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Posts Tagged ‘NFL’

So How’s That NFL Personal Conduct Policy Working for You?

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The NFL has maintained that it will continue to enforce the personal conduct policy during the player lockout. Not that it would need to, because the players have been on their best behavior during negotiations. (NOT.)

Aqib Talib from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is the latest to go on the list of players who have been arrested. The Bucs said that they are “deeply troubled” by the charges but that “Due to current labor circumstances, we will withhold any further comment or action.”

After all, what can they say? Talib is now the sixth player arrested since the lockout began. There is a nice, tidy list at Fox that shows the arrests since the lockout. They include:

Chris Cook (Vikings) – for “brandishing a gun during a verbal altercation with a neighbor.”

Bryan McCann (Cowboys) – who was arrested after a “public intoxication” charge.

Johnny Jolly (Packers) – Yes, I’m biased and actually think the Packers have a great group of guys now. They seem… gentlemanly. But Jolly is the odd man out in that group because he was just busted for “allegedly possessing 600 grams of codeine syrup in his Cadillac Escalade.” He was gone all of last year (suspended) for personal conduct violations.

Then there are the two guys who just had to call attention to themselves by cranking their music super loud:

Jason Peters (Eagles) – arguably the least troublesome of offenders, who merely “violated the city’s loud music policy” in Shreveport. However, he did resist arrest. DOH!

Mario Henderson (Raiders) – apparently loud music is a problem with NFLers. Oh, that and driving around with guns that they don’t have permits for. (Which makes me suggest that if you are going to drive around with a gun in your car for which you do not have a permit, maybe you should call less attention to yourself and keep your music at a dull roar.)

Players have been arguing that the NFL owners are not treating them like equal business partners, but when you see arrests like this it just hurts their case. Business owners do not act like this, because if they do they are quickly put out of business.

Philadelphia Eagles Season Ticket Shakedown

Well, the NFLPA is decertifying, the lockout is upon us, and there hardly is anything more to say about the subject.  It becomes a period of watching and waiting to see which group of exceedingly greedy and selfish professional sports groups blinks first.  While I previously have written about how fans feel (generally) about this matter in NFL Determined to Throw Fans for a Loss, it only just occurred to me to give at least one fan a forum to let loose about the unmitigated gall and greed of these organizations.

The whole 2011 season ticket invoicing scheme from most, if not all, of the NFL teams is just starting to make it’s run around the sports talk shows and publications.  Here is an angry email I received from a Philadelphia Eagles’ season-ticket holder, Mr. Robert Whalon, and I reprint it with his permission.  Mr. Whalon brings some serious heat and anger, and it’s a rage that is undoubtedly stoking the angry fire of fans across the nation.  It’s a well-written flame-fest directed at the Philadelphia Eagles and apropos to the entire NFL.

See the Philadelphia Eagles Greed after the jump >>

Players: Top 10 NFL Lockout Money Saving Ideas

It is a bad economy and the NFL Lockout is a foregone conclusion.  Despite the allegation of “progress” leading to this extension period, it’s very important that these NFL players take a long look at their budgets and find ways to both cut back and supplement their incomes during a prolonged NFL lockout.

With that in mind, I offer the NFL players my Top 10 NFL Lockout Money-Saving Ideas to help them manage through this difficult time.

Champagne tastes on a lockout budget?

Time to lay off of the Cristal for a while. Martini & Rossi Asti Spumante is at least 90% cheaper than the least expensive bottle of Cristal and you’ll still get just as trashed.

Lay-off the Posse.

Dudes, you know these guys are just hangers-on who are livin’ large off your hard work. You’ve seen how it’s done during the summer. It’s time to trim that roster down to say, oh… 53-men, just like NFL cuts. That’s still way more than enough lip-service telling you how great you are, how “you da’man” with a big grin and their hands out. Lose the entourage. You have enough mouths to feed with all of those children you’ve left in your wake.

More money saving ideas after the jump >>

Another NFL Suicide: Dave Duerson Begs for Brain Testing

With the recent efforts by the National Football League to crack down on head-hunting and brutal hits on defenseless players – sad is the news of Dave Duerson’s suicide.  Duerson was found dead in his home located in Sunny Isles Beach, Florida.  Dave Duerson apparently shot himself in the chest.

In a strange and sobering twist, he chose to send a text message to his family prior to taking his own life.  In it, he informed his family that he wanted his brain used for research at the Boston University School of Medicine. I presume that he was all-too-aware of the impact his professional playing career may have had on the depth of his feelings of despair before leaving this world.  Left behind are his three sons and daughter born of his marriage to ex-wife, Alicia Duerson.

More on Dave Duerson after the jump >>

NFL Determined to Throw Fans for a Big Loss

Well, the cancellation of the latest negotiations meeting between the NFL and Players Union is a cold water splash in the face of all of the fans of professional football.  Make no mistake about this folks – there is going to be an NFL lockout and it’s going to affect next season.  It wouldn’t shock me if it lasted into next season.

Your loss.  It’s a big one, too.

The 2010 NFL Season will be remembered as one chock-full of it’s usual level of excitement, controversy, surprises and one that ended with a very exciting Superbowl XVL.  The Green Bay Packers defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 31-25 in a game fit to be called – SUPER.

It already seems like ages ago given what is confronting every football fan in the world.

The NFL Lockout is upon us and there isn’t a damned thing you can do to stop the madness.  As we sit back and watch the billionaires ratchet-up their battle with the multi-millionaires, I can’t help but not care any less about them fighting over a billion-dollar gap in their negotiations.  What do I care about?  I care about all those people whose lives depend on their employment – those that don’t get $20-million signing bonuses and a game check that is worth more than most will earn in a decade.  You don’t notice those people, but they’re all around you.  They’re the people who work in and around the stadium (security teams, vendors, maintenance crews)… the people who work in the restaurants if you’re fortunate enough to have one of those newer palatial estates owned by the billionaires and paid for primarily by your tax dollars in many cities… and think of all of the local businesses in and around the stadiums and beyond where fans of all sorts funnel in on game day or game night.  I’ve seen estimates that put the losses for the NFL cities during the NFL lockout at somewhere between $100-million and $200-million in revenue.

More NFL fans losing it after the jump >>

Expert Super Bowl Predictions! Who’s Taking Home The Trophy?

Super Bowl Parade

Who's Going to Disney World?

Today we feature Super Bowl predictions from the Intentional Foul team of experts and predictions on how many time Brett Favre will show up. Enjoy!

Cherie Burbach

5 Reasons the Packers Will Win Super Bowl 45

Aaron Rodgers
I’ll admit that when Rodgers first took over as quarterback for the Packers, I thought all the talk about him being “elite” and at the “top of league” was way too early. Now, three years later, he’s becoming the quarterback fans hoped he would be. This year he silenced critics with his three playoff wins (all on the road), which is incidentally the number Brett Favre had in his entire career. Also, in Favre’s last ten years with the Packers he only won three playoff games total, and Rodgers did that this year alone.

Predictions from all of our experts (and almost experts) after the jump >>

3 Things That Would Bring More Viewers Than the Pro Bowl

The Pro Bowl is on this weekend….. (chirping)……

Exactly. Who cares?

Despite nearly every person I talk to saying that they do not care about the Pro Bowl, the NFL said “12.3 million viewers” tuned in to watch. In fact, it was the most-watched Pro Bowl in ten years.

I can’t believe it. Were people watching the entire game? Was there really nothing else on? No Top Chef? No Murder, She Wrote?

Personally, I don’t really watch the Pro Bowl. Not watch it, like a regular game, type thing. I might tune in to see a play, shrug, and turn it off. I think the Pro Bowl is important as far as the popularity contest aspect. It’s nice to get riled up when a favorite player doesn’t make it in. It’s good recognition for those that do. But watch the actual game? No way. In fact, here are three things I think would gather more viewers than the Pro Bowl game.

The NFL Has Talent anyone? >>

Jay Cutler NFC Championship Game: Another Viewpoint

My esteemed writing colleague, Cherie Burbach, wrote about the Jay Cutler debacle as created by the media, judgmental football viewers, and others in her article, Who Gets to Judge Jay Cutler? In keeping with the “Jay Quitler” theme, the story lays out all of the NFL twitterheads’ comments and the prevailing opinions of others regarding what people believe Jay Cutler should have done.  I come at this entire situation from the other side.  My contention is that what people who would comment about what Jay Cutler should have done – is:  “can it”.

The reality is simple, none of us, NFL players included, could possibly have known the extent of Jay Cutler’s injury and its impact on his ability to effectively play out the rest of the NFC Championship game.  In this day-and-age of instant feedback – we can’t stop people from shooting their collective mouths off about such experiences.  It’s especially humorous coming from those of us who have never played a meaningful down of high performance football in our lives.  Frankly, it’s alarming that it would come from fellow union members in the NFLPA.

Another reality is this:  Short of a Chicago Bears comeback win with Jay Cutler at the helm, there was no good ending for this for him.

1 – He leaves the game or is pulled from the game by staff.  We all know how that turned out already.  It involves uninformed and unnecessary criticism of Jay Cutler before the facts are ever revealed.

2 – He stays in and plays poorly.  He gets criticized, as he sometimes deserves, for his erratic play and he has “choked” in a big post-season game.

3 – He stays in and plays poorly and it’s later revealed that he has a severe knee injury, now known to be a grade 2 sprain of his medial collateral ligament with a partial tear.  He and/or the training staff are vilified for allowing him to remain in the game and sink the team’s chances to win the NFC Championship Game.

Hurray for Jay Cutler.  He loses anyone you slice it if he doesn’t win this game, regardless of the circumstances.  Why?  Because we allegedly know better – what, with all of our knowledge and NFL experience.  In the words of Chicago Bears General Manager, Jerry Angelo, “I think it’s crap.”

Why we should leave Cutler alone after the jump >>