Trash Talk: The NFL Season Begins Packers & Saints
It’s Here!! It seemed like it may never happen the way things looked in the spring and early summer but, unlike those mopes in Washington DC, the NFL and the players figured out what needed to be done for the long term, and got it done. Not some freaking kick the can down the road for a couple of months, or pass the buck off to a “Super-Committee” of bribed up asshole politicians, but a comprehensive and fair agreement for the next ten years. The Congress and Executive Branch in DC could learn a few things from our mindless sports pastime.
There are a couple of other updates I would like to get out of the way before we get down to business. First, in the biggest news of the day – and this is going to break Marcy’s heart – Peyton Manning is in a world of hurt. Manning had a cervical fusion operation today, and will be out 2-3 months. I would not bet against Peyton returning this year, but I find it unlikely. Unless the Colts are looking good for the playoffs late in the season, why would you put him out there? The surgery sounds very serious, and anything involving the spinal column is that, but it is fairly common actually. I have seen several personal injury clients through the process in the upper cervical area, all with good results and very little effective reduction in motion range. He will be back; just maybe not this year.
Secondly, good old Henry Waxman is again reaching his unneeded long hairy arm into the world of professional sports:
Today Rep. Henry A. Waxman sent a letter to National Football League (NFL) and National Football League Players’ Association urging them to put in place human growth hormone testing (HGH) procedures for the players without further delay. Despite agreements to test and impose penalties for HGH use, the NFL and the Players Association have failed to finalize HGH testing procedures in time to begin testing before tonight’s start of the 2011 season.
Here is the full letter. Waxman had no basis to be sticking his hand in the sports pie as head of House Oversight, and only slightly more as chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee. I guess the NFL is commerce but, really, that is a little thin; with all of the concerns in this country and Washington DC, this is not among the top of them. What really pisses me off is that Waxman is out there making a stink about this crap and, from what I am told, still pushing buttons behind the scene to maintain the prosecution of Roger Clemens.
What the Oh So Honorable Mr. Waxman, nor even any of his lesser staffers, manage to find time for is to discuss the issues behind the DOJ colluding with admitted felon obstructor of justice Scott Bloch to avoid any meaningful accountability. See this post for details, things have only gotten more absurd since then. If Waxman cannot bother to be concerned with a senior Administration legal department head like Scott Bloch, who WAS the Special Counsel, perjuring himself to Congress and destroying extremely material, nee critical, evidence regarding violation and dereliction of his duties to protect whistleblowers, then he has no business wasting the taxpayers’ time with his juvenile fixation on being the Lord of All Sports.
Okay, now to tonight’s game. And whoa nellie it’s gonna be a doozy! Teh Nawlins Saints are in Titletown to take on deefendin World Champeens the Green Bay Packers. Hot damn baby, we gots ourselves a real barnburner to open the season with. The Saints are more than a little retooled for 2011. gone is Reggie Bush, and say what you will about Bush, dude is a game changer. Even if he does nothing, because he HAS to be accounted for and drives defensive coordinators nuts. In is Mark Ingram, rookie RB from the Crimson Tide. Ingram should be a great addition, and to semi-fill the Bush slot, the Saints have picked up Darren Sproles from the Lightning Bolts; between the two the Nawlins running game ought to be actually improved. The addition of Aubrayo Franklin and Shaun Rogers on the Saints D-Line should be huge because, well, they are huge.
While the Saints have added key new pieces, the Pack will be greatly improved simply by getting old pieces back. Tough running back Ryan Grant, stud tight end Jermichael Finley, and other pieces like Brad Jones and Desmond Bishop are all back and added to the same basic roster that won the Super Bowl last year. Oh yeah, they gots some dude named Aaron Rogers too. And the game is on Lambeau Field, even if the tundra is not yet frozen. This is gonna be a great game, no matter what; hard to bet against the Cheesers at home though.
So, I have the beer chillin in the patio fridge, have the ice, tequila and special mix – with Himalayan Pink Salt – for the margaritas. Have a new, not quite as big as the old big screen, big screen plasma HD TeeVee and burgers for the grill. so, nothing could possibly get in between me and a full football experience tonight.
WHAT?? You have got to be fucking kidding me. Some lanky wanker named Obama is apparently going to be making a speech to Congress tonight. My chips are on the shit square, this speech will come up craps. What are the odds NBC would even fuck with this nonsense if the speech were not nominally about jobs and GE’s Jeff Immelt Obama’s Job’s Czarette? Apparently the pregame show, Football Night in America, set originally to air on NBC, has been drop kicked to the NFL Network and cable affiliates such as the Versus Network. The fine CheeseFolks in Wisconsin said to hell with that:
Two NBC affiliates in Wisconsin have decided to choose the kickoff to the NFL regular season rather than President Obama’s game plan on job creation. The President addresses the nation tonight at 7 p.m. E.S.T. before a joint session of Congress to talk about the unemployment rate, which continues to stand at 9.1 percent.
[Both] WTMJ-4 in Milwaukee, along with a sister station in Green Bay, has decided to not carry the President’s speech, which could potentially conflict with the Packers’ 8:30 p.m. kickoff as they look to defend their Super Bowl title against the New Orleans Saints.
Good for them. Get with the program Wheelheads, it is football time!
BREAKING: Obama gave Sean Payton a surefire way to beat the Packers … punt, punt, punt and punt some more.
Oh and as a surprise play, fumble the Ball to the other Team …
bmaz ! Thanks for this special edition Trash Talk.
I’m adding chilled Belgian Beer and Crab Dip to the Wheelhouse Buffet …
Federal judge Royce Lamberth on August 3, 2011 “overturned the conviction and monthlong jail sentence” of OSC’s Scott Bloch. According to the associated press article, “Lamberth called the case ‘a situation in which lawyering has fallen short…'” Also from the AP article: “Judge Lamberth ruled that U.S. Magistrate Judge Deborah Robinson had ‘abused her discretion’ by refusing to let President George W. Bush’s former special counsel, Scott Bloch, withdraw his guilty plea…”
I think Boehner worked to fill a double inside straight this hand, putting the presidential partisan Republican forum in the president’s reserved air time yesterday; plus making the president agree to match Nielsen viewer ratings against the matchup of the two most recent prior super bowl winning football teams today.
Still, I think the president should have some quips prepared for on-cue delivery when his production crew spots the halftime and commercial interruptions in the football game, so channel changing folks will catch a timely comment or two from the president.
I think bank and stock regs will be a long time in the reorganizing, something more enduring but equally as necessary as the jobs agenda the president plans to discuss this evening. Even Clinton did some things that prepared the markets for Bush’s economic shenanigans. I think Obama needs to examine the rules and regs back into the 90s. However, I always supported Clinton on so-called free trade; the problems occurred in the lobbying that made many of those early initiatives at supporting globalization open quarry for savvy business interests abroad. As Don Regan might have opined, those lobbyists were better at the free trade negotiating than (mere) rug merchants.
However, I give rep. Waxman credit for his legendary bravery and quick wits, in this instance just like his meritworthy efforts trying to reform IT practices in the Bush-2/2 whitehouse with respect to a few hundred thousand misplaced emails. Still, it is a difficult part of law which seeks to protect the health of sports players.
Happy Packer Day Everyone!!!
Uh, I mean, Happy Football Season Everyone!!! ; )
Ok, off to read the post and watch the video… Thanks bmaz : )
I’ll be right over;)
Yes 0 speech was 0 at lest he’s tied.
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For the record I do NOT take pleasure in Peyton’s absence. I want to beat his ass, not have the Colts lose bc he’s not there.
Plus, I’m always bummed when an ironman streak ends, though Brett Favre probably broke out a bottle of bayou bubbly this evening.
@bmaz: Since you mentioned it…
From the Bodeans. I have been hitting play over and over and over… : )
Btw, did y’all hear Tony Fucking Dungy say he’d take Rogers over Peyton Fucking Manning? (And two others who I forget bc I was so floored by his Peyton comment. Oh wait–one was Brees.)
Does he mean he’ll take Rogers and his bad noggin over Peyton and his bad neck?
@emptywheel: I don’t know about Tony Fucking Dungy, but I would take Rodgers ; )
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@phred: Pretty fucking hot drive, gotta say. Let’s see whether Brees and his coach named Lombardi can do as well at Lambeau.
@emptywheel: Collins’ turnover did not suck either ; )
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(Sometimes I really really like repeating myself ; )
Pretty Boy Brady was another QB, Dungy had mentioned, ew…! ;-)
The Aint’s are back on their heels, for sure…!
Nice TD by the Aints…!
@CTuttle: On PAPER, I would even take Peyton over Brady. Except for the UM degree.
@emptywheel: See what happens when you lay your team down to the J-E-T-S JETS JETS JETS, rather than play to win and chase the undefeated season, so as to squeeze the Steelers out of their rightful place in the playoffs? The Football Gods have long memories and their justice grinds ultra-fine.
As Peyton is finding out.
@emptywheel: Yeah, but Brady has the advantage in hardware.
From the battle bridge at Casa de bmaz
View from my captain’s chair
@bmaz: Wowser bmaz, you want for nothing ; )
Ahead Warp Factor 2…
Uh oh. Reggie Bush Sproles gets a punt return TD.
Nice hit on Driver.
@bmaz: I can’t tell.
Is there finally a roof to casa bmaz?
@bmaz: You need one of these to complete the arrangement: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/19/garden/19trek.html
@emptywheel: Well, they made unreal progress today. I was stunned. Have the old foam stripped off and started shooting new foam on. Unbelievable. Say they will be done Saturday, which is pretty awesome since they just started this morning.
Seeings how the Raiders aren’t playing, I’m rootin’ fer the Packers.
they are ahead 21-17 with 7 left in the first half.
Nice runback by NO though.
@scribe: How youse know I don’t have one?
@bmaz: Because you wouldn’t hesitate to show us if you did, and you haven’t shown one.
Just for the record, the first episode of Star Trek aired 45 years ago tonight. All hail Roddenberry.
@bmaz: Now that is an anniversary in need of a toast… Here’s to Gene, his cast, crew, and writers!
BTW, glad to hear your roof is almost fixed bmaz!
Dang Starks looks fantastic tonight.
Re: Star Trek
@bmaz: Thanks for that great trip down memory lane bmaz : )
And Cobb is lookin’ pretty darn fantastic, too!
Nothing like a dull low-scoring season opener, eh? ; )
Rut roh. The Wolvereenies are getting stroppy.
Have to say, the Wolverweenie analogy is not far off.
Where is Clay Matthews?
Ah, I think I just spotted some Cheese D
@bmaz: Oh, I was speaking specifically of Woodson throwing a punch.
Yeah, well it DID kind of look like Michigan D there for a while.
Go Pack! Lots of time left, but they are looking good to finish it.
@emptywheel: Looked to me like that punch was in response to no-goodnik-ism on the part of the Saint. ‘Course, that might just be a side-effect of my cheese-colored glasses ; )
That was definitely a barn-burner of a game…! That massive hit that turned over the ball on the Saints’ first drive seems to have been the decisive play of the game…!
@CTuttle: yep. That turnover, and the sacks on Brees, and that’s the game.
Congrats on the first win of the repeat season ;-)
I must also apologize for the Jays messing with the BoSox’s effort to win the East Div.
@bmaz: Mebbe PBO can borrow a line from Star Trek … the needs of the many outnumber the greed of the few …
NZ just beat Tonga in the opening game of the WC. No surprises really except for the way, at times, that NZ handled the ball poorly in the “red zone”.
The American football season opens on Monday night, for those interested, with Miami as the opponent.
Hamilton was pretty damn quick this morning in practice and the rushing reds were looking sour in the pits with Alonso’s machine empty in the back end.
EW….Rugby WC is free and live on http://www.sportlemon.tv/
Late driveby: I saw the game last night, and it was a doozy. Started out looking like the Pack would tear Nawlins to pieces, but their defense proved spotty, too. Both quarterbacks were in superb form, making difficult passes to very precise places. Collingsworth several times noted that passes were completed despite nearly perfect pass coverage.
New Orlean’s defense started out somewhat pitifully, but got better as the game wore on (one can’t say much, however, when you allow 45 points or whatever.) But still, great performances by both quarterbacks, except for some bad play calls near the end.
Bob in AZ
Your question on Waxman fascinates me
The Sports Law blog asks the question:
“So where is the line between Congress stepping into a matter of legitimate federal concern and “don’t they have bigger things to worry about”? Is it when members of the public are genuinely being injured, as by the age limit (although the number is incredibly small) or by a Court decision that gave the leagues too much power, while such harm (beyond psychic disappointment) is missing as to the BCS? Is it a difference between internal league matters and those touching on people outside the league? Is it the difference between acting towards the undefined “integrity of the game” (e.g., steroids) as opposed to dealing with the broader business of sports (where sports are not much different than other entities regulated by federal law)? Of course, federal law does speak to things such as gambling, which is all about the integrity of the game.
So is there any metric to guide the actions of legislators?”
@Petrocelli: Thanks on both counts Petro ; )
I was listening to the Sox game on the radio before the Packer game and turned it off when the Jays went up 5-0 ; )
Good thing my Pack came through for me ; )
I hope Elizabeth Warren runs for Senator, no?
@Bay State Librul:
No, there is not. And i do not know where the line is either, I will fully admit. There is also the issue regarding HGH, which I have an inkling may be more the issue with Clemens than steroids, as to where and when it was illegal, much less in violation of MLB rules. It is not that these issues are not important, they are. I would just prefer some health/medical subcommittee take it up, pass up laws to deal appropriately, and deal with that; as opposed to having major committee chairs acting as enforcers for billionaire leagues that are as dirty as the players.
Helloooo, anybody in here??
You know there is important football on tonight, that’s right Arizona State is hosting Missouri from whatever that conference that is Texas A&M just left. Live on ESPN at 10:30 pm EST. that is 7:30 pm PST for those of you out here in Western ‘Murica
@Bay State Librul: Absolutely : )
For all the nonsense about how happy Bay Staters are with Senator Centerfold, Warren would take him out without any trouble.
Dems win here, unless they run pinheads like Silber or puppets like Doherty. Warren is neither a pinhead nor a puppet. She would win.
@bmaz: Western America will have to tell Eastern America all about that AZ State v. MO game in the morning, since it is on past our bedtime ; )
What are young chicks like you doing retiring so early for bed?
Also, Warren may well win, but it is far from a gimme. Brown is stronger than you let on.
@bmaz: I respectfully disagree on Brown, but I’ve been wrong before ; )
As for the other, never discount the value of beauty sleep ; )
Brown would fold with pocket aces (grin).
Hope Federer wacks Joke-a-Vitch.
Sox in a free-fall.
Any takers for John Lackey?
Wot no F1?
Monza should be fun with passing tomorrow.
@chetnolian: Oh, worry not, I have a HUGE Italian GP post in the works, will be up in 2-3 hours.
Sun Devils win! Sun Devils win!
37 – 30 in OT
PS Sconnies looking strong against the Beavers
28 – 0
Awooga! Awooga! Upset alert!
The Toledo Whatevers – 22
Former Sweatervest team – 27
Okay LugNutHeads, the greatest F1 post in the history of man is now up.
Shockingly, it is right here on Emptywheel!
Miss. St. at the one with 24 ticks left, 41-34 Auburn…
Nope…Auburn stuffed ’em twice at the goal line to win it 41-34.
@JohnT: Woot! On both counts : )
Thanks for the update. I did not stay up for the overnight game on Friday and was off-line yesterday (and most of today), so I hadn’t seen the Badger score yet. On Wisconsin! : )
And BSL, wtf has happened to the Sox??? This is just painful to witness…