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The Tipping Point ……………


The Tipping Point …………..

Once the Superbowl (SBXLV) wraps it will be interesting to see what comes about once the postseason ends . I’ve never placed much stock in the Pro Bowl which once again was held in Honolulu , Hawaii after last year’s rather idiotic experiment in having the game a week before last season’s Superbowl .

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This NFL ___ season wasn’t one without controversy as we saw the return of Michael Vick to the grandest of stages as the player had something of a reawakening in his career. For the fans of the Philadelphia Eagles it was something of a surprise . They saw the rebirth of a player who after his incarceration many believed that he’d struggle but instead the player had something of an exceptional season as he lead the team into the postseason. They would come up short but it gave coach Andy Reid something to think about as he now has to make a choice between Vick and Kevin Kolb , whom Reid initiated would be the team’s starter during the preseason . Now the only thing that will be of concern to Reid is whether or not Vick will be re-signed to a long term contract and whether or not Kolb will remain as a member of this team .

Kolb’s performances during the season if anything were unimpressive and to my mind I think that it won’t be for the lack of trying but Kolb may well be traded by the Eagles. If the Philadelphia Eagles are to prevail this upcoming season , should there actually be an NFL season then this team will most definitely have to raise the level of their play. As good as they appeared to be it’s easy to take note that without the play of Vick this team wouldn’t not be where they were at the end of the season. Consistency was the key that the Eagles lacked and if anything this will be the thing that Reid and his staff will have to work on.

If ever there was a team that during the season you simply knew that after the idiocy that transpired both on and off the field you couldn’t wait see the train wreck that would be the aftermath. Mike and Kyle Shanahan simply led the Washington Redskins from one abyss into another. And for the fans in attendance at Fedex Field in Landover , Maryland what they saw throughout much of the season bordered on being a comedy of errors. Donovan McNabb the veteran quarterback was placed into an impossible situation with a team that was so poor and lacking in creativity on both sides of the ball.

At no time could anyone consider this Redskins’ team of being at all competitive and for Mike Shanahan who’s being paid a king’s ransom to resurrect the fortunes of the Washington Redskins it has to be said his first season was a poor one
by any stretch of the b imagination. And for Kyle Shanahan as the team’s offensive coordinator it has to be said that the experience he brought to the organization bore nothing on the field by way of the team’s competitiveness. Dan Snyder the team’s owner who’s not averse to spending money as a business owner has spent in excess of $70 million on managerial salaries since he assumed control of the Washington Redskins. And in that time he’s yet to see the fruits of that labor as the Redskins have simply been set adrift at sea in the midst of repeated tidal waves as they’ve floundered from season to season.

As an avid and passionate New England Patriots’ supporter I’ve got admit that for me their season was a complete disappointment and their loss in the divisional rounds of the playoffs to the New York Jets if anything proved to me how ill prepared the team and in particular Bill Belichick and the coaching staff were .

The failings in this Patriots’ team as such were too many to mention and it goes without saying that even with the post game apologies coming from Belichick and Tom Brady there was simply nothing there to truly indicate that the team and coaching staff went into the game with any real confidence against the New York Jets. From being the presumptive favorites to being kicked to the curb like a whimpering dog essentially summed up the Patriots’ season . Now it goes without saying that Belichick will no doubt look to strengthen the team by way of the upcoming NFL Draft . But herein lies the caveat are the Patriots still able to compete at the highest levels of the NFL ? Or is the team as such, one which now is one that’s simply now very good during the regular season but once the postseason
comes about they’re merely like a deer caught in headlights ? As of now I’m not so sure what the identity of the New England Patriots is meant to be ! I’m not totally at a loss for words but it has me wondering what’s next for the organization as a whole ?

I don’t think of it as being senseless but I’ve yet to see a real explanation as to why there has to be a franchise in the greater Los Angeles area . The city may well be the nation’s second largest advertising market but in reality if the calls from Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and others calling for a return of the NFL is a valid one then I for one would like to know what proposals does the mayor himself have in order to enable this return ? It’s all well and good to be making proclamations but in all honesty when your city is running a $3.5 billion deficit and the state itself is so burdened with debt I’d like to know how he intends to as such pay for this all if there’s going to be a partnership between the public and private enterprise to make this come into being ? That’s the real problem with politicians who merely like to hog the spotlight and then make the most asinine of statements and that’s something that Villaraigosa simply knows how to do with immense regularity .

If it is Roger Goodell’s wish to bring an NFL franchise back to Los Angeles and it clearly is , then it won’t be something that will be happening anytime soon. As much we’ve heard rumblings of an imminent return to the area it appears that though the team owners are behind such a move they’ve made no apparent public statement wherein we’re being led to believe that such a move is imminent. The relocation of a team is quite possible but with there apparent talk that either the Jacksonville Jaguars or San Diego Chargers would be those teams — it doesn’t appear that the owners of those respective franchises have been forthcoming with regard to making a public statement on the issue. Neither Wayne Weaver of the Jaguars or Dean Spanos of the Chargers have been privee in letting the public know what their intentions ultimately will be.

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he cost of bringing a completely new franchise to the area, with a franchise fee and then a stadium could set a potential new owner back at least $1 billion and that’s clearly an obstacle than any potential new owner would look to assess before contemplating such a move. And while there are said to a number of parties looking to bring a franchise to the Los Angeles area at the culmination of this all may well be what input if any there’d be from the city’s government from a financial standpoint by way of inducements in terms of tax allowances and their cooperation in being a partner to any potential franchise owner. If that’s not clear from the start then the possibility of there being a franchise in Los Angeles might just be nothing more than wishful thinking at this point.

For you as an NFL fan what was as such has the main highlight of the season and with regard to there being the possibility of a new franchise in Los Angeles do you believe it to be feasible to bring a team to the city ? Simply chime in with your thoughts on the matter.


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(1) Honolul , Hi ,. Michael Vick (7) of the NFC Philadelphia Eagles looks for an open receiver during the 2011 NFL Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium on January 30, 2011 in Honolulu, Hawaii. NFC won 55-41 over the AFC. Photo by Kent Nishimura/Getty Images ….

(2) Kevin Kolb (4) of the Philadelphia Eagles tries to avoid a sack from Anthony Spencer (93) of the Dallas Cowboys on January 2, 2011 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Cowboys defeated the Eagles 14-13. Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images ….

(3) Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan (center) of the Washington Redskins works on the sideline with quarterbacks Rex Grossman (8) and John Beck (3 )in the fourth quarter of a game against the New York Giants at FedEx Field on January 2, 2011 in Landover, Maryland. The Giants won the game 17-14 . Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images …….

(4) Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan makes a point with a referee in the fourth quarter of a game against the New York Giants at FedEx Field on January 2, 2011 in Landover, Maryland. The Giants won the game 17-14. Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images ……

(5) Tom Brady (12) of the New England Patriots looks on near the end of their 28-21 loss to the New York Jets in their 2011 AFC divisional playoff game at Gillette Stadium on January 16, 2011 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. Photo by Elsa Martinez/Getty Images ……

(6) City of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Vilaraigosa seen here with a number of his political supporters and aides having recently been returned to office by the electorate in the city of Los Angeles , California . Villaraigosa is one of the major political proponents for seeing the return of an NFL franchise to city . He’s been short the substance behind his call but says that having a franchise back in the city will reinvigorate it economically. Alas, he doesn’t seem to know however, how to deal with the most acute of issues facing his city and that is one of a multi billion dollar budget deficit . Picture courtesy of Richard Meyer _________ copyrighted material ……..@ all rights reserved

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Alan aka tophatal ……………………….

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DeMaurice Smith, Football, Kevin Mawae, NFL, NFLPA, NIH -NIDA (National Institue of Health), Roger Goodell, Sports, Sports & Social commentary, Sports Commentary

The NFL Cares Because… It’s Because We’re Told So …. Not Because It Is So ….. !


The NFL Cares Because… It’s Because We’re Told So …. Not Because It Is So ….. !

The NFLPA , NFL and team owners have been complicit in fostering an illicit drug habit amongst their players. And nowhere is it more prevalent than now with current and retired players using at an alarming rate higher than that amongst habitual drug users. And here I’m merely talking about prescription pain medication used by the players . ESPN’s Outside The Lines’ segment this past Sunday will make you aware as to how this has become a rampant epidemic.

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The league now won’t even broach the subject when question once again leading us to believe that as usual they have something to hide. Now we have at least 73% retired of the retired players suffering debilitating pain and who are now taking prescription medication but in doing so they’re obtaining these drugs illegally . What’s even more startling is the very fact that many of these players are endangering their live in taking these drugs at above the medically advised prescription levels.

Do you get the impression that this simply is another episode that the NFL would want swept under the carpet ? I’ve read and heard many out there saying that this is a brutal sport and those who play it know what the dangers are . But this has become ridiculous to see this come to the fore and the league and its representatives hide behind the idiocy that the inherent dangers are what makes the sport so exciting and rewarding . However at no time do they ever consider the dangers that tend to be the aftermath from the injuries suffered by the players. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell more image conscious as to what he believes the league represents and the money made but his insistence that the league watches over its own with a great degree of conscientious objectivity has become a complete charade. One simply has to look at the way that they had to be dragged kicking and screaming merely to address the fact that there are related problems concerning head traumas , concussions and the early stages of Alzheimer’ disease and in some cases ALS .

Consider this also players now are more liable to be addicted to pain killing medication such as Percoset and Vicodin than they are to be hooked on cocaine or marijuana . Albeit that the league has their league mandated drug testing policy. NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith and union President Kevin Mawae won’t address this matter publicly but it appears that the collective bargaining agreement takes precedence and the money that they seek to retain is of the highest order in the ongoing labor negotiations. Brett Favre the former poster child for pain killer addiction was a major cause for concern in the early to mid stages of his career as he was openly abusing pain prescription medication. So pray do tell how is it that the league suborns this sort of behavior when the players are able to get the team’s doctors to prescribe them these medications and then they can also obtain these drugs illegally through members of the team’s coaching staff , family friends and even in some cases drug dealers . Is this now the the image the league wants portrayed to the fans and its numerous corporate sponsors ?

The NFL has now become more so about the image of its superstars and how best to promote them at any expense . The league loves this as do the fans but I doubt that they’d really care to see such former players as John Elway , Franco Harris , Gale Sayers and Kyle Turley merely struggle to stand or even take a step across a room without suffering from an ailment that was caused by a career injury. Current players now playing with reoccurring injuries , ailments such as chronic neuro encephalitis (swelling of the brain) , rheumatoid arthritis from never mind the abuses in their prevalent misuse of prescription but yet at the same time they’re told by team doctors or choosing to play of their own volition merely so that they can maintain their status and get paid. Is it a sacrifice worth taking given the aftermath as we now know it to be ?

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We fans tend to only choose to invariably see one side of the sport and that’s the blood, guts, glory of it all and the acclaim to be had. The NIDA (National Institute for Drug Abuse & Institute of Health– NIH ) for its part has conducted a well respected research in on this issue and should the NFL hierarchy choose to question this research and its findings then it goes to show how our of touch they really are not only on this issue but on others concerning the game as a whole !

Has there ever been any other time when the actions of the NFL to your mind has been so asinine and out of touch with reality ? Simply chime in with your thoughts on this matter and where you see the NFL , Players’ Union now going and how best they can address this most acute of issues .

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(1) National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell , Rob Manfred, executive vice president of labor and human resources in the Office of the Commissioner of Baseball, Major League Baseball, NFL Players Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith , Michael Weiner, general counsel for the Major League Baseball Players Association, Travis Tygart, CEO of the United States Anti-Doping Agency, Gabriel Feldman, associate professor of law and director of the Sports Law Program at Tulane University Law School, and Jeffrey Standen, professor of law at the Willamette University College of Law (L-R), testify on Capitol Hill on November 3, 2009 in Washington, DC. The hearing focused on doping in professional sports. Getty Images/ Brendan Hoffman ……….

(2) Commissioner Roger Goodell (left) with DeMaurice Smith, head of the players union. The two and their respective bodies seem to be at an impasse as to how best resolve the league’s collective bargaining agreement. AFP/Reuters ………

(3) Denver Broncos vice president of football operations John Elway (left), owner Pat Bowlen (center) and new head coach John Fox share a laugh before Fox addressed the media at Dove Valley on January 14, 2011 in Englewood, Colorado. Fox was named the 14th head coach in Broncos history yesterday after spending the last nine seasons as head coach of the Carolina Panthers. Dustin Edmonds/ Getty Images North America ……….

Alan aka tophatal ………………..

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Care To Tell Me What The NCAA Can Do Next To Make Themselves Look The Complete Ass ?


Care To Tell Me What The NCAA Can Do Next To Make Themselves Look The Complete Ass ?

Having lost both of his parents in the space of two years and now his maternal grandmother Kansas Jayhawks’ —– Thomas Robinson has been forced to take on the role of a parent in the care of his younger sibling , his nine year old sister. His grandmother was the child’s guardian and provided loving care and a home for the young girl .With no living immediate relative to take care of his younger sibling Robinson will now assume that control . Coach Bill Self , Robinson’s teammates and the University of Kansas will try to assist the player as best they can in making sure that this is a smooth transition for the Jayhawks’ player.

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One moment Robinson is riding on the crest of a wave on this Jayhawks’ basketball team the next moment he’s now taking the responsibilities of a young man who sought education and athletics as the next step in his career. Now he may well have to forgo that if he can’t find a means of looking after his sister’s well being. The NCAA rather idiotically has come out and made the statement that Robinson cannot accept any monetary gifts that would in any way assist him in his collegiate career even with his present predicament . Are those disingenuous and unemotional idiots really kidding ? How can they view the player’s situation as being one ordinary and one that’s not deserving of some latitude in this instance ? The college itself has set up an educational foundation that will indeed pay for the player’s sister future education and a trust fund has also been set up to take donations that will facilitate the care of the player’s sister.

The NCAA for its part has suggested they cannot change the rules even given this instance where Thomas Robinson finds himself in such an unenviable role being the guardian to his young sister. Personally while I understand the NCAA’s stance this is merely one more reason to my mind why it is that I find collegiate athletics’ highest governing body totally corrupt and completely lacking in common sense ! If ever there was a time to completely dismantle the organization now would be it and then replace with an institution that would be held more accountable and with even more transparency than it is said to show. We’re often told how concerned the institution is with the well being of the student athlete and how it governs collegiate athletics. But in reality the NCAA has simply become another multi billion dollar money making institution where in some cases its revenues derived is greater than that of some third world countries.

What might be even more unconscionable is the mere fact that while the NCAA has become the production line for the professional level of sports namely the NBA , NFL , NHL and MLB it goes without saying that riches that there are to be had is nothing compared to what those teams will continue to make in perpetuity off the names of the athletes associated with these sports. Even at the college level where now the NCAA is in the midst what is a civil suit of which Ed O’Bannon and recently NBA Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson has added his name to, in charging that the NCAA has used their likeness in marketing and promoting the sport without there being reward to the players . And though one might argue that there isn’t any veracity to this argument because as such the athletes are amateurs the NCAA still profits greatly in the use of an athletes’ likeness even after they’ve turned professional and long after their college and professional careers are over . Please tell me in what other endeavor such a thing is allowed to happen and at the same time where players themselves aren’t allowed to profit from that specific practice ?

And while both sides aren’t willing to address the issue in public it has to be said that the thought of the NCAA and the power it now wields over the collegiate sports’ landscape is staggering and without merit. It’s rare that the body is challenged in any form and even rarer for the institution to actually suffer a defeat . It hasn’t happened at the judicial level in years and even within its own realm rarely has the NCAA been challenged by an educational establishment to the fact they can actually say they’ve won an outright victory. The incoming NCAA President Mark Emmert having taken over from the late Dr Myles Brand has essentially not changed how they operate and it has to be said it’s not been actually for the better.

I’d like to think that the NCAA can show compassion when needed but it appears that the institution is merely driven by its pursuit of money and not much else beyond that . And when greed has solely been your whole mantra to exist rather than that of the well being of the athletes and institution you preside over then the whatever befalls that body tends not to be a good on appearance or image alone. Is anyone really of the opinion that the NCAA has served the college athlete with any real distinction much less with any integrity for that matter ? Merely look at the NCAA’s actions recently and the fact that they can’t seems to show any impartiality as to the way it conducts its business and how they go about dealing with many of the issues they face with ever increasing regularity ?

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What thoughts if any do you have concerning the NCAA’s stance concerning Thomas Robinson and do you feel that they ought to make some sort of change to cover such an instance ? Merely offer up your own thoughts as how you best feel that this particular situation can be dealt with ?

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LAWRENCE, KS – January 29th 2011. (1) Brady Morningstar (12)of the Kansas Jayhawks is fouled as he passes to Markieff Morris (21) during the game against the Kansas State Wildcats on January 29, 2011 at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kansas. Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images …..

(2) Kansas forward Thomas Robinson (0) blows a kiss to the crowd after an NCAA college basketball game against Kansas State in Lawrence, Kan., Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011. Kansas won the game 90-66 . AP Photo/Charlie Riedel ……..

(3) Marcus Morris (22) of the Kansas Jayhawks and teammates cheer from the bench during the game against the Kansas State Wildcats on January 29, 2011 at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kansas. Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images ………..

(4) Kansas coach Bill Self questions a call during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Kansas State in Lawrence, Kan., Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011. AP Photo/Charlie Riedel …….

(5) Ranked #9 on the NBA’s list of all-time scorers Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson recently added his name to an ever increasing list of former college athletes charging that the NCAA has continued to use their likeness in a civil suit that seeks unspecified and punitive damages. No trial date hast been set for the trial for the trial to take place in the Federal Court System . Picture appears courtesy of Getty Images North America Inc/ Robert Moore …….

Alan aka tophatal …………..

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