I had some online discussions with folks yesterday about Marshawn Lynch, and how he repeatedly answered reporters at Super Bowl Media day with “I’m just here so I don’t get fined.” I was saying that the NFL needs more Marshawn Lynch.
I received responses such as:
this guy is such a tool. When you join the NFL, you represent the NFL, which means your represent the Seahawks. People and kids look up to the players, their idols. And this guys is just an asshole, has been from day one. Great role model.
Let me get this straight: Marshawn Lynch sacrifices his body 16 Sundays a year to generate money for the NFL and the Seattle Seahawks. You know, the NFL, the organization that arbitrarily punishes players for off the field behavior, collectively bargains to make sure the players don’t get one more penny than they “deserve”, and repeatedly hid evidence of the long term effects of concussions.
Now somehow Lynch is the bad guy?
Personally, I think that Marshawn is a great role model. I want my kids looking up to someone who sticks up for himself against an organization like the NFL in the middle of their circus that is the Super Bowl. Honestly, how many ways does Marshawn have to make a statement that will mean something without losing his livelihood he’s worked so hard for?
Kudos to you, Marshawn.
Please just stop grabbing your crotch, ok? That’s one thing I don’t want my kids to emulate.
I used to LOVE watching NFL football. I also enjoy college football, but the speed and precision of the pro game were leaps and bounds more entertaining for me.
The past year has exposed a lot of issues with the NFL. I know that for at least myself, it’s gotten pretty frustrating to watch and follow the league, and I’ve started to giving up on them.
I’ve probably put more thought into this than I should, but I’d like to go through my list of suggestions on how I would fix the league. Some of these will likely end up with blog posts of their own, but I wanted to summarize my overall thoughts.
If I were supreme leader of the National Football League, these are the initiatives I would institute immediately (in no particular order):
- Full time officials
- Permanent cameras trained on each end of the goal lines and all out of bounds lines
- Lights on the line-of-scrimmage sticks that go off when the play clock or game clock goes to zero
- A replay system where every play is watched by the replay official, just as in college. The referee on the field would never go “under the hood”.
- Replay review of penalties, particularly pass interference.
- Stop the clock on first downs, at least in the final 2 minutes of the 2nd and 4th quarters.
- Better control of the clock by the officials on the field, similar to what is used in the NBA and major conferences in NCAA basketball.
- Fire Roger Goodell
- Create more consistent rules governing player discipline for off the field actions.
I’ll elaborate on these points later with follow up posts going into more detail.
What do you think the NFL can do to improve the game? Leave your suggestions in the comments!
In one brief statement after last Sunday’s season finale in the Meadowlands, Jerry Jones summed up the direction and organizational philosophy of the Dallas Cowboys in the way that only he can:
“The facts are that I’ve spent 22 years doing this exactly the same way,” Jones said Tuesday on KRLD-FM. “I’ve made a lot of changes from year to year as time goes along, but frankly, I know that when we do not have the kind of success, when we don’t have expectations lived up to, the one that should get the most heat is the one that ultimately makes the decisions, period, with the Dallas Cowboys. And that’s me.”
The contradictions in those remarks are obvious, yet the logic contained within is so full of twists and turns that it defies analysis. Find a new team to root for, people.
Here are the latest ratings for the NFL season. The Cowboys are in the top 10!
2011 FLD NFL Power Rankings through Week 12
|1. Green Bay Packers (11-0)
|2. Baltimore Ravens (8-3)
|3. San Francisco 49ers (9-2)
|4. Houston Texans (8-3)
|5. New England Patriots (8-3)
|6. Pittsburgh Steelers (8-3)
|7. New Orleans Saints (8-3)
|8. Chicago Bears (7-4)
|9. Atlanta Falcons (7-4)
|10. Dallas Cowboys (7-4)
|11. Cincinnati Bengals (7-4)
|12. Detroit Lions (7-4)
|13. Denver Broncos (6-5)
|14. Oakland Raiders (7-4)
|15. New York Jets (6-5)
|16. Tennessee Titans (6-5)
|17. New York Giants (6-5)
|18. Miami Dolphins (3-8)
|19. Philadelphia Eagles (4-7)
|20. Arizona Cardinals (4-7)
|21. Seattle Seahawks (4-7)
|22. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-7)
|23. San Diego Chargers (4-7)
|24. Buffalo Bills (5-6)
|25. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-8)
|26. Cleveland Browns (4-7)
|27. Washington Redskins (4-7)
|28. Kansas City Chiefs (4-7)
|29. Minnesota Vikings (2-9)
|30. Carolina Panthers (3-8)
|31. St Louis Rams (2-9)
|32. Indianapolis Colts (0-11)
I’d like to share something I’ve been working on over the last few weeks, and I was finally able to put it all together this weekend. The first edition of the freelance dogs NFL team ratings. I’ll try to go into more detail in a future post, but for now know that the ratings take the following into account:
- The week games were played (A week 1 game counts less than a week 10 game)
- The location of games (Home wins count less than away wins)
- Margin of Victory (capped at 28 points)
According to our ratings, the NFL consists of the Packers, the 49ers, and everyone else. Oh and the Colts REALLY suck.
Check out the ratings after the jump.