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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.
Thursday Night Football has been pretty unwatchable lately, even for this football junkie.
The games have been boring blow-outs that is, unless, your team is the one doing the all the scoring.
For me watching a team get hammered for 60 minutes is pretty unbearable.
Last night’s TNF game started out that way.
The Colts went to town in Houston by scoring 24 points in the first half.
As Yogi Berra would say, it’s deja vu all over again.
I took a break from the blog last week as I mourned the Niners loss to the Cardinals.
It was a painful game for this Niner Faithful to watch. Deja Vu all over again after their self-inflicted loss to the Bears.
I refused to watch the replays, NFL Turning Point, NFL playbook and Inside the NFL.
There is such a thing as too much agony. I’ve been in labor for over 13 hours, I know what pain is.
But just as the memory of labor pain disappears after awhile, so did the memory of the last two losses.
The great thing about sports is that while it can make you feel as if your eyebrows have been ripped off one week, the next week your wax job looks pretty darn nice. That’s what a win does for a fan.
The past two weeks have been unlike any other in the NFL.
The NFL has ruled their kingdom with little input from, well, anyone. They have been arrogant and insulated from outside criticism. But those days are over. The NFL has reached a turning point.
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.
I have had a very busy and hectic personal life this past year and a half. Sometimes life, well, it does get in the way of fun.
I feel like a bear coming out of hibernation and boy am I ready for some honey.
For me, football is fun. It allows me to yell and scream, it allows me to use profanity and it allows me to forget about serious matters. It is an escape, often very much needed.
I approach the football season with tempered expectations and with excitement and nervous anticipation.
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?
If you live in the East Bay of the San Francisco Bay Area and are an A’s or Raiders fan, you are to be congratulated for being damn loyal and persistent. The glory days of the A’s and the Raiders seem like distant memories.
I bet you’re tired of all the drama and the fighting. Can I hear a “JUST WIN BABY”? Amen.
As if the losing seasons weren’t enough, now there is political drama to mix into this bowl of misery.
Who says you can never go home again?
After weeks of speculation, LeBron James made it official, he is returning to his roots to play for the home team.
I think it’s the smartest decision he has ever made.
It shows that even fame and fortune can take a back seat to making things right.
The world of social media is growing and evolving at a pace few could ever predict.
The most recognizable of course are Facebook and Twitter.
But there are some sites targeting specific audiences and interests.
Among those are LinkedIn, Pininterest, Instagram, etc.
The sports world, thus far had not created a “place” of its own.
That is until now.
There is a new social media concept that is unique and different, it is www.TheLocker.com.
It is the first ever-Social Commerce Community that is opening the playing field for female athletes worldwide.
The Locker is revolutionizing the way athletes, pros and amateurs, can connect and share off the field.
Acacia Walker is an Ambassador for TheLocker.
The greatest football show on earth is almost upon us as World Cup 2014 kicks off in Brazil in June. You can be sure that new legends will be born and there will be one or two surprises on the way to crowning the world champions on 13 July. As the excitement builds, check out the teams, players and trends to look out for ahead of this year’s World Cup.
I have long suspected that the NFL was going to completely dominate everything “NFL”.
Nothing proves my point more than the NFL’s artificially created “event”, the NFL Draft.
The avid NFL fan, of which I am one, has separation anxiety after the Super Bowl.
My name is Birgit Rofner, I live in a little ski resort called Kühtai in Austria and I am 19 years old.
I now snowboard for 6 years and love every second in it. I travel the world, compete, meet new people and see all kind of places. I am so grateful I got into this sport, the whole scene is so familiar and funny. I would never give it up or change it to something else!
As the Cincinnati Bengals enter the market with a healthy cap space of around $27 million, bets are on in and around the NFL that the seemingly large financial package will quickly vanish once re-signs and player extensions occur. Nevertheless, some Bengal fans, regardless of the wealth, fear that if the building up of their lines for future seasons doesn’t happen immediately, the next few seasons for the Ohio outfit may look less prosperous.
Gambling with the future
Yet, it’s not just the Cincinnati fans that have concerns for the future development of the things they love. Cincinnati’s state, Ohio, is facing a constitutional test which could quite literally change the future and the behaviour of gambling lover’s state wide.
Ohio, known for its constitutional ban on gambling, has softened its tough stance over recent years to accommodate bricks and mortar style casinos in order to compete with other states opening their doors to economic boosting initiatives.
The Miami Dolphins hosted their annual Girls High School Flag Football Jamboree presented by Under Armour at the Doctor’s Hospital Training Facility in Davie. Approximately 400 student athletes participated in the 13-game event. The Jamboree, a follow up to the girls flag football clinic was a great success, as 26 of the top programs from around South Florida played in the annual tune up.
“We had another successful event this year,” said Miami Dolphins Executive Director of Community Affairs Twan Russell. “Every year, the participation continues to grow and the girls are getting better. This shows how much girls flag football has evolved as a sport and we look forward to doing it again in 2015.”
The 2013-14 Winthrop University women’s basketball team (24-8) captured the program’s first Big South Conference championship on Sunday, March 9, and received an automatic bid to the NCAA Women’s Division I Basketball Tournament. The team will find out who it plays in the first round of the tournament on Monday, March 17, when the 64-team bracket will be announced during the ESPN Selection Show at 7 p.m.
One of the best skaters to ever skate on the ice, Evgeni Plushenko skated the short program and the long program to help his Russian team take gold in the first ever team skating competition. Skating in front of his home crowd, the audience lit up when Plushenko skated on the ice. Both his short program and free-style long program were incredible to watch, as he performed several quads and skated to perfection.
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.