Friday, September 28, 2007

Are these the two dumbest Jets fans ever?

Some people just don't get it.

These guys are in that group.

NEW YORK (AP) -- A New York Jets season-ticket holder filed a class-action lawsuit Friday against the New England Patriots and coach Bill Belichick for "deceiving customers."
The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Newark, N.J., by Carl Mayer of Princeton
Township, N.J., stems from the Patriots being caught illegally videotaping signals from Jets coaches in New England's 38-14 season-opening win Sept. 9.
"They violated the integrity of the game," Mayer's attorney, Bruce Afran, told The Associated Press. "This is a way of punishing Belichick and the Patriots."
Mayer is seeking more than $184 million in damages for Jets ticket holders.

According to the AP article, the two have a history of frivolous lawsuits that often fail to make it to court. Of course they note here that the Patriots action was illegal, which is already an inaccurate statement. Sure it's against the rules of the game, but I would love to see the state statute that the Pats would have had to violate to make their action "illegal."

This doesn't even tap into the can of worms that this would open up if the case did make it to court. Do these people really think that the Jets have been completely innocent during the time period that is in question? Do they really think that other teams don't know what the Jets might have engaged in?

If this makes it to court it's going to open a gate to Hell for the NFL because the Patriots, in their defense will unearth every other team's dirty little secrets.


Some quick thoughts

I've got that sinkin' feeling...

I can't help but think that the Red Sox are going to be one and done in the post season. Over the last month the team has struggled against quality opposition. By the same token, none of the entrants in the American League thrill me. The ones playing the best baseball lately I have to admit appear to be the Yankees, but even they have fatal flaws in regards to the post-season.

Sweet home Chicago...

While I think the benching of Rex Grossman in Chicago is long overdue, I don't think that Brian Griese is the answer. Griese has never been the answer where ever he has played - why should he be the answer in Chi-town?

With Grossman's contract up at the end of the season, what do you suppose the over/under is on the Bears drafting their quarterback of the future (again) next April?

.38 Special...

In the land of prognostication, the plentiful predictors of the pigskin press tend to be calling for a high scoring affair in the Patriots' Monday night tilt in Cincinnati. The last time the two teams played, there were questions as to whether or not the Patriots defense would be able to hold the Bengals high-octane offense. The final of that game? 38-13 in favor of the Patriots.

After successive scores of 38-14 (over the Jets), 38-14 (over the Chargers), and 38-7 (over the Bills), anyone want to predict a result significantly different than what happened the last time these two teams faced off?

Questionable call...

Having coached sports, I was puzzled by the Briana Scurry start against Brazil in the Women's World Cup tournament. I understand why Greg Ryan started Scurry, given her past record against Brazil, but I still see it as a move that is indefensible. As such, the man needs to stop defending the decision, admit he fucked up and move on.

For those of you who don't know - US goalkeeper Hope Solo had beaten Scurry out for the starting position entering tournament play. Solo had a 300 minute stretch going back to the first game in the tournament during which she hadn't given up a goal. Scurry hadn't started and played a full game in over three months.

The United States lost to Brazil 4-0. In soccer terms, a blow-out.

If they had lost 1-0, even 2-0, maybe Ryan's position is defensible. Four-nil? Suck it up and admit your mistake. You benched the hot-hand in order to put the veteran near the end of the line into a game she had no business starting.

For those of you who think I'm being too harsh on Scurry, I just want to say - she was one of the goalies for the Philadelphia Charge when I was a beat writer covering the team for a suburban Philadelphia newspaper. Personally, I like her. However, when she played for Philadelphia, she was inconsistent. Alternately she was the best goalie I had ever seen in the women's game, or she was a definitive second stringer.

The other day the second stringer showed up.

It's a shame the team's greatest Hope in winning was on the bench.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Stupid is as stupid does...again

Michael Vick must be a special sort of stupid.

The beleaguered quarterback awaits sentencing from a judge reputed to sentence with a heavy hand and gets his ass nailed for a bail violation, testing positive for marijuana usage.

Never mind that this will result in an add-on to any suspension Roger Goodell deemed appropriate for Vick, it was in the man's best interest to keep the sentencing judge happy and this certainly will be viewed as the judge as an act that flouts the law. It also shows the lie in his words of contrition on the day he entered his plea.

Now, morally, I don't have an issue with pot use. I don't think it's any worse than tobacco use, however, tobacco is legal, pot isn't. And anyone with half a brain cell should know not to piss off their sentencing judge.

Of course in his little speech during he talked about learning from his experiences and how he found God. Maybe he meant he found Jah. That would at least explain the pot.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007


There has been a bit of a brouhaha this past week over comments made by Donovan McNabb that black quarterbacks receive more scrutiny than their white counterparts. A number of writers have taken issue with Donny Mac, partially because the comment can be construed as an attack on the press - a statement that the press treats the two groups differently. I don't think McNabb was trying to be quite so specific as to single out the press.

And while I don't think McNabb's comments are completely accurate, I take a dissenting view from many of the other press who feel that McNabb is being overly sensitive to the criticisms and complaints that come with playing in Philadelphia. To wit - until recently, Michael Vick was often praised as the most exciting player in the spite of the fact that he is a horrible quarterback. McNabb, who has been a perennial pro-bowler, however, has been slammed... Ironically, not by the predominantly white press, but by African American civil rights leaders who seem hell-bent on perpetuating an athletic stereotype on the football field. For whatever reason that I cannot fathom, Vick seems to merit the same organization's sympathies in spite of giving the African-American community in the South a black-eye (no pun intended - and more on Vick later).

Do I think black quarterbacks get an unfair amount of scrutiny? Only in as much as there have been fewer successful ones - but that's attributable to the total number of black men who have been allowed to play the position on the professional level. The jury is still out on Vince Young, Tavaris Jackson, David Garrard, and Jason Campbell. Byron Leftwich is still a work in progress and is not going to be helped by playing behind Atlanta's porous offensive line. Daunte Culpepper is a one-time league MVP, but is at the tail-end of his effectiveness due to injuries. Steve McNair can still win games, but has also struggled in recent years due to injuries (and don't be surprised if the injury bug causes him to miss significant time this season as well).

Fifteen, even twenty years ago when it was Doug Williams, Randall Cunningham, and Warren Moon and no others, color was a common issue in the criticism of those in the position. Just ask Doug Williams who was famously asked, "how does it feel to be a black quarterback?"

Now...less so. Just ask Rex Grossman.

Race II

Nike, the company with the horrible human rights record in Southeast Asia, has introduced the first sneaker ever designed for a specific racial demographic's feet. The shoe is designed specifically for the feet of Native Americans.
A strong emphasis was placed on providing a performance product that would cater to the specific needs of Native American foot shapes and help provide motivation to Native Americans predisposed to, or suffering from, health issues that can be improved by leading physically active lifestyles.
Evidently Nike, a company that makes shoes narrower than a Boston back alley, has created a shoe for the Native population which they say is a broader than the average foot of the European descended citizens of the United States.

As someone whose ancestors come from Ireland and Italy and has trouble finding comfortable sneakers and shoes due to his EE-width foot, may I be the first to say...Fuckers.

I admire the fact that Nike is trying to support the Native American communities (proceeds go to programs on Native American lands that leverage sport to promote an active and healthy lifestyle), but given Nike's track record in other parts of the world, I can almost picture a very inappropriate marketing session as they try to name the shoe -

" about the Nike Wahoo?"

"Nah, too Cleveland."

"Nike Redskin?"

"Too Washington."

"Nike Reservation?"

"Too passive."

"Air Tonto?"

"Current generation wouldn't get the reference."

"Well we have to do something that references the Native American community."

"That's it!"

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Suh-mokin'! the Red Sox seem to be doing their best to tank the end of the season, the Patriots have entered a zone that New England has never seen. Thirty-eight points scored per game - 38 in each game. No more. No less.

It's bordering on creepy now. I'll have to see if I can find out whether or not there has ever been a team through the history of the NFL to put up the exact same offensive score for three games in a row.

It's like a team that has come to be known for its defense this decade is just toying with the rest of the league on offense - they're trying to show they can score on anybody from anywhere. And to top it off, the defense appears to be as good as ever, taking away what the opponents do best.

So far, the offense has done this without always looking sharp. As a matter of fact the Patriots wasted three scoring chances in the first quarter of today's game, and still smoked the Bills to the tune of 38-7.

This translates to the offense averaging 38 points per game while the defense is holding opponents to 11.67 per game - an average margin of victory exceeding 26 points per game.

On D they're doing it without big guns Rodney Harrison and Richard Seymour, and Asante Samuel only got his first start of the season today. The offense? They keep claiming they haven't hit their stride yet.

AFC afraid. Be very afraid.