Saturday, November 22, 2014

Curt Schilling, Do You REALLY Believe In Evolution, Or Is Your Family Trying To Start Some Shit?

Especially after Curt Schilling's missive about the Missouri grand jury, I have to start really wondering if something is up here...

According to Deadspin:  Saturday morning (the day this is being posted), Schilling's son basically tells his dad that he left a fake, toy grenade in his bag.

Well, the TSA wanted words on that one.  And, maybe it's just a kid being a kid and not keeping it in mind.

But you're 12, kid.  You were born after Sept. 11th.  You have to know how STUPID that is.


Someone has got to stop Jameis Winston... NOW.

Blatant ejection foul for openly wrestling an official at the line of scrimmage here, and completely ignored by just about everybody?

The ACC, whose video I'm using here, has at least termed it a "collision"...


And that's from the ACC YouTube account.  That's not getting removed any time soon.

He literally throws the referee off the ball so he can speed up play.

That's 15, a toss, and a suspension.

That's NOT A FUCKING COLLISION!  That is referee abuse.  And, in fact, in the state of Florida, that's another criminal offense that Jameis Winston just got away with -- on national television!!!

Fine Blotter Week 11

  • Seattle Seahawks:  Marshawn Lynch has had his $50,000 fine from last year reinstated and another $50,000 on top of it for continuing to refuse to talk to the media to a level the NFL finds acceptable.
Psst, Marshawn...

Perhaps this might come as a surprise to you, with not only your issues with the league, but with the Seahawks as well...

As long as you are in the NFL, they own you.  They can tell you what to wear, where to go, what to say...

The NFL owns your sorry ass, Marshawn.  Any analogues I could give would be completely unacceptable (think slavery), so we'll leave it at that.

In the dirty-hit department, according, again, to Spotrac:

  • Seattle Seahawks:  Ricardo Lockette, striking/kicking/kneeing.
And four $8,268 fines for the big brawl between Atlanta and Carolina:
  • Roman Harper of Carolina
  • Devin Hester, Roddy White, and Harry Douglas of Atlanta

No, THIS might take the cake, but not at the Worldwide Leader

Meet grocery chain Food Lion...

Now meet several teams' pissed off fans after their latest campaign:  A Super Bowl sweepstakes.

Sounds good, right?

Imagine this:

They took the better part of half a dozen teams in their areas and said their teams would not go to the Super Bowl, but one fan could!!

That might make sense for Washington.

Someone needs to explain the NFC South for Atlanta and New Orleans.

San Francisco??  Oh boy.

Dallas???!??!??  Only if you believe the memes.

Oy.  OY.  OY!!!

Friday, November 21, 2014

This may take the cake for the stupidity of the WorldWide Leader...

(Deadspin and my anonymous friend get hat-tips on this one.)

We've got another ESPN suspension, sort of.

And the details of this one, relayed in this Deadspin report, indicate this could get quite stupid.

Keith Law is (about to be fired from) an ESPN baseball analyst.

The reason I put the parenthetical in is because of the fact that he has been banned from using his ESPN Twitter account.

Deadspin basically reports that it was for defending evolution, which ESPN has now denied.

My guess is that he probably got the old "TO Baby" from Dick Vitale's employer for daring to go up against Republican gamer-idiot Curt Schilling.

It basically started with this exchange:

So Mr. Gehrig38 -- Curt Schilling -- got exactly what he wanted.

Well, he's a Republican and a shyster (but I repeat myself...), so that wasn't good enough...

That might be a bit closer to his suspension, though, frankly, a good whock up side the head might well be necessary here.

But it's THIS (unrelated but Deadspin included it) Curt Schilling pipebomb that has me wondering what he really wants to see happen in the next few days...

Somebody wants a race war...

(And somebody might get it...)

The Biggest Problem With Being A Man Is So Simple, A Fourth-Grader Can Get It

Gee, what a shock...
  • The table is being set by the NFLPA for an eventual legal challenge which Goodell and the bleating rams (no, not those of St. Louis, Football Nation America instead!) desire:  They have formally challenged the Adrian Peterson ban.
  • But leave it to Adam Silver to, once again, trump Roger Goodell.  Jeff Taylor pled guilty to domestic violence, as well as other charges, and was given the Sports God Slap on the Wrist, blah thisandthat counseling and probation and the like.  Without any public to do so (and I thank my friend for pointing this out -- my first reaction was that this penalty was far too lenient and makes the NBA look like the NFL!), Silver banned Taylor for 30% of the season -- 24 games.
  • So, what happens today?  The NBPA files an appeal.
  • The NHL is next. Slava Yoynov of the Stanley Cup champion LA Kings will be arraigned for a domestic violence charge on December 1, according to ESPN.
And I could go on and on.

The fact is that sports probably do need to be smashed.


Because sports are all about being a MAN...

And being MAN implies abuse, rape, and other forms of criminal behavior, largely ignored in our society against all but the undesirable.

You want to know how I can say that?

I'll tell you what.  I'll refer you to something I saw on Democratic Underground this week.  And I'll refer you to a class of fourth graders!

This was from a 2012 seminar, in which 50 boys of about fourth grade were asked the question, giving these answers in response:

I really want people to take a look at that list -- and the article linked, which accompanies it! -- and look at the situation in sports and tell me again why we shouldn't just take the whole apparatus, baby and bathwater, and flush it.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Score Update: It's Clear Something Happened To Shake Things Up In Week 11

One of the reasons I'm not falling all over myself about the DEA investigation of several NFL teams after Week 11 games about the painkiller situation is that something happened this week.

And you could see it on the field in the numbers:
  • The Week 11 Scoring Average is almost-certainly the lowest I've seen in years.  The 14 games of Week 11 averaged only 37.57 points per game, a full TEN POINTS PER GAME lower than the season average entering Week 11.
  • That was so low it took the season-long per-game average and dropped it by eight-tenths of a point, after 11 weeks and 161 games.  The average now is 45.888.  That's now a point a game below last year's 46.91 through 11 weeks, and about eight-tenths below the 46.707 for the full season.
How bad did it get?
  • The over-under was 4-10. 80-78-1 for the year -- we'll keep that simple from this point forward.  A couple games actually either were picks or mixed.
  • For the second week of the last three, NO GAMES were decided by a score in the last two minutes and overtime.  This extends the streak of prime-time games not decided by such a cliffhanger to that only 2 out of the 34 national prime-time games this year have been so decided.  Only 14 out of those 34 games were even competitive at some point in the fourth quarter!
  • On the flip side, seven of the nine games competitive in the fourth quarter ended within a score.
  • So, the percentages:  Games decided with a score in the last two minutes and overtime are now down to about 17.39%.  Games within a score at some point in the fourth quarter are down from 68% last year to 62.73% this year.  Games ending within a score are down from 48% last year to 40.37%.
Going a little deeper for a moment:
  • The Packers' 53 points against Philadelphia was more points scored than EVERY OTHER GAME ON THE SCHEDULE, both teams combined, save New England's win over Indianapolis Sunday night.
  • New England's 41 was more than every game except three:  The aforementioned Packer-Eagle blowout, the Monday nighter, and Kansas City's 24-20 win over Seattle.
The other numbers:
  • Home teams were 8-6 on the week.  97-60-1 for the year.
  • Home team was called for more penalties in only 4 of the 14 games.  71/158 for the year.  About 44.9%.
  • Penalties were WAY DOWN.  Only 148 penalties in the 14 games.  Last week's 13 game slate had 166.
  • Team with more penalties was 6-8.  73-77-10 for the year.
  • Points of emphasis:  WEEK TEN:  Team with more of those penalties was 4-3-6.  WEEK ELEVEN:  2-6-6.  For the year:  53-63-54.
  • The 14 winning teams, combined, procured only FIVE accepted Points of Emphasis penalties.