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.

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.

Football….wtf? pt. 2

Let’s wander to our northern neighbors, Canada. CFL’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats have been in the news all this week and have come under scrutiny over the hiring of Art Briles. Again, if you’re a football lover, or follow the game, you’re probably scratching your head saying, wtf? I swear, no one does background checks anymore.

IF you’re new to the situation, Art Briles was fired from Baylor University for a major sexual assault scandal involving the football team when was the head coach. On August 28th, it was reported that Briles had received a position as a coach for the Tiger Cats. Shortly after that, Briles was fired.

How in the hell did this guy get hired by a CFL team in the first place? Did the Tiger-Cats not do a background check? Was there no questioning during the interview? Is there a huge lack of offensive coaches that the team had no other choices? I personally and probably hundreds of other people are thankful that Hamilton thought twice and took another look at this person who was to have a leadership role. Honestly, Briles should never be allowed to coach again. Why isn’t he black balled?

Not only did Hamilton have a shyt storm of backlash for the Art Briles move, to make matters worse, the team worked out Johnny ‘football’ Manziel later in the week. Again, unless you haven’t been following football for the last decade, why wasn’t this an immediate red flag? What are you doing Hamilton?

Manziel, who is one of the biggest busts of the NFL in my opinion, has proven time and time that he’s not ready for the spotlight. Everything about Manziel screams cocky and immature, who also had an incident with an ex-girlfriend. His off field problems were too much to handle that NFL coaches didn’t want to deal with him. Johnny may have had success as a college athlete, but quickly proved that he couldn’t handle the NFL.

I personally wonder who’s doing the scouting and hiring for the Tiger-Cats because they need to be fired. There has to be other qualified QB’s and offensive coaches out there. Did you really have to scrape the bottom of the barrel? I’m pretty sure that Hamilton would just rather just scratch this week like it never happened. But, it did and we all saw it!