would I invest time – even if it’s just two hours – to watch that?

The Hall of Fame in baseball… yes…. More and more, it’s the Hall of the Very Good, or the Hall with Voters’ Agendas…. I can’t agree with this year’s balloting results for the Baseball Hall of Fame… You know, the Hall is becoming a joke. Let’s talk about last year for a moment. Above, I referenced how Brady is hated by so many football fans… Ken Griffey Jr. was three votes shy of being voted in unanimously in 2016… but you have to wonder why there’s so much love for Griffey publicly by fans and the media…He essentially tried to undermine the Mariners organization by demanding a trade, and demanding to be traded only to Cincinnati. That meant Pat Gillick, the GM of the Mariners at the time, was put in a tough spot to try and make this deal happen. Yet, none of that comes up anymore today – or when the Hall of Fame voting happened. So, the number one pick who basically tried to sabotage his own team gets a free pass, but an underdog who leads his football team to greatness is hated all around. Yup. It makes sense indeed.

I’d been away from this site because I’d been working on my new book as well as working at my teaching job. Yes, I do read the major stories on every day, but I’m not one who sees the need to post every day. I’m a sports fan but I’m not obsessed. It’s kind of like how some of these major radio personalities decide to take the holidays off and not be on air when the big games are being played (ie. the NFL season in the final two weeks…where games with significant playoff implications are played). Why would I want to listen to their backups? I tune in to listen to these major personalities and their takes. If they’re going to be on vacation – and some do this a lot – perhaps I’ll go on a permanent vacation and no longer tune in. But anyway, you can liken my disappearance from this site to those personalities’ lack of being on air at various times. I love sports – but I do have a life and don’t post every day or every week.

So, why didn’t ESPN pick on the crumbling Steelers instead?

ESPN had this story about how New England was crumbling with in-fighting and dissension… but why didn’t they do one on the Pittsburgh Steelers?

The Steelers, led by their coach, were all talk this year. They were going to beat the Patriots, they said. Blah blah blah.

Well, they crumbled to the Jacksonville Jaguars in the AFC divisional round, a team led by Blake Bortles at quarterback. Blake Bortles!!

But let’s talk about their nonsense. Antonio Brown was upset in a game earlier in the year when they were leading – because his QB didn’t throw the ball to him.

And this past week, Le’Veon Bell was talking about quitting if the team didn’t give him what he’s worth. Blah blah blah.

All talk, all sulk, and at the end of the day, they lost to Jacksonville. Yes, yes, Ben Roethlisberger had five TDs but so what? They lost. Maybe their window of opportunity is gone.

Why isn’t ESPN writing about THAT?

NFL Thoughts…

Okay, so the big story over the past week has been that story about how the Patriots are crumbling… Hopefully, this latest nonsense will motivate them even more and they’ll steamroll the Titans and then Steelers to advance to the Super Bowl.

I say it’s “nonsense” because c’mon… how much of that ESPN story is real? Do you really think that at this point of Tom Brady’s career he’s upset at not being named Patriot player of the week? He might have joked about it and whoever leaked that to the reporter exaggerated about it… I heard Brady Quinn on the weekend on Fox Sports Radio slamming that story. I agree – it’s like ESPN needed more clicks and so they had this story to stir things up.

-Every year this decade, I’ve predicted (or hoped for, is more like it) a Patriots-Saints Super Bowl. This year there’s still a chance. And boy, Drew Brees was awesome against Carolina in the wild-card round. Against Minnesota, it’ll be tough because of that Vikings defense – but the good news is that it’s indoors and Brees has gotta be the greatest indoors QB ever in the history of the NFL. He’s also a better QB than Case Keenum, so hopefully the Saints will prevail.

-It’s been said that this year’s Chiefs’ playoff meltdown has got to be the worst ever. I disagree. I still think the 13-3 Chiefs from 1995 losing in the divisional round to a dome team (Colts) because Lin Elliott missed three field goals…. that’s the worst. They would have hosted the AFC title game against Pittsburgh… they had a tough defense, and in the Super Bowl against Dallas, who knows what would have happened?

And speaking of 13-3… man, some years it’s tough because of the competition within your division or conference. In 2011 the Saints were 13-3 but were third in the conference, while the 13-3 San Francisco 49ers were the No. 2 seed because of a better conference record!! The Saints lost to the 49ers on that last-second comeback in San Fran… and it was tough for New Orleans to go down that way.

Is the coach implying the alleged victims’ words don’t matter?

One team to definitely root against in the upcoming NFL playoffs is the Carolina Panthers.

This past Sunday, after a win over Tampa Bay which clinched a playoff spot for the Panthers, their head coach basically encouraged the players to rally around their disgraced owner.

According to multiple stories – including this one from Yahoo! Sports (courtesy Shutdown Corner’s Shalise Manza Young) – the coach used the owner as a rallying cheer despite the fact the latter has been linked to sexual harassment:

Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson announced earlier this month that he’ll be selling the team he founded, just hours after a thoroughly reported Sports Illustrated story was published detailing years of sexual harassment, by Richardson toward team employees.

At least four employees agreed to “significant” monetary settlements because of Richardson’s behavior toward them, including one former team scout at whom Richardson directed a racial slur.

But Panthers coach Ron Rivera is sticking by the disgraced owner.

During his postgame speech to players on Sunday, after Carolina clinched a playoff berth with a win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Rivera told players, “Just remember guys, this is about team. Everything we do is about team. The most important thing is about team, OK? All right, do me a favor – ‘Mr. Richardson’ on three. 1-2-3!”

The video was posted on the team website.

While the move has drawn some criticism, given the nature of the accusations against Richardson, but on Tuesday, Rivera defended his decision to use the disgraced owner as a rallying cry.

“What I’ve always said is I know nothing about that. I can only speak for what he has been to me and the players,” Rivera said Tuesday. “And that’s why I did it.”

(Loose translation: I’ve never been sexually harassed, so who cares?)

Numerous women allege that on Fridays, when employees at the team facility can wear jeans, the owner would walk through the office and ask women to turn around so he could admire their rear end and says things like, “Show me how you wiggle to get those jeans up.”

Other women said that Richardson, after exchanging handwritten notes that at times would include some money from Richardson and a directive to buy themselves a new dress or get their nails done, would ask if he could personally shave their legs.

There were still other stories of Richardson’s “seatbelt maneuver,” when he would invite a female employee to lunch off-campus, and after she was seated in the car, he’d reach across to fasten her seatbelt for her, brushing her breasts in the process.

After announcing that the franchise will be sold, Richardson also relinquished his day-to-day duties to chief operating officer Tina Becker. But he was in his suite on Christmas Eve for the Panthers’ game against Tampa Bay.

Rivera was asked how he’ll respond if Richardson asks to address the team in the coming weeks, as the regular season turns to the postseason.

“He’s still the owner. So we’ll go from there,” Rivera said. “I can’t assume what he wants to do. But at the end of the day he’s still the owner.”

The coach is gutless. Same as anyone who chooses to defend the owner, a total disgusting pig.

Congratulations to Drew Brees…

On Sunday, Drew Brees surpassed the 70,000 passing yard plateau, becoming just the third player in NFL history to accomplish the feat. He should be able to break the all-time passing yard record sometime next season. What a great career Brees has had. How can anyone not be a fan of both Brees and Tom Brady? Especially with how both overcame long odds to become champions. Two truly great players… just guys that are inspirational.

Brees’s numbers are down this year because the Saints have been relying on their running game and defense, and that’s why the team has had a bounceback season. But Drew Brees, what an awesome player.

More importantly, New Orleans beat the Falcons on Sunday (by a score of 23-13) – and this time without any trash talk (that we know of, anyway, because ESPN didn’t really highlight this matchup during the week leading up to the contest) like the one from 2014 when a Saints player said his team was going to send the Falcons to their funeral. It was a huge win Sunday, because a loss by the Saints would have – shockingly – eliminated them from the divisional race in the NFC South provided the second-place Panthers won too (against last-place Tampa Bay). Instead, the team came through and New Orleans is going back to the playoffs after a three-year absence.

What can be said about the defense? With the Falcons down 20-6 and less than five minutes remaining, they sacked Atlanta QB Matt Ryan to force a 4th and 17 at the Falcons’ three-yard line! That was probably the final dagger into the Falcons’ hearts in that game. A 40-yard punt later, and the Saints were starting in Atlanta territory trying to run out the clock. The defense didn’t allow a touchdown by Ryan until garbage time with the Falcons already trailing by three scores.

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The New York Giants continue to embarrass themselves. This time, they were shut out in Arizona – behind their two-time Super Bowl-winning QB. Seriously, the Giants’ interim head coach is “brilliant.” What on earth is sending the same QB out there going to prove? So, with the Giants playing out the string, he is stubbornly playing the starter and not taking a look at the backups to see what they can do.

At least the once 0-9 San Francisco 49ers have started to look at someone different, and they have gone 5-1 since then. And oh, what ever happened to the Jacksonville defense? 44 points allowed to the 49ers? Wow.

Seriously, what are people’s priorities?

Okay, so many people have chimed in about the ending of Sunday’s Pittsburgh-New England game – about what a “catch” is and so on. C’mon, we all saw it in the 2014 playoffs with the Dez Bryant non-catch in the playoffs against Green Bay.

The way I recall it, so many people were happy because the call went against Dallas, ending the Cowboys’ season.

Now, you have so many people whining about the Steelers’ loss and about the rule regarding having control of the ball for it to be a catch.

Meanwhile, there’s less outcry regarding the Carolina Panthers’ owner’s scandal, with sexual harassment and racism being mentioned.

So, with so much outcry against the “catch” rule and so little against the Panthers owner, it’s CLEAR what the public’s priorities are. Another example of how flawed our society is… and that’s sickening.