Friday, October 24, 2014

Week 7 Fine Blotter

  • Indianapolis Colts:  Erik Walden, $27,652 for physical contact with the official and subsequent ejection.
  • The ejection on Carolina's Luke Kuechly was declared improper -- he was actually being restrained by an official blind to him and threw an elbow, thinking it was a Green Bay Packer.  Kuechly was not fined as a result.
  • St. Louis Rams:  Brian Quick, $8,268 for unnecessary roughness.
There may be further updates, but, as of about 5:30 PM PDT Friday, that's all I can find.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

More Truth No One Wants To Hear

This is what is left of Jacobbi McDaniels' helmet after his Cleveland Browns debut against the Jacksonville Jaguars:

Jacobbi McDaniel

If the OUTSIDE of the helmet is that damaged, what's to make of the head which was INSIDE it?

From David Fleming, who says it better than I can:

"All in all, I counted 15 different marks of every shape, size, depth and direction, including: a horizontal tear on the gray facemask; a thick, weird smudge near the right temple; two long tire skid marks that dead end into a deep tear of the brown stripe decal that runs down the center of the helmet; a cavernous divot of plastic near the Browns nameplate; a shooting-star gash above the right eye that looked like the work of an expressionist painter; and on and on and on. And when you begin to think about the shear amount of force, torque and close-quarter violence needed to carve such a strange script into such a strong material, McDaniel's helmet becomes almost mesmerizing, like an orange crystal ball.

Ultimately, though, it was those other-worldly Freddy Krueger-like claw marks down the right front side of the helmet -- the ones that reminded me of the equipment guy in Green Bay, who said that after good games Clay Matthews' helmet looks like it had been attacked by a rabid pack of bobcats -- that spurred me to track down McDaniel. Turns out, the guy with a 2013 criminology degree from FSU was just as fascinated as I was by the football forensics left behind on his helmet. Really, that's why he tweeted out a picture of his helmet. It tells a story. His story."

Took two plays for a helmeted collision with an opposing guard.

Later in the first drive, another facemask-to-facemask shot.

The hits are so violent, the screws on opposing helmets gouge into each other's helmets.

But some of the best evidence the game needs to be shut down comes from McDaniel's own mouth:

""Naw man, I don't worry about my brain," McDaniel insists. "That helmet shows I went out there and did my job. That's all. When I posted the picture, a bunch of people from back home [in Madison, Florida] said, 'Hey, that's exactly what your helmet used to look like in high school.'""

McDaniels was returned to Cleveland's practice squad after the 24-6 loss.
If this doesn't get some of these programs shut down, NOTHING WILL.

Eighteen years of fraudulent classes in the African-American Studies Department (1992-2009).

Over three thousand students involved -- prominently, though not completely, from the football and men's basketball programs.

The semester after the fraud who was running the A-A Studies Department retired, the average GPA of the football team was barely eligible at 2.12, and a decade-long low.

When Roy Williams became men's basketball coach, he actively, seeing what was going on, tried to get his academic people to get his players out of that major, according to the USA Today report.

The NCAA has reserved comment.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Two Offensive Stories: They may not appear related, but they are...

I was wondering when they might sneak this through, but the Dallas Cowboys cut Michael Sam from their practice squad today.

I'm becoming more and more suspicious that this 6-1 run is not only a means to push Jerry Jones and Tony Romo, but to create exactly what took place today?

Evidence:  Dallas, in recent years past, could not find a defense of any kind with a GPS system.

So why, pray tell, all of a sudden, when they put Michael Sam on their practice squad, even though they only have one sack a game this season, that they are 12th in yards against in the passing game and 16th on the ground?

Someone was trying to lock him out, and they fucking succeeded.


A second offensive story, which corroborates the story in Mother Jones during the NFL crises of the wife of former NFL center Adam Treu, surfaced Monday.

Two NFL wives (one of whom refuses to identify herself, both for fear of retribution from the league and from her former husband, who still plays in the NFL...  Hmmmm, domestic violence here??) told the Washington Post about the complete run-around of the league "fixers", from the league itself to the police to anyone else who wouldn't listen about their domestic violence issues from the supposed "real men" who exist only to rape, pillage, and plunder, and far more than just on Sunday.

"You will hear of a wife murdered before you hear another one come forward."


Why are these two stories related?

Because the violence of being a "REAL MAN!!!!" is central to football.

Raping, pillaging, and plundering everything in your path in central to the entire presentation of this sport.

And ANYTHING, be it a talented homosexual player or a wife who has just had enough of getting the shit kicked out of her, that gets in the way of this meme MUST be dealt with to the advantage of The Shield.

Another bout of Russian IDIOCY...

Let's hear it for the head of the tennis federation of Russia.

Another round of Russian stupidity:  The head of the Russian Tennis Federation has been banned by the Women's Tennis Association for one year from any involvement in women's tennis.

Shamil Tarpiscev's crime:  Calling the Williams sisters MEN...

He said, in a scathing retort on women's tennis and the Williams':

He was sitting alongside retired Russian tennis player Elena Dementieva who was asked by the host, Ivan Urgant, what it was like to "play against one of the ..."

Before he finished his sentence, Tarpischev interrupted to say the "Williams brothers."

Urgant went on to say: "I have tremendous respect for them (the Williams) but once one of the sisters passed next to me and I found myself in her shadow for about 40 seconds."

He also said the Williams' were "scary to look at".

Well, I'll freely admit they can be intimidating, but, and especially from a Russian (*cough*Olympic steroids*cough* -- and the IOC wants a word with him too!!!), that goes beyond tasteless toward hypocritical!

I have little use for some of the Williams' antics, but that's completely out of line.


Let's Get The Score Update Out of the Way

Scoring down a bit for Week 7:  43 2/3 points a game.

7 Week per-game average is now 46.273, about .43 points a game below last year's total.
  • Two national prime-time games end within a score (Thurs. night and Mon. night -- you can almost ignore Sunday as Peyton Manning Night), meaning 9 of 22 national games have gotten to the fourth quarter in contention, with still only the one cliffhanger in Week 2 that had the game decided in the last two minutes.
  • Five non-competitive games out of the 15 this week.  Four games decided in the last two minutes (Detroit got a TD to win 24-23 at 1:48, Buffalo won with a TD at one second left, Kansas City got a field goal to best San Diego at :21, and Washington won with a field goal at the gun.)  That's 20 out of 105 games played so far like that, 18.87%.
  • Games within a score in the 4th quarter are now at 65.09% vs. 68% last year (a difference of about three games total now), and games within one score at the end are at 41.9% -- that one well below the 48% last year.
  • Over was 6-8 this week, not that surprising, with one game actually fully middling.  Detroit-New Orleans went over at most spots, but went under at the Peppermill and the William Hill.  So the over is 55-60-1 for the year for full consideration, and partial at 49-59-8.
  • Home teams got revenge for last week -- they were 12-3 this week!  65-39-1 for the year.
  • Home team was called for more penalties in eight of the 15 games, with a ninth squaring even.  45 out of the 105 games had the home team get more penalties called on them.
  • Home team was called for about 3/4 a penalty less a game.  98 vs. 109 last week, both weeks with 15 game schedules.  That was 7 of the 11 fewer penalties called this week.
  • Team with more penalties was 9-5-1 this week.  48-49-8 for the season.
  • Team with more Points of Emphasis fouls was 4-8-3 this week.  39-41-35 for the year.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Nope, RETRACT: Peyton 509 was a catch.

Here's another look, and watch the replay after the TD.

Play starts at about 2:55...

Nice drag of the foot there, but that's a catch. Gotta retract the previous blog post.

(Anonymous friend and I got a good look at it.)

(Still gets Rig Job of the Day for how obvious it was, but that was in-bounds.)

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Fine Blotter for Week Six

Again, far fewer than there should be.
  • St. Louis Rams:  William Hayes, $16,537 for a horse-collar tackle.
  • St. Louis Rams:  Ethan Westbrooks, $8,268 for a punch.
  • Washington Redskins:  Chris Baker, $10,000 for a face-mask.
  • Miami Dolphins:  James Landry, $8,268 for a face-mask.
  • San Francisco 49ers:  Michael Crabtree, $5,512 for an illegal souvenir (ball into the stands).
  • Washington Redskins:  DeSean Jackson, $16,537 for a horse-collar tackle.
  • Washington Redskins:  Robert Griffin III, while injured, got a $8,687 fine for an illegal walking boot.
  • Denver Broncos:  Lamin Barrow, $8,268 for a punch.
  • New York Jets:  Terrance Knighton, $11,000 for inappropriate language.
  • Chicago Bears:  Ryan Mundy, $22,000 for a helmet-to-helmet.
And a drug suspension:
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers:  Jorvorskie Lane, 2 games.