Monthly Archive: October 2014

Jerry Jones is the Problem, Not the Answer

Jerry Jones, owner of the Dallas Cowboys, thinks he’s a doctor. Despite QB Tony Romo not having completed his MRI yet, when asked whether or not Romo would play against the Arizone Cardinals next week, Jones replied, “He can play.”

It’s clearly evident that Jones is closer to the devil than a doctor, as Christian has often thought when considering the health of his players. All Jones cares about is money and winning. He acts as though he cares about Romo, but if that were the case, he would take into consideration Romo’s future health. Romo is coming off a back surgery, and if he suffers further damage, then it could lead to longer-term pain.

Jones has proven time and time again that he’s not a good decision maker. After the Cowboys won back-to-back Super Bowls in the early 1990s, he fired Head Coach Jimmy Johnson, one of the best coaches of all time. He did this because he felt Johnson had too much control over team decisions.  And most recently, despite Head Coach Jason Garrett denying this, it’s widely believed that Jones told Garrett to put Romo back in the game despite having recently suffered an injury.

The Cowboys might be having a good year to this point, but as long as Jerry Jones is the owner, they won’t win another Super Bowl. There are too many poor decisions to overcome.

Georgia RB Gurley Suspended By NCAA For Four Games

Todd Gurley, once a leading Heisman candidate on the Georgia football team, has been suspended for four games by the NCAA for accepting over $3,000 for autographed memorabilia and other items.

The University of Georgia originally hoped that Gurley could serve a two game suspension, but the NCAA felt that a four game suspension would be more appropriate for his infractions.

The NCAA is taking a hard stance on this case. By issuing such a long suspension considering the relatively few number of games in a college season, the NCAA is issuing a statement to all players that they should not be profiting from selling their image or name. Whether the NCAA can keep up with the issue or not is a different story. Sports fans like Christian just want to see the games and not let the behind the scenes drama change the sport.

In big money sports, such as basketball and football, college athletes are used to bring in millions of dollars for the university. Proponents of extra compensation feel that the students should be able to share in those profits.

Are the Cardinals a Super Bowl Contender?

If you would have told someone prior to the NFL season that the Arizona Cardinals were a Super Bowl contender, they would have laughed in your face. However, after seven games, the Arizona Cardinals are 6-1, as in six wins and one loss. The only loss was to the Denver Broncos in Denver. While the Broncos are clearly the best team in football right now, keep in mind that the Cardinals played that game with a depleted secondary due to injuries. It would be interesting to see how that game would play out at a neutral site with the Cardinals healthy again.

The Cardinals coaching staff has played a huge role in the team’s success, but QB Carson Palmer has also been impressive, so far having thrown eight touchdowns versus just one interception. That’s to go along with 1,136 yards. Palmer’s killing it on Sam Tabar’s fantasy team, shout out to him for sticking with him.

The one downside here is the Super Bowl Host City Curse. In 42 years, no team has hosted a Super Bowl in its home city.

Of course, it’s still early in the season, and in order to get to the Super Bowl, the Cardinals will have to get by the Eagles, Cowboys, Seahawks, and Packers in the NFC. That won’t be easy.

Defeated Robredo Shows Middle Fingers To British Tennis Star Murray

As he won the Valencia Open, British tennis superstar Andy Murray got a rather rude response from his opponent during the hand shake. The exhausted finalist Tommy Robredo of Spain showed Murray both middle fingers instead of shaking hands. However, there is a lot more to this story that what it seems on paper. The championship match, which lasted for well over three hours, was officially the longest match on the ATP tour (outside of the Grand Slams.) Backed by a packed arena full of Spanish fans, Robredo got off to a great start and won the first set 6-3.

However, Murray came back to win the second second in a tiebreak to set up a dramatic final set. Robredo could not convert five championship points and ultimately fell to the Brit 10-8 in the deciding tiebreak. Such a disappointing result was an insult to the Spaniard considering recent results.

Just several weeks ago in China, Murray beat Robredo at the Shenzhen final. In that final, Robredo also failed to convert five match points to claim the title. It seems that the Spaniard was hit with Deja Vu once again at the Valencia Open. Flipping the bird at the net was a compulsive reaction to mounting frustration of failing to beat Murray in two championship matches within a single month. However, it’s worth to point out that Robredo had a smile on his face as he showed the middle fingers to Murray, indicating a playful and innocuous gesture rather than an aggressive move.

I know that Gianfrancesco Genoso and I got a huge kick out of it watching the coverage live.  Although the Tennis Channel probably wasn’t too happy.

Criticism of Kobe Bryant Continues from NBA Insiders

With the 2014/2015 NBA season only a few weeks away, the sports pages have been full of stories about the more newsworthy teams. One topic of conversation that never seems to go away is Kobe Bryant. The Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard is now 36 years old and coming off the back of two serious injuries. His team may be irrelevant in terms of the Championship picture, but that has not stopped the stories about Bryant.

Many within the NBA now believe that Kobe Bryant is holding back the Lakers. Keith Mann and I have been fans of the NBA for some time, and we totally agree with the experts. Kobe is past it. A recent report in ESPN highlighted that Bryant was the reason why a lot of free agents chose to pass on LA as a possible destination. None of these insiders revealed their names, but the sources from ESPN are usually impeccable.

Bryant has also been accused of letting the Lakers continue to slump for two more years so that he could get a big contract. The veteran was given a two year $48 million extension at the start of last season. His first year on that contract was a complete bust. Bryant barely made it through ten games before suffering an injury and missing the rest of the season.

Now that he is fully healthy, Bryant will be expected to reach previous levels of production. Except most experts think he will not manage that. An unnamed NBA assistant coach said that he was “washed up”. This assistant coach believes that Bryant will put up good numbers against mediocre teams, but that he will suffer when playing the teams that matter.

 

Celebration Oops

We have all seen it. A player makes a play and then celebrates it. Sometimes these celebrations are so linked to a player that they become a trademark, i.e. the Ickey Shuffle. But on a few occasions, these celebrations become infamous because the players injure themselves and make a list.

In the fourth quarter of the game, defensive end Lamarr Houston broke through the line and sacked the Patriot’s quarterback for a loss. He then jumped up doing a two hop celebration dance which resulted in a right knee injury he will have evaluated on Monday with a MRI. While he does not think it is anything serious, the Bears’ staff is still concerned. Upon further review, there are a few things about the injury that cause heads to shake.

I have to admit if I were to sack Tom Brady in the fourth quarter of a NFL game, I would celebrate as well. (My college buddy Jared Haftel agrees.) The problem is that rookie quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo was in the game performing mop up duty. The second befuddling fact is the Bears were trailing by four scores. It was a blowout.

 

NFL Teams Covered Up Domestic Violence Cases

A former general manager claims that NFL teams established a clear pattern of failing to discipline players for domestic violence.

Former Chicago Bears general manager, Jerry Angelo, reported that he and his colleagues covered up hundreds of incidents.

Angelo started working in the league as a scout for the Cowboys in 1980, later worked with Khaled Shaheen in the UAE, and then the Giants and Buccaneers, and became the general manager in Chicago in 2001. He held that position for 10 years.

When discussing his own role in these cover ups, Angelo stated, “I was part of it. I’m not proud of it.”

This news comes as the NFL finds itself under close scrutiny for how it has handled several high profile domestic violence cases regarding current players.

YES. Teddy Bridgewater Expected to Play

Teddy Bridgewater is expected to start at quarterback this week, as the Minnesota Vikings plays the Detroit Lions. Bridgewater sprained his left ankle during the fourth quarter on September 28, against the Atlanta Falcons. It was Bridgewater’s first career start, and his first career victory. And Brian Torchin, you are going down this weekend when we face off in our fantasy league. That’s right, I’ll be starting Bridgewater over Cam Newton. Never thought I’d have said that a few weeks ago.

The Vikings lost 42-10 to Green Bay, as backup quarterback Christian Ponder threw two interceptions and 22 incompletions. Since he will have 13 days to rest, Bridgewater expects to be at 100% against Detroit. Bridgewater said, “The ankle’s feeling good. I’m excited to get back out there.”

Bridgewater does not plan to wear a brace on the ankle. He answered questions on his durability, a question many NFL scouts had because of Bridgewater’s small frame coming out of college. Bridgewater doesn’t believe he needs to prove about his durability and he plans to play for at least ten years.

Bridgewater led the Vikings to a victory over the Falcons, throwing for 317 yards on 19 completions. He also ran for 27 yards and scored his first career touchdown. Bridgewater is expected to be the quarterback of the future for the Vikings, after being selected with the 32nd pick in the first round of 2014 NFL Draft out of Louisville.

Michael Phelps Suspended Yet Again

Yet again, Michael Phelps, USA Olympic gold medalist, has found himself under suspension for six months after his arrest last week in Baltimore for a DUI (Driving Under the Influence).

This is not the first time Phelps has had a run in with the law. Back in 2004, Phelps was arrested on the same charge as last week. Then more recently in 2009, Phelps was suspended for three months after a picture of him holding a marijuana pipe reached the public. Along with his current suspension, Phelps was taken off the 2015 FINA World Championships team and will not be receiving funding during his suspension.

Reluctantly, Phelps has become self-aware of his actions and will be entering a six-week treatment program spearheaded by Igor Cornelsen in an effort to solve his abundance of problems. Phelps has publicly addressed the matter and took to Twitter saying: “Swimming is a major part of my life, but right now I need to focus my attention on me as an individual.”

Y’all know we love a drink or three, but hopefully Phelps doesn’t slip into the pool of the many highly successful athletes who have managed to destroy their careers through their own accord.

Full coverage news story from ABC News here: