Real Football Is Here Again, Rock The Wheelhouse!

Okay, rough start for the season in the Pac-12 South. The Devils sucked, and Texas A & M handed them their asses. Really ugly. And some random B1G team, okay, the Mighty Fighting Journalists, whipped, even worse, the Trees of Stanford.

Oh, yes, and there was a “Gronking To Remember” Thursday night. That line came courtesy of Scribe, and it is just about perfect.

So, let’s Gronk & Roll lug nuts!

STUDENT ATHLETES: Man, this pains me to say so, but I must. Urban Meyer and the Ohio State Buckeyes look like one of the most impressive college football teams in history. Doesn’t hurt that they have three quarterbacks that would be capable of leading them to an NCAA National Championship. For all the talk about Saban and Alabama over the last few years, OSU and Meyer are on a plane well above any of that. The rest of college football is currently an afterthought. But watch out for Josh Rosen and the UCLA Bruins. The Sun Devils got their asses handed to them by the Aggies, but I think the Devils will be back. No longer is it only the Quackers at Oregon and that stupid horse at USC in the way though, Rosen and the Bruins are for real.

PROS AND JOES: Forget the Joes, Montana is not walking through that door. But Tom Brady is still here. They talk about the golden age of football, and there is actually some currency to that from my memories as a kid. Say what you will though, the era of Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers is pretty darn good. After a great regular season, I truly hope they meet in Super Bowl 50. What could be better than that?

Ahem, I hear the Stillers are squawking after their Gronking. Seriously Pittsburghians don’t do that. The Steelers lost fair and square, just like the whiny ass Colts and SeaSqwuaks last year.

Go figure, the Pats remain ruthlessly on top. The only way it could be more apparent is if Tom Brady personally drove his cleats into Roger Goodell’s supine flaccid chest on the way past the goal line in Super Bowl 50. So, here’s to that scene.

A “reader” of this blog sent me a message last night saying that Peyton is nuthin but a “Noodle Arm”.

I could blather on, but why? We don’t know squat about anything this early in the season. But, we will find out! Starting now.

So, here is to yet another football season here in the Wheelhouse! So, let us rock and roll people. Get down to it!

Bmaz is a rather large saguaro cactus in the Southwestern Sonoran desert. A lover of the Constitution, law, family, sports, food and spirits. As you might imagine, a bit prickly occasionally. Bmaz has attended all three state universities in Arizona, with both undergraduate and graduate degrees from Arizona State University, and with significant post-graduate work (in physics and organic chemistry, go figure) at both the University of Colorado in Boulder and the University of Arizona. Married, with both a lovely child and a giant Sasquatch dog. Bmaz has been a participant on the internet since the early 2000’s, including active participation in the precursor to Emptywheel, The Next Hurrah. Formally joined the Emptywheel blog as an original contributing member at its founding in 2007. Bmaz grew up around politics, education, sports and, most significantly, cars; notably around Formula One racing and Concours de Elegance automobile restoration and showing. Currently lives in the Cactus Patch with his lovely wife and beast of a dog, and practices both criminal and civil trial law.
88 replies
  1. Bay State Librul says:

    Yes. I think Scribe should be offered a part-time gig on Emptywheel.
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    Either that or a job with ESPN for balance. We do have Teddy Bruski and Adam Schefter.
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    Along with Michael McCann, BMAZ deserves to a place on the Sports Law Hall of Fame. Although I still disagree with him on the Texas Con Man. Brady ain’t no Clemens

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    How about the best Roger of all — Federer, still serving sweetly after all these years.

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    Cubs for the pennant

  2. Bay State Librul says:

    Boston’s NPR affiliate, WBUR has an interesting take on Framegate
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    “But to me, Deflategate proved we can have our fun and up our game; it didn’t dumb us down, it made us better educated, more aware citizens. We learned textbooks’ worth of science (PSIs and the Ideal Gas Law) and how the judicial process works, warts and all. Deflategate also pulled back the curtain on corporate behavior at the highest levels. The breathtaking ineptitude of the NFL’s executives and attorneys (whatever happened to performance-based pay?) was a B-school case study in mismanagement.
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    Throughout this saga, Boston talk-show callers, hosts and guests eviscerated the NFL’s position, citing chapter, verse, page numbers and footnotes to prove their points. It was the Chomsky-observed phenomenon in spades.
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    Deflategate also brought out an attitude: us against them. That’s what Boston, the bad boy that started America’s revolution, cherishes about its identity. We’ve got a chip on our shoulder. Why? Because we like it that way. Who cares what the rest of NFL cities think about us and Brady and Deflategate? We knew they were wrong about the NFL’s case because we had done our homework; we knew the issues better than those outsiders.

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    Deflategate…brought out an attitude: us against them. That’s what Boston, the bad boy that started America’s revolution, cherishes about its identity.
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    With its cast of strolling characters — good and evil princes, kings, buffoons and bit players — Deflategate was riveting entertainment. In that respect, it resembled its namesake, Watergate, whose hearings revealed similar characters and unexpected twists. And just as it was the cover-up following the Watergate break-in that destroyed Nixon, it was not the alleged deflation of balls but the NFL’s abuse of the subsequent proceedings that brought defeat and disgrace upon the league and Commissioner Goodell.
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    Underlying all this was the bizarre yet real-world drama of the millionaire players’ union battling the billionaire owners. It was a reminder that perhaps the only thing that can slow down the mighty National Football League — all-conquering still, despite its enormous concussion and player-behavior issues — is the NFL itself. In its hubris, self-regard and cluelessness, the NFL brought on its own failures and losses.
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    Whether that arrogant posture can also serve as a metaphor for the USA (especially in its history of overseas misadventures) is debatable. But certainly that’s a point worthy of the same high-level attention that many Americans brought to Deflategate. The original Patriots, the 1770s team who gave birth to a nation, would expect that much of us today.

  3. bloopie2 says:

    I see this essay is “posted in ‘Uncategorized’”. Hmm. Now, could that be because it originates from bmaz, resident know-it-all, who can’t be pigeonholed into any one … well … pigeonhole? Or is that because it relates to Sports, a metaphor for life but not really life except for those who partake thereof? A diversion, to be treasured for its ability to carry us to the land of Nod? In which I can damn well express any opinion I want over a margarita or two and you don’t fault me; rather, you revel in it, a comrade at arms finding a kindred soul who even though he happens to think that college football is a disappointing misdirection of precious young-adult resources to a lesser good nevertheless concedes that such misadventure can, in the event (as the Brits would say), be of assistance in producing a well-educated citizen whose discussion of the crap in Sports is a solid trial for Reality. E.g., I grew so tired of Brett Favre over the years that I came to wish nothing but bad things for his successor Aaron Rodgers. What does that say about my ability to judge fairly? And how should I think of Robert Kraft, described by another owner as ‘the smartest person I have ever known’, who chooses to devote his energies to Sports and only his checkbook to The Good? Will he end up parroting Richard II’s lament ‘I wasted time and now doth time waste me’? Will I?

    • Peterr says:

      I see this essay is “posted in ‘Uncategorized’”. Hmm. Now, could that be because it originates from bmaz, resident know-it-all, who can’t be pigeonholed into any one … well … pigeonhole?

      In cycling, they put each climb up a mountain into various categories, from one to five, with five being the gentlest and one being the roughest — except for those few climbs that are incredibly difficult, brutal, challenging, and often crushing. These are called “hors catégorie” which translates best not as “uncategorized” but “beyond category”.
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      Bmaz is definitely hors catégorie.

  4. jo6pac says:

    It’s been a strange off season and the 9ers are to start the show on Monday night. I wouldn’t want to have to travel to the game, traffic will be a nightmare. I’ll have to listen to it on the old crystal set. I do believe we’ll be better than must give them credit for. I down with 10-4.

    Oh well time to go play in the firewood pile.

  5. Peterr says:

    We don’t know squat about anything this early in the season.

    I know that there’s a bunch of sawdust blowing around over Lake Michigan, left over from the dismantling of the Tree last week. That was one brutal bunch of Journalists.

      • Peterr says:

        As well you should have.
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        I’ve returned home from a very busy day to learn that the Fighting Journalists have continued their mighty ways, taking apart Eastern Illinois 41-0. In the interests of full disclosure, EIU has never beaten a B1G team, so this isn’t as dramatic as teaching the mascot-challenged folks from Stanford how the game is played. Still, a win is a win — and given the paucity of those things while I was there, I’ll take it however I can get it.

        • bmaz says:

          Yeah, little dismayed by the start of the year for the Pac. Honestly, the Ducks losing a close one to Sparty in Lansing is okay, that is a tough gig. But, short of UCLA, it is an awfully shaky start. ASU really struggled to beat lowly little Cal Poly – at home in Sun Devil Stadium – last night. Jeebus.

  6. blueba says:

    What I think you mean by “real” football is the game played almost exclusively in the US Imperial Homeland. Real international football is called Soccer in the Imperial homeland. The rest of the world enjoys football in which the ball is in play for 90 minutes, the US Homeland likes a game which takes 3 hours to play but in which the ball is actually in play less than 15 minutes.

    • Peterr says:

      With the GOPs love for nativism and american exceptionalism, it’s highly amusing to me that they seem to be running their presidential primary debates like the inter-league movement in English Football. Those at the bottom of the table in the GOP primary are in a separate lesser league, and if they do well they are promoted to the premier league. On the other hand, those in the premier league who stumble are relegated to the lesser league.
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      It’s amusing to watch when you think about it like this, until you realize that this isn’t a game we’re talking about. At that point, it just becomes kind of sad.

      • What Constitution? says:

        The difference is the English soccer (all right, “football”) players are more intelligent, though their fans are on about the same par as the GOP’s in the US.

        • bloopie2 says:

          I respectfully dissent as to the comparison between American and English football. I believe American football players are more intelligent. There is so much more to know in order to do your job well. Recognizing formations, shifts, etc., almost instantaneously; and even playing your own position. For example, I heard an announcer once describe how a lineman should deal with an opposing lineman. There were perhaps a dozen things to take into account – where to be, how to position your body weight, what to do with one hand (where to place it and how to move it), what to do with the other hand (where to place it and how to move it), etc. Very complex – even at that elemental level. If all you know is to bang into the other guy, you will get beat, over and over, and you will get fired. Really – look at any position, look at how much study goes into learning the basics of that position (the things you have to do, regardless of talent level). At a low level, it’s just brute force, but at a high (NFL) level, it truly is finesse. So there.

          • What Constitution? says:

            You’re right, of course. But then, what I meant to be comparing was English football players to the American GOP. In artfully done, sorry. Peterr started it….

  7. Peterr says:

    Love the Stevie Ray Vaughan! Chosen in honor of the three Texas teams in the top 25 – TCU, Baylor, Texas A&M?
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    (There will be lots of tears in Austin this fall, as the Longhorns have a long trail to get anywhere close to ruling the state as they have done so often in the past. I can only imagine what it’s like for them to look at the Big 12 standings, where the Longhorns are tied at the very bottom with the Jayhawks. Even Texas Tech sits above the Longhorns, fercryinoutloud. That’s gotta sting.)

    • SomeCallMeTim says:

      On The Oregonian chat thread, with M ahead 28-7, we were informed he was dragging the Beavs to deep water to drown them…

      talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/mt-mckinley-karl-rove-book

  8. What Constitution? says:

    That fabulous Stevie Ray song is the celebratory “exit music” after an Angels home victory — which we’ll be needing to hear more of down the stretch or else people will start suggesting that Mike Trout is actually a mere mortal. Can’t let that happen. He racked up a season’s full of stats by the end of July, but has cooled off so much since that he’s only batting around .290 right now, and the last month in the AL West is going to be interesting. And yeah, UCLA has itself a QB and things could get interesting as Stanford fades and USC is only worth watching for the “train wreck” metaphors.

  9. freepatriot says:

    high everybody
    I don’t know why, but the crystal ball says
    Indy over philly in the superbowl
    it came to me in a dream, so you know it’s true
    medical problems will probably make this my last comment ever, so goodbye everybody

  10. JohnT says:

    No longer is it only the Quackers at Oregon and that stupid horse at USC in the way though, Rosen and the Bruins are for real.

    Yea, I didn’t really understand all the U$C Prophylactics talk before the season. You gotta win on the field.
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    I’m calling it right now, the UW Huskies are gonna supplant the Quackers and the Trees, for a few years anyway. Maybe not this year, but watch out starting next year. Chris Peterson moved there from Boise State, and their true Freshman QB is gonna shred opposing defenses (Sac State isn’t a good barometer, but just wait)
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    http://www.sacbee.com/sports/college/article35053371.html
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    And, sorry Niners fans, but All Day is back (no thanks to King Rodger)
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNReN6hMmeQ
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    And Teddy Bridgewater is like a surgeon
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    Vikings – 34
    Niners – 17

  11. Peterr says:

    The Pac-whatever takes it on the chin AGAIN, with the Ducks flailing under the weight of Spartan Vim 31-28, and the Wolvereenies crushing the Oregon State Beavers 25-7. To be fair, Wash State beat Rutgers, so it’s not as if the B1G completely left the Pac-whatever gasping for air.
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    But it’s close.

  12. Bay State Librul says:

    You’ve got mail? Does Berman have to disclose that he bumped into Kraft at the Hamptons too?
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    Why did Berman enter into the public record 21 letters he received during the Brady case after the fact? One of his clerks said Berman believes it’s important to have every piece of the case made public. And, of course, Berman doesn’t want to perpetuate any notion that he was influenced by his fan mail. — from the Globule, 9/13/15

    • bmaz says:

      No, Berman running into Kraft is the kind of thing that happens all the time. There is no need for “disclosure” as there was pretty clearly no ex-part communication regarding the case. Not to mention that the case is terminated on the docket at SDNY. It is just idiotic chatter by journalists that don’t know better.
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      Courts very often clean up their files after the shouting is over by docketing miscellaneous correspondence that has accumulated. Again, nothing of particular note here.

  13. dakine01 says:

    Pat Forde at Yahoo points out that while it is a bit ridiculous to have 10 teams from the SEC in the Top 25, it also does no favors for Ohio State to face such “powerhouses” as Hawaii, Northern Illinois, Western Michigan, Indiana, Maryland, Penn State, Rutgers, Minnesota and Illinois over these coming weeks.

    And Kentucky is 1-0 in the SEC right now after slapping down The Ol’ Ball Coach in Columbia , SC last night.

    • emptywheel says:

      Yeah, hoping OSU’s softball schedule comes back to bite it, either in losing votes for the BCS or not prepping it for the in-conference MSU game (to say nothing of my unjustified hopes for an upset v UM).

      Tho I think Minnesota will be stronger this year.

      • bmaz says:

        No chance. After last year, so long as OSU wins, they are home free. And it is pretty hard to see anybody beating them at this point as they get Sparty at home in the Horseshoe.

  14. JohnT says:

    Have two four teamers; we’ll see (bold are my picks)

    Colts vs Bills
    Dolphins vs The DC team
    Rams vs Squawks
    Chargers vs Lions

    and

    Colts vs Bills
    Rams vs Squawks
    Chargers vs Lions
    Vikings vs Niners

    • emptywheel says:

      I’m mighty glad the Colts have to play Bills at home before Pats do, so we can see what Rex is going to do with them.

      • bmaz says:

        The Bills are an enigma. There is a lot that is right there, and Rex can excite and coach up a team. How far can Tyrod Taylor take them? Sounds like they are almost going to run a semi-spread, though it is hard to believe in the NFL. Exciting!

    • JohnT says:

      Actually have the Dolphins instead of the Rams in the 2nd parlay. Must’ve been a Fruedian slip.
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      The DC team is a mess, but I figured the Rams D would keep it close against the Squawks
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      Oh well

    • emptywheel says:

      From the era when I not only followed hoops but could name every single 76er up to the most recent trades.

      RIP.

  15. Bay State Librul says:

    So Goodell DID lie. So much for the integrity of the game. Goodell said that NFL did not suspended the ball boys.
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    Troy Vincent, the NFL’s executive VP of football operations, wants to meet with Patriots equipment man John Jastremski and locker room attendant Jim McNally before considering reinstating them, according to NFL.com.
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    NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reported Sunday morning that both Jastremski and McNally — suspended in May after being named in The Wells Report — face discipline for their roles in Deflategate.
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    From Rapoport:
    “Sources now say that reinstatement would have to include a face-to-face meeting with Vincent. The goal would not be re-investigate the situation around the deflated footballs or begin another back-and-forth about what did or did not happen. This case won’t be re-examined.”

    The Patriots requested last week that the two be reinstated. The league said it was mulling it over

  16. bmaz says:

    Who picked Football, Johnny today?
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    And, yes, where the hell is Phred?? The Pack is in a tight one with the Bearz, need reinforcements!

    • Peterr says:

      Been gone to a meeting, and returned to find Da Bears on the short end of this one.
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      Key stat line in my fast glance:
      Aaron Rodgers: 18/23 with 3TDs and a QBR of 140
      Jay Cutler: 18/36 with 1 TD and 1 INT for a QBR of 67.5
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      IOW, Two Jay Cutlers still don’t match one Aaron Rodgers.
      .
      sigh
      .
      Need moar beer . . . this could be a long season.

      • bmaz says:

        Welp, in fairness, this is not unexpected, as I believe Cutler’s record against Rodgers and the Pack is now 1-12 since he joined the Bears.

  17. JohnT says:

    I suck because of Luck. I went against my own early season logic of taking the strong defensive teams, because it takes a few games for the offences to get in sinc.
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    But really, can you blame me?
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    The Bills have had approximately 568 QBs (slight exaggeration) in the past few years. Since Jim Kelly, they’ve had Doug Flutie, that guy from Harvard, that guy from Syracuse, traded for Matt Cassle, and now have someone named Tie Rod? That’s a part of your steering mechanism
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    Harrumph

  18. scribe says:

    Watchin’ Ol’ Noodlearm. Sorta. Kinda a borin’ game. But it’ll be nice when the Donkos get to Fluke-O and lay him out. Just missed him that time.

  19. Jim White says:

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    On the day after the Gators looked horrible in pulling out a win, things didn’t get any better for me when my Rays lost in extra innings. That’s now 11 extra inning losses in a row.
    .
    But things are decidedly better on the other side of Tampa Bay. Rapeis Winston threw a pick six on his very first NFL pass. He later got his first NFL tackle when he threw another INT. To put a cherry on top, the Bucs are being blown out (35-7 at the half) by Marcus Mariota and the Titans, showing the Bucs just how badly they fucked up in choosing Winston first over Mariota.

  20. Bay State Librul says:

    What a fucking piece of shit was the $3 Million Wells Report. Final analysis, don’t call this Deflategate, called it Framegate, bestids

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    Following a report early Sunday of Patriots equipment staffer John Jastremski and locker room attendant Jim McNally being requested to meet with NFL executive VP of football operations Troy Vincent before either is reinstated by the team, it was thought they both could face further discipline for their role in the Deflategate case.
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    But, that won’t happen.
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    According to Pro Football Talk, the league will not be imposing discipline on either man. The report adds Vincent intends not to interrogate the suspended employees, but to discuss their roles going forward. The Patriots will have someone representing the organization in the room for the meeting.
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    Back in May, the NFL said if they are reinstated by the Patriots, Jastremski is prohibited from having any role in the preparation, supervision, or handling of footballs to be used in NFL games during the 2015 season and McNally is barred from serving as a locker room attendant for the game officials, or having any involvement with the preparation, supervision, or handling of footballs or any other equipment on game day.

    • orionATL says:

      “…Following a report early Sunday of Patriots equipment staffer John Jastremski and locker room attendant Jim McNally being requested to meet with NFL executive VP of football operations Troy Vincent before either is reinstated by the team, it was thought they both could face further discipline for their role in the Deflategate case…[but] the league will not be imposing discipline on either man. The report adds Vincent intends not to interrogate the suspended employees, but to discuss their roles going forward. The Patriots will have someone representing the organization in the room for the meeting …”

      of course they won’t be punished. it’s a basic rule of piracy, banking, professional football, and knavery in general:

      shoot your accomplices immediately and bury them on the spot, or be prepared to pay them handsomely for the rest of their natural lives :)).

      • bmaz says:

        Accomplices to what? There is not one shred of credible evidence that anything improper as to “deflation” of footballs actually occurred. None.

      • orionATL says:

        when the above rule is applied to the highest level of corporate management, it is politely referred to as “inflated executive salaries”.

  21. scribe says:

    Even though Suggs is out for the year (torn Achilles), I don’t see it helping my Stillers. If their performance Thursday night is any indication, they’ll find a way (or multiple ways) to parade up and down the field but always manage to stay out of the end zone. At least when playing the Crows.

  22. orionATL says:

    ” there is not one shred (left) of credible evidence”

    yeah, that’s kinda what bothers me, bmaz – all that shredding. :)

    • scribe says:

      All the shredding was at the order of King Roger the Clown.
      .
      In other news: How ’bout them Owboys!!!”
      .
      Yee-haw!

      • bmaz says:

        I dunno what you guys are talking about shredding, in Deflategate, the NFL bent over backwards to manufacture evidence and narratives where the facts provided none. No, Spygate may be a different deal, but that is not currently germane.
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        Touche to Orion though, that was a great response!

      • orionATL says:

        the dallas cowboys are, were, and forever will be the sworn #1 enemy of the washington redskins (the washington who, you say? let’s leave ethnic politics out of this! )

        the new york giants are a sworn secondary enemy of the green bay packers as well as a sworn secondary enemy of the washington whatevers.

        don’t expect me to mourn, let alone offer to help pick up, any body parts left lying on the field.

        winning football consists of blocking, tackling, and holding on to the football.

        clearly, both teams need to sign up for next summer’s fumble avoidance camp in foxboro.

  23. quebecois says:

    At least nine players have been ruled out of games so far in Week 1 with concussions, and several others suffered injuries that required them to go through the concussion protocol…

    • emptywheel says:

      Yup. By my count there were 5 more who went thru protocol by the start of the Gents game, including the Rookie who got removed on a back board.

      Plus a season ending achilles tear and possibly a season ending ACL.

      • scribe says:

        Someone got a broken foot, too.
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        So much for that injury protocol. Or maybe it’s working and will kill King Roger’s golden goose.

  24. scribe says:

    Dear BMAz:
    Up in the main post you mention, and give me credit, in this paragraph:

    Oh, yes, and there was a “Gronking To Remember” Thursday night. That line came courtesy of Scribe, and it is just about perfect.

    While I’m grateful for the credit, I don’t really deserve it. If you hadn’t been working on the supply of tequila you abstracted from the likker cabinet, you might have remembered that I stole that title from (as described by Deadspin, see http://deadspin.com/gronk-erotica-exists-and-we-made-it-into-a-movie-1677453352) “Volume One in the Rob Gronkowski erotica series”. Deadspin put some Taiwanese animators to work and put that into their review, too. Well, it’s “not appreciably worse than Fifty Shades of Grey”, but is definitely not safe for work.
    If you read down to the end of Deadspin’s review linked above, you’ll come to the recognition that the end of the book corresponds to, as stated in vernacular English, the way the Patsies treated my Stillers.
    Happy trails. I dozed off last night with Eli beating the OWboys, then awoke with a start to a result 180 degrees off that.
    Oh, well.

  25. wallace says:

    And this years award for the longest running soap opera in history goes to…the NFL!!

    Eat your heart out General Hospital.

  26. scribe says:

    Reading the net this morning, I see a headline trumpeting that the Steelers shut down their complaints about the headsets at Gillette, putting the good of the league ahead of the team.
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    Assuming the truth of the allegation (which I’d take with a grain of salt anyway, since the complaining devolves rapidly to loser talk), they ought to have known better from the Patsies’ own example. Frankly, I think dropping the complaint was more sensible for the team than pursuing it. Their play reminded me more of a manure pile than anything else, and they need to concentrate on that. “We’re on to the 49ers”, in other words.

    • emptywheel says:

      And, again, Tomlin once said it lasted longer than their more formal bitching said it did. I think it was a big enhanced bc it was timely and useful.

      • bmaz says:

        Just checking in from a client’s job site, but I think we can assemble a new AFC Division henceforth known as the “Whiny Ass Sore Loser Division”; it shall be comprised of the Colts, Jets, Ravens and, now, Steelers.

        • jdav says:

          It truly astonishes me that people who seem so intelligent and insightful about so many issues can be so blindingly stupid with regard to something as relatively meaningless as professional sports. I cannot even comprehend the level of self-delusion necessary to call critics of the Patriots “Whiny Ass Sore Loser”(s). I get it – the Wells report is laughable, the NFL is a corrupt bunch of incompetent liars incapable of acting in anything but the most craven, idiotic manner. But jeebus, how can ANYONE possibly view the Patriots as innocent victims????? There is a very good reason almost all sports fans who are NOT fans of the Patriots, or New England sports in general, view the New England sports fan with such contempt. It simply will NEVER matter how many championships Boston area teams win, they will ALWAYS be the victims, everyone else will ALWAYS be out to get them. There is truly no level of success that will enable Boston area sports fans to overcome their monumental feeling of arrogant self-pity.

          On a somewhat related note, I am also saddened more every year to see this site’s annual obsession with college football, a system that is far more corrupt and contemptible than is the NFL, that is basically a massive scheme to make billions of dollars on the backs of slave labor. At least NFL players have theoretically consented to the abuse they must endure. Rooting for college football is like rooting for organized crime. You’d think people with a conscience would get that.

          I’ve followed this site for many many years. I appreciate and greatly respect what Marcy does here. But seriously, with each passing year, as I’ve grown more and more disillusioned by the state of the sports-industrial complex, I’ve found it harder and harder to reconcile this site’s attention to said complex with its otherwise honest and tenacious pursuit of truth and justice.

          TL/DR: I bid you adieu.

          • bmaz says:

            Gooly gee, I am sooooo sorry we have offended your delicate sensibilities. Both as to Deflategate and college football. Far be it from us to stand in YOUR personal self serving beliefs controlling our work out put here. How dare we!?!?
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            YOU don’t think college football players “consent” to what they do? Uh, gee, have you ever seen the documents exchanged in an NCAA signing process and/or sports scholarship process? Let me help you out, NO you have not or else you would not be spewing this silly tripe.
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            You are entitled to your pleasures, and we are entitled to ours. If your panties are in such a tight wad you must “bid adieu” then that will be unfortunate. for my own part, I do not wish that.
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            But, SINCE THIS IS YOUR FIRST COMMENT EVER HERE UNDER THIS HANDLE (which you can thank me personally for approving; personally signed bmaz), I think you are blowing smoke out of your butt. Lastly, if you have affirmative competent evidence of culpability on Deflategate above and beyond the simpleton mindless tropes you bandied about recklessly above, PLEASE DO SHARE WITH ALL OF US! If not, you are just another blowhard who does not know actual factual shit from Shinola. (That is one of my dearly departed mother’s favorite phrases, and it seems appropriate here).

          • JohnT says:

            Huh? Dude why so serious?
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            The people who came together here, came here organically. This is sort of like a virtual neighborhood, or community. There’s like, no official administration or anything. We’ve all just coalesced under the circumstances because of how outrageous Bush’s admin was, and most of the same policies being continued by Obama.
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            Most of us are also sports fans. And sports is one form of entertainment. Ok, there’s inequality in sports, but you’re not gonna change things overnight, or blink your eyes (I Dream of Jeannie), or twinkle your nose (Bewitched) and make it all disappear.
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            And with all the crap spewed at us, and the entire world by our craven sociopathic politicians. We need a diversion. And, I’d rather have my diversion be sports. Your not gonna get me here commenting on a Trash Talk Kardashian night, or a whatever.
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            Most of us can walk and chew gum at the same time. Most us can be concerned about current events, and be sports fans
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            Please have a drink, or get laid or something, maybe you’ll relax a bit

  27. orionATL says:

    hurry up and tune in to espn box scores – cheaper than cable and less “color” noise + no smoke + no jets +no pink tennies.

    1:09 in the fourth 26-24 atlanta. lets see if all that head coach work with the defensive line worked.

    guess so atlanta. pulled out a win with its usual one good play per series, stall outside 20, kick fg.

    this is a very, very old m.o.

    • bmaz says:

      Man, this game sucks so far.
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      Also, not so sure that giving up the cerebral Alex Smith for athlete Kaepernick was such a good move.

  28. bmaz says:

    So, @ESPN is advertising a game nest weekend between the Stanford Saplings, previously harvested by the Mighty Fighting Journalists of Northwestern, against the men of Troy.

    • bmaz says:

      Which didn’t Figur, nor was predicted by anybody, on soooo many different levels. Honestly think is worse for the Vikes than it is great for the Niners.

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