Thoughtful Analysis About the Washington Redskins
@aprilwalker14 Thanks for the comment, April. Cortland Finnigan is available. Interesting possibility ... if the price is right.
2 days, 9 hours ago on Champ Bailey, You Can't Go Home Again to the Redskins
@Yamster I suspect the tolerance and acceptance is in the 86% of those who will accept a gay player in the locker room ... because I do not believe that 86% of NFL players really accept gay people generally.
With the blow back some players experienced for intolerant tweets, the Incognito scandal and memos flying from NFL HQ, you will hear the "right" answers from players, not necessarily honest ones. And that's OK.
All are entitled to their opinion, but no one is entitled to hinder a player the boss hired to help win games, or to keep that player from developing the full potential of their talent, or to stand in the way of their income. Players DO get that part.
Just saying that acceptance and tolerance are not the same. A player may not like the development. Acceptance is all that is really required. (And yeah, maybe we are saying the same thing only in reverse.)
Employers of football players may not discriminate on sexual orientation. Teams haven't had to confront this before because no active player or prospect have come out and others who had their suspicions kept their mouths shut.
When Mike Sam came out, he outted the issue too. Know what? Pro sports has had a way of teaching us something about issues like this. Sam and the NFL will get along just fine.
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Disturbing: Poll finds that 14% of players WOULDN'T be OK with openly gay teammate
If Pitino and Izzo took the time to use social media enough understand it, they wouldn't have the time to win games. They would be fired for losing and then have lots of time on their hands to tweet as much as they want.See? Fox Sports Live got Pitino's out-of-context quote exactly right. Social media is for losers.
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Rick Pitino gets caught in the social media web
"I frankly expected the numbers to be much more in favor of tolerance and acceptability."
That's because you are young and outside the closed, testosterone-driven world of pro athletes. A few years ago, a number of pro athletes (more than 14% I'm sure) could not understand why there was so much anger directed at Michael Vick over dog-fighting. Vick may have been the only person up to then to be convicted and jailed on federal animal cruelty charges. It's a world of men and male-oriented view points tend to be extreme in the most aggressive of all team sports.
I read somewhere that 33% of everyone you meet just won't like you on general principle. 14% is probably too low as more players get blow back for expressing their opinion. You'll get the "right" survey answer now, not necessarily an honest one.
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Disturbing: Poll finds that 14% of players WOULDN'T be OK with openly gay teammate
@MarvinLewisMiracleWorker Meh. I hate when readers point out my errors and they turn out to be really there. Thanks. Fixed.
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Biz Blitz: NFL says Richie Incognito AND Mike Pouncey guilty as hell of harassment
Norv is still coaching? :-p
2 weeks, 6 days ago on New Vikings OC Norv Turner Already on Hot Seat
The issues you raise about minor league teams apply equally to women's team sports. One does not need to do a study to know there's a huge gap in viewership for NCAA women's basketball compared to men.
3 weeks, 5 days ago on Why College Sports Prevail Over Minor Leagues: Brands Matter
This is not the first cold weather Super Bowl. It's the first to be played in an uncovered stadium. Super Bowls have become corporate events as ticket prices become out of reach for ordinary fans. As long as corporate suites sell out, the NFL could sell a Super Bowl in Siberia. Corporations, however, would rather entertain clients in warm weather locales where golfing and fishing is more comfortable.
1 month, 1 week ago on Should this be the only cold-weather Super Bowl in NFL history?
The typical corporate p.r. response is to spend $$$ on the thing you are accused of being against. Watch n see.
2 months ago on 10 Best Things We Learned from Chris Kluwe Calling Mike Priefer a Bigot
Typical corporate response is to spend $$$ in support of the thing you were accused of being against. Lets watch n see, shall we.
@aprilwalker14That awkward moment when venting is all that's left.
2 months, 1 week ago on Excitement for the Redskins comes Monday, not Sunday
I wonder if Redskins fans have an appetite for "slow-but-steady" right now?
2 months, 1 week ago on Peace at the end of the 5 stages of Redskins grief.
That's as good a prescription as any, I guess. Special teams and defense are far bigger problems than Washington's 9th-best offense for total yards, 5th-best rushing yards.
@jjanlitt44 Interesting that you are ready to dump Eli yet keep Coughlin. Just sayin'.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Time for the Giants to replace Eli Manning?
Could air the Frosty the Snowman Christmas special.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on The NFL could move the Super Bowl to Monday or Tuesday night
This weird is a top to bottom team failure, with top being the head coach/executive vp and bottom being the water boy.
There is some thought that RG did not move in unison with his line and took avoidable hits. We are just re-balancing from last year when RG made everybody look better than they were. But, ask your question in January when we know what scheme the new coach brings. Line could have good pieces for zone blocking west coast offense. It does not have the bulk for a Joe Gibbs-style downfield offense.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Pro Football Focus: The Redskins have the best tackles in the NFL
@aprilwalker14Why yes. Yes you did.
Laugh to keep from crying, April.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on The Redskins and the Texans, brothers in failure. Lets blame the Shanahans
While I do not disagree with you, moving Kirk leaves no one left to push RG to better performance when that's precisely what he needs most right now.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Hold your breath and grip your armrests as Kirk Cousins starts for the Redskins
Solid O-linemen do not hit free agency. Serviceable linemen do. They bring you what Chris Chester and Kory Lichtensteiger bring. We do not have a No. ! Draft pick in '14. We have Robert, so we will not get another Trent Williams or Chris Samuels in the Draft.. Bobby Beathard was a genius at making the Hogs out of free agents and low Draft picks. Bobby ain't here no more.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Today, the Redskins are all about Kirk Cousins and his future ‒ where ever it is