I talked to the ownership and the coach of the new East Coast Football League (ECFL) team the Mass Phoenix in Leominster on Friday where their team will play their home games

If like me you aren’t interested in the NFL Draft but have an interest in actual football this might be to your taste. I guarantee you that they will not only be more entertaining that the comic at the White House correspondents dinner but you will be able to take your kids to see them without fear.

It’s been an amazing year for Boston Sports.

Last Year the Red Sox Won their Division, the Patriots went to the Superbowl, the Bruins are tied for the lead in their division with 3 games to go and the Celtics, even without their Superstar Kyrie Irving are in 2nd place in their division with a chance to be the #1 seed with five days to go.

This year is starting just as good the Boston Red Sox after losing their opener thanks to one wild inning have won five straight, the team has yet to commit an error in the field and no starting pitcher on the staff has an ERA above 1.70 and that’s with Eduardo Rodriguez, Drew Pomeranz or Steven Wright all starting the season on the DL

In the days before the Red Sox broke the curse of the Bambino a 5-1 start with their ace carrying an ERA of under 1.00 there would be no other story in the state. Newspapers would be hailing the teams start, TV shows would be talking about the upcoming series with the Yankees with bated breath and the phone lines of sports talk radio would be full of optimists proclaiming this being the year and naysayers noting that their big free agent signing JD Martinez is hitting .200 and has yet to go yard and proclaiming the limited offense in the opening games as a harbinger of doom.

But in this post curse era none of that is happening.

What is the number # 1 topic on Boston sports radio, on TV and in the papers: The Patriots.

What are the Patriots doing with their off season moves. Will Belichick trade more players for draft picks or draft picks for players. Why did they let Brandon Cook and Danny Amendola go? Will Grok retire? Is Brady planning to retire before 45, will they Draft a quarterback and why the hell DID the Patriots sit Malcolm Butler in the Superbowl?

Oh the Celtics and Bruins get some mention in passing and if either get to the conference finals the might get more but even on WEEI the home station of the Red Sox the only thing I hear in my drive to work or my drive home is Patriots Patriots Patriots.

Now to be fair the Patriots are an incredibly newsworthy topic, they are the longest running dynasty in the history of football and have arguably the best coach and best player in the entire history of the league and as the end of their time together gets closer they will become even more newsworthy than they are now.

But I submit and suggest if David Ortiz, Curt Schilling and their gang of idiots had not broken the curse 15 years ago, there is no way that the Patriots offseason would be a bigger story than the Red Sox start and when I turn on the radio looking for news of how the Red Sox when my workday ends, I would certainly find it.

Closing thought, I wonder if they’re seeing the same thing in Chicago.

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“All I was saying was that a losing team, plus bread and circuses, was better than a losing team and a long, still silence.”

Bill Veeck

While Tom Brady prepares for his eighth trip to the Superbowl in 16 years (not counting the season he spent injured) to close his season Tim Tebow who won a playoff game against the Steele’s before being crushed by Tom Brady’s Patriots in what would be his final NFL start is about to start a season in Major League Training camp:

Tim Tebow is about to receive his most significant exposure yet to top-level baseball competition. The Mets announced Friday that they have invited Tebow to Major League Spring Training, giving the former college and professional football star another opportunity to stride forward in his baseball career.

Tebow is among 13 non-roster invitees to Spring Training — a list that also includes blue-chip first-base prospect Peter Alonso (ranked as the Mets’ No. 7 prospect by MLB Pipeline) former Nationals catcher Jose Lobaton and Drew Smith, the reliever the Mets acquired for Lucas Duda last July.

Tebow put up respectable numbers last season in the minors and the taste of the Majors in spring training certainly can’t hurt his development and while he would be a longshot to make the Major league squad he will likely sell quite a few tickets this spring.

Of course there are those who have made a career hating Tebow for his unapologetic very public Christianity who aren’t going to be too happy and there are a few who figure that the Mets a planning on Tebow to financially salvage a season brimming with low expectations.

Taking that cynicism even further, you could see Tebow’s spring training invite as a test run of sorts for the Mets in preparation to bring him up for a promotional tour later in the season if the Mets are out of the playoff race and looking to sell some tickets in August and September.

Given it’s the job of teams to sell tickets there’s nothing wrong with that idea plus while his numbers in the NFL were never impressive his teams had a regular habit of winning games he started.

And if things don’t work out in the next two years with the Mets there’s always the Orlando team of the XFL in 2020.

by baldilocks

At the New York Post, Jay Cost talks about why he’s considering giving up watching the NFL; mostly about officiating and “freak” injuries.

It’s not that much of an interesting read, but it made me think about the time that I almost became one of those women.

12-year- old me to my dad: “I hate football.”

Dad: “How can you hate something you know nothing about?”

Long before I met the man who became my dad when he married my mom, Dad was a tall — 6’4″ — lanky  teenager who played football and basketball in high school and in college. He says he was better at basketball, but that he enjoyed playing football more.

Later, like almost everyone else’s dad, he’d be in front of the TV on Sundays. This was before he became a Christian and, after that, a pastor.

By the time Dad asked me that fateful question, I was beginning to parrot what I’d heard adult females say, even though I don’t remember if Mom ever gave her opinion on the game. I do know that she wasn’t watching it.

My parents had spotty success with getting me to do what they wanted using threats or shame, but they could almost always manipulate me with logic. So, when Dad asked me The Question, I was forced to conclude that he was right: that I could not come to a valid conclusion about the quality of football because I didn’t know jack about it.

To remedy this, Dad suggested that I join him in front of the TV each Sunday for one season, while he explained the goal, strategies, rules, tactics, etc. of the game, and then, afterward, make an informed opinion about the game.

By the end of that season and for many years afterward, I was a big fan of football and the NFL. Then something happened; something long before Colin Kaepernick first knelt during a rendering of the National Anthem.

I got tired of football players and their off-the-field antics. I think Rae Carruth was the death knell – in more ways than one. Kaepernick was the cremation.

Something that has always been an aversion to me is ingratitude for the blessings which God bestows, whatever the nature of that blessing: intellect, physical gifts, earthly opportunities, etc. I’ve only been able to articulate this aversion in recent years, but it has always been there as nebulous, un-evaluated disgust. And, as the character quality of NFL players seemed to descend, my interest in being entertained by them varied directly. (The same thing happened with the NBA; I stopped watching them even earlier.)

The future LA Stadium in the Rams’ and Chargers’ dreams

But now that I’ve evaluated that disgust, I do wonder how long the NFL will last, considering that I’m far from alone

in turning my back on the NFL, if all the empty stadiums and the losses incurred by ESPN, etc. are indications. Here in LA, we have two football teams that can barely sell its dirt-cheap tickets.

Back to Dad. As I said, he long ago readjusted his Sunday priorities – and so did I. It’s for the best.

One wonders what an NFL-less America would look like.

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One of the principles of the Free Market is the idea that if another person thinks the can something better to go ahead and DO it.

So when I saw this idea from P-Diddy:

My reaction is if you, the left, the players and the media want a league where the primary goal is to allow for free protest as desired GO FOR IT!

Start with a small 8 team league with two divisions, a 10 game schedule and a championship game at the end. I’m sure you can manage to find 500 players either unsigned or wiling to leave the NFL over this kneeling cause.

Since this about a principle that the Players union cares about they might even allow your 60 man rosters to have a minimum salary as low as $200,000 each with a salary cap of 80 million to keep your initial costs down.

There is also no shortage of ex players to fill up front offices either and all of this means plenty of jobs for folks working at games as well. With a little luck including front office and coaches the payroll per team can be kept below $150 mil easy

Furthermore given the liberalism of big cities I’m sure the Mayors of Portland, Chicago, San Francisco, LA, Baltimore, NY, Washington and Boston would be delighted to either build you new stadiums to play in or give you old ones by eminent Domain to advance the liberal cause.

So Mr. Comes all you need are 10 liberal billionaires or 30 liberals wiling to go thirds on teams to make this happen.

If you guys are right, they should have no fear that they will lose a fortune on it, because we keep hearing from the sports media that the number of fan who actually are upset about the protests are tiny so there will be plenty of fans ready to fill your stadiums and plenty of advertisers dying to sponsor you product to target them.

And of course ESPN and the networks who have all supported your protests will be happy to not only televise your games but pay you all handsomely for the privilege.

Now it’s my opinion that all of this is pipe dream because there is no way such a league will draw fans, advertisers or TV money and the reality is that the best case scenario for you is this being a non-starter and the worst case scenario is this does start up and the financial backers lose tens of millions as both the TV and stadium audiences fail to turn up.

But the beauty of America is the chance to take a shot. So Mr Comes, you go on ahead. I’m sure you’ll be delighted to show all of us conservatives the P-Diddy League’s success and gloat over it and if you do succeed I’ll be happy to publicly acknowledge it.

Go ahead let’s see you do it.

Update:  There is one thing I should point out that hit me after I slept on it and it’s a significant point.  There is one reason a P-Diddy League might have a shot at success.  There is no reason to believe that such a league would not produce good football.  If you started with an 8 team league as I suggested with about 25% of the rosters consisting of players who are at an NFL level and the rest pretty close to it, with even average coaching you can produce a product of good quality.

Furthermore as a new league a Diddy league could also make a few minor rule tweaks to improve the product such as dumping the constant review of every play, letting fumbles be fumbles, catches be catches and letting the refs actually do their job even if they blow an occasional call reserving such stuff for only the championship game.  If the football product is good enough it might actually build a fan base that might look beyond the constant protests but that’s the rub.  I suspect the very nature of a league built around protesting America would have such a small appeal to American football fans that the quality of the product would not be enough.

We mentioned Act for America feeling compelled to cancel their nationwide events Sept 9th.  I’ve invited Dianne Ploss of Boston’s ACT chapter to join us for the Stacy McCain Buffet Books and Blather event in Leominster.  She has graciously accepted and we look forward to seeing her on our roundtable panel.  You can get tickets here.

Speaking of Stacy McCain he has noted that this tendency to embrace the violent, the kooks the freaks and disavow anyone who critiques them will have one result or as he put it:  “Trying to win elections by claiming that people who don’t vote for you are racist sexist homophobes is a good way to lose an election. ” 

The Houston disaster continues and demonstrates something important. That while we can make good scientific guesses our ability to predict the cycles of weather and climate are limited by the amount of years we’ve actually been measuring thus when it comes to any storm cycle that repeats over a period of 300 years or more, we haven’t got a clue.

The contrast between those trying to help in Houston and those who are rioting in Berkeley or calling for the removal of monuments has been a disaster to the left and the media’s memes, or to put it another way, I’ve seen pictures of boats with Confederate flags saving folks in Texas, I’ve not seen pictures of boats full of people in black wearing masks doing so.

Meanwhile some things continue as usual in places like Michigan: MICHIGAN: TERROR INVESTIGATION NABS MUSLIM WITH CACHE OF UNREGISTERED WEAPONS IN YPSILANTI. Just because the MSM leaves this stuff to Pam Geller and others doesn’t mean it isn’t going on.

I was called back to work this week from the company that laid me off, I started on Tuesday which is the 3rd workday of this new shift I’m on. While I was out of work my readers provided me with a paycheck every week I was out plus the equivalent of two more days worth of pay, I’ll leave you to decide it that is coincidence or providence.

Yesterday on the radio I heard there was a march of ministers against Trump which gave few details. One of the detals they left out was that it was organized and led by Al Sharpton, presumably because such info would defeat the MSM goal of portraying the march as an actual moral crusade.

When I was young the NAACP was known for standing up to police dogs and angry Klansmen for the rights of average people to go to school, sit at a lunch counter and live where they will.  Now they are known for protesting on behalf of a millionaire football player unsigned after a 2-10 record and people wonder why they aren’t as respected as they once were.

All last week in Cleveland while basketball fans talked the big trade with the Celtics and Baseball fans talked Indians exciting division run, Football fans were talking a dozen Browns players including one white player, kneeling for the anthem and the fallout from a judge, a VFW and a widow of a slain officer. Lucky for Cleveland the greatest Brown, Jim Brown got involved saying how he would never disrespect the flag and the Browns decided to concentrate on Football instead of protests this week and won.

To close on a football story actually involving football the New England Patriots has lost Julian Edelman for the season thanks to an injury in their 3rd preseason game. Despite what you are hearing from sites like this as long the offensive line and Tom Brady remain uninjured Edelman’s absence from the Patriot lineup this year will have only a slightly greater effect on their playoff run than my own.

Today is superbowl sunday and while doing my best to ignore Lady Gaga and the other anti-Trump nonsense I can’t help but notice they seem to dominate the coverage, likely because most people don’t give Atlanta a chance.

Given both the history and the work ethic of the Patriots Dynasty this is not a fault likely shared by the team. They understand that in a single game anything can happen, furthermore they know that the Atlanta Offense is explosive and while the Atlanta Defense is not highly rated they were able to stop two Superbowl Champion quarterbacks in their last two games.

Despite these concessions I am picking the Patriots and the reason for that is not only their superior defense and the possession of the greatest quarterback in the history of the game, but I give the ultimate credit to Roger Goodell and deflategate.

Now I’m sure many of you are thinking that I’m referring to the revenge factor that is often the subject of stories and analysis from Rush Limbaugh on down. It’s no coincidence that the title on the Boston Herald epaper supplement on the game is titled This Time It’s Personal and to be sure that has provided some motivation for a Patriots team that frankly needs little motivation than the potential of a championship.

But Ironically Roger Goodell has (thanks to an able assist from the Patriots backups who went 3-1 during the Tom Brady suspension) given the New England Patriots the single most critical advantage in the game.

Football, despite having the shortest season of the 4 major American sports is by far the sport most conducive to injury. Every single play involves physical contact and being hit. By the end of the season its said that everyone is in pain, it’s just a question of how much. Thus if you can avoid taking repeated hits it can make a huge difference. Franco Harris might have taken grief by running out of bounds for example but as NFL.com puts it while naming him the 3rd best running back in playoff history

Harris totaled 1,556 yards and 16 rushing touchdowns in the postseason. Those totals are second to only one other running back in NFL history (more on that guy later). Harris was a key component to the Steelers‘ dynasty, helping the team to four Super Bowl championships.

In Super Bowl IX, Harris rushed for 158 yards and a TD. He was named Super Bowl MVP. Harris also ran for 343 yards in that playoff stretch. That was a Steelers‘ record for rushing yards in a single postseason, until it was broken just this year by Le’Veon Bell. It’s clear that regardless of what is thought about his running style, Harris was a monster in the playoffs.

It’s also worth noting that in a 1996 profile the Baltimore sun noted that Harris was “without the disabilities of many former pro football players”, I suspect his avoidance of unnecessary hits had a lot to do with that.

Now Consider Tom Brady.  while he is a dedicated, one might even say obsessive when it comes to conditioning the fact remains that he is 39 years old, an age where the vast majority of players have been safely retired rather than putting impossible numbers (28 TD vs 2 Int this season) playing for their fifth ring in seven tries and finishing 2nd in the MVP vote to his opposite number Matt Ryan of the Falcons.

Brady may be spotting  Matt Ryan 8 years and the MVP award but thanks to Roger Goodell Brady has one thing that Matt Ryan does not:  Four extra games / weeks of rest, four weeks of not getting hit by opposing linemen, four weeks of not being chased out of the pocket and four weeks of not hitting the ground hard.  Brady is four weeks fresher, four weeks stronger and four weeks less in pain.

Furthermore thanks to the suspension both of his backups have been tested by fire and rest assured if something happens and Brady goes down you can be sure Bill Belichick will be ready with an offensive scheme designed for Jimmy Garoppolo’s strengths based just on practice but on game experience against actual NFL competition.

None of this is possible without Roger Goodell’s over the top excessive punishment of Brady and the Patriots for their Deflategate sins, so if Brady, Belichick and Robert Kraft take the podium as I suspect they will, they should thank Roger Goodell for making sure their 39 year old QB was one month fresher than the other guy.

As their rating continue to tank (at least relatively speaking, compared to Comedy Central and Full Frontal with Samantha Bee the NFL is still god) The NFL is still in total denial of the cost of the National Anthem protests.

“Finally, it is worth noting that we see no evidence that concern over player protests during the National Anthem is having any material impact on ratings. In fact, our own data shows that perception of the NFL and its players is actually up in 2016.”

Matt Dolloff isn’t buying it

“Finally, it is worth noting that we see no evidence that concern over player protests during the National Anthem is having any material impact on ratings. In fact, our own data shows that perception of the NFL and its players is actually up in 2016.”

and it’s costing the networks that carry them but in the end Mr. Dolloff opinion, valid as it seems, is not enough to tag the NFL as liars.

But this tweet is:

The story is here:

San Francisco 49ers head coach Chip Kelly announced Tuesday that Colin Kaepernick has been handed the reins to take over as the team’s starting quarterback.
The decision comes amid the squad’s four-game slump and less-than-stellar 1-4 start to the season.

Now by any rational measure this move makes sense, your San Francisco has started 1-4 and sits in last in the NFL west 1-2 in their Division and 1-4 in their conference and tied for the worst record in the NFC. If they want to make up the 2 1/2 games (likely more thanks to tie breakers) they are behind in the wild card and have any chance of moving ahead of the 10 teams they have to overtake to get that last wild card slot with only 11 game to go something has to be done NOW!

Replacing an ineffective quarterback with a veteran who despite injury and a bad streak lately has in the past led a team to a Superbowl appearance is a sound and logical risk to take at this time to change things. Any student of the game would agree.

Yet not only did the head coach feel compelled to state explicitly that this move was “a football decision” but the San Francisco 49ers team felt compelled to include that explicit statement in explanation to the 1.36 Million fans who follow the team on twitter.

Why? I submit and suggest that they are so worried about a backlash from fans, they considered a statement of the obvious necessary.

And that dear friends tells you that when the NFL says that the boycott is having little effect are lying to the public in the best traditions of Hillary Clinton


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sitdownby baldilocks

Several members of the Seattle Seahawks are talking about doing a sit-down protest of the National Anthem this Sunday, opening day of the 2016-2017 NFL season.

By the way, Sunday is also the 15th anniversary of Al Qaeda’s attacks on America, which destroyed the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, damaged the Pentagon, and lead to the crash of United Airlines Flight 93.

Seahawk receiver Doug Baldwin said Wednesday he is considering sitting during the national anthem while linebacker Bobby Wagner said the Seahawks could take an action as a team.

Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane, who said he plans to continue to sit during the national anthem this season, may not be doing so by himself when the team opens the regular season Sunday against Miami.

Seattle receiver Doug Baldwin said Wednesday he is also considering sitting during the anthem before Sunday’s 1:05 p.m. kickoff at CenturyLink Field while linebacker Bobby Wagner said the team has been talking about a group action.

“I have (considered it),” Baldwin said before Seattle’s practice Wednesday afternoon. “I want to make sure I get all of my ducks in a row before I do so.’’

While Wagner said he didn’t know if he would sit down during the anthem he said “anything we want to do, it’s not going to be individual. It’s going to be a team thing. That’s what the world needs to see. The world needs to see people coming together versus being individuals.”

Wagner said he couldn’t say exactly what the team might do, saying “whatever we decide to do will be a big surprise.”

These guys should do what they want, but, I wonder whether it will be a big surprise to some of these men if, a few years hence, they have to go out and get real  jobs because they’ve spent all their football money and because the NFL no longer exists. Because that is what they are doing: killing their platform. A large portion of the NFL’s audience won’t put their monies out for this sort of thing.

Surprise!

But if they feel that strongly about it, they should do their thing.

By the way, I’m old enough to remember when the following video of Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman taunting San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree was the Most Terrible and Controversial Thing Ever. Good times.

(Thanks to Ace)

UPDATE: Sea Chicken-sh**ts.

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Just under a year ago, before his suspension was overturned I wrote about how Tom Brady’s suspension had a huge silver lining for the Patriots:

First of all Tom Brady is 37 years old, while he is arguably the greatest quarterback in NFL history even the greatest gets old and the toll of 15 seasons of getting hit has to have a cumulative effect on a body.

Second of all the Patriots are a pragmatic bunch of folks, they understand Brady is getting older and need to start considering who might be replacing him down the line.

Third of all how do you motivate a man who is:

1. Married to a Supermodel
2. Has all the money he will ever need
3. Has all already been to six superbowls and won 4

That’s why this suspension will do wonders for everybody.

Well now Brady’s suspension has been reinstated by the US appeals court

Last year, a federal court ruled that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell had not treated New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady fairly in a disciplinary investigation, overturning a four-game suspension at the start of the 2015 season. Today, the 2nd Circuit threw a flag on the lower court and Brady, overturning the ruling and reinstating the suspension:

Other than the fact that Tom Brady’s is now 38 instead of 37 every single argument I made concerning the advantages of Brady getting a 4 week rest to start the season still applies.

Add to that the fact that the only reason Brady did not reach his 7th superbowl was a missed 2 pt conversion and the questionable coaching decision not to settle for 3 points with plenty of time on the clock on several occasions you have to believe Tom will want that 5th ring even more than he did last year.

I suggest the fans of Buffalo, Houston, Arizona and Miami enjoy their 4 game Bradyless windfall (which are not btw guaranteed wins for them) because after those four games the rest of the league is going to be paying for it.

P.S.  None of this changes the fact that there is absolutely no way minor functionaries fiddled with footballs without the knowledge and or consent of their QB and if you believe they would you’ll believe anything.  Yet it is a minor thing which produces a miniscule if any advantage but you’re not telling me it didn’t happen.