Posted on: September 30, 2011 10:38 am
Edited on: September 30, 2011 10:39 am

My thoughts on Jeff Perlman's book on Payton !

Payton was as great for the game as he was for the media ! Life goes on and we all must begin to accept the reality that bares that cross. No man is an island and to think that would only be setting yourself up for a huge disappointment ! To those of us that have a great appreciation for the sport of football, Walter "Sweetness" Payton will always be one of the greatest athletes the game ever saw . For those of you that must have misery as your mentor, you will buy the book, preach your sermon, and the rest of us will ignore you as we have always done in the past as well as the future ! 

Everyone is entitled to make a dollar. It just seems as though when times get tough and that dollar gets to be more ellusive, the bottom feeders come out of the sewers and spew their vile ideas of journalism not for the sole purpose of good reporting but for the almighty dollar that has corrupted not just mere average men but in our eyes Giants ! A person of faith and constitution has no problem deciphering one from the other !  

If you really want to see just what kind of person Perlman is , then go to his personnal blog and begin to read. It won't take you very long to realize what kind of person you are dealing with and how much credibility he posesses or more accurately I should say how little credibility he has built over the many years of his profession !
Category: NFL
Posted on: September 28, 2011 8:07 pm

Dallas' Rivalry is Skins Deep !!!

 The rivalry between the Redskins and Cowboys has spanned 50 years and the hatred between the two NFC East foes still resonates with the teams'current rosters.
NFC East foes face off Monday on national TV
Growing up in Carrollton, Texas, Anthony Armstrong became well-versed in the magnitude of the rivalry between the Redskins and the Dallas Cowboys.

Although he had an entire bedroom devoted to the support of his beloved Cowboys, he didn't spend an inordinate amount time focusing his disdain on the team that he'd eventually play for. With the Redskins, of course, he's learned that in Washington, there is no opponent more important.

"It seemed like in my time, it was more about the teams that you were playing to go to the playoffs," the 28-year-old wide receiver said. "It was anybody in the NFC East, and then everybody else. The 49ers and the Packers were the big rivals because you were playing those guys to go to the Super Bowl. Getting up here to D.C., I started realizing that the Redskins/Cowboys rivalry is the most important two games of the year."

Top NFL rivalries
Cowboys vs. Redskins
Series record » Cowboys lead 60-40-2; Redskins own the only two postseason victories
Was born when » The Cowboys came into the league 1960. Redskins owner George Preston Marshall was unhappy about adding a Dallas expansion team, so Cowboys owner Clint Murchison Jr. bought the rights to the Redskins' fight song from the composer, who was feuding with Marshall, to gain leverage.
Steelers vs. Ravens
Series record » Steelers lead 21-13, including 3-0 in the playoffs
Was born when » In 2002, when the NFL realigned into eight divisions of four teams. The Steelers and Ravens both landed in the AFC North and have claimed a share of all but one of nine division titles since, six for Pittsburgh and two for Baltimore.
Packers vs. Bears
Series record » Bears lead 92-84-6; split playoff games 1-1
Was born when » In 1921, making it the NFL's longest rivalry. Remarkably, the teams have only met in the playoffs twice, most recently in last season's NFC championship, won by Green Bay 21-14, en route to a Super Bowl title. Their sole previous postseason meeting came in 1941. The Bears won that game 33-14, also capturing the NFL title.
Jets vs. Patriots
Series record » Jets lead 52-51-1; Patriots lead in playoffs 2-1
Was born when » Coach Bill Parcells defected from the Patriots to the Jets in 1997 after taking New England to Super Bowl XXXI, although the AFC East rivals first met in 1960. Parcells' replacement in New England: former Jets coach Pete Carroll. Parcells' assistant with the Jets: Bill Belichick.
Raiders vs. Chiefs
Series record » Chiefs lead 55-46-2, including 2-1 in the postseason
Was born when » The Chiefs and Raiders were both 12-2 in 1968 and met in the playoffs with a berth in AFL championship game on the line. Both teams were dominant in the late 1960s and began the 70s with a bench-clearing brawl in a 17-17 tie secured by George Blanda's 48-yard field goal with eight seconds left.
As the two longtime foes prepare for the first of their two annual regular-season encounters on Monday night, their rivalry couldn't be healthier, as it resonates in much the same way it has since the Cowboys were formed in 1960.

"It goes back before I was born or even knew about football. There's something to be said for that," said Redskins tackle Chris Chester, who has been involved in what might be the NFL's most intense current rivalry, between Baltimore and Pittsburgh.

Despite the Ravens' season-opening 35-7 blowout of the Steelers this year, the two AFC North contenders have gone to overtime three times and met in the playoffs twice since 2005, including in the 2008 AFC championship.

"I enjoy all of our games -- I like watching Steelers/Ravens," Redskins fullback Darrel Young said. "That's a dog fight. Those guys are just out to kill each other. I think we have more respect in our division than those two teams."

Mutual regard has long been important to the steepest of rivalries. Curly Lambeau lent money to George Halas during the Great Depression to keep the Bears going, and in the 1950s, Halas raised money for the publicly owned Packers, whose bigger current adversary could be Minnesota. At least, that was the case when Brett Favre defected.

"It used to always be Green Bay and Detroit on Thanksgiving Day," said Evan Weiner, author of "The Business & Politics of Sports." "Rivalries come, rivalries go."

At the current pace, the Packers/Lions meeting this Thanksgiving could be the most meaningful matchup between those teams in decades. But while it is a game that will be watched nationwide, the strength of the NFL's best rivalries still lies in their divisional nature.

"Being a Giants fan growing up -- I can't stand them now, personally -- you're a part of all that stuff," Young, a New York City native, said. "New York is so big into its sports, and it was a big rivalry. I just feel like it had to do with anyone they played in the NFC East, it's the strongest division."

Weiner, who does college lectures on the business of sports, once heard it suggested on the radio that Baltimore would be a better fit in the NFC East. He polled students that he spoke to in Philadelphia.

"I said, 'Who's your most hated rival?'?" Weiner said. "If it's Redskins week, it's them. If it's the Giants, it's them. If it's the Cowboys, it's them. That's six of the 16 weeks they're playing against the teams that they hate. You drop out the Cowboys, there'd be a lot of lives that would be empty in Philadelphia."

The same goes for Washington.

"I think Cowboys/Redskins is something that's in your blood," Armstrong said. "When you're in the organization, you're a part of it and don't really have a choice. You get here and they say, 'Just beat Dallas.' I don't know if you get to the Jets and they say, 'Just beat New England,' or if you get to the Ravens and they say, 'Just beat Pittsburgh.'?

Category: NFL
Posted on: September 28, 2011 8:02 pm

Big Money , Big Backs, Little Results !

There are a lot of reasons why teams are hesitant to award big second (or third) contracts to running backs.
The position has a short shelf life, it’s relatively easy to find replacements, and often the running game has more to do with the offensive line and system than the running back.

MDS wrote earlier how Chris Johnson was dead last in yards-per-carry among running backs with more than 25 carries. Johnson has some well paid company at the bottom of the list.

DeAngelo Williams:  Carolina’s starter is second to last with 2.3 yards-per-carry.  His longest run is eight yards.  His teammate Jonathan Stewart has run and caught the ball much better than Williams, indicating that it’s not all about the line.

For now, coach Ron Rivera says the Panthers will continue splitting the workload evenly between the two players.

Frank Gore: Johnson is last.  Williams is second-to-last.  Third worst in yards-per-carry: Frank Gore coming off his extension.  Now Gore is dealing with an injury.  NFL.com’s Michael Lombardi thinks the 49ers should get backup Kendall Hunter more involved and we agree.

Gore used to be able to get to the outside, but it’s not happening for him so far this year.

Reggie Bush: The Texans are paying Bush $6 million to do what he did in New Orleans, but worse.  Bush is averaging 2.9 yards-per-carry.  It’s not like he’s lighting it up as a receiver either; Bush has two catches in the last two games.  Daniel Thomas is the best running back on the team.

Three games is too small a sample size to draw any conclusions about the three players above.  But the last decade has proven to us over and over that giving running backs a big contract usually isn’t good business.

Category: NFL
Posted on: July 24, 2011 10:19 am

Final and Finally !

The labor deal -- and the path to NFL football in 2011 -- is finally, truly done. Well, almost.

That’s the report from CBSSports.com’s own Mike Freeman, who writes that the owners and players have agreed to a new CBA.

"It's done," one player source told Freeman. "We have an agreement. Now we just have to vote."

Now, the majority of the players (50 percent, plus one) have to agree to the deal in order to end the lockout for good. Players will fly into Washington on Sunday in order to go over last-minute details. They’re then expected to vote Monday, and a news conference should occur shortly thereafter. 

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, once the deal is ratified, free agency and training camp likely will begin on the same day. 

Saturday was a huge day in moving along negotiations, and NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell reportedly worked hard together to make sure there wasn’t any additional trouble between the two sides. 

On Monday, the NFLPA executive committee will meet in Washington, and it’ll pass along its recommendations to the players -- to ratify the new CBA AND to reform the NFLPA as a union -- who will have to sign off on both deals in order to begin the new league year. 

The plaintiffs in the Brady v NFL case (including Chargers WR Vincent Jackson, who reportedly dropped his demand to be paid $10 million or be exempt from the franchise tag) would then have to consent to the deal, and the lawsuit -- and any other judicial matters between the two sides -- would be kaput. 

And most importantly, we’d have football again. 
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