With the NFL lockout coming to an end, football fans everywhere couldn’t be happier. I am excited to see where all the big name free agents will land in the upcoming weeks, hopefully the good ones land in Miami. That’s right, I am a Dolphins fan. Truthfully, I am a football fan in general. I can watch any game, it does not matter who is playing. Here is my favorite football video of all time. It is college football, but football nonetheless.
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Former New York Football Giants wide receiver/special teams player David Tyree has recently stated that same-sex marriage will lead to “anarchy”. I guess I will start by saying I am in favor of gay marriage. I do not particularly care if gay people can get married, my life will go unchanged and so will every other heterosexual’s life. Obviously, it will not be in a church, thus it is not the typical marriage most of us think of. It does not even have to be called marriage, the bottom line is committed gay couples should have the right to the benefits of marriage (http://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/marriage-rights-benefits-30190.html). Now going back to Tyree’s comments – first and foremost, anarchy is defined as 1) the absence of government or 2) the absence or denial of any authority or established order. So in Tyree’s mind, if gay people are allowed to marry then chaos will ensue and people will be fighting against the government like they are in Syria and Libya. Obviously he is speaking based on his religious views, and those religious views are making him sound pretty damn stupid. Gay marriage is legal in 5 states in America and those states still function normally. I do not consider myself to be religious and one of the reasons for that is I do not understand how a book written so long ago is supposed to tell me how to live my life today. It is 2011. Times change, people change, and laws need to change. It boggles my mind that gay marriage is consider a political issue. If you really care about the future of America then gay marriage should not be considered an issue at all.
One of my favorite YouTube videos.
Here is a video of the “controversial” play at the plate in which the San Francisco Giants superstar catcher gets rocked at home plate by Scott Cousins of the Florida Marlins (you may have to click the image for the video to begin playing). The collision resulted in a broken fibula and three torn ligaments in Posey’s leg, obviously ending his season. A lot of people are trying to say that this was a dirty play and that Cousins could have slid in behind Posey and still scored. It is a tie ball game in the 12th inning with 2 outs, Posey appears to have the ball and be turning to lay a tag on Cousins, what is he suppose to do just give up and let Posey tag him out? The play is not as dirty as a lot of analysts and San Fransisco fans are making it seem. It was a hard-nose play and that is what you should expect to see out of a professional athlete. Yea, Posey was defenseless but that is a part of the position, you are going to be vulnerable at times. It is not like Cousins intended on hitting him and ending his season.
Giants GM Brian Sabean said, “If I never hear from Cousins again, or he doesn’t play another day in the big-leagues, I think we’ll all be happy. He chose to be a hero, in my mind. If that’s his flash of fame, that’s as good as it’s going to get. We’ll have a long memory. We talked to (former Giants catcher) Mike Matheny about how this game works. You can’t be that out-and-out overly aggressive. There’s no love lost and there shouldn’t be.” Obviously he got punished for his asinine statement, but if that was one of his players running over the Marlins catcher to score a run do you think he would have had a problem with it? Absolutely not. It is part of the game. If you take away home plate collisions then you might as well take away the ability to break up double-plays. Maybe Sabean should go be the GM for a softball team.
Here is an article from Yahoo! saying how Kareem Abdul-Jabbar essentially thinks that old-time players like Wilt Chamberlain and Bill Russel are the greatest to ever play – not Michael Jordan or LeBron James. Now the James argument will be settled when he is done with his career and has a few championships, and Michael is the greatest to ever play – period. I am not saying that Wilt and Russel weren’t among the greatest, but honestly who did they play? The article says that when Wilt played there were 8 teams. What Kareem should consider is if you take the 5 best players in their prime from the last 20 years and match them up against the 5 best players from 20 years before that – I think the players from the last 20 years would spank them. Players today are so much bigger, stronger, and faster than they were back then. Look at LeBron alone. He is a freak – 6’8 tall, 250 pounds. He does it all too: dribble, shoot, block shots, rebounds, passes, etc. I am not trying to put down the talent that was around back in the day, no doubt there were great players. Comparing the players then to players now is like apples to oranges. And if apples were to play oranges I am betting on oranges.
Barry Bonds = cheating juice head. Above are two pictures that show his physical transformation from when he joined the San Fransisco Giants and his physique the during the last 5 years of his career. Essentially any media coverage surrounding Bonds in the last decade has painted him as a juiced up cheater who hated doing interviews and was jerk to everyone. These things are true – he did do steroids which is technically cheating (under the current MLB rules) and he did hate speaking to the media and was a jerk most of the time. Today news came out that Barry will pay Bryan Stow’s children’s college bills. Bryan Stow is the San Fransisco Giants fan who got brutally beaten outside of Los Angels Dodgers Stadium and has been in a coma for the last two months. Stow is also an EMT & a single father. Apparently Bonds’ contribution occurred when he visited Stow last month but nothing was said about it. I personally do not care that Bonds did steroids, or anyone from that era did steroids. It was not illegal then. Owners knew what was going on. Should he have just came out and admitted it? Certainly. No matter what you think of Bonds, a gesture such as this shows that he is not as self-centered as he is often portrayed. People will have a much tougher time hating him if he continues to do things such as this.
Here is a video of Ray Lewis’ interview with Sal Paolantonio that aired on ESPN this past weekend. I will start by saying that I admire Ray and the work he does within the community. I also admire the way he flat-out brings it every single time he straps pads on. Every time he is on television he is so intense that it makes you feel like you are watching a wrestling superstar put on an act, not an NFL superstar. Anyway, the statement he made saying crime will increase if there is no NFL season because people live through NFL players is a little absurd. I get what he is saying – the NFL preoccupies a lot of people on Sundays so perhaps they are less inclined to go out and partake in criminal activities when their team is playing. If you put it into perspective, the NFL gives fans something to do 1 day out of the week, usually for 5 hours if you watch a game plus some highlights. Does that really significantly reduce the crime rate? Probably not. I doubt there are thugs out there who say “man I’d love to go hold up the gas station with you, but the Ravens are on at 4:30pm and they are playing the Steelers so maybe next week.” I like how he plans on giving back to the less fortunate during the current lockout, and certainly more players should follow in his footsteps. Whether players like it or not they are role models to a lot of people. Another player who is spending his free time wisely is Denver Broncos’ safety David Bruton. In an article on Yahoo!.com Bruton explains how he has been substitute teaching at his former high school in Ohio to keep busy. He makes $90.00 per day, and he obviously is not doing it for the money. It is important to realize that Bruton also graduated from Notre Dame. The current lockout should send a message to all current NFL players and NCAA players – finish your education. Troy Polamalu recently went back to USC to finish his degree. Hopefully more players begin to realize that they cannot put all of their hopes and dreams into the NFL. The fact that it is a high impact sport with a good chance of getting seriously injured should make these athletes realize that they are going to need an education to fall back on when their body, or their bosses, fail them.