Friday, October 21, 2016

And here we go with the farce of the Week 6 fine list...

  • Carolina Panthers:  Dawann Short:  $18,231...  for punching Drew Brees in the mouth.
  • Washington Redskins:  Vernon Davis:  $12,154:  Touchdown celebration.
  • New York Giants:  You knew this one was coming:  Odell Beckham Jr., for last week's elaborate touchdown ceremony:   $24,309  Technically, for removing his helmet thereto, but...
  • New England Patriots:  Julian Edelman:  $9,115 for a facemask.
  • New England Patriots:  Rob Gronkowski:  $9,115 for taunting.
  • New England Patriots:  LaGarette Blount:  $9,115 for unnecessary roughness.
  • Detroit Lions:  Glover Quin:  $24,309 for unsportsmanlike conduct.
That's $180K+ already, and there's more coming, you can be sure.  Found all but the Quin one on Twitter, the Quin one was in a story with Beckham's on

Josh Brown ousted in obvious PR move.

Josh Brown will be off the Giants for good once he is placed on the Commissioner's Reserve List for domestic violence, due to new admissions...

Of course, if this league actually gave a damn about domestic violence, Brown wouldn't have even been with this team in the first damned place this year, but let's not let this nasty thing called FACTS get in the way of a good narrative.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Brian pulls one out of the fire again:

From Brian Tuohy's Twitter tonight...
This is from the New York Post.  We now probably have our first major player to be cut over the National Anthem protests.

Antonio Cromartie was cut from the Indianapolis Colts on October 4.  The Post reports that his wife now believes that he was cut after two actions of protesting the National Anthem.

But then his wife posts this to her Instagram...

Jim Irsay with a note warning Cromartie after the first protest:

"I think it's the wrong venue.  It hasn't been a positive thing.  What we all have to be aware of as players, owners, PR people, equipment managers is that when the lights go on we are entertainment. We are being paid to put on a show.  There are other places to express yourself."

(Emphases mine.)

This effectively continues to prove the games rigged, and is setting the table for a very real, if not a very violent, end to these protests...  SOON.

2016 Fine Blotter: More of Week 5, First of Week 6

  • Washington Redskins:  DeSean Jackson:  $6,076 for uniform violation.
  • Miami Dolphins:  Jason Jones:  $18,231 for Roughing the Passer
  • Tennessee Titans:  Ben Jones:  $9,115 for Taunting.
  • Houston Texans:  Jadaevon Clowney:  $9,115 for a Face Mask.
  • Buffalo Bills:  Corbin Bryant:  $9,115 for a Face Mask
  • Buffalo Bills:  Adolphus Washington:  $18,231 for Roughing the Passer
That was the rest of Week 5.

As for the first of Week 6, only took the shithead three games from his suspension....
  • Cincinnati Bengals:  Vontaze Burfict is back!!  $75,000 fine, but NO SUSPENSION, for two dirty hits in last week's game.
What's the matter?  Afraid you might actually have to throw somebody out of the league for dirty hits?

This means that, at the end of Week 5, at least from what I've seen reported, the New Orleans Saints are the only team in the NFL this season not to be fined.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Updates: Kyrigos banned eight weeks, and NFL ratings continue to tank

  • This morning, the ATP officially banned Nick Kyrigos eight weeks for match-fixing his Shanghai Masters exit last week.  He can have it reduced to three by taking a psych evaluation with an ATP-approved psychologist, but I am guessing any real psychologist might have Kyrigos out more than eight weeks, because there is a serious problem there.  What it is, I don't know.  But this is the second major suspension he's gotten from the ATP, and I can't think the next one might have him looking for a new career.
  • Speaking of new careers, the fixers running the NFL right now may need to find a new propaganda crew.  Ratings are still shit.
  • Sports Media Watch Week 5 (didn't put this one on the score report):  The Thursday night game between the Cardinals and 49ers was the lowest-rated primetime football contest in eight years.
  • CBS' national window for last week was down about 20% (Cowboys/Bengals), but Tom Brady's return actually caused almost a 10% gain in the regional window.
  • Giants/Packers was down 21% from last year -- even with the second "debate", that's still not good for the NFL.
  • FOX had one game last week, and that was down 14% year over year.
  • And Monday Night Football for last week was down 27% year over year to a 5.6, only eclipsed by one game (Christmas Eve 2007) before the first debate this year.
  • Early numbers for this week aren't much better.  The Thursday Night Football game for CBS and NFL Network was down about 6%.
  • No word yet on the national slots, but Sunday Night Football didn't seem to fare that well...

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Colin Kaepernick is Right, and, for this, he's also soon to be dead.

Colin Kaepernick was named the starter for the woeful 49ers this week in Buffalo.

Boos, jeers, "USA!" chants...

And a shirt which basically has him in crosshairs, sold outside the stadium for $10 a pop.

Colin Kaepernick is going to die for this, and probably within the next four weeks, at the rate the rhetoric is being ramped up.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Week 5 2016 Fine Blotter so far...

  • San Francisco 49ers:  Carlos Hyde:  $9,115 for Unsportsmanlike Conduct.
  • Philadelphia Eagles:  Fletcher Cox:  $9,115 for ripping the helmet off of a sacked quarterback.
There might've been a cleat one from earlier in the week.  I'll check for more.