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You Spy your gridiron hero

Edit:  I watched most of the pre-season game between the Indianapolis Colts and the Philadelphia Eagles tonight.  It was aired on Fox; Daryl Johnston and Kenny Albert provided commentary.  Colts 23 and Eagles 15.  Final score.  Get game summary, stats, and play-by-play here.

Before I get back to the regularly scheduled blog entry, I just have to say that Kevin Curtis amazes me still…and not just because I happen to think il est tres beau.  He’s beautiful.  His spirit is substantial.  It’d probably leave behind footprints if one looked hard enough.  Handprints.   Another player that caught my intrigue: Eagles safety Quintin Mikell is very articulate.  Curt Menefee interviewed him on the sidelines.

I also want to mention one of the crowd shots.  In the first half of the fourth quarter, I believe, the camera juxtaposed two couples–one pair Colts fans and the other Eagles fans.  The female in both couples was using a hand-held mobile device.  Speaking of which, according to the commentators, Roger Goodell, the NFL commissioner, banned players using cell phones, Blackberries, and iPhones ninety minutes prior to a game and through the end of the game.  It was implemented a couple years ago.  Ninety minutes? Really?  What if there’s a family emergency?  Is there a designated “receptionist” that will pass along such messages?

Okay, now back to the regularly scheduled post.


What would you do if you were in public somewhere and came across an athlete that you respect and admire very much?   Would you just bask in the (sur)reality of their presence?  Would you say hello in as friendly and deferential manner as you could demonstrate? Would your decision to acknowledge him/her be dependent upon whether or not you and s/he were alone?

Would you go for a photo op if it seemed appropriate?


NoteThe above picture is a work of creative fiction.

Off Topic: When people go lame

You needn’t become more lame. When people suck or bite or just plainly go the way of the outdated floppy disk, you could hit them with your best shot, but it’s best to strike them where it hurts the most. Their ego.

From the obscured-mean to the blatant-mean retorts to unsolicited come-ons to jabs at someone else’s competency and intellect, the right words in the right combination can do wonders more damage than a wallop to the noggin.

I was at the Z Gallerie store in Alpharetta last weekend and saw this book. I flipped through it and had to possess it. Observe my favorites below. More sophisticated than playground antics of “I know you are but what am I” and more painful than sarcasm, try them out sometime. Really. :


From the chapter on Looks

Tell someone that he or she is, in fact, unsightly:

“You’re dark and handsome. When it’s dark, you’re handsome.”

“I’ve had a lot to drink, and you still don’t look good.”

“You have such a striking face. Tell me, how many times were you struck there?”

“Let me guess: You’re the kid who made a silly face and it stayed that way.”


Tell someone that you can smell him or her:

“Nice cologne. Must you marinate in it?”

“Just because you can’t smell it doesn’t mean the rest of us aren’t suffering.”

“Do me a favor and go through the car wash–without your car.”


Tell someone that he or she has no sense of style (ever or for the moment):

“Whatever kind of look you were going for, you missed.”

“I’m sure that would look good on someone.”

“Is that fabric fire retardant?”

“We’ve taken a vote: you’re trying too hard.”

From the chapter on The Young and the Old

How to give the old a reality check:

“Is your memory in black and white?”

“Yes, I’ve heard that story before. An hour ago.”

“You know so much. Too bad you don’t remember anything.”

“It must be hard to be nostalgic when you have no memory of your past.”

“You look like a million bucks–all green and wrinkled.”

“Your social security number must be in single digits.”


How to give the young a reality check:

“You still think you can be anything you want–and get paid for it.”

“You still think you can change the world.”

“You still think you know everything.”

“You’re so young, you think people other than your parents will believe you’re special.”

“Your lack of experience is matched only be your surplus of ego.”

“You should have grown out of that by now.”

From the chapter on Brains

Tell the dumb they shouldn’t go dumber:

“If brains were taxed, you’d get a rebate.”

“If you spoke your mind, you’d be speechless.”

“Don’t get lost in thought–it’s unfamiliar territory.”

“Don’t let your mind wander–it’s too little to be let out alone.”

“If you were smarter, I could teach you fetch.”

“Brains aren’t everything. In fact, in your case they’re nothing.”

“If what you don’t know can’t hurt you, you’re practically invulnerable.”

“Most people live and learn. You just live.”

“You’d need twice as much sense to be a half-wit.”

“Ignorance can be cured. Stupid is forever.”

“It’s not the technology–it’s you.”

“The fact that no one understands you doesn’t mean you’re an artist.”

“You throw like a girl who can’t throw.”


The Classic: One Short, Two Shy

“You’re two sheep short of a sweater.”

“You’re a couple of knights short of a Crusade.”

“You’re a few beers short of a six-pack.”

“You’re a few french fries short of a Happy Meal.”

“You’re a few sandwiches short of a picnic.”

Swing by your nearest Z Gallerie store to read the rest. For more information on the book, click here.

In some NFL news, Roger Goodell speaks about current league events. The San Diego Chargers and New Orleans Saints are going Brit-side this weekend.

NFL News: Roger Goodell, Just say no

Jamais plus to “I spy with my little eye”…  or zoom lens or mobile phone or teeny, tiny, yellow polka-dotted digital camcorder.

Siphoned from NFL.com:

Goodell seeks more inspections, harsher penalties for spying

Associated Press

NEW YORK — NFL commissioner Roger Goodell wants to crack down on spying next season with more inspections and harsher penalties, steps that follow the disciplining of the New England Patriots for taping opponents’ signals.


Goodell is urging tougher action on teams and employees that would include unannounced inspections of locker rooms and coaches’ areas in press boxes and a lower standard of proof for imposing discipline on those who violate rules. Loss of draft choices would be a possible punishment.

The changes, first disclosed in The Washington Post on Friday, are contained in a memo obtained by The Associated Press. It was sent to the league’s rule-making competition committee, which will make recommendations to the owners at the league meeting starting March 30 in Palm Beach, Fla.

“I think there are a number of steps that should be taken in advance of the start of the 2008 season to improve and strengthen the enforcement procedures designed to preserve the competitive integrity of the game,” Goodell wrote in the memo.

It is a direct outgrowth from Spygate, which resulted in severe fines against coach Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots, and the forfeiture of New England’s first-round draft choice after the confiscation of tapes during the opening game of the season against the New York Jets.

The tapes and other evidence were subsequently destroyed, leading to further outcry, including a meeting between Goodell and Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., who expressed his displeasure at disclosures that the Patriots’ spying may have gone back to 2000.



Read the rest of the article here.

NFL Noise: What’s a Little Collusion to You? and some MLB paychecking

Something I stumbled upon while browsing SportingNews.com.

NFL, union on course for work stoppage in 2011

Posted: February 21, 2008

For the first time in 15 years, NFL Players Association officials have uttered the “C” word — collusion. It asserts league owners are trying to frustrate free-agency rights granted by the landmark collective bargaining agreement of 1993 and threatens to disrupt a decade and a half of labor peace in the NFL.

Here’s the broader question: Is this a fundamental change in the league’s labor-management relationship?

For years, media members and fans suspected things were a bit too cozy between the NFL’s top officials and leaders of the players’ union. In 2006, broadcaster Bryant Gumbel gave the following advice to Roger Goodell, who was about to become commissioner:

“By making the docile head of the players’ union his personal pet, (former commissioner Paul Tagliabue) has kept the peace without giving players the kind of guarantees other pros take for granted. Try to make sure no one competent ever replaces Upshaw on your watch.”

The comment, made during HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, spelled trouble for Gumbel, who was about to become lead announcer on NFL Network games.

In hindsight, it can be concluded that union president Gene Upshaw fleeced Tagliabue during the 2006 negotiations on the collective bargaining agreement. Upshaw secured for the players nearly 60 percent of the league’s “total football revenue.” He also won a long list of player-friendly changes to the non-economic portion of the rules as part of a take-it-or-leave-it proposal.

“Total football revenue” includes the NFL’s primary cash sources — television money and ticket sales, plus local radio and television income, stadium revenue and lesser revenue streams. The union got that cash pool in place of one called designated gross revenue, which was based on TV and ticket money.

The accord won big; owners ratified the CBA 30-2.


Read the rest of Mike Florio’s article here.

To read about Major League Baseball players’ salaries, click here.

NFL News: Holy Rusted Metal, Batman! i mean Patriots!

Freshly picked from Yahoo Sports (and in its entirety):

Patriots’ historic game to be available to all of America, after all

By RACHEL COHEN, AP Sports Writer
December 26, 2007

NEW YORK (AP) — After weeks of insisting they wouldn’t cave in, NFL officials did just that Wednesday. Now all of America can see the Patriots’ shot at history.

Saturday night’s game between New England and the New York Giants on the NFL Network, which is available in fewer than 40 percent of the nation’s homes with TVs, will be simulcast on CBS and NBC.

The Patriots could become the first NFL team to go 16-0 in the regular season.

“We have taken this extraordinary step because it is in the best interest of our fans,” commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement after the league announced it was reversing course. “What we have seen for the past year is a very strong consumer demand for NFL Network. We appreciate CBS and NBC delivering the NFL Network telecast on Saturday night to the broad audience that deserves to see this potentially historic game. Our commitment to the NFL Network is stronger than ever.”

NFL Network spokesman Seth Palansky said officials would have no further comment Wednesday.

The NFL had claimed that the onus of making the game widely available fell on the major cable providers with which the league has bitterly feuded. Companies such as Comcast and Time Warner have declined to carry the network as part of basic packages.

But lawmakers have pressured the NFL to ensure more viewers could see the game. Last week, two prominent members of the Senate Judiciary Committee sent a letter to Goodell threatening to reconsider the league’s antitrust exemption.

Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., who co-wrote the letter with Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., said he was “delighted” by the NFL’s concession.

“I think it was a smart move on their part,” he said in a phone interview.

Leahy expected to speak with Goodell again next month about the ongoing question of how many fans will be able to see games on the channel. Saturday’s matchup wraps up the NFL Network’s second season of airing live contests, with eight per year. This one and a key Thursday night game between Green Bay and Dallas last month drew widespread complaints about the lack of availability.

“I never completely gave up hope, but I was getting a little discouraged Christmas afternoon when we still had not gotten a positive answer,” said Leahy, who added that his staff members were talking with NFL officials during the holiday.

Local TV affiliates in the Boston, Manchester, N.H., and New York areas that were already set to simulcast the game under NFL policy will still air it. That means viewers in those markets will have four channels to choose from if they get NFL Network.

That did not make officials at WWOR in New York happy.

“The NFL is in clear violation of their agreement with WWOR/My9,” the station said in a statement. “We fully expect the league to honor their commitment to My9 as the exclusive free over-the-air broadcaster for Saturday’s telecast of the New England Patriots at New York Giants game.”

In a statement, NFL Network spokesperson Seth Palansky said: “We are in the process of reviewing the situation as it relates to Channel 9.”

According to Palansky, there have been no complaints from the Boston market.

Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., who had urged cable and NFL executives to settle the dispute, had a much more positive reaction to the league’s announcement.

“I couldn’t be more thrilled that as the Patriots rush toward an historic undefeated season, football fans everywhere have won a victory of their own,” Kerry said. “With today’s announcement, the NFL showed their loyalty to the sports fans who made the NFL an empire in the first place.

“The best news of all is that now no die-hard Pats fans will be shut out from watching their team take aim at football history,” Kerry said in a statement.

This will be the first three-network simulcast in NFL history and the first simulcast of an NFL game since the inaugural Super Bowl in 1967, when CBS and NBC televised the meeting of the champions of the newly merged National Football League and American Football League.

“We’re happy to accommodate the NFL’s request for a joint national simulcast of this potentially historic game to make it available to the widest possible audience,” said Dick Ebersol, NBC Universal’s chairman for sports and Olympics.

NBC was scheduled to air “Dateline NBC” and a repeat of “Law & Order: SVU” during the time slot. CBS was set to broadcast the movie “Good Night, and Good Luck” and “48 Hours: Mysteries.”



How cool is this?!   Same game, different networks–near side-by-side, simultaneous comparison of the televised aesthetic!   I know where I’ll be Saturday night.   I’d do a triple-salchow-triple-toe-triple-loop if i could.