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Dear Roger Godell…

Posted: June 30, 2013 by B in Giants, Jets, NFL

Dear Mr. Godell,

I’m a die-hard football fan, a New York Jets fan, but that is neither here nor there. I have one question for you. What has the NFL become? You have done so much to improve parity in this sport, build a brand, and create buzz that us fans can’t wait till voluntary workouts and training camp.

But, what are you doing to address the criminality in your sport?

There have been twenty-three arrests of NFL players, since the Super Bowl. Twenty-three arrests until the major first degree murder charge and five counts of gun charges against Aaron Hernandez. On the same day, Ausar Walcott, a rookie, is charged with attempted murder for punching a man outside a club and yesterday the arrest of Joe Lefegad, an Indianapolis Colt, for gun charges. It seems that your sport cannot get out of the news, but for all the wrong reasons. There are over 1,600 players in the NFL (which also include 5 players on practice squads). Major League Baseball can host similar numbers with over 1,300 in the majors and an exponential number in all their minor league affiliates. So why do we hear so much more about the NFL and the situations these players get themselves into over MLB players?

You have a bunch of criminals in your sport, that’s the bottom line. But do we give them a shot because of the violent nature of the sport? Do we not care because the facemasks hide their real identity? But Mr. Godell, what are you doing about this? I’m sure you care. What answers do you have to help these young players move past their criminal backgrounds, their gang affiliations, and fascination with guns? Your rookie symposium just doesn’t seem to work. What punishments, suspensions, and fines will you impose to make this criminal lifestyle less of the focus in the NFL?

I am concerned. I am more concerned that the dollar and cents outweigh the moral dilemmas of right and wrong. I am concerned that win at all costs really means win with the running back that has two gun charges and the safety with a cache of automatic weapons in my starting lineup over the undrafted free agent who will give his all just to make the practice squad. These are some of my concerns.

What are yours Mr. Godell? But more importantly, I ask you again, what are doing about the criminality in your sport?

Sincerely,

B

 

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“At the end of the day they have to wake up tomorrow and have their same life…they have to get back to the real world at some point”. Translation, I’m Lebron James and I’m rich, b*tch – you’re just an NBA fan and your life sucks. That was Lebron James’ retort when asked what he’d like to say to those who rooted against him in his 2011 NBA finals lost to the Dallas Mavericks. The finals series that saw him shrink from the moment. He had his brain toyed with by the likes of the diminutive Jason Terry, succumbing to trash talk and resorting to hiding on the court in every fourth quarter – praying the ball wouldn’t find him. Lebron has often branded himself as an emotional midget. A young man with phenomenal physical talents and an exceptional basketballl I.Q. while in concert showing his hand as an egomaniacal and entitled jackass. He has become impossible to root for.  Yes..you guessed it….I hate Lebron James….and here’s why.

Lebron was once the leader of the undermanned Cleveland Cavaliers. You know he was the leader because he dubbed himself “King James” before he joined the NBA. Like many greats before him Lebron didn’t experience immediate team success. He grew frustrated with his teammates after just game 3 of the 2009 Eastern Conference Finals vs. the Orlando Magic saying afterwards. “I took Hedo in the first game and Rashard hit the winning shot. I took Rashard in the second game and Hedo hit the shot. If I could clone myself we’d be alright. But I can’t.” Lebron has a penchant for throwing his teammates under the bus. A talent he’s brought with him to the Heat, quoting for reporters easy missed shots by Dwayne Wade during the 2013 Conference Finals vs. the Pacers. And who could forget his constant on-court berating of Mario Chalmers during his 2012 championship run. The in game berating became so vitriolic, so demonstrative, it was obvious to the TV audience. After much embarrassment Chalmers had to pull James and Bosh aside and ask them to quit it. James acknowledged his mistake, one year later he turned his eyes toward Wade as soon as his game went south in the playoffs. One wonders when his teammates might do the same. Did Bosh ask reporters why over the course of 5 fourth quarters Lebron scored 11 total points vs. the Mavs? That’s 2.2 points per fourth quarter…for 5 games. Zero rebounds, zero shots made close and late. Not a single ill word was uttered by his teammates, because teammates are supposed to back each other not tear each other down whenever you meet a hurdle.

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“I’m taking my talents to South Beach.” Lebron took to TV to rip the heart out of Cavalier fans and the team owner, opting to publicly embarrass his longtime loyal fans on live TV rather than making a typical announcement as every single NBA player has ever done in free agency. Then he promptly took part in a championship celebration before he even played a single practice in a Heat jersey. During the celebration James mimicked Michael Jordan’s famed hand gestures, counting how many championships he will win with the Heat. Jordan did that while celebrating the 5th of his six championships. James counted up to 7…he had yet to win one. Then went on to embarrass himself in the finals. I hate Lebron James.

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Last year Lebron elevated his game, he evolved and put himself and his teammates in a position to succeed. He finally won that elusive championship and ripped that monkey off his back. And in the series clinching game, in the waning moments of a tight game, Lebron caught a cramp. Not a regular cramp…an epic cramp. The kind of cramp that forces teammates and coaches to….CARRY YOU OFF THE COURT?! Come on you actress. Kobe tore his Achilles mid-game. He waved off help and limped off the floor under his own power, he then walked back onto the court to take his free throws…hit them, then walked off the court once more. He had season ending surgery days later. Lebron caught a cramp and he was as able bodied as a paraplegic? You can’t just lean on someone and limp off? God, I hate Lebron James.

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Lebron has had to sacrifice and buy this modest home in Miami.

“I’ve never had a max deal yet in my career…I don’t get credit for it. That doesn’t matter to me. Financially, I’ll sacrifice”. So let me get this straight, you intentionally signed a short extension with the Cavs that allowed you to bail on them before the Collective Bargaining Agreement expired. You then sign a contract with the Heat that makes you the ninth highest paid player in the league – you did this to form the “Big Three“. You then play the part of the hero because you only make $18mill a year rather than $19.5mill? You consider this a sacrifice? You’re paid $18 million a year and an additional $40 million a year in endorsements. Also Lebron fails to mention he plays in Florida, a no income tax state, vaulting his salary well above the likes of Carmelo Anthony and other “max contract” players. You would think respected veterans such as Udonis Haslem who took ½ his market value to remain with the heat, or Ray Allen who took a huge pay cut would make this claim. Not the $18 million dollar a year player. Editors note: Jordan’s salary once averaged $3.25 million over an eight year stretch before he got his pay day. He had already won three championships at that point.

“I don’t need to flop. I play an aggressive game. I don’t flop. I’ve never been one of those guys”. It’s sort of ironic that Lebron would make this claim given that many would say the NBA’s newly imposed flopping penalty was created in-part due to Lebron’s and his teammates talent for flopping so skillfully. Lebron flopped his way through the playoffs in 2012, highlighted by his collapse after being screened by Tyson Chandler. Lebron was also fined for flopping just a few weeks ago vs. David West in the post. James recently drew the ire of NBA hall of famer Dennis Rodman for his lack of toughness and penchant for begging for foul calls “Michael came into the game back when you can hit people, knock him down. And Lebron can’t do that. All they do today is complain about a foul” For you viewing pleasure, a link to Lebron’s greatest hits…or his imagined hits as he hurls himself to the ground over and over. You may not need to flop Lebron but you sure do it well….and often.

Some of his best flopping highlights below:

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=L8rGCH_HRdQ&feature=related#

Lebron has just won his second championship, further cementing his legacy as one of the greatest talents to ever play in the NBA.  However if game 6 would have ended with Ray Allen missing his clutch three pointer that ultimately sent the game into overtime, a completely different depiction of Lebron would be made.

The last two minutes of game 6 saw Lebron flopping to the ground, missing clutch shots and turning the ball over.  In each instance he simply sat on the floor, complaining to the refs about what he considered to be fouls.  He did this TWICE…while the Spurs were in transition – with the lead and the championship on the line with under two minutes left.  The ultimate selfish act.  ‘What about me?! I was fouled.’  I will sit here and stew because I didn’t get my way and leave my teammates to fend for themselves while they are outnumbered.  This from the self-proclaimed best defender in the NBA.

Lebron took umbrage with the fact that Jordan said a few months ago that he would prefer Kobe over Lebron.  Lebron stated that it was because Kobe has more rings and rings do not define you.  “A guy like Jud Bucheler has multiple rings.  He’s not better than Charles Barkley.  Patrick Ewing is one of the greatest of all time.”  What Lebron refuses to concede is that it’s not just about the rings.  Jordan has you figured out.  He know you have no heart.  He doesn’t respect you.  Neither do I.  As a matter of fact, I fu*king hate you.

A 30 second ESPN Clip on how seriously Lebron takes basketball while off the court:

A few more gems of wisdom from your highness, King James:

After getting booed by Cleveland fans after his blowout loss to the Celtics in the playoffs:
“I spoil a lot of people with my play. When you have a bad game here or there, when you have 3 bad games in a 7 year career, then it’s easy to point that bad game out”

On Finishing second in voting for 2013 Defensive Player of the year:
“It sucks. Who wants to finish second. I mean, I guard everybody on the floor. I don’t know if there’s one player in NBA history who’s guarded one through five (positions).”

On being one vote shy of unanimous MVP in 2013:
“It’s probably a writer out of New York that didn’t give me the vote. I know the history between the Heat and New York.”

On living in Cleveland:
“We didn’t actually like Cleveland. There’s a lot of people in Cleveland we still hate to this day”

While with Cleveland:
“I don’t want to go ring chasing, as I call it; you know, going to a team that’s already established and trying to win a ring with them.”

During an interview prior to his NBA Championship:
Interviewer: “What’s is your proudest moment?”
Lebron: “I’d have to say my proudest moment would be winning a national championship in H.S.”
Reminder to Lebron, you have two sons.

-Pierce

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MLB has finally found its golden goose. Seven years after its fruitless witch hunt sparked by the Balco controversy, Major League Baseball has found a willful party to testify against its own employees. Tony Bosch, founder and CEO of Biogenisis, will reportedly cooperate with MLB’s investigation and provide testimony implicating the use of performance enhancing drugs by nearly 25 baseball players. Most notably, former MVP’s Alex Rodriguez and Ryan Braun.
Bud Selig and the U.S. government have long been after a big fish in baseball. They’ve spent over $70 million dollars on the Barry Bonds perjury investigation/trial, because…you know…they couldn’t prove he used steroids so they tried to prove that he lied about not using them. That didn’t work. A few years later the government spent $120 million on the Roger Clemens investigation and subsequent trial…another failure. Now MLB is putting its money where it’s mouth is, funding an investigation in effort to levy significant suspensions and they have flipped Tony Bosch in the process.
This promises to be a lengthy process. MLB will first have to build a case strong enough to prove each player has taken performance enhancing drugs since it does not have any positive PED tests to reference. Once they bring each case to the players union each player will have the right to appeal. Seeing as how MLB’s case hinges on the word and records of Bosch, who undoubtedly has self preservation in mind, the players union will channel its energies on character defamation and MLB’s execution of the suspension process. Selig will try to penalize both Arod and Braun twice each, once for using PEDs and once more for lying about it to investigators. That would bring the typical 50 game suspension to 100 games, a landmark move the union will undoubtedly protest. Also, the fact that the impending suspensions were leaked to ESPN’s Outside the Lines program will be a topic of conversation since all PED investigations are to be completely undisclosed until a suspension is announced. An apparent breach of the collective bargaining agreement.
There is a long road ahead of the Bud Selig and his minions but he is intent on catching a big fish. This may not see a resolution this season, but don’t you worry, they’ll spare no expense to get their man or more likely..an acquittal. I can’t think of a better way to spend $200 million, can you?

-Pierce

The NBA Finals start tonight! The Miami Heat vs. the San Antonio Spurs, who do you have? The Spurs have been off for nine days and I doubt that they have been able to replicate game time scrimmages and rigors of battling in an all out war. The Heat were pushed to the limit, but came across victors in a game seven showdown with the Indiana Pacers. King James proved why is the best player in the NBA (stay tuned for Pierce’s riveting article on King James) and lifted his team to the NBA finals. Gone are the Big Three in Miami, this is James back in his days with the Cleveland Cavs. D Wade showed up in game seven, but will his ailing knee bothering him throughout the playoffs? I think the two of the Big Three will show up in the Finals.

But…

The Spurs are the best team in the NBA. Tim Duncan has looked better than ever and is chasing his fifth championship… Yes..FIFTH! He is a three-time Final MVP and has probably the best supporting cast of the two teams. He is arguably the best player in his generation! The Spurs also have Greg Popovich. I heard a comparison that he is the NBA’s version of Bill Belichick and I can’t argue that.

Tonight is the NBA finals. I wish I was watching it at a bar, but word is one of the NY Sports Nutz is on the IR. I have the Spurs winning in seven and Tim Duncan getting his fourth Finals MVP! And I’ll be at home watching it on TV.

 

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Sergio Garcia hates Tiger Woods, that much is evident. That is why in the midst of a very public feud, Sergio let loose the kind of barb that has become far too common in the world of professional golf. When asked if Sergio would have Tiger over for dinner Sergio replied, “we’ll have him over for dinner every night” he began to walk away, turned and said “we’ll serve fried chicken”. Ah yes, the tried and true subjugating fried chicken reference – an infamous put down to the African-American community. One would think golfers would be sensitive to this sort of language after Fuzzy Zoeller, winner of the 1979 Masters and the 1984 U.S. Open, said after Tiger’s 1997 Masters win, “that little boy is driving well and putting well…” he went on to say, referring to the fact that the Masters winner selects the dinner menu for the following Masters dinner “tell him not to serve fried chicken next year….or collard greens or whatever the hell they serve”. Disturbingly enough these aren’t the only racially insensitive comments aimed at Tiger Woods by those in the golfing profession. Just 5 years ago, Golf Channel anchor Kelly Tilghman offered up this solution to young golfers looking to unseat Tiger as the worlds top golfer during a live broadcast, she said they should gang up and “lynch him in a back alley.” Kelly was reprimanded by the public and suspended by the Golf channel. How did Golfweek Magazine decide to cover this huge misstep, their next issue featured a picture of a noose on the cover. Ouch, talk about twisting the knife.

Now are all or any of the aforementioned comments race driven? Perhaps not. Are Sergio, Fuzzy and Kelly all racist? We may never know, but the history of Golf, the PGA and it’s founders speak to a disturbing view of racial inequality and antiquated social views and practices. In 1975, not 1925, but1975, Cliff Roberts, co-founder of Augusta National Golf Club (yes, that Augusta), stated “as long as I’m alive, golfers will be white and caddies will be black.” In 1990 the founder of Shoal Creek Country Club in Alabama, site of the PGA championship that year, stated “we don’t discriminate in every other area except the blacks”. After public pressure following that statement both Shoal Creek and Augusta admitted their first black members that year. Shoal Creek, designed by Jack Nicklaus and rated the top golf club in the state admitted it’s first woman members in 2009. Augusta national joined the fray and admitted it’s first few female members in 2012, amongst them…Condoleezza Rice.

Now none of us are naïve enough to think racism and inequality doesn’t permeate each of the major U.S. sports in some capacity. However, many esteemed private golf clubs seem to be intently overt and sometimes even prideful of this shameful behavior. Their practice of membership via invite only (no applications allowed) almost seems to protect their shady interest. NCAA football still has leaps and bounds to go before it’s hiring practices are considered inclusive of all races and the NFL needs to revisit it’s Rooney rule to ensure fair hiring practices. However the latter has made tremendous strides in leveling the playing field in it’s hiring of front office and coaching positions. Meanwhile, Tiger is simply trying to go a few years without being chastised for perhaps enjoying Popeye’s Chicken every once in a while. I mean, who doesn’t love fried chicken? I wonder, what would these clubs say if he actually wanted to work at Augusta? Would he be offered a position as Sergio’s caddie?

-Pierce

 

 

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