I read Kareem's op-ed to Time last night, Jay, and I agree with him 100%. Good to see that he has a reasonable perspective on the Levenson letter. Levenson is only apologizing due to white guilt.
Jay, as I've said before, you need to be taking your frustration in the Rice episode out on the Ravens organization and/or the justice system for not doing more, not Goodell. Yes, the NFL should have stuck with its original 2-game suspension decision. This latest video has not added to anything that was known before. It's merely fanning the flames of discontent among public opinion. And unfortunately for the Rices, they are having to re-live this regrettable episode over and over and over again. At some point, can't we just let them move on?
If Obama had a son, he'd look like Luol Deng.
It's past time for one of these "victims" such as Deng to step out and say something like, "While I don't agree with the comments made about me, I don't take personal offense to them." The libs would go nuts. But that's about what it would take to help prevent unnecessary and exaggerated reactions from the media and the affected organizations.
Jay, we need to be clear that Danny Ferry was simply reading a scouting report on Deng. The "offensive" comment was "he has a little African in him. Not in a bad way, but he's like a guy who would have a nice store out front but sell you counterfeit stuff out of the back."
Not sure I fully understand how/why that description was given of Deng, but I see nothing racist about that at all. If you want to say it was inaccurate or mean, fine. But someone should not be disciplined over an inaccurate or mean scouting report. Especially when it was intended to only be an internal conversation.
This is ridiculous. The new thin-skinned, overly sensitive, PC-America is winning another battle. Not only that, but this is the reality of the Adam Silver-led NBA. And no, that's not a good thing.
JMC, not sure what Durden's contract is (years and money), but if neither is an issue, he's definitely on the hot seat right now. Again, I'm not understanding why the offense looks like it does. Maybe bad protection is part of it, but our O-line ought to be more than prepared after facing our stout D-line in practice. And where is James Stovall on the depth chart? How come that guy is never in the game at WR?
Any Rushmore of female singers needs to include Mariah Carey. Period. I'll go Carey, Houston, Aretha, and Diana Ross.
I hope Ruby Falls isn't paying a flat rate for their sponsored first downs at Finley. Didn't hear the name called one time during the first half! I'm okay with that though; no offense to Ruby Falls, but I wish the sponsored first down would go away. Just add a buck to everyone's ticket to add more revenue.
Any chance Russ will let the D play both sides of the ball going forward? Wow. Can't believe how awful our offense looks. I know we're better than that. Gotta be. If not, Durden won't last past this season.
Any thoughts on the Mocs punting on 4th and 1 from midfield with 2 minutes left? I actually thought it was the right move given how poorly our offense was playing. Any run up the middle would have been stuffed for a loss. Maybe a Jacob naked bootleg would have worked, but that's a big maybe.
No excuse for the 2nd-half onside kickoff. Bad idea and poorly executed. That strategy would have made sense if our offense was playing great and the D wasn't. But it was the other way around on Saturday.
I read the Hawks' owner's email from 2 years ago and I honestly don't see what is wrong with anything that he said. Even black people were commenting on articles yesterday saying it was not offensive. There's something strange about the whole thing though. Maybe he was being blackmailed into 'fessing up himself. Or...he saw how much of a payday Sterling just got for his club and he's trying to dig up his own to dirt to help speed a sale at a high price.
Jay, for the mailbag, do you think there was anything wrong with what Levenson said in his letter? If he didn't voluntarily choose to sell, should Silver have forced him to sell?
Joan Rivers was asked recently if we'd see a woman president first or a gay president. Her response was that we already have a gay president. Lol. I won't say what she said about Michelle. Ouch.
I like Brown, Payton, Sanders, and Tomlinson on the Rushmore. Yes, Tomlinson. Emmitt is overrated. Agreed Peterson could end up there though. And Chas, there's no ban on mentioning OJ. Nor should there be.
I watched Federer make a big comeback last night after being 2 sets down. And he had to save 2 match points in the 4th set to push it to the 5th. It's gotta be the shoes! (He worked with MJ recently to design a new shoe. Even got MJ to come watch his first round match. Awesome.)
I'll give Jacob Huesman this...he works hard, he's poised, and he's a good competitor. That said, I am not yet seeing much development from year to year. Part of that may be due to the coaching too. Either way, I am hoping to see some bigger things from him this year.
[Does that count as a win or a loss for the picks?]
To be fair, it should still count as a loss. You were willing to take the Tigers at -5. Plus, I'm sure there are other times when a winning pick based on Thursday's line would have turned into a losing pick based on Saturday's line.
[Offensive player of the year — Drew Brees, Green Bay]
Brees or Rodgers? I like LeSean McCoy for this award.
Love the Broncos pick to win it all.
I'm a little surprised that Pasquali is picking the upset on Sat. with the Mocs over Jax. St.
The U.S. Open has been exciting even though it's disappointing that the last American man went out in the 3rd round. On clay, I would understand. But on hard court and grass, we should be doing better than that. Anyway, here's hoping that Fed and the Djoker meet in the Finals on Monday.
BL, Lol. JMC, get ready for some over-hyped Sam coverage in your paper.
Agreed that the loss of draft picks would be a better/more appropriate punishment for Irsay and the Colts instead of a fine and/or suspension.
Repeating as champ is harder in today's NFL than the other sports because of the combination of a hard cap and free agency. The parity levels the field each year. As a result, dynasties are long gone from the league. And generally speaking, football teams have it harder to repeat in that it's do or die in the playoffs (unlike the other sports that have playoff series).
Brady: "When I suck, I'll retire." Then why are you still playing, bro? Lol. (Just kiddin', Spy.)
Definitely over 12,500 on Saturday at Finley. Home opener, white-out promotion, good weather, two ranked teams, and a visiting fan base that travels well. This should have the look and feel of the 2010 App game. Except I hope we don't blow a 3-TD lead like we did that day en route to a close loss.
If the NFL wants to get serious about safety, then they should simply shut down the league. Otherwise, let the players put a concussion policy in the CBA if they want to. There's already an added in-game policy that got implemented the last time.
It's one thing to say or do something in the heat of the moment and then admit your wrongness later. But Goodell did a thorough investigation on the Ray Rice incident and only a couple weeks later said he got his decision wrong. I think it looks bad on him because he appears to lack confidence in his ability to make good decisions. And/or he is letting the public opinion sway his attempt to be fair. Neither of those is a good thing for a leader.
And comparing Josh Gordon's suspension with Jim Irsay's is apples to oranges.