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@lil_bit_special Baseball is NOT the "National Pastime" any longer. Surely you've noticed. People don't sit around TV sets watching the games. And I say this as a die-hard baseball fan. It just doesn't hold sway like it once did. When I say "go the way of baseball" I mean that casual fans of the NFL will not care so much anymore. People will find something else to do on Sunday afternoons other than watch a tainted game. I know my friends and my friends' friends feel the same way I do. If you feel otherwise, good for you. Keep watching...
1 month ago on Conversation @ http://bloguin.com/thisgivensunday/2014-articles/roger-goodell-played-god-and-lost.html
@lil_bit_special - As a matter of fact, I don't watch the NFL. The games are almost as boring as NBA games. The only few minutes worth watching are the last 3-5 of a close game, and they're almost always close enough to keep a fan's attention. BTW, I don't believe that's accidental, either. The QBs will soon be wearing flags around their waist to avoid being hit at all. They are the NFL's equivalent of the AL's designated hitter in baseball - half a ball player. The players' behavior is atrocious (not that I believe Goodell has handled punishment fairly or equitably), but that's endemic with all professional sports. And, sadly, it's quickly spreading to college athletics I don't go to games, and I don't buy apparel. I read about the on-field and off-field intrigues via the internet or newspapers and magazines - not the sensationalist crap that comes from ESPN.
I do't believe in boycotts. If people need to be persuaded to effect change, we all know that's a pipe dream. Too much money changes hands every week.
You're right - I don't have ALL the facts. But I'm not so naive or stupid that I can't use inductive and/or deductive reasoning to put together likely scenarios. In a perfect world, people like Roger Goodell wouldn't be allowed to further water down an already soggy sport, and would act as an arbiter instead of a dictator. But other interests are involved, and it's doubtful that the owners will do anything. As I said, however, they SHOULD do something. Otherwise, the most popular sport in the U.S. will go the way of baseball.
1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://bloguin.com/thisgivensunday/2014-articles/roger-goodell-played-god-and-lost.html
Goodell is a hypocrite with a huge, self-inflated ego. He's a bane to both the players and the owners. The latter should have him removed at the NFL owners' annual post-season meetings, or perhaps have a special meeting before then and install an interim Commissioner until their regular session.
What is "malformed content"? I didn't curse, verbally assault anyone, or take the Lord's name in vain. If making a comment that the moderators might not agree with is "malformed", I'll leave it to others to say what they want to hear.
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2 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/another-weei-show-took-a-terrible-shot-at-erin-andrews.html
@jpk0721 Just a heads-up - when you put words in quotation marks attributing those quotes to others, you are quoting someone directly, inferring that said person made those statements verbatim. You have done this multiple times regarding statements I made that weren't mine, Someone who took offense (and I don't, because I find you and your comments laughable) could sue you for libel. And they would win.
@jpk0721 Now you're putting words in my mouth again. I never said they are a waste of human life. I said they are a waste of time in their jobs.
And what is your hard-on for FOX?
I have said repeatedly that it has to do with revenue, and not insight. Should I draw you a picture?
Still, they are useless to most fans. Read the blogs I referred you to and you'll learn something. Maybe...
There is no having a rational conversation with you. I won't try any longer.
@jpk0721 Read a few blogs about sideline reporters. The NFL isn't going to come out and say, " Because we want attractive women that men will pay a few extra seconds of attention to broadcasts." Do you honestly believe that they're that honest (and stupid)? You want a reference to something that will be plausibly denied. You're dumber than I originally gave you credit for being.
THAT'S why I can't carry this conversation any further. You want facts when no one in their right mind will admit to them.
And I never said it was an "NL mandate". I said the NFL wants them, and they do. And the networks happily oblige by having moronic but attractive women ask stupid questions that coaches and players alike do their best to avoid.Are you that stupid?
@jpk0721 Where do networks bidding for NFL packages have anything to do with sideline reporters? You're arguing apples an oranges. More to the point, you're arguing for the sake of being contrary.
Nothing you have said refutes my point that sideline reporters are superfluous and add nothing to the broadcast. More explicitly, you haven't said anything to make Erin Andrews' (or her colleagues') jobs appear more important than they are, which is to say totally unimportant. But you keep on going, just like the Energizer Bunny. Have at it, man. The floor is yours, now and forever.
@jpk0721 As to Andrews' preparation - you watch the first half and come up with a pertinent question or two. Most armchair fans can do that.
What FOX, or any other network, pays sideline reporters (and it's not THAT much) doesn't translate to their usefulness. Ever watch Jay Carney do a WH presser? He got paid well, and he served no good purpose.
What the nets do, and how they do it, is as much speculation on your part as it is mine.
Ratings for football games have absolutely nothing to do with sideline reporters, and who gets the Super Bowl is rotated by the NFL, and not based on ratings so I don't have any idea where you're going with that.
The fact is that sideline reporters are NOT a necessary component of the broadcast, and ALL of the so-called reporters leave a great deal to be desired - Andrews more than most. Were it not for the stalker, she would probably be unemployed, or doing weather for a local station.
I don't care to waste any more time discussing what I consider to be an underwhelming part of football broadcasts any longer, but thanks for your opinion. And, like my own, it's just an opinion.
@jpk0721 I take it your either an Erin Andrews fan or a fan of 'sideline reporters'. Same difference. Andrews, and her ilk, are useless. It doesn't help that their colleagues are just as useless. They are all superfluous to the game.
You failed to read my entire comment. I said this was an NFL mandate and that the networks tried to do what they could to kiss the league's ass. Sideline reporters are a waste, and with the exception of a very few people like you, everyone realizes that. And Erin Andrews sucks at job that requires little preparation.
Sorry you feel otherwise. The truth hurts.
Erin Andrews sucks at her 'job', such that it is. In general, sideline reporters are the ladies who get ignored as the coaches leave the field at halftime and after the game. Perhaps if they asked a pertinent question they would get a little more respect. I blame the NFL - they wanted eye candy somewhere in the broadcast and the networks made up this useless position. Still, it would show some responsibility on the part of these women if they tried to come up with real questions for the coaches.
@HOVG You can play semantic games all you want, but in the context of this discussion, bigot means racial bigot. Deny it all you want, but that's what you meant.
I'm done with this. It's going nowhere, because you can't seem to admit what you implied.
Have a great day!
5 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://hallofverygood.com/
@HOVG Not every reply is trolling. You're just shooting for the lowest bar. You must hate intelligent responses. Newsflash for you - that's not trolling. Your skin is way too thin to maintain a blog. I'll not respond to anything else you have to say. I DO enjoy intelligent debate, and you don't offer it.
@HOVG You don't have to say the word. You inferred it - more than once. How about, "Then again, when you’re stuck in the time warp he seemingly is..." and "Here’s my favorite/least favorite part, dude ends his blatherings by quoting, of all people, wait for it…Martin Luther King Jr." And so what I he didn't call it the "I have a Dream " speech? Apparently, only you seem bothered by that. People knew what he was referring to, just like they know what you were referring to.
Oh, BTW, wee don't hear about Puig in Redneckville. Unless he's making an ass of himself. So I guess we do hear about him - just not about baseball.
5 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://hallofverygood.com/2014-articles/yasiel-puig-launches-his-own-website.html
Now, if he could only learn English...and how to drive.
@HOVG And referring to John Rocker s my 'beloved' is clear proof that you have an agenda that includes Rocker (and, by association, myself) as racists.
Grow the fuck up.
@HOVG You implied it. Why don't you let people have an opinion without inferring that racism is behind any comment? If anything, Aaron made the racist statement. Ever heard of black conservatives? I'm guessing not.
@HOVG Same shit, different day. Free speech applies to EVERONE. Besides, Rocker didn't say anything that was controversial. He called out someone for their hypocrisy. It's a shame you have a double standard. You might see that.
BTW, I like Hank Aaron. I've been a Braves fan since they came to Atlanta. I hated that he was treated the way he was when he was chasing Ruth's record. But that doesn't give him carte blanche to demonize all conservatives. And that's exactly what he's doing. Did it ever dawn on Aaron that Obama sucks as president, regardless of color? Of course not. He's black, and all blacks are perfect in his short-sighted opinion. Obama is a poor leader, no matter what color he is.
6 months ago on Conversation @ http://hallofverygood.com/
When that idiot VP Biden said that JFK airport resembled a third world country where were you? Pick on Rocker all you want, but liberals are just as guilty. In fact, they aren't guilty. There's nothing wrong with telling the truth. Only the 'politically correct' see something wrong with honesty.
You would see anything John Rocker said as racist. All he did was turn the words of one person back on them. Rocker isn't racist. He's a realist.
Aaron Murray's arm strength is a question? Surely you jest. Look at the game films again - he has arm strength AND passing touch. He didn't break all of Peyton Manning's records short-arming the ball. UGA didn't even have a screen pass play for the first 3 years he started.
6 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://bloguin.com/thisgivensunday/2014-articles/qb-rankings-of-the-2014-nfl-draft.html
You put Evan Gattis in with this group? He was a fill-in player all year long in 2013. To claim the Braves expect him to replace McCann is ludicrous. They just want what they got last year - nothing more, nothing less. They even have a veteran catcher to bail him out.
6 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://bloguin.com/theoutsidecorner/
Great piece. Enjoyable read.
7 months ago on Conversation @ http://bloguin.com/runthefloor/2014-articles/the-10-biggest-stories-of-the-ncaa-tournament.html
@bharvey67 - Sure sounds like you're condoning his behavior. If concussions made people rapists, the country would be replete with sexual predators using that as their defense. As for substance abuse, that's a possibility but it has nothing to do with his football talent or his career in the NFL. He's just another monster - pure and simple.
7 months, 2 weeks ago on Darren Sharper reportedly bragged about raping women
The 'controversy' over the Braves' cap was overblown. The media made a lot of hay over something that fans really had no concerns with. PC sensitivity has gotten out of hand. Regardless, this new 'old' cap works well.
8 months, 2 weeks ago on New Era releases new alternate caps for Braves, White Sox, Blue Jays
@Ronk25 The fix has been in for a while now. I know who's going to the Super Bowl already - SF and Denver. Mark my words.
9 months, 1 week ago on This weekend in NFL stupid
The officials are making the replacement refs from last year look like their equals.
10 months ago on This weekend in NFL stupid
The facemask mauling of Matt Ryan was an egregious non-call. How could the officials miss that.
10 months, 4 weeks ago on This weekend in NFL stupid
This guy is engaging in some serious denial. I don't believe Selig has been good for the game overall, but he's spot-on about the PED problem.
11 months ago on Alex Rodriguez took part in a surreal interview with Mike Francesa on Wednesday
The QB COULD have done things differently, but that doesn't excuse the officials doing the WRONG thing. Fact is, the refs blew it, and confounded the situation by allowing the clock to tick away. They should err on the side of caution when in doubt.
1 year, 1 month ago on Arizona State 32, Wisconsin 30: Curious Set of Circumstances Cost Badgers Shot at a Win
@Jack from Dallas - If they're really concerned about correct grammar, they could use "RsBI", since that's what it means when spoken aloud. I agree that they sound ridiculous when they do the "RBI" thing, but I've gotten so sick of SC that I don't even know who the anchors are any longer.
1 year, 1 month ago on Shaking my head at SportsCenter
Some people really give a shit?
1 year, 2 months ago on Brian Wilson Offered Money to Shave Beard
There is no benefit to the U.S. to remain in the Middle East, and the situation is too complicated to be navigated without compromising our principles. Already we've fought on the same side with al Qaeda (in Libya) at the same time we were fighting against their agents in Afghanistan. That's just a fundamentally flawed situation.
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What exactly is offensive about this? Who got hurt? People who shouldn't be in this country to begin with? So what if you disagree with him? He has a right to his opinion, and the PC crowd should back off. Chipper represents Chipper, and no one else. If the Braves organization has a problem with his comment, then maybe Chipper needs to disassociate himself from them. I've been a season ticket holder, but I'll rethink my position if they make a stink over this.
1 year, 4 months ago on Chipper Should Leave Comedy to the Professionals
It was a baseball fight. They happen. I don't think it reflects a lack of class on either organization. Individually, a couple of people showed their asses, though. Most notable was Matt Kemp. If he had shut up and gone back to his position there wouldn't have been a part II of the fracas. And Jerry Hairston, Jr. had no business coming out of the dugout to help instigate the second act.
1 year, 6 months ago on Greinke, Kemp, Quentin ejected after brawl in San Diego | April | 2013 Articles
Non-story. He cussed - big freaking deal.
1 year, 7 months ago on Presumably Warren Sapp Swears At Belichick Overkill On NFL Network | March | 2013
Like you, I think Richt is learning, and adapting. Recruiting came easy when he first came to the school because he was new and popular. He doesn't have those built-in advantages any longer. But he's shown he CAN adapt. What other SEC school has been to the last two conference championship games? Granted, we didn't win, but the point is that we made it there. Oh, people will point to UGA's schedule, but the fact is that Bama didn't have to play UF, Vanderbilt, South Carolina, or Georgia in the regular season last year. The same argument could apply to them, too. Had they played just two of those teams, it's possible that they wouldn't have been in the championship game. And what about the years when UGA DID play in the SECCG and had a tougher schedule? Do we ignore those times?
Bottom line - no matter who is on your squad, it's up to the staff to coach them up. If nothing else, Dooley taught us that UGA can win with lesser talent, and do it consistently. He fielded competitive teams long before the Glory Years. Matter of fact, he became a victim of his success after that, to my mind.
We'll be fine. The talent already at the school is enough to offset one average recruiting class. It can't become the norm, though.
1 year, 8 months ago on Downer Dawg Pans Richt Raise | February | 2013 Articles
I don't doubt that UGA would love to land a class of 5-star recruits every year, but it's tough to sell a kid on instant playing time when it's just not there, or when it might threaten team chemistry. Losing out on some recruits is to be expected when you don't have the built-in advantage of tradition. Very few schools are able to re-load every year like that. Some kids will be more patient for their chance at Bama, ND, USC, etc., just because they get to be part of that team's legacy. Realistically, UGA doesn't have that kind of tradition to sell. To be sure, we're not the Sisters of the Poor, either. We have a lot of good things available for kids to take advantage of. We need to make a better effort to reach them with what we have.
There are definitely ways that Richt can re-vamp his recruiting tactics. Losing Rodney Garner may be the jump-start he needed to do that. He had been at UGA a long time, and it's easy to become stagnant when your recruiting coordinator becomes too entrenched. I like Garner, but I believe the change will be best for him and the University. We'll have to see about that.
Whatever we do, I don't want us to be seen as taking advantage of the recruits. That has a way of biting schools in the ass. Over-signing a recruiting class, a Saban staple, is one of those things I'd just as soon the Dawgs avoid. I want UGA to maintain their integrity AND win. If we do both, a NC can wait, as far as far I'm concerned. It WILL happen, just not as quickly as others seem to want. We just may be that one play, or player, short for a little longer than they would like.
That's better parts 'of the team'...
Sorry about the typo.
I agree with you, too, about what the payoff should be. As an example, while the 2007 edition of the Dawgs was good, nearly great, and came within a whisker of playing for the NC, they were characterized, to me, by a mentality and behavior that were not indicative of Richt's earlier teams. Just my opinion, but that behavior almost brought the Richt era to an end, It carried over to the next couple of seasons, when their talent wasn't able to hold up their swagger. The team, and Richt, were humbled by the experience.
Also, even if UGA were to dismiss Richt, who will the University bring in to replace him. Even IF Meyer, Saban, Spurrier, etc. expressed an interest (they wouldn't, of course) I would not want any of them leading our program because they aren't indicative of how I want my alma mater to be represented. I disagree with their attitudes now - why would I possibly want them to lead our football team?
The recruiting wasn't up to the standards that Richt has previously achieved this past year, but I believe it's because he's learned that if you recruit blue chip talent year-in, year-out, you have to make room for them to play. Sometimes, when the blueprint for success is already there and the better part of the parts are in place it's not wise to disturb the chemistry. Richt addressed the team's weaknesses, and I think he'll continue to do so on as-needed basis.
We're definitely on the right track to get what everyone ultimately wants, and to maintain the University's integrity while getting it.
I agree with you about Donnan. He also had a problem beating our traditional rivals. Going 9-3, 8-4 or 10-2 but losing to Tech, UF, and Auburn almost every year wore the faithful down. His legal problems were unforeseen, but his problems with the alumni were well-known. I was more patient than most because of the unfortunate Ray Goff years (BTW, I like the guy, too - heand Matt Robinson were great for us in the mid '70s as players, and he was an amiable man as coach), but I saw the tension. With UGA beind a top 10 program, we're better off than most in the instant gratification era. Imagine if we were in Washington's or Colorado's shoes lately. Even Nebraska, a perennial top 5 team under Osborne, has stumbled since he left as coach, although him coming back as AD helped a little. We're both old fashioned, if a belief in patience and loyalty puts us in that category. Like I said, I believe in our program's direction under Mark Richt, and I think we'll get the payoff we're all wanting if we stay the course.
I didn't read the other comments before posting my own. Perhaps I should have, because it looks like I plagiarized. At least my opinion is shared by others. And, as far as the comment about the late '80s and 'the '90s being a period of mediocrity, I agree with that, too. I graduated in 1987, and was unfortunate to have been right behind the glory years of Herschel Walker and the rest of the outstanding players that made them so great. The cupboard was just beginning to refill before Richt ratcheted up the program drastically. Immediately prior to Richt's arrival at UGA, Jim Donnan went 49-19, winning all four of his bowl games, and he was fired. Most programs are satisfied winning 72% of their football games (62.5% in the SEC), but UGA apparently isn't most programs. The expectations at Georgia are ridiculously high. I'm not saying they shouldn't be, but expectations should be tempered by reality just a little bit. Richt has won almost 75% of his games, among the nation's best in that regard. And he runs a fairly tight ship - few programs suspend or dismiss their players for identical rules violations. I believe that Richt deserves a some slack.
At the end of the season only one HC gets to say that he coached the National Championship team. And at the end of a career only a few more will be able to make that claim. The rest get to point at their overall records. I think that Richt is doing fine. Yes, the Dawgs could have had a better season but, again, every team but one has that same albatross around their necks. Richt's season average is about 10-3 and he's 8-4 in bowl games, both better than the numbers that Vince Dooley put up. He has just one less NC than Dooley, and I'm sure that he'll pick up one or more of those before he's done at UGA. Tom Osborne didn't win a national title until his 22nd season at Nebraska, Joe Paterno got his first in his 17th season, and Bobby Bowden didn't win one until his 18th season at FSU (25th at a major university). Bo Schembechler NEVER won one while at Michigan, and he's not the only coaching legend with that distinction by any stretch of the imagination I'll take Richt's body of accomplishments with the Dawgs over someone like Gene Chizik's resume at Auburn any day, despite the latter having won a national title in his short tenure there. Richt and UGA are a good fit, and they both will be continue to be fine together over the long haul. Maybe even the near future will bring that national title that the alumni and fans are so hungry for. It certainly looks bright enough.
Manti grew a beard and no one saw it.
1 year, 9 months ago on Manti Te'o talked about his girlfriend's passing at the Heisman Trophy presentation after finding out it was a hoax
@kdun461 Well, if Tom Jackson was extremely upset they should have just strung Rush up right then and there. Tom Jackson is a horse's ass. Who gives a shit how he feels? And as far as Rush's "history" of divisive comments, that's really up to the person listening. Many people think his comments were true, though not particularly popular. He never said anything that could be construed as racist; people just didn't want to hear it.
1 year, 10 months ago on Rob Parker suspended 30 days, "enhanced editorial oversight" for First Take
@hookedonsports I couldn't have said it better. Kudos...