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Rudy Giuliani has Gone off the Deep End

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I know that I generally write about sports, but there has been something happening in politics over the past several days that I just can’t ignore.

Formerly relevant former mayor of New York City Rudy Giuliani has recently begun to say that President Obama does not love America.  As he’s gone around trying to justify his comments, he’s spoken in circles and pretty much presented absolutely no evidence to back up his claim.

Mr. Giuliani has said things like:

  • “Honestly, I don’t and you don’t know what he truly believes”
  • He’s a patriot, I’m sure,
  • “But I don’t hear from him what I heard from Harry Truman, what I heard from Bill Clinton, what I heard from Jimmy Carter, which is these wonderful words about what a great country we are, what an exceptional country we are.”
  • “He doesn’t love you. And he doesn’t love me. He wasn’t brought up the way you were brought up and I was brought up through love of this country,”  This one was said at a Republican fundraiser.
  • “Not the slaughtering of the Christians, not the slaughtering of the Jews, not the slaughtering of the Syrians, but Ferguson.”

So I want to get this straight:  You can be a patriot, but if you don’t love Rudy Giuliani, and you don’t love Republicans, and you don’t sound like Jimmy Carter and think that America is always great and exceptional, then you don’t love America.  If you speak out for the American citizens of Ferguson, but don’t speak out against Christians being killed abroad. then you don’t love America.

By the way, Obama has spoken out against the slaughtering of Christians:

Remember that during the Crusades and Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ. In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ.

That’s right:  President Obama compared the atrocities of ISIS to other atrocities.

How anyone could think that he meant anything other than “These things are really horrible, just like other horrible things that have happened in our past” is beyond me.

Oh, I know why: Those things we did weren’t real atrocities, because they didn’t happen to REAL Americans.  You know, the white Christian ones.

Of course Republicans and Christians were offended by it:

Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, called the president’s comments “an unfortunate attempt at a wrongheaded moral comparison.”

That’s right, Mr. Moore was somehow offended that President Obama compared the brutal killings of Christians by ISIS which were based on wrongheaded religious beliefs held by Muslim extremists to the brutal killings of African Americans which were also based on wrongheaded religious beliefs held by racist white Americans.  How dare he compare Muslim extremists to racist Christian extremists!  I’m glad the Mr. Moore was eager to jump up and defend our “heritage”.  (I hope you can sense my sarcasm there).

Maybe President Obama isn’t so eager to paint all Muslims with the same brush for the same reasons we shouldn’t paint all Christians with the same brush.  I guess the President’s mistake is to assume the right wing would be smart enough to know what he’s saying.

Anyways, back to Giuliani.  I think White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest got it right today:

I can tell you that it’s sad to see when somebody who has attained a certain level of public stature and even admiration tarnishes that legacy so thoroughly, And the truth is I don’t take any joy or vindication or satisfaction from that. I think, really, the only thing that I feel is I feel sorry for Rudy Giuliani today.

I can’t believe the Republicans have now turned me in to an Obama apologist.  Look, there are plenty of reasons to dislike or not even support President Obama.  This is clearly not one of those reasons.

Perhaps Marco Rubio said it best:

I don’t feel like I’m in a position to have to answer for everyone in my party who makes a claim. Democrats aren’t asked to answer every time Joe Biden says something embarrassing. So I don’t know why I should answer every time a republican does. So I will suffice it to say I believe the President loves America. His ideas are bad.

Pete Carroll Made the Right Call

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I know there aren’t many people who will agree with me, but I believe Pete Carroll made the right call to throw on 2nd and goal from the 1 yard line.  Of course hindsight is 20/20, and we all know how it ended up working out for the Seahawks, but let’s take a real look at the situation.

Seattle was down by 4 points and had the ball, 2nd and Goal from the 1 yard line.  There were 20 seconds left in the game, and Seattle had 1 timeout remaining.  They have one of the most physical running games in the league, led by Marshawn Lynch.

If they elect to run on 2nd down and don’t convert, then they must use their final timeout, and are presented with 3rd and Goal and no timeouts, meaning they would be in a known passing down.  Also, if anything goes wrong on 3rd down, the clock would certainly run out without any chance of running a final play to score.

Instead, Seattle chose to pass in what New England thought was a running down.  Typically this gives an advantage to the quarterback.  Honestly, what are the odds that Russell Wilson throws an INT in that situation?  That is literally the ONLY way this becomes the wrong call.

Seattle had the opportunity to make 1 passing attempt to the end zone, then run Marshawn twice if the pass goes incomplete, and they took it.  Unfortunately for them, the almost impossible happened, and Wilson threw the INT.

If you’re gonna play the blame game here, I wouldn’t put the blame on Carroll.  It was on the players for not executing.

As a note, Brian Burke of Advanced NFL Stats disagrees with me:

What say you?

 

Dallas Cowboys Release Roy Williams (the bad one)

According to NBC Channel 5 in Dallas, the Dallas Cowboys have cut Safety Roy Williams.

T.O. is not the only member of the Dallas Cowboys that was released Wednesday night. After seven seasons, safety Roy Williams is no longer a member of America’s Team.

The move should be no surprise to Cowboys fans since there has been heavy speculation that Williams would not be back for the 2009 season.

Williams confirmed the team’s decision to Newy Scruggs Thursday morning.

My only question about this is, “What took so long?”.  I assume they were trying to work out a trade, but nobody wanted him.

Dallas Cowboys Release Terrell Owens

According to ESPN.com, the Dallas Cowboys have released Terrell Owens.  I’m not sure if I’m on-board with this or not, but the Cowboys definitely need to do something this off-season to improve the attitude/chemistry of the team.  I guess we’ll find out if Roy Williams can step up and be a #1 wide receiver.

Speaking of Roy Williams, when will they release the Roy Williams the safety?

Cowboys Quick-Hits (Week 5)

The Dallas Cowboys have played 5 games, are 4-1, and that somehow has landed them 3rd place in the NFC East. This is probably the most competitive division the NFL has had in years, and Dallas is going to have to pick things up if they want to win it. Here are my thoughts after Week 5:

  1. The offense doesn’t look sharp.  Mostly, Tony Romo doesn’t look sharp.  He’s had a lot of overthrows, and needs to do a better job protecting the ball.  I know he likes to take risks, and with those risks often come big rewards, but you can’t win big games if you turn the ball over more than your opponent.
  2. Felix Jones needs more touches.  I watched the Redskins game wondering the entire time, “Where is Felix Jones?”.  We saw again what happens when he gets the ball.  He takes a 4th and 4 and turns it into a 33 yard touchdown.  Let Barber soften them up, then Felix can run all over them.
  3. As I said before, T.O. can complain all he wants after a loss, as long as he keeps saying the right things after a win.
  4. Pacman Adam Jones needs to learn how to catch.  Apparently said he’ll be hitting the JUGGS machine this week.  Lets just hope those are the only “jugs” he’ll be hitting.
  5. I enjoy the Jay Ratliff scream after stuffing a play.  That man can play nose tackle.

Now they get Arizona, St. Louis, and Tampa Bay.  I know AZ and TB both have winning records, but the Cowboys should come up with 3 wins in tne next 3 games.

Why can’t we emulate this?

I’ve been getting more and more into football.  And by football I mean the global definition, not our regional one.  American sports have a lot of exciting moments.  There’s the World Series, the Final Four, the Super Bowl, Stanley Cup Playoffs etc.  However, other than championship games or playoff runs, some of the best excitement is during David vs. Goliath encounters like Boise St. over ZeroU a few years back.

We are lacking one other thing that could add the David and Goliath factor and make sports much more exciting in this country – a relegation/promotion system.  I love that about the football leagues.  MANкомпютри I wish we could have that.  No more tanking seasons for draft picks (and the lotteries this causes).  No more MLB payrolls less than what superstars make by themselves.

I realize we don’t have such an amazing minor league structure right now to emulate it 100%.  So maybe we could do this – if your team finishes last place, you’re on “warning”.  Finish last place the next year or maybe the next two?  You’re relegated.  Bye!  Don’t let the door hit you.  And don’t worry, you’ll get a chance for promotion back up, if you care to start putting in some effort.

How nice would it be to get rid of some of the suck-ass teams in professional leagues and replace them with lesser-known squads with owners that actually give a damn and want to win?!  How nice would it be to see the Fort Worth Cats (first team that came to mind) get a shot at the major leagues?  Insert your local minor league team name here.  At the very least, it would generate a lot more interest…

11 Cowboys Pro Bowlers

The Dallas Cowboys are sending 11 players to the Pro Bowl this year, including “backup” running back Marion Barber:

The 11 players are offensive tackle Flozell Adams, running back Marion Barber, guard Leonard Davis, kicker Nick Folk, center Andre Gurode, safetyIm Internet kann man in der Regel nur für Unterhaltung Blackjack poker oder aber auch einen Gewinn erzielen. Ken Hamlin, cornerback Terence Newman, wide receiver Terrell Owens, quarterback Tony Romo, linebacker DeMarcus Ware and tight end Jason Witten.

So Marion Barber is now a pro-bowler, but not even a starter on his own team.