Sunday, October 19, 2014

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.


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Fine Blotter Week Six Part One: And This Shithead is Not Suspended... WHY????

Well, one incident got the supplemental treatment this week, and readers of consistent Fine Blotters should recognize the name.
  • Cincinnati Bengals:  Vontaze Burfict strikes again.  $25,000 for deliberately twisting the ankles of both Cam Newton and Greg Olsen of Carolina.  (Both after they scored touchdowns.)
He's a repeat offender, has been stated as such.

That's also a little ditty we in the parlance like to call, oh...  "INTENT TO INJURE"!!!!

How is this shithead not suspended for BOTH of these facts, for multiple games no less???

Well, there's an answer if you are one of those readers.

Been noticing the Fine Blotters this year?

They're smaller.

A LOT SMALLER.

And if you honestly believe that, in any way, has to do with players knocking off the dirty hits and bullshit, I have some nice swampland to sell you in the high deserts of the Andes Mountains...

EDIT TO ADD:  That was on top of concussing Kelvin Benjamin with another hit for which Burfict was flagged under Defenseless Player.  That could be another $20K+...

Week 6 Score Report: They Finally Caught Up, And So Did I

Combination of real-life, fatigue (both RL and sports!), etc., and I fell behind in getting this posted.

Week 6 score average:  48.4 even.

6 week score average:  46.703 -- just four-thousandths of a point below the 46.707 that was last year's average.

In the other numbers:
  • They openly rigged the Indianapolis Thursday night win to within one score, and the Monday nighter got to one score in the 4th quarter, so, for the national prime-time contests, they're 7 for 19 getting it to the 4th quarter, and only ONCE was it a cliffhanger (and that was WEEK TWO).
  • Four non-competitive games this week, though several appeared to only sneak under the wire as that the losing team got within a score in the fourth before losing bigger (including Monday night).  There was one tie (which featured not only a field-goal for Carolina at the gun, but NFL history, as both teams scored field goals in the OT (on six-minute-plus drives) for the draw), and two other games which were decided in the last two minutes (GB-Miami at 0:03 and SD-OAK at 1:56).  That's 16/91 for that, still well below recent average at 17.58%.
  • Games within a score at the 4th quarter are still down from last year as well, though the margin is narrowing (64.84% vs. 68 last year), and games decided by one score are at 40.65% vs. 48 last year.
  • Not surprisingly, the over was 10-5 last week -- with one game that pushed at a couple places.  49-52 if you take the predominant, 43-51-7 if you account for games with pushes at some locations.
  • I'll have to check to see if this is an NFL record, but, in a 15-game schedule, the home team only won FOUR contests.  4-10-1!!  53-36-1 for the year.
  • Home team was called for more penalties in 7 games, less in 6, same in 2.  37 out of 90 non-neutral site games this year.
  • Home team penalties were up almost two a game in this week -- 109 in 15 games including 13 for Cincinnati in the draw with Carolina and 14 for Arizona.
  • In games with a result, the team with more penalties was 5-7-2 this week for 39-44-7.
  • And, for the increasingly archaic Points of Emphasis fouls that made the preseason more of a farce than usual preseasons:  4-5-5 for the team with more in games with a result.  35-33-22 for the season.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Beginning to think the die is being cast again....

Jameis Winston, now under investigation himself for autographs, has finally caused Vegas books to take the major college football game of the week (and one of the few left for the year, it seems) off the board.


Notre Dame-Florida State is not just being "circled" (reduced betting limits).  It's off the board at most of the Strip.


And that's my indication that Notre Dame is probably going to Florida State and winning the game.

Monday, October 13, 2014

So how long before this superintendent gets run out of town or shot?

Hazing scandal.

High-school football.

Been in the news for quite some time, as now there are at least seven students who are criminally charged over a hazing scandal

This, apparently, is another set of older players sodomizing younger players.

As I've noted several times on this blog, this is not a unique nor first-time situation.  There was a famous case of a Long Island school whose older students took the younger students to the back of a school bus, on way to a summer football camp, and sodomized them with broomsticks.

According to a Mel Robbins CNN opinion piece, at least four freshmen football players were pinned to the ground and sexually assaulted by upper-classmen players over a ten-day period in September of 2014.

The football program has been cancelled for this season, and there is a chance, or so the superintendent says, that it isn't coming back.

At that point, I have but only two reactions:

First, even though the decision was upheld by the school board, I have to wonder how long it's going to be before this guy either gets threatened, shot, or simply run out of town.

Stubenville, anyone?

Penn State??

And, going back to the CNN piece, I look at comments like this one from a football mom and have to wonder how bad that mom has been beaten (perhaps by her own son?) over football:

"No one was hurt. No one died. I don't understand why they're being punished. I think that the forfeited game was punishment enough."

I'll start the second reaction by the opinion piece's proposed actions:

1) Fire the coaches.

No.  JAIL the coaches.  Schools act, in the eyes of the courts as in loco parentis -- in the place of the parents.  This isn't just a function of the actions themselves, but, either through a direct cover-up (and one which the opinion piece says may have been going on for years.

To believe that the coaching staff has no criminality in all of this is utterly ludicrous, especially in the nature of that this occurred in the locker room.  At minimum, there should be an arrest and investigation on the complete abrogation of responsibility of oversight.  At maximum, they took part, in one way or another, too.

Firing them just puts a Band-Aid on the problem.

2) Cancel next football season too.

Not sure that's going to be enough either.  I'd say, right now, your next football season (if I don't get my ultimate recommendation, to come later), should be about the Twelfth of Never.

No more football.

Not sure if there should be any more sports either of any kind!

What alarms me in people believing otherwise is this real question:  If the students are doing this to other football players to initiate them (and that's what this is:  a perverted form of "Freshman Initiation"), what the fuck are they doing to other students, especially those considered "lesser" (non-athletes, LD, etc.)?

3) Find the whole truth.

Good luck, if that one mom is any indication.  You'll probably end up with another Stubenville.

And that's why I give my ultimate recommendation:  Shut the entire school district and re-partition the area into other districts.

Why?  Very simple.  How many innocent parties are there, in a true sense?  Could we be talking a situation that anyone who didn't perpetrate this was a victim, or that the perpetrators were in the same position when they were younger?

You might well, as I just said, have a Stubenville situation here, where a massive series of incidents basically meant that a bunch of rapists, etc., ran the fucking town.

You try to find the whole truth, and you'd best be prepared for that truth to be utterly devastating?

And, of course, this is another example of football as rape -- basically, a non-consensual power-over which some people are taking quite literally.

Shut it down -- all of it.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

How You Win National Championships: A Massive Coverup Now Alleged By The New York Times

Things are going from bad to worse for Florida State.

About the only thing which went right today, if you believe in Florida State football, is that Winston played and they creamed Syracuse.

But the New York Times may have different to say about it.

An article published yesterday seems to show that football is the only reason the school exists, as the campus police have routinely and repeatedly covered up for misconduct on the part of the football team.

This is no surprise, as one report stated that police told the raped party that Winston was protected because "Tallahassee is a football town."

Domestic violence against a 19 year-old and her child is alleged in at least one covered-up case.

Also:

"In a community whose self-image and economic well-being are so tightly bound to the fortunes of the nation’s top-ranked college football team, law enforcement officers are finely attuned to a suspect’s football connections. Those ties are cited repeatedly in police reports examined by The Times. What’s more, dozens of officers work second jobs directing traffic and providing security at home football games, and many express their devotion to the Seminoles on social media."

"When Jesus (Bobo) Wilson, an up-and-coming wide receiver, was stopped by the Tallahassee police in June while riding a stolen Bintelli Sprint motor scooter, his story was dubious: He claimed he had borrowed it from a student whose last name he did not know. But for Officer Michael Petroczky, it was convincing enough to forestall an arrest.

The officer, noting in his report that Mr. Wilson was a Florida State football player, wrote: “Wilson was not arrested today because he cooperated, showed no signs of guilt and provided a plausible story that needs to be investigated.”

Up to 13 football players have been under investigation for BB-gun shootouts on and near the campus.

This is fucking out of control.  Someone needs to forcibly shut down this program, and, if the school doesn't like it, it can go with it.

How bad is it?

One Sports Illustrated columnist says that the only way Jameis Winston might see the NFL, and his best move therein (even with the costs involved) is to drop out of Florida State University.