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This, just as fans were beginning to believe that their team was headed for years of winning football, this as the 49ers were touting the new stadium and selling us SBL’s and high priced tickets.
This is the moment when Jed York and his sidekick, Trent Baalke, pulled a dirty little trick on everyone.
They fired the coach, installed an incompetent coach, they divested themselves of talented coaches at every position save for Tom Rathman as the running backs coach, and left the pantry empty of talented players.
We had a treasure trove of draft picks and plenty of room under the salary cap, but Baalke squandered it all.
There is not enough lipstick on the shelves of Walmart to turn this pig into a winner anytime soon.
I have not been feeling much love for the NFL, as evidenced by my lack of posts recently.
I have been an avid, yes, almost, fanatical NFL fan for the last 60 years.
That passion led to the creation of this website, which I began nearly 20 years ago.
But over the last several years I have been struck by the NFL’s inherent greed and thirst for power.
This is not to say that I don’t love watching the game and watching strong and powerful athletes compete at the highest level.
I do. But it is the NFL and its almost monopolistic and self-serving practices that are calling for serious examination.
The recent anthem protest initiated by Colin Kaepernick is the most recent wart on the NFL’s pristine ass.
It has become as nasty as our 2016 Presidential Election, and that ain’t good for the NFL.
Calling all readers, Femmefan has been taking time to reflect and live life.
Starting this year I am going to switch things up a bit, doing a little more creative writing and focussing on the important …
I have grown increasingly critical of the NFL, but I am not alone.
The 2014 NFL season has been, to put it bluntly, a freakin nightmare for the league that thinks it can do no wrong.
It has gone from the No Fun League to the No Freaking Leaks league. Tony Soprano would be proud of how these guys circled the wagons.
Roger Goodell has managed to keep the media at bay and direct attention to the field of play.
How? By using Muhammad Ali’s “Rope a Dope” strategy.
The league is meeting with owners and the players union behind closed doors. The media is not getting much information from any of the parties so the NFL has been able to quell the noise, for now.
Everyone connected with the NFL is acutely aware of the public relation hits they have taken and they are taking a page out of Ali’s game plan, the “Rope a Dope”.
The plan is to cause the opponent to “punch himself out” and make mistakes which the boxer can then exploit in a counter-attack.
Well here we are heading into the second week of NFL football.
And what a week it has been.
First and foremost, the Ray Rice fiasco has been at the forefront of the news all week.
And rightly …
The start of the NFL regular season has been overshadowed by the stunning video released on Monday by TMZ, graphically showing Ray Rice knocking out his fiancee in an hotel elevator.
How can the NFL say it did its due diligence before imposing the 2 game suspension on Rice?
Obviously there was an altercation in the elevator, obviously the hotel had all the video. You can not convince me that the NFL was “not afforded the opportunity to look at the video”, as Goodell stated.
So then how is it that the all powerful NFL was unable in the last 5 months, to see that video?
I call bull shit on the NFL.
It is a mere two days before the NFL regular season kicks off. YAY!
The highly anticipated kick-off to the season features the Green Bay Packers’ explosive offense vs. the number one ranked defense in the league, Seattle’s legion of boom.
The Seahawks look ready to defend their title.
The power and influence the NFL wields continues to grow.
The league has become so dominant that few, if any, challenge it.
My first inkling of their master plan, to control every aspect of its product, was the introduction of the NFL Network.
The control of TV rights is a major piece of the NFL bottom line strategy.
What better way to get a bigger piece of the NFL pie than to own the TV rights?
Sports are an antidote to what ails us. We can immerse ourselves in the games, the news, the gossip and the seemingly endless dialogue. It is an escape that we can all use at one time or another.
There was a time when only avid sports fans, primarily men, were interested in things such as the injuries, stats and the draft. It’s a whole new NFL world now.