And let them ride off into the sunset as Champs!
Let’s just pray that they don’t play like they did in front of Homer Simpson’s house today…
And let them ride off into the sunset as Champs!
Let’s just pray that they don’t play like they did in front of Homer Simpson’s house today…
ESPN. The worldwide leader in sports….or is it something else, something dishonest, something false, something almost as fake as an E! television show.
Although I do enjoy watching my Top 10 from time to time…and those damn 30 for 30s are just too good to pass up, lately ESPN’s news coverage has been a bit unbearable….in fact downright shameful.
It all started last fall with Les Miles and his “pending termination” from LSU.
For a good two weeks ESPN wouldn’t shut up about LSU firing Les Miles, interviewing anyone they could find on campus to ask them their thoughts on the matter. Yes, of course, one of the best college football coaches in the land who has taken his team to 11 bowl games with a 7-4 record, a coach that weaseled his way into convincing the NCAA to share a BCS Championship with USC, a coach who has an overall winning record with 112 wins and 32 loses is going to get canned. Makes sense to me.
Hell the guy is environmental for god sakes, he actually drinks grass. Why would LSU get rid of this guy?
It was so over-publicized that for his last home game in Baton Rouge, his team literally carried him off the field (RUDY, RUDY), because ESPN successfully convinced them that this was the last time they would be playing for Les Miles.
ESPN fasho was front row and center for the post-game press conference for “The Announcement.” Sorry Lebron, not this time.
And you think it couldn’t get any worse? Introducing Super Bowl 50, Cam Newton vs. White America. I’m sure no one can exactly pin point who began this idiotic discussion, but I would definitely bet that ESPN had something to do with it. And why wouldn’t they? Race is a hot enough topic that always ignites rapid fire op-eds and discussions in the news and beyond. Some would say that’s just good journalism…..puke in my mouth.
“The Plight of the Black Quarterback,” they are calling it. Cam Newton is making headlines not because he has led his team to their second Super Bowl or the fact that he is highly favored to win this year’s MVP, but because of his celebratory antics and “fun” behavior on the field.
Unfortunately, the rules that apply to other star quarterbacks in the NFL don’t seem to apply to Newton. And according to ESPN reports, he apparently knows exactly why.
“I’m an African-American quarterback that may scare a lot of people,” Newton said frankly just days after winning the NFC Championship game. “[B]ecause they haven’t seen nothing that they can compare me to.”
Paging Russel Wilson……an African American Quarterback who actually has a Super Bowl ring honey, hold up.
Perhaps Cam Newton is the one who brought up the issue, but ESPN is having a fucking FIELD DAY, covering the story like white on rice….sorry bad choice of words there.
There is not much talk about Peyton Manning, no real talks about the point spread, only talks about Cam Newton and his race.
Linking his antics to his race is somewhat of a cowardly blow (YEAH CAM). However, it is not ‘pathetic cowardice’ that ESPN is worried about it. No, they need to hold the attention of their viewers at all costs, even if it means hosting an on-site poll asking fans to vote what they think of the issue.
Newton’s “race” really isn’t the issue to begin with. The only reason it is an issue is because ESPN is making it “THE ISSUE.” The true issue, which the ESPN poll participants have so sensibly concluded, is his behavior. Nothing about his childish behavior is linked to the color of his skin. Nothing about his college antics of cheating on a number of final exams, stealing expensive electronics from students’ dorm rooms, getting arrested in 2008 with charges of grand theft, burglary, and obstructing justice. And who can forget his father, Cecil Newton, seeking $120,000 to $180,000 for his son to sign with the Bulldogs out of junior college.
His past and present actions speak louder than race. In fact, they SCREAM.
By the way, someone should snatch that Heisman back…..
Bringing up race is never a good idea, unless you are running a news station I guess. I understand why ESPN is fixating on the issue, but I feel that sports is the one place where ACTIONS should speak louder than one’s words or appearance. Only performance on (and off) the field should be judged. ESPN should know better.
I can’t speak for everyone, but I don’t think we are judging Cam Newton by his race. We are judging him strictly on his actions, both past and present. Yes, he loves to have fun on the field and wants everybody to recognize it. Fine, cool, go for it buddy. Just make the cheerleaders look bad why don’t you.
But why ESPN…WHY must you focus on his race? This merely makes the rest of us look bad because by watching your programming (which is prtety inevitable if you are a sports fan), we are unconscionably placing this topic of concern in our own minds, putting the discussion in the forefront, ultimately undermining what we have worked so hard to achieve as a society, where race shouldn’t the ultimate judgement. It’s in the Constitution y’all!
Now I am truly scared to see what type of questions ESPN reporters will ask Newton after the Super Bowl, win or lose. “So Cam, do you feel any BLACK-ER winning/losing the Super Bowl….?”
So I was just about to write-up a post about the dismal Sarkisian situation this Monday morning, and as it turns out, he was fired in a matter of hours, right after lunchtime PST to be exact. Didn’t know it could get any worse 😛
This is definitely one of the darkest times USC football has ever faced. The head football coach has become persona non grata on campus, go figure. Reggie can now plan his celebrated return, Bush pushing it back to Heritage Hall.
The issue of Sark being a drunk shouldn’t really come as a surprise to us SC fans, let alone Pat Haden. Apparently the Washington Huskies, his previous coaching job before taking on SC, were well aware of his addiction and some players even took to their Twitter to LOL about the situation.
Fox Sports even reported several additional incidents that involved Sark and the bottle. Among the reported incidents:
• One former Huskies player claims he “smelled alcohol” on Sarkisian at team meetings “one or two” times;
• Another ex-Huskie said that in 2009, Sarkisian sometimes arrived at meetings “smelling like booze” and with his “eyes all red”;
• Two other former Huskies said Sarkisian and other coaches regularly drank alcohol in their offices;
• Several receipts obtained by the Times show hefty tabs for alcohol paid for in Sarkisian’s name.
So how was Pat Haden not aware of ANY of this? How was this guy even hired?
This unfortunate incident sadly exposes a gaping issue that is bigger than crunk Sarkisian, which could be an even more detrimental to the program. As University Athletic Director, Pat Haden is responsible for managing all athletic programs and hiring those sufficient enough to run said programs. Haden is 0 for 2 with the football program. He didn’t hire Lane Kiffin, but he did drag that along quite nicely. The white visor-wearing douche was a complete disgrace. Coach O was the only savior that graced the football program’s presence finishing the regular season on a high note and he was an interim! Promptly after the season ended, Haden dismissed him in order to make room for Jose Cuervo. Coach O was so distraught by Haden’s decision that he didn’t even stay to coach the team in the Las Vegas Bowl.
Now this a fun trip down memory lane, remember when Haden and Sarkisian got in trouble? On September 8, 2014 he and USC football coach Steve Sarkisian were reprimanded by Pac-12 Conference commissioner Larry Scott for attempting “to influence the officiating, and ultimately the outcome of a contest” during the September 6 game with Stanford. Haden was fined $25,000. Yea that was fun…..
Haden’s employee vetting almost reminds me of a certain under-qualified Vice Presidential candidate…….
Pat Haden must be under some serious fire, putting him in the HOT seat. I mean ridiculously HOT, the HOT that is only found in HELL, HOT. The man has only been Athletic Director for roughly 5 years. I understand that the deistic legacy of Pete Carroll still runs deep within the program and forever will be until the man gets a gold statue on campus, but that doesn’t mean we need to try and desperately hang on to every individual that had some sort of connection to the winning program. I know it may be hard to digest, but USC needs to start fresh and try and establish a new order.
I know it’s scary to go out and try something new guys, but in the long run you will be respected for it even if you falter for a short while. But then again this is College Football we’re talking about, the one athletic program that is so highly coveted that some universities’ entire endowment is given just to the football program. Clearly our priorities are in line.
All we can do in the interim is hope that Sarkisian seeks out the proper rehabilitation treatment to help him alleviate his alcohol addiction. AND for Haden to get a clue
So Steve Sarkisian got a little crunk on the big Salute to Troy night for the USC Football Program. According to several sources, he was fumbling around, used foul language and insulted other programs, particularly Notre Dame, Oregon and UCLA (nice). This became dreadfully apparent after he showcased his inner frat boy while screaming “Fight the Fuck On,” into the podium mic right in front of the baby boomer big time donors. Once his three sheets to the wind state became brazenly evident, Pat Haden immediately escorted him off the stage and began scolding him behind closed doors. Thanks Dad.
The only real sources from that night is a 5 second video clip from some random, a few tweets here and there and straight word of mouth…like the good old days.
LA Times Sports columnist Bill Plaschke released a quite alarming video stressing the issue that USC really needs to be concerned about coach Steve Sarkisian’s behavior at the Salute to Troy event.
It’s almost as if he is rooting for some sort of immediate termination. Sarkisian released a statement claiming that he mixed prescription medicine with alcohol, mind you that this alcohol was completely free all night and most likely the best money can buy. Any intelligent individual would have to agree that his behavior was irresponsible, childish and wrong, especially because he is the head football coach, one of the highest positions of authority on campus, some may even argue even in the Pac-12 Conference.
So Plaschke’s reactionary video draws up some important points but I think his response was more so fueled by that “shocking” gossip chatter that many nowadays consider actual news. The guy is going through a messy divorce and decided to throw back a few free drinks. Who wouldn’t do the same? The only difference is that this guy had to go up and make a speech in front of hundreds of people, the same people who have very deep pockets, pockets that would like to be lightened by generous donations and such. Plaschke has every right to say what he thinks and feels, that’s why the LA times pays him. However, this Plaschke response seems a bit exaggerated, placing emphasis on buzz worthy words like “problems,” “humiliation,” and of course, the cliche “this is your wake-up call.” Did Sarkisian even need a wake-up call in the first place? How his players look at him is not the problem at all Plaschke, if anything his players are applauding this type of behavior because they can relate first-hand, “Hey, coach gettin’ turnt up!”
Funny how things can change over the span of 1 year, 1 incident no less.
Sarkisian has a lot of responsibilities that he must be held to on and off the field. This unfortunate event couldn’t have come at a worse time for USC. This is the first year USC is off NCAA probation. The Class of 2015 is the first full recruiting class USC has been able to put together for the first time in four years. This is still USC’s year, their time to rise and shine despite Sarkisian’s antics. Don’t ride off a team just because their coach got drunk. I bet you anything Les Miles does this shit all the time. Then again, that is the sacred SEC and this is the menial Pac-12, standards could be a bit skewed.
I don’t think a formal punishment is necessary. I think the shame and embarrassment alone will suffice for now until the season even starts. Sarkisian knows what he has to do this season to shut people up: WIN.
College Football 2015 is fast approaching and I can hardly contain my excitement. Almost as excited as Tim Tebow’s first day as an Alter Boy.
So I assembled my top 10 reasons to be excited for the upcoming 2015 season.
10. Alabama vs. Tennessee
Even though Tennessee will be meeting Alabama in Tuscaloosa, it will still be entertaining to see Lane Kiffin squirm on the sidelines. After all, Knoxville did name their sewage system after Kiffin’s unexpected departure. Only a lucky few college football coaches have ever received such an honor.
9. Charlie Strong Wrangling The Longhorns?
Is Charlie Strong in the hot seat? As college football fans are well aware, Texas football is not only a way of life, it IS life. They expect championships and expect no less. Charlie Strong is entering his second year as their head coach. His 2nd! Honestly, if Texas wins one more game than they did last year, that wouldn’t matter. But if Texas faces another dismal season in 2015 and fires Strong entering the 2016 season….geeze, get a life Texas.
8. Beat the Irish!
Notre Dame is ranked #10 in the preseason polls. It really grinds me gears that no matter how shitty they were the season before, Notre Dame always seems to creep their way into the top 25 preseason poles. WTF?! Yea well, Rudy won’t save you this season.
7. Wow! Oregon’s Uniforms!
You gotta hand it to them, every season the Oregon Ducks give our eyes a nice little gift: tight neon-colored spandex boasting feathers of flight. Flight to Football. Nice.
6. Urban Meyer’s Non-Existent Health Problem
Let’s see if he makes it out another year. Sorry Meyer family, the Buckeyes are far more important than you. Careful there Urban, your anger may only exacerbate that heart condition of yours….
5. Everett “Cheater” Golson Taking Over For Crab Legs
Should be entertaining to see a Notre Dame drop out attempt to form his own legacy following Heisman Trophy-Winning Crab Stealing Misogynist Winston. It is quite the legacy, I must say. However, Golson is one of the smallest QBs in the game. Apparently, Golson could be the shortest Florida State QB in nearly 30 years. He has no chance.
4. Introducing Ann Arbor’s Own: Constipation Face
I don’t know about you, but I’m excited to see Constipation Face take the Big House by storm. Not so much with his football team, but with his douche-bag childish antics and ridiculous facial expressions, I’m sure we are in for some pure laughter. Those high rising tight khakis alone are up for a College Football comeback.
And my personal favorite….
3. Another Year, Another Year Older Can Only Mean One Thing: Retirement For Lee Corso!
Homeboy needs to pack his bags and take up golf. Someone just has to beat College Game Day out of him. Or maybe just have one bad fall….. (I’m going to hell)
2. Playoffs Take 2
2nd time can be a charm.
1. FIGHT ON
Oh yeah 🙂
The Resurrection is real people. And no, I am not talking about Easter. But if you put it that way, this may be an Easter of sorts….an Easter for one.
Tim Tebow is gracing the NFL with his holy presence yet again. I don’t know about you, but frankly, I am quite excited about this revival.
Throwing the words “resurrection” and “revival” could be a bit of a stretch, but hey, who am I to hate on one of Jesus’s football disciples? Granted Tebow never went to Notre Dame, but I am sure he has a poster of “Touchdown Jesus” pasted up on one of his walls next to his Florida Gator crucifix.
Just like Jesus, Tebow has seen and experience adversity in his days. The NFL maliciously swallowed and spit out Tebow 2 years ago, leaving him nothing except his unrelenting faith in GOD and in the good graces of the almighty SEC Network.
The comeback of Tebow is upon us and I couldn’t be more excited. And to top it off, I couldn’t think of a better city to open up their loving arms and embrace the God Squader like a brother than Philadelphia. Although the Philadelphia Eagles already have a so-called “quarterback,” Tebow could be the perfect accessory to Chip Kelly’s fast-paced offense.
Will Tebow get any action? Who the hell knows. He only signed a 1 year contract agreement. As a die-hard USC Trojan fan, you would think I would be rooting for the ladder. Don’t get me wrong, I am fully pulling for Matty Barkley to dazzle the City of Brotherly Love with his cannon of an arm and Little Rascal smile. Also pulling for Mark Sanchez to fully recover from his butt fumble concussion and come to realize that retirement would be more of a favor to the entire sports world than just himself.
But you have to admit, there is just something about Tebow that is unrelentingly charming. Setting aside his “Don’t Get an Abortion Because I Was Almost One” SuperBowl commercial, Tebow has a great attitude on his shoulders, a contiguously positive attitude that many could and should envy. Can’t hate a guy for trying and trying and trying and trying to make his dreams come true.
Rooting against Tebow is like rooting for Moses to drown in the Red Sea or for Joseph to never find that Technicolor Dreamcoat. No…..that’s just wrong.
And the best part of all? Tebow-ing will be making it’s comeback with a vengeance…..in PRETZEL FORM.
The NFL Football Draft is almost upon us and the prospective picks are definitely the “buzz.” But can we really take these meat heads seriously?
In fact, can we take any professional football analyst, NFL scouts or coaches seriously? Can we trust their judgement when it comes to selecting players who they deem worthy enough to take them to the Super Bowl promise land? It’s important to remember that more than half of these analysts, scouts and coaches were former football meat heads themselves.
I love College Football, but honestly come NFL Draft season, I can’t help but get a little discouraged. Not only do you feel for these players whose futures lie in the decrepit hands of 60-something men who are either geniuses or don’t know what the hell they are doing, but you also can’t help but get your hopes up. “Future of the Franchise” they will say!
If you are a football fan, you can easily count the number of NFL busts. Although the list may be plentiful, it is still soul crushing to recall the fact that these once great athletes are now either in jail, on weight watchers, making PURPLE DRANK, addicted to drugs, etc. It is the type of sad feeling that makes you evaluate and reflect on your own life and the choices you make along the way.
Hello, have you seen Moneyball…?!
What isn’t sad is predicting the next upcoming NFL busts. Maybe because it has yet to happen or makes you feel like a Jedi Knight predicting the future, but the point is that these players’ reality has yet to set in and the potential for them to “bust” is up in the air. Feelings of grief and sorrow may or may not occur. So hey, don’t feel bad!
So here are my top 5 predictions for this year’s potential NFL busts. The players on this list aren’t necessarily newbies or rookies. Some are players who have played professionally for a few years and are on the verge of “busting.” SO let the judging begin.
1. Jameis Winston
Jameis Winston seems like an obvious choice for the top pick in the 2015 draft. He not only led Florida State to an undefeated season and a national championship, but he won the Heisman Trophy behind some incredibly efficient numbers.
However, this past 2014 season? Not so much. With 21 touch downs and 17 interceptions this year despite an offense with a massive talent advantage, I highly doubt that he has the budding future of a franchise QB.
His long list of off-field antics is just embarrassing. His shameful behavior has caused many to doubt whether he is too much of a risk to consider a franchise quarterback. You have to admit, any 20-year who has the college football world at his feet is going to have some indiscretions under his belt. But steering clear of the “no duh” obvious, a professional man would exercise some civility. Yea, good luck with that Crab Boy.
2. Johnny Manziel
Oh Johnny. Where to begin….?
Short, Frail, Incompetent, Party Boy, Immature, Out of the Pocket Scrambler, Fugly…..these are just some of the words that accurately describe Johnny Football. Although he was an exciting player to watch at Texas A&M, he has barely seen any noteworthy action in the Pros.
For starters, he didn’t make his first start until the season was all but lost. When he did start, let’s just say that it didn’t go so well. In total he has only thrown 175 yards with ZERO touchdowns. Go Team Hoyer.
All he has been actively demonstrating is his lack of respect. Although he may not look the part, he is definitely a Gronkowski “Meat Head” wannabe, partying it up every chance he gets (My apologies for sullying the name of “Gronk,” the meat head actually has a Super Bowl Ring). Manziel’s partying ways took him all the way to rehab prior to his upcoming 2nd NFL season, which could more or less be the stark realization that he may not be cut out for the NFL limelight.
Not exactly sure if one can surmise that he is not talented or dedicated enough for the game, but one thing is for certain, he is well on his way to becoming a bust.
3. Mark Sanchez
OMG, does this guy suck. I have to admit, I DO love saying that 🙂
Although he has played a number of years in the NFL, Sanchez has yet to experience any well-deserved credit for his less than stellar athletic ability. And who the hell would give it to him anyway?
In his four years as a starter for the Jets, he was historically bad at playing quarterback, a fact that didn’t stop the Jets from signing him to a multi-million-dollar extension. Also, lest we never forget: the butt fumble. One of the most glorious moments in NFL history… well not if you are a Mark Sanchez fan.
The “Sanchise” quarterback is now the backup in Philadelphia, Nick Foles #2, another Pac-12 quarterback who didn’t nearly experience similar success at Arizona University. My the tables have turned for Dirty Sanchez.
4. Colin Kaepernick
This may be a long shot, but Kaepernick’s performance towards the end of the 2014 was anything but stellar. With the sudden departure of his winning head coach Jim Harbaugh, the expected trade of their powerhouse running back Frank Gore and locker room shenanigans erupting, Kaepernick’s fate seems a bit muddled.
Sure he runs like a gazelle and has made a Super Bowl appearance, but without strength in leadership as well as support from his fellow teammates, Kaepernick may surely lose it. He can be just as disposable as his former mentor, Alex Smith.
However, I do have to acknowledge the fact that Kaepernick wasn’t necessarily a top pick coming out of Nevada. Being drafted in the second round isn’t bad at all. But when the label “NFL Bust” is flung around the locker room, it is assumed that the player in question was initially expected to perform at a high level before seeing any professional action. I am not sure if high expectations surrounded Kaepernick during the draft, nevertheless, his performance this last season along with the ambiguous future of the 49ers may mark the beginning of the end.
(Yea, you tell him Sherman)
5. Ray Rice vs. Adrian Peterson
The issue among these two players isn’t based on their athletic ability. It’s their off-field antics that may haunt them for the rest of their lives, so much so that they may not recover.
Both were caught in the act of beating one of their family members publicly, who were then dually reprimanded by the NFL, forcing them to leave the game in the 2014 season. Although Rice’s actions erupted a mass attack on the NFL and their domestic abuse policy, Peterson’s “debatable” actions also ignited an open commentary on corporal punishment. It was so serious that the NFL had to give up a precious Super Bowl commercial slot addressing domestic violence, losing millions and millions of dollars, money which could have been allocated towards something that benefits everyone, like beer.
Public perception has the keen ability (and perhaps burden) to either positively or negatively effect an individuals’ appearance and character. Despite evidence to the contrary, that perception can be everything, especially in this digital age where information is at everyone’s fingertips in an instant.
This wouldn’t be your feel good come back story of the season folks. Rice and Peterson did some not so nice things and people will not let them easily forget, score a few touchdowns and collect their checks. Public opinion may never let these athletes recover.
Despite the setback, I am certain that both Rice and Peterson will return to the NFL. Whether they return triumphantly is highly questionable.