Let’s Be Honest About NFL Ratings

There are some who believe that the low tv ratings for the NFL are due to the player’s protests. According to an SI poll, 52% of viewers don’t think it’s the protests. Even though players have repeatedly said that the protests aren’t about disrespecting the flag, or anyone but bringing awareness of the injustices of minorities. Then, you have ‘orange’ calling folks, ‘SOBs’ and demanding that they stand for the flag. Umm, I thought this was the land of the free? Who am I to force views/opinions/thoughts on my neighbors or anyone? And more so, why aren’t you listening to what these players are saying? After all, they’re the ones putting their health on the line every week just to entertain us.

The tv ratings isn’t about the protests, but about everything else that’s going on in the league:

  1. Cheaters are winners and everyone and higher-ups are ok with that….Tom Brady.
  2. Concussions are on the rise in the sport. Maybe parents don’t want their kids playing for the that reason. If you haven’t seen it, watch the movie, ‘Concussion.’
  3. League disciplinarian policies are a joke. Repeat offenders/dirty players get reduced suspensions all the time. How long did it take for Ezekiel Eliot to start serving his 6 game suspension?
  4. Female fans are done waiting for the NFL to take domestic violence seriously.
  5. The No Fun League…until this season, touchdown celebrations were banned/flagged. Now, it’s a circus show after every touchdown.
  6. Saturation. NFL used to have one day that was theirs (Sunday). Now, you have Monday, Thursday and when playoff season roll around, Saturday’s. It’s way too much.
  7. Injuries Galore. How many fantasy teams are busted because of injuries. Seems like every week, a major player goes down. People watch for the headliners, not the second string.
  8. Games are simply bad. The quality at the quarterback position is abysmal this year and teams that were projected to be Superbowl contenders, aren’t what they used to be.

Unless your team is doing well this season, there’s just no need to watch until the NFL get their act together.

Why I’m Afraid of ‘A Christmas Story Live’

Every Christmas, I have to watch ‘A Christmas Story.’ Ever since I was a kid, and TBS started playing it 24hrs, I would watch it. Yes, I have the dvd, but I don’t care, on Christmas Day, it will be watched.

A few weeks ago, I saw a preview for the live performance, and I’m not quite sure how I feel about it? Honestly, it scares me. How many movies were remade or had a sequel and you instantly regretted or wished that they hadn’t touched it at all? (Transformers, Footloose, Weird Science, etc)

The most recent for me was Dirty Dancing thirty year anniversary. F’cking horrible! Everything about it was painful. The actor who played Johnny scowled the entire time and tried too hard to be tough. It was in musical form and there was no lift. Umm excuse me, no lift? If you are going to cast a larger leading lady (which I enjoyed..she wasn’t your typical stick figure actress), the guy should be able to lift. I mean when you think of Dirty Dancing, you anxiously waited for the final dance number.

It took everything in my power not to annihilate my television that night. So now, when I think of ‘A Christman Story,’ I’m just not sure if I can do it? I know this is a play/theatrical verision, but I still have my reservations. I’m hoping it will be good, but I can’t bring myself to watch it.

Step Up Your Standards Heisman

After watching college football highlights, I was appalled when I saw the actions of OU’s quarterback, Baker Mayfield. But his actions weren’t all that surprising to me. Mayfield is just one of many football players (college and NFL) that I have zero respect for. What’s also surprising is the fact that this guy is still the Heisman front runner.

Ok, I get it…you have a chip on your shoulder because you felt like school ‘A’ did you wrong, so you transfered to school ‘B’ because you have something to prove. Why not just prove it on the field? Do you have to be a douche? I’ll give Mayfield credit, he’s a good quarterback in a college system, but will that translate at the pro level?

What sickens me, is that Mayfield is still the front runner of this year’s Heisman competition and I don’t understand why? Well, I get it, kind of. The Heisman selection committee only look at what happens on the football field and nothing else. Ok, point taken. But why not up your standards and look at not only happens on the football field but off it as well? What about character? Leadership? What players do for their communities? The only thing you hear about Saquon Barkley is his on-field play, but because Penn State lost two games, he’s no longer worthy?

Honestly, I’ve kind of lost respect for the Heisman and what it stands for for three reasons: (1) only offensive players win majority of the time, (2) I can’t remember the last a student from a non power conference won? (3) Johnny Manzel won the coveted trophy and we all know how that turned out. I honestly wonder that if the Heisman selection committee looked at more than just on field performance, would that catastrophe had happened?

I mean seriously, you have to go back to 1997 when Charles Woodson (CB) won the trophy. So defensive players, you know where you stand. IF you attend a school that’s not a powerhouse, you virtually have no chance ofwinning. Which is a shame because the quarterback at UCF, McKenzie Milton, is a hell of a quarterback, who hasn’t been in the news for on-field/off-field antics. And lastly, you mean that no other college football player was better than Manzel? Seriously?

Many people just write off Mayfield’s behavior by saying, ‘he’s just a kid.’ Umm, no! The last time I checked, he’s a grown ass man. We’re all taught right from wrong at an early age, so why should his behaviors be written off? Or, ‘it was the heat of the moment,’ and yet you should still keep your composure. As a college athlete, especially since you are a Heisman candidate, you have to know that eyes will be on you at all times. I mean when will you get it through your thick skull and when will we get fed up with his bullsh*t behavior.

It’s like every week, this guy is apologizing for something. Well, if you simply play the game and act like you have common sense, this wouldn’t be an issue. Mayfield, stop embarrassing yourself, your parents, your team, your coaches, OU and college football. His punishment…losing his captain status and not starting in today’s game. Really? OU grow a pair. This guy is supposed to represent your school and what you stand for. But realistically, OU can’t afford to not play him.