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Posted on: October 12, 2012 6:20 pm
 

Looking In The Mirror

My least favorite time of day to look in the mirror is first thing in the morning.  My eyes are red and puffy from sleep, with the obligatory gunk in the corners.  There are creases on my face from the pillowcase and drool stains on my pajama top.  Not a very pretty picture and I'm sure I've frightened myself by catching sight of this horrible reflection before I was ready to fully handle it.  It's hard to see the ugly side of yourself; sometimes it's downright terrifying.

Week two of the NFL saw a game between the Washington Redskins and the St. Louis Rams, a game that was more exciting than many thought it would be.  One play that has been talked about heavily is the play that saw Redskins receiver Josh Morgan lose his cool with defensive back [Cortland Finnegan], a known irritant in the NFL.  Morgan's ill advised lapse in judgment cost his team 15 yards on a personal foul penalty and in effect the game, as kicker Billy Cundiff missed the now 62 yard field goal attempt.  Not a brilliant decision, but the real personal foul came after the game.

Social media is a boon to everyone who uses it.  Social media can connect us, bring us closer to people we otherwise would be separated from, like sports stars.  Unfortunately that closeness can cause problems as the internet breeds a lot of tough acting World Wide Web gangsters, spraying their vitriol with indiscriminate aim.  Many took to Twitter to express their “gratitude” for Morgan's actions, giving him great advice about what he should do with and to himself.  One of my favorite suggestions is that Morgan's child should have a football thrown at it.  Morgan made a mistake, but he apologized for it and said he is taking steps to ensure it never happens again. I'm sure no one would like to be judged by their worst act, but this couldn’t possibly be Morgan's worst act in his lifetime.  He cost his team 15 yards, yes, but how bad is that really?  And that brings us to the Gladiator quote used to start off this piece.  The NFL is for entertainment.  As fans we take this sport way too seriously, and that's why our access to players has been restricted so much; that's why fans went from freely mingling with players to being separated from them by burly security men, gates, access passes and metal detectors.  Morgan made a mistake, and yelling at the television screen is one way to react; another is to go on a social media platform and threaten his life.  Only one of those has any logic to it.

Maybe because these men are our version of Roman gladiators we think they are immune to pain in any form.  Maybe because these men perform feats each week that most of us are envious of we think they are truly invincible.  Or maybe social media has a detrimental effect on our ability to realize that there are real people on the other side of the "send" button on our phones.  Maybe because all we see are avatars and words we forget that someone is reading what we write, and somewhere it hurts them.  Or maybe these fans need to step away from the television and find some sort of perspective.  This mistake cost a sports teams a win.  Nothing more.

Twitter can be an amazing tool for social change, as it was during the Egyptian revolution; it can be an instrument that helps heal an aching body through humor, as Oakland Athletics pitcher [Brandon McCarthy] showed us; but it’s when Twitter is used to harass and badger a young man I wonder at our capacity to make anything into a weapon of mass destruction.  Death threats were sent to another NFL player, Kyle Williams, last year when he fumbled two punts during a playoff game for the San Francisco Forty-Niners.  The young man was only 23 years old and yet some members of the Forty-Niners section of the Twitterverse decided the right thing to do would be to terrorize him when he was probably already feeling like the smallest person in the world. 

Twitter shouldn’t be a weapon; it should be a forum to share, to entertain, and to learn.  It can only become a weapon when we give in to our basest selves and vent our anger before we have time to calm down and really see that what we are livid about doesn’t really matter.  The fans who felt the overwhelming need to run to Twitter and attack Morgan need to look in the mirror and smile, see that there are much more important aspects of life to become incensed about.  The reflection they're casting now is an ugly one, and it's frightening the children.  Remember; it’s only entertainment.

Posted on: August 14, 2012 2:33 pm
 

Eight-Five

            Control is next to impossible to achieve.  No matter how much we plan, no matter how much we try and script life there is a small moment that begins to unravel our tightly wound world.  When I first thought about what this week’s blog entry would be on, I wanted to write about which aging receiver trying to revive their career would have a better year; TO, Chad Johnson-Ochocinco-John-Jacob-Jingle
heimerschimt or Randy Moss.  I was going to do crazy amounts of research, give you stats and charts and graphs in order to prove my point.  And then I woke up this weekend and my whole ball of yarn was unwound on the floor.  One third of my blog entry was in jail for allegedly assaulting his wife, and I no longer knew what to write.

            Life gets in the way, and we have to make difficult choices about how to navigate through the mire that those choices leave behind.  I love writing this, even though it seems few read it and even fewer comment on it.  It’s a nice release, however, and forces me to be focused and study the topics I wish to write about.  It also allows me to provide entertainment while still putting parts of my personality on display through my writing and the arguments I pontificate on.  When you click on my blog, you know what you’re going to get.  If you don’t like how I write, or you can’t stand my writing persona, you don’t have to click on my entries.  Simple as that.

            The Miami Dolphins didn’t have to sign Johnson to a deal.  They knew what they were getting.  They should have understood the type of personality they were placing on their team.  If they didn’t then shame on them, because there was plenty of tape that told you what he would do once he was on the team.  The New England experiment was an outlier, made possible by the fact that Bill Belichick brooks no fools.  Anywhere else Johnson went he was going to perform, both on and off the field, the way he performed in Cincinnati.  The Dolphins, having a dearth of talent at the wideout spot were going to either have to deal with him, or settle for rolling with what they had and being happy about it.  They chose to sign Chad, and so they shouldn’t have been surprised when he went out and “performed” during a media session.  That doesn’t excuse his behavior; I understand the chagrin of head coach Joe Philbin and why he felt he needed to talk to Johnson after the expletive laden session, but once again, that’s what the Dolphins bought.  Don’t complain about the sour milk you purchased; you clearly saw it was past the expiration date.

            Now, however, Johnson has gone a bit too far.  He has allegedly committed domestic abuse and should, if guilty, be punished to the full extent of the law.  I grew up with a physically abusive step-father and don’t condone any man accosting a female.  That being said, no one but Chad and his wife know what really happened, so we should all wait for the facts to enter the public record before castigating him.  The Dolphins didn’t wait, and cut Johnson a day after the incident, although Philbin was quick to speak on the situation, saying “I'd like to address the roster move we made last night. As with any type of these decisions, it was not an easy one. It was not reactive. Nor was it based on one single incident. In making these decisions we base our evaluations on a set of criteria that supports our organizational goals and includes the player's performance both on and off the field."  Now, the Dolphins, and any team in the NFL, can make a move for any reason, and they had a good reason to make this move if they feel that Johnson is guilty of the crime he is accused of committing.  They can’t be cutting him for the cursing during the media session, since Johnson listened to Philbin and curbed the attention he sought from the cameras around the team.  There has only been one public incident, and that is the domestic abuse.  That is cause enough to cut a player, and if that is the reason they cut him they should have the guts to tell the world that is why.  They don’t have to belittle Johnson, but they can say they don’t want the stigma of that situation to surround their football team. 

            True leadership is doing what is right, even if that means making the unpopular choice.  There are many fans who might forgive Johnson almost anything because they feel he could provide some production for the team.  True leadership is also being smart enough to make a change before a situation occurs.  Philbin and Dolphins brass knew what Johnson was; a media whore.  A talented media whore, but a media whore nonetheless.  If Johnson couldn’t make it work both on and off the field in New England with one of the greatest coaches and one of the greatest QB’s in the game, what was he going to do in Miami?  Make waves looking into the camera and proclaiming his own greatness, that’s what.  Once again, they had all the tape they needed to assess what Johnson truly was.  Here was a chance for the organization to take a true leadership role in the NFL, to reestablish themselves after years of irrelevance and the “Is your mother a prostitute” incident.  Instead of leading, the Dolphins would rather follow, telling everyone that they cut Johnson for other reason than he might have hit his wife.  They weren’t embarrassed that Jeff Ireland asked Dez Bryant about his mother being a prostitute, but telling the world they don’t wish to associate with alleged wife beaters is too much to handle.  They missed a chance to be real leaders, to speak up and take a stand.

            No matter how much we plan, sometimes forces take control of our lives in ways that we can’t imagine.  When the world is unraveling around us, we should try and wind it back up, instead of looking at the mess and walking around it, too embarrassed to admit we helped make it.

Posted on: August 7, 2012 3:58 pm
 

Risk/Reward

            “He will bring them death, and they will love him for it.”

 

Gladiator is one of my favorite movies, and not because Ridley Scott was a historical purist and made sure to develop a story that used absolute fact to craft a wonderful viewing experience.  Nope, he packed blood, gore and political intrigue into a potent package that was entertaining while adhering to little actual fact.  The movie was an orgy of sword play and death, and my college roommate and I would pop it in and watch it at least once a day.  One scene in particular would make us rewind over and over again; the one in which Maximus carves through seven or eight massive mounds of human flesh, picking them apart like Shaq picks apart a buffet.  A red curtain would fall over my eyes and I would be taken by a bit of bloodlust as this scene would replay on the television.  I’d want to go out and slay my enemies, find a well sharpened sword and take on all who would oppose me.  I’d get arrested if I really tried that of course, but this didn’t stop me from fantasizing. 

            At the end of Gladiator we see Djimon Hounsou’s character Juba burying two figures in the dirt of the closed arena, a fog settled on the grounds that makes it look darker than it has the whole movie, even though the stopping of the gladiatorial matches should have been a bright occurrence, not a drab, depressing one, but it makes a delightful contrast to the rest of the movie.  The fighting and the killing are done in beautiful lighting and with an almost reverent touch that mimics how the Roman crowds treated the spectacle displayed before them.  With the loss of the gladiators and the shutting down of the coliseum the fog has taken over, obscuring Juba’s surroundings.  He and the remaining fighters are free, but their future is obscured, as is the future of the crowd that enjoyed the entertainment.

            What does this have to do with anything?  Am I just using this space to share my love of a historically inaccurate movie?  No.  The current field of NFL fans are the new gladiatorial audience, and the players on the field the gladiators.  There isn’t nearly the amount of bloodshed on the gridiron and there was in the Roman coliseum, but the toll on the body of an NFL player is just as exacting.  We are watching grown men kill themselves for our entertainment, and we refuse to allow them the chance to be safer in the game.  Just look at all the former players that have passed away or have taken their lives prematurely.  The game is painful and dangerous, and we are cheering grown men killing themselves softly for us.  They are risking everything, and when we hear about changes being made to the game we scream about not wanting to have it turned into flag football, that they should put tutus on the QB’s.  That is a disgusting way to look at the situation.  Last year the NFL implemented new rules when it came to kickoffs, and the crowd went insane.  That was a relatively small change.  Science has caught up with the game and explains what really happens to the players who strap on the pads for us every Sunday…and Monday, and Thursday, and Saturday.  The players are suffering from head trauma.  The year before the kickoff rule there were 270 documented concussions, 35 of them on kickoffs; after the rule was implemented there were 266 concussions, 20 of them on kickoffs.  While I still think 20 concussions are too much, the drop in number is gratifying.

            I remember trying out for my high school football team, and the first day of practice a kid walked up to the coach and told him that he had a buzzing going on in his head and he was feeling sick.  Coach told him that once the kid developed a callous around his brain he’d be fine, that the kid just wasn’t used to taking the hits that come along with playing football.  WHAT!?  A callous around your brain?  Now, as a kid you don’t know how to argue against that, and the coach had been around football longer than any of us had, but he was in charge and that was his response.  He didn’t check the kid, have him sent to the office or phone his parents with a concern.  He just told the kid he had to build a callous.  That is the culture of football, ladies and gentleman.  That is what we give our money, time and love to.  A culture of Neanderthals who think brain injuries are nothing.  I love the NFL, but after reading about the damage that is being done to the players, after seeing player after player die young, or kill themselves, I want change.  I want to risk my enjoyment of huge hits to make sure these men can live long enough to watch their children grown to be adults, won’t feel depressed because their brain chemistry is screwed up after years of colliding with 300+ pound men 50 times a game for 16+ weeks a year. 

            I’m scared for the day that I have to hear my son ask me, “Dad, can I play football?”  I was allowed to play, and always pictured going to my son’s game with pride, screaming “that’s my kid” when he makes a good play, celebrating his triumphs, watching him be drafted to the NFL (I have lofty dreams).  But I don’t know if I could actually let my kid play knowing what I know now.  Would I be doing him any favors?  I’m also scared one day we’ll see a player drop dead on the field.  I remember watching the injury to Buffalo Bills backup tight end Kevin Everett that cost him his career.  As players get bigger and stronger, they hit harder and cause more damage.  When I was a kid William Perry was a monster in the game at 6’2”, 335 LBS playing defensive tackle.  Now you have an Albert Haynesworth clocking in at 6’6” 350.  Imagine running into that multiple times a game, multiple times a year.  No wonder players soak in ice tubs after competition.  Not too many jobs cause employees to soak in ice tubs. 

            There is a risk attached to the NFL, but fans seem to think it is their risk.  The risk that rule changes will make the game less enjoyable, that it will change from the sport they’ve always watched.  It has to change though, and the long term repercussions of the sport are making that very evident.  These men are risking their lives to entertain us; the least we can do is risk a little enjoyment to make the game safer for them.  The future of the game is obscured by fog, but there are enough facts out there to clear the air.  Let’s use those facts to help change the game for the better, not let our bloodlust keep it dark and drab and dangerous because we resist change.        

Category: NFL
Tags: Concussions
 
Posted on: July 9, 2012 4:45 pm
 

Blind Resume: QB's

So much is made of stats, especially at the QB position, but I'm of the mind that names also help to shape the opinions of sports fans, as well as team affliation.  My wife is a huge Oakland Raiders fan, and so has a personal animus towards the Chiefs, Broncos and Chargers that bias' her against players on those teams.  I wanted to conduct a little social experiment to see what would happen if I took the names away and just left the stats?  Which of these QB's would you like to have on your team?

A. Starter for 6 years

Comp-1,672

Att-2,592

Comp %-64.5

Yards-20,834

Yds Per Pass-8.0

TD-149

INT-72

QB Rate-96.9

 

B. Starter for 8 years

Comp-1,930

Att-3,037

Comp %-63.5

Yards-24,285

Yds Per Pass-8.0

TD-163

INT-78

QB Rate-95.5

 

C. Starter for 8 years

Comp-2,291

Att-3,921

Comp %-58.4

Yards-27,579

Yds Per Pass-7.0

TD-185

INT-129

QB Rate-82.1

 

D. Starter for 7 years

Comp-1,137

Att-1,959

Comp %-58.0

Yards-12,543

Yds Per Pass-6.4

TD-68

INT-58

QB Rate-76.4

 
Category: NFL
Posted on: February 11, 2009 9:37 pm
 

T.O should be back, along with accountability...

Look, I'm a Cowboys fanatic who hates the hell out of Terrible Owens, but the idea he should be cut is moronic.  Besides the fact that we would be penalized his salery AND another 700,000 dollars on a team that is already low in cap space, who the hell is gonna step up and take his place?  Crayton?  He is the only player on the team who drops the ball more than T.O.  Roy Williams was a disappointment, and we have no idea how he will play in the upcoming season.  I like Stanback and Austin, but both have only been spot players and haven't had the attention of being a number one guy.  Playing in the safety of the shadows is drastically different than playing under the savage bright lights of Texas Stadium and the rabbid Dallas fans.  I wish them both luck, but wouldn't bet the farm on either of them.  T.O is still the best receiver on the team, and we need him to draw double teams in order to free up other players.  Tony Romo needs to step up and be a leader in the huddle, and cut out this cavalier attitude crap.  The smile and "aww shucks" way he answers questions about...well, ANYTHING, was alright his first two years, but the s**t has to stop now.  The kid needs to grow a set and tell Owens that the team doesn't go to the playoffs just because he catches 9 balls for 200 yards every game.  That cuts into spreading the ball around, which keeps the D guessing and also opens up the running game.  Wade Phillips and Jerry Jones need to stop coddling T.O as well, as the constant hand holding and a$$ kissing only fuels his madness.  If the whole team let T.O know just how they felt, he could either shape up, or pout, kill his chances of ever joining another team, and be out of a job.  Which would be sad, because i still think he has a few good years in him.  T.O is like Rasheed Wallace of the Detroit-basketball-Pistons;  they both could be dominant forces at their respective positions, but their attitude and sometimes lackluster performances and inability to hold themselves accountable for anything is what holds them back.  It ain't the media, or another player on their team who is jealous of their talent, it is their own ego.  Kill your ego, T.O, and help the Cowboys become more than a very popular joke on everyones lips.

Category: NFL
Tags: Cowboys, T.O
 
Posted on: January 26, 2009 9:52 pm
 

Even without second ring, Warner is a HOF'er...

 

Kurt Warner is a winner.  He may not be flashy like McNabb, or a Mac Truck like Big Ben, or a pretty boy celebrity like Romo, but he is a F'n GAMER!  Warner, when healthy, is a monster with the pigskin, and his career numbers prove it.  Even without a second ring, Warner's  stats put him on par with some of the legends of the game.  I randomly choose four HOF QB's to match Warner up with in order to prove my hypothesis.  These four are people who names are whispered with reverence and glee by fans all over.   I'm not trying to tarnish any of their names; I just want to illustrate how absolutely bad ass Kurt Warner is.

 

First lets put Warner up against someone who was in the league the same amount of years, Jim Kelly.   Kelly retired after 11 seasons, the same number Warner has now completed.   In those 11 seasons, Warner has played 50 less games than Kelly did, 160 to 110.  Warner has a better yards per game average than Kelly (221.7 to 259.9), and a better completion percentage (60.1 to 65.4).  Warner's QB rating blows Kelly's out of the water (84.4 to 93.8), and both went to four Pro Bowls.  The glaring difference is the amount of rings.  Kelly went to four Super Bowls and won none of them, while Warner is going to his third, and has a ring in his back pocket.  Once again, not trying to diss Jim Kelly; I think making it to a Super Bowl is a feat in itself, and making it to FOUR IN A ROW is a Herculean effort, but he didn't come away with any, so that is a factor.

 

Let's match Warner with my boy Troy next.  Aikman only played one more year than Warner, so we won't extend Kurt's stats to even out the years played.  Even with that extra year, Troy's stats don't blast  Warner's out of the water.  Aikman played 55 more games than Warner, but only leads him by about 4400 in career yardage.  With an average of 259.9 yards per game, it would take Warner 17 more games to edge out Troy.  While I don't think Kurt can play all 16 games in a season, he will surely sign a new two year deal in Arizona and have the chance to play 17 games in the next 32.   The QB rating's are vastly different, which you would think would be in Aikman's favor because of Emmitt, but Warner kills him (81.6 to 93.8). 

 

I'm not going to continue to break the stats down, because I hate when someone belabors the point.  You can see what I've posted and see for yourself.  Just realize that for many years, Warner was a backup for other people, and that it is also the Pro Football Hall of Fame, not just the NFL Hall of Fame.  Any pro numbers in Warner's favor should count.  But I think his NFL numbers get him in when you match him against some of the greats.  Anything else is just icing on a fantastic career.  And all this gushing from a man who, as a Cowboys fan, hates the Cardinals.  Just saying, is all.   

 

Troy Aikman career stats:

Yards per game: 199.6

Passing Yards: 32942

Completions/Attemps: 2898/4715

Completion %: 61.5

TD/INT: 165/141

TD %: 3.5

INT%: 3.0

QB rating: 81.6

Games played: 165

Years in NFL: 12

Overall record: 94-71-0

Pro Bowls: 6

Super Bowl record: 3-0

 

 

 

John Elway Career stats:

Yards per game: 220.0

Passing yards: 51475

Completions/Attemps: 4123/7250

Completion %: 56.9

TD/INT: 300/226

TD %: 4.1

INT%: 3.1

QB rating: 79.9

Games played: 234

Years in NFL: 16

Overall record: 148-82-1

Pro Bowls: 9

Super Bowl record: 2-3

 

 

Kurt Warner career stats:

Yards per game: 259.9

Passing yards: 28591

Completions/Attemps: 2327/3557

Completion %: 65.4

TD/INT: 182/114

TD %: 5.1

INT%: 3.2

QB rating: 93.8

Games played: 110

Years in NFL: 11

Overall record: 48-37-0

Pro Bowls: 4

Super Bowl record: 1-1

 

Steve Young career stats:

Yards per game: 196.0

Passing yards: 33124

Completions/Attemps: 2667/4149

Completion %: 64.3

TD/INT: 232/107

TD %: 5.6

INT%: 2.6

QB rating: 98.8

Games played: 169

Years in NFL: 15

Overall record: 94-49-0

Pro Bowls: 7

Super Bowl record: 1-0

 

Jim Kelly career stats:

Yards per game: 221.7

Passing yards: 35467

Completions/Attemps: 2874/4779

Completion %: 60.1

TD/INT: 237/175

TD %: 5.0

INT%: 3.7

QB rating: 84.4

Games played: 160

Years in NFL: 11

Overall record: 101-59-0

Pro Bowls: 4

Super Bowl record: 0-4

 

Category: NFL
Posted on: January 11, 2009 8:14 pm
 

I have a little hate in my heart for you Phillip!

It felt good, damn good, to just watch the Steelers paste the Chargers in their playoff game.  I try not to harbor hate in my heart for people, but there are a few figures that force me into my absolute irate emotions when it comes to them.  T.O, Randy Cross, Cris Collinsworth, John Madden, Jason Kidd, Trent Dilfer, Eli Manning...they all have a place in that dark part of my soul I try to hide away from others.  Phillip Rivers has slowly made his way into that place, which is fast becomming crowded in this "look at me" society.  I hate people who draw attention to themselves when they haven't achieved anything.  Phillips claim to fame is playing after having knee surgery.  Ok, cool, you get man points for that.  But many other players have done the same.  It's what you do when you are a professional.  You suck it up and you play through pain.  You got to work when you are sick and should be at home, you write that paper even though you'd rather be out with your friends, you do what you need to do.  CBS had a little featurette about Rivers before the game, with teammates talking about how "misunderstood" Rivers is and what a good teammate he is.  That's cool.  He ain't a good role model.  He says that he doesn't think his yelling and berating of other players isn't bad because he doesn't cuss and wouldn't be ashamed to tell his mother and wife what he is saying.  I'm sure your mother and wife wished you'd shut your F'n mouth and quit being an @$$ on national television.  That is what is embarassing.  Not the choice of language, but the fact that you act that way at all.  This is a team game, not about individuals.  You make the game about you when you step out of line to disrespect an opponant.  I saw a clip where he was yelling at a New England palayer to "act like you've been here before."  How about taking your own advice, son?  How about standing on the sidelines and taking your whippin' like a man, instead of getting in the faces of the Steelers players as they are beating you by double digits.  Be graceful, be respectful, and act like you've been there before.  Maybe you won't be such a douchebag.
Category: NFL
Posted on: January 8, 2009 1:00 pm
Edited on: January 8, 2009 1:01 pm
 

Better to lose with a puppet...

This is an open letter to my former favorite franchise owner, Jerry Jones.

Dear Jerry,

     Hi!  My name is Jamar, and I've grown up watching the Cowboys since I was a little kid, and I don't know my team anymore.  It seems when you went and got your face cut up to make you look young (it ain't working!), they gave you a lobotomy also.  Where in the league do you see a successful team that has only one person making the player decisions.  You said the best thing about being the owner and GM is that when you make a mistake with players you're not gonna fire yourself.  Are you F'n kidding me?  It takes a monumental ego to think that it's a good thing you can't be fired as the GM.  As a man with a monumental ego, even I know it's a good thing I don't have total immunity at my job.  I wouldn't do anything and would barely pay attention to anything that I was responsible for.  Accountability is everything.  No one man can make decisions this foundational to a team.  A bad player choice can affect a team for years to come (see the Lions for proof).  The best years you've had is when you had someone who would help you make choices.  You won 3 Super Bowls thanks to Jimmy Johnson (yeah Barry Switzer was the coach for the third, but the team was made up of Johnson's players so I'm counting it for him), and what have you done since running him out of town so you can play dressup with the NFL's talent pool.  You pick players who have no chemistry, personal problems, and limited talent.  Roy Williams from the Lions for all those draft picks?  In the middle of the season?  He wasn't even the best WR on his own team, but he's gonna come in the middle of a season and make a difference?  You are making this team a joke sir.  Get some help.  Parcells had cleaned up this team, and it was growing in talent, personal conduct on and off the field, and chemistry.  Then you introduced the cancer of T.O.  Cuz no one had seen that movie before, what could happen by adding him to this team.  You made the decision despite what Parcells wanted, and look what it's gotten you.  A loud-mouthed malcontent who stalks the sidelines looking for people to throw under the bus so he can hide the fact that his skills are declining and he can't handle press coverage.  He's mad that his QB is throwing the ball to other receivers.  I'm sure his QB is mad that it takes T.O 7 seconds to get off the line nowadays.  Get open quicker and the ball will come your way Owens.   

     Now, I know it's your team and your millions, but I as a fan who pay for merchandise and all the other fans lucky enough to live close enough to the team to buy tickets and watch them live, we pay a lot for these players also.  Without us, you would be marching Footballs' equivialent to the Florida Marlins out there.  The payroll would be a joke, and you couldn't have all these high priced primmadonnas running around Texas Stadium.  Find a GM, and help make decisions, cuz it works better that way.  Look at New England.  As much as people hail Belichick as a genius, Scott Pioli helps pick players.  How successful has that been?  I've forgotten...

     Please Jerry, please find a GM.  We fans are loyal, but we deserve a fighting chance, not a well paid group of choke artists *cough* Mets *cough*.  Give us a team that can win, not fall apart at the end of the season with regularity.  And get a coach who you can't walk all over, man.  That is also an F'n joke.  Wade Phillips?  Just like T.O, the movie has been written and we know how it ends.  I may have hated all my old football coaches, but they made me play had and I'm glad they did.  What fun is it to play for a softie and lose all the time?
Category: NFL
 
 
 
 
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