Link – Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks scrutinized over possible violation of NFL concussion policy

This doesn’t sound like the proper protocol was followed –

“With backup Austin Davis in the game, NBC’s broadcast showed Wilson running to the sideline and then sitting down in the area where the tent would be pulled over him. But Wilson got back up before medical officials had a chance to join him and then replaced Davis after one play.

Wilson was on the field for two more plays before the Seahawks punted. During the change of possession, Wilson again entered the tent and remained there for a longer period of time. He was on the field when the Seahawks regained possession.”

My question is, if the referee invoked his right to send Wilson off for the exam, why didn’t the same referee prevent him from coming back into the game after missing one play? I understand he wasn’t watching to see what happened on the sideline but surely we all know it takes more than one play to examine a player for a concussion, right?

Link – The forgotten part of the blockbuster trade for Jimmy Graham is coming back to haunt the Seahawks

Hmm so getting a dynamic receiver is great and all, but if you do so at the expense of your offensive line, it may be hard to actually throw him the ball, huh?

Pete seems to have forgotten the part of the team that actually made Lynch and Wilson better, but perhaps the line will improve and they’ll be fine. So far, this hasn’t worked.

The forgotten part of the blockbuster trade for Jimmy Graham is coming back to haunt the Seahawks

So Your Team Started 0-2 Is It Time to Panic?

NFLWell yes, in the National Football League, it’s always time to panic!

You’ve all seen the numbers, the low percentage of teams who start the season 0-2 who actually make the playoffs. But, it does happen. So what are the chances your currently 0-2 team could still make the playoffs?

The “aren’t that bad” group:

Seattle, Baltimore, Detroit.

Seattle is a good team, who happens to have opened the season with two tough road games. They’ll be fine, and should manage to get into playoff contention.

Baltimore has one loss where the offense was terrible, and one where the defense was terrible. There’s hope that they’ll get it together once the shock of losing Suggs for the season wears off, but it needs to happen now. There division doesn’t allow for too much of a whole with solid Steeler and Bengal teams.

Detroit isn’t as bad as they seem, but they definitely have problems, and it’s going to be tough for them to dig out of the 0-2 hole. Not impossible, but difficult. They aren’t a hopeless team though.

The “they are that bad, but it might not matter” group:

Philly, NY Giants, Indianapolis*.

Philly and the Giants have been awful, and their fans should be worried that they might be awful all season long, but with their division competition being Washington and Dallas, who has to go with Brandon Weedon starting half the season, this division is still wide open.
The “they are that bad, maybe, but we just can’t seem to admit it” group:
New Oreleans – Forget Manning, is Drew Brees aging right before our eyes? There are still a lot of tools in the shed in New Orleans, but it is not working, and it’s confounding.
The “yeah, they aren’t good” group:
Houston, Chicago
There’s nothing there for either of these teams that would lead me to believe they will be anything but awful. They are 0-2 when even teams like the Raiders and Browns, who we assumed would be awful this season, have a win. Start scouting the NCAA games fans. A QB would go a long way toward helping things, but lacking a fix there, this season is going to be painful. Houston’s defense, frankly, deserves better.

On the other hand, there is the outside possibility that Indy and Houston could wind up switching places in these groups. Someone has to win that division, after all!




Reading – Russell Wilson claims his new water heals concussions. That’s corny and dangerous.

Russ, Russ, Russ. Maybe it’s a good thing the season is starting so people can pay attention to what happens on the field. This is really dangerous, and pretty much illegal.

This is one side of athletes and celebs using social media that is not a positive move, using the tools as a way to pitch products that they have investment in. It’s always been a thing to use athletes for endorsements, but when you let them have full control over the “pitch”, they may say things that are not helpful to the company being pitched. Or, in this case, make claims that amount to false advertising. Not cool Russell, and so offensive to all those families dealing with the aftermath of brain injuries caused by multiple concussions.

Russell Wilson claims his new water heals concussions. That’s corny and dangerous.

Refs Are Human Beings Too

‘Fail Mary’ official fighting depression

Former NFL replacement official Lance Easley says he continues to struggle with illnesses — battling depression and post-traumatic stress disorder — since making the infamous “Fail Mary” call in 2012.

The 55-year-old Easley, in a series of interviews with Yahoo! Sports, said he has been plagued by panic attacks, depression and even suicidal thoughts over the past year.

Do we really want to be a society that drives someone to suffer the same symptoms as a soldier returning from war, over a questionable call in a football game? Really??

Richard Sherman and Doug Baldwin Are Right, But We Don’t Care

If you haven’t seen the stunt pulled by Richard Sherman and Doug Baldwin during a press conference yesterday, go ahead and watch it now.


Funny stuff, and like most comedy, it’s funny because there is a portion of truth in it.

The NFL is absolutely all about making money, from sponsors, from ticket and merchandising sales, from media rights, etc. and ANYTHING that gets in the way of making that money is going to get the hammer dropped on it, quickly. The owners and the league office will, occasionally, come out and say some thing for their own public image, but all of that is just window dressing to making money. Most of it is hypocritical too. Player safety is, supposedly, a big concern, and then they just keep throwing these Thursday night games at the players and making them play what is an extremely violent and physically demanding game twice in 5 days.

Or worse, for the Cowboys and Bears, thanks to back-to-back Thursday games, they get to play 3 in 12 days. Sure, that’s got to be perfectly safe.

Also, the NFL is loathe for any of it’s players to drink in public, or be intoxicated in any way, yet it’s biggest sponsor sells alcohol. Money talks….

If you read the comments on the video and other blogs, there’s a common refrain that I think is the crux of the problem. Simply put, we don’t care as long as we get our football! We want the players to shut the eff up and feel lucky that they get paid millions of dollars to play a game. While there’s a morsel of truth in that as well, we also have to remember the flip side of that argument. They play a game that has proven, time and again, to create long term health issues and early deaths among it’s former players. You might view them as the “lucky” ones because they get to play football, but I can guarantee you that if your job had the death rate that former professional football players had, there would be a government agency setting all sorts of rules about how to make it safer. There wouldn’t be all this talk about how you should “just go do something else if you don’t like it”. We have labor laws for a reason, to protect workers from abusive management. Your boss doesn’t get to require you to work 20 hour days, 7 days a week without compensation, in an unhealthy, unsafe environment because it’s dangerous and there are ways in which it can be made safer, and management is required to take those steps. If playing an NFL game twice in five days is proven to be dangerous, why shouldn’t the players be protected the same way you or I are? Why shouldn’t they have the right to speak out against what they consider to be a dangerous practice?

Because in the end, they aren’t real people to us, and we want our damn football, all the time. If a handful of over-sized, steroid using, painkiller addicted, jocks have to die every year, so be it. They were done playing anyway so we ceased to even care about them any more.


Could the Cowboys Be For Real?

A win in Seattle certainly makes it seem like this team is real. The offensive line dominating, leading the way to a record setting running back and a passing game relying on big play wideouts and dependable tight end, is a combination that certainly seems familiar to Cowboy fans. Even the defense, which was terrible last year, has been surprisingly good this year. (Is Rolando McClain the pickup of the year or what??)

On the other hand, it’s October. We’ve been here before in October and November only to see December bring heartbreak. I think all Cowboy fans are pleasantly surprised, and excited, but waiting to see what happens late in the season. 5-1 is nice, but it could turn into 8-8 again, we all know that!

For this week though, going into Seattle, running the ball effectively against that defense, overcoming their own turnovers and getting key turnovers with the game on the line, against a team that simply doesn’t lose at home? I’d take that all day long!

How ’bout them Cowboys?

Photo from Flick user raybouk

Congrats Seattle!

I know everyone will make jokes and hurl plenty of blame at Peyton Manning, but at the end of the day, sometimes you have these kinds of games. It was a Super Bowl blowout in the tradition of SF-Denver, Chicago-NE, Dallas-Buffalo, OAK-Wash, Wash-Denver, and so on. The story was basically the same in all of those, and it was repeated tonight.

When you’re up against an aggressive, attacking, defense, and you fall behind early, the game can turn ugly real quick. If the game situation turns you into a one-dimensional offense, even with Peyton Manning running it, that defense is going to turn you over, force you into mistakes, and the rout will be on.

Throw in a special teams score, and some poor tackling in the second half by Denver’s defense, and you end up with a 43-8 score.

It happens. Unfortunately for the Broncos, and everyone hoping to watch a good game, it happened in the biggest game of the year.

So what were the best commercials? That’s worth discussing. Personally, I wasn’t overly impressed. There were a few cute ones, (Radio Shack, Doberhuahua, Full House reunion) but I didn’t see any that I thought we’d still be talking about for years to come. You?

Final Four in the NFL

So after a crazy season with all kinds of surprises, we end up with a very “chalkish” final four of Seattle, San Fran, Denver and New England.

Still, you couldn’t ask for a better set of games. Two division rivals who really don’t like each other playing in the craziness of Seattle, and on the other side, Brady vs. Manning again.

It might be predictable, but I’m sure the NFL and it’s TV partners won’t complain about those story lines!