2013 NFC South Preview & Riley Cooper – NFL FootballMonday, August 5, 2013 21:02
The truth about racist outburst like those of Riley Cooper and 2013 NFC South preview.
RILEY COOPER, PURITANS, AND BREAKING DOWN THE NFC SOUTH
Is everyone delusional–or just me?
Every time a jock-head, white guy, red-neck, asshole, has a few brewskies and starts spewing the word “nigger” like a plantation owner, the NFL, its fans, and much of America shits a cinder block.
“Oh my God! I thought we were over racism! We elected a black president!”
First, Barack Obama is half white–and therein lies his problem. He has been a monumental disappointment in terms of privacy (NSA), decency (drones), and balls (cowtowing to Congress). No African–American who had been through the socio-politica/racial meat grinder like most of his black contemporaries would ever allow the Constitution to be so trampled.
Second, Obama’s electoral victories have not cleaned, sterilized, or sewn up the gaping wound of racism. In fact, his election has poured vinegar on the gash.
Racism is more of a problem today than it was in 1950 Mississippi.
Back then, most white men were straight-forward, self-loving, proud racists. Red-neck haters would fall over each other trying to outdo the ignorance of their fellow travelers. It was part of the good ol’ boys play time…A treasured, putrid slice of Americana…
Fifty years later, the media and the Great American PC brigade have driven that uniquely American form of hatred underground. It takes alcohol, hard drugs or some other catalyst to resurrect those ghosts from the dank basement of our souls.
The pattern is all too familiar:
- A famous celebrity finds himself recorded on TV or an iPhone talking like he normally does while in the arena, around friends and family–or after drinking a 12-pack…Michael Richards, Mel Gibson, Kobe Bryant…Riley Cooper…
- Celebrity is bombarded with self-righteous condemnation from the media…Employer responds with zero-tolerance rhetoric and fines, suspends, or fires employee…(In the sports world, those same employers do nothing about locker rooms filled with misogynistic, criminal-glorifying, rap music laced with various forms of the word “Nigger.”)
- To save his job, sponsorships, movie deal, or future as a TV analyst, chastised celebrity holds a presser or releases a statement of “heart-felt apology, recognizes the horror of his actions and begs for forgiveness…”
Any celebrity you can name who has offended women or minorities must endure this disturbing and increasingly hackneyed social theater before the pitch-forkers remove their tines from his throat.
Wouldn’t you just once love to hear someone tell these social police–who gave them badges anyway?–to pound gravy? Imagine this from Mr. Cooper:
“You know what, none of you people heard word one what people were screaming at me. You also don’t know the guys I was with were all allowed to go backstage and several of them vouched for me, and the guy still wouldn’t be cool. I was plastered. I’m friggin’ from Florida and the racial divide was something I grew up trying to figure out. Obviously, I still have work to do…But, I gotta tell you–and my friends in the other 31 NFL locker rooms will agree–various forms of the word “Nigga” are blasted over the speakers on a daily basis. White and black members of my team throw the word around like they were saying “Dude” “Man” or “Buddy.’ I have heard the word used playfully and not so playfully during every single NFL practice or game.
Of course, none of that matters. My use of the hateful slur was inexcusable and indefensible. I apologize to the guy I directed the slur to and to any kids who think what I did was right–well–I‘m sure you and your parents are a lot smarter than I was that night. I hope you never have to stand up like me and admit you’ve been a fool…For the rest of you righteous bastards who act like you’ve never said something you had to be sorry for–kiss my ass, niggas.”
This NFL division as a whole received mediocre draft grades, but, upon further review, I’m pretty sure the Saints and Falcons will go down to the wire to claim the division crown.
And, believe it or not, your humble columnist actually was spot on in last year’s analysis and prediction regarding this division found here: http://www.deepintosports.com/2012/08/27/nfc-south-2012-nfl-preview-–-football/
It’s no fun to quote myself unless I am completely misguided, which is usually how I roll…
Oh, Shut Up!!!
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
2012 Record: 7 -9
I’m not buying what Greg Schiano is selling.
I’m sure he’ll be heartbroken to find that out.
I didn’t like the “let’s play to the end crap” and his order to ambush the Giants offensive line in the last few seconds of a game when Eli and company were obviously kneeling down.
Schiano would be the first coach to bitch about that kind of bush league tactic if Josh Freeman were on the receiving end. The man has a different approach to changing a culture than other coaches who instinctually make “it” about their players and not themselves.
Then there is the Josh Freeman issue. A good coach has to find someone Freeman can lean on. Think Brady/Gronkowski, Peyton/Harrison…
What receiver can Josh Freeman count on? Mike Williams? Tiquan Underwood? Can Vincent Jackson prove he is what he thinks he is? And where were the Bucs in the Mike Wallace Derby?
Oh yeah, they were focused on the trade for Darrelle Revis and snagging 2013 2nd rounder CB Jonathan Banks, hoping to improve what was the NFL’s worst pass defense. But Revis is coming off an ACL surgery and Banks hasn’t played yet. I always thought Revis was overrated, anyway.
I’m sure he’ll be heartbroken to find that out
Maybe I can buy a little of Schiano. He is a unique NFL coach during his pressers. He actually answers question honestly, respects the people asking them, and usually the guy imparts a lot of cool info about how he approaches the game. Schiano genuinely comes across as someone most guys would love to play for.
Bottom line is, without Josh Freeman blossoming, 2013 will a struggle for the Mateys.
Major Story: Teams focus on stopping Doug Martin, Freeman can’t make up the difference.
Predicted finish: 7 – 9
2012 Record: 7 – 9
No two men in football are sitting on hotter chairs than Ron Rivera and Cam Newton.
Two quarterbacks in the NFC West should take a hard look at Newton’s fall off during his second year.
Head Coach Ron Rivera knows that without a playoff appearance he’ll be coordinating for another NFL team in 2014. He’s not standing pat–or new GM Dave Gettlemen won’t allow the Black Cats to stand pat. Veteran OG Geoff Hangartner was unceremoniously released last week and that perked up the rest of the team’s ears.
The new GM addressed the glaring defensive line needs by drafting Star Lotulelei and Kawaan Short in the first two rounds and OG Edmund Kugbilin in the third.
Mike Shula was promoted from QB coach to offensive coordinator to solidify Newton’s development and the learning curve for the rest of the offense should be minimal–but, still, the Panthers are one of those teams in “coordinator transition” when they need to start fast and learn how to seal the deal in close games.
Newton is good enough to carry a team; in his third year, he shouldn’t have to. Running back DeAngelo Hall is taking first-team time from injured stud Jonathan Stewart, and the defense should be solid with second year gem Luke Kuechely.
The Panthers just have to many ifs and not enough experience to step over the best two squads in their division.
Major Story: Rivera’s future becomes a distraction–and ultimately, his team proves it.
Predicted Finish: 8 -8
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
2012 Record: 7 -9
Last year I likened the state of the Saints to their city after Katrina hit.
Roger Goodell–he is damaging the NFL the way Katrina ravaged the Bayou–made the Saints pay a steep price for supposedly laying bounties for key opposition players.
Goodell’s utter failure as a leader was highlighted by Paul Tagliabue’s reversal of suspensions for Vilma and other players involved in what every team has done since the game was born.
“We get that guy outta the game–we win…” “That guy’s got a sore knee, make sure you tackle him low…” “He had x-rays on his ribs last week, make sure you remind him during the game…”
For godsakes, when I played flag football, we knew who had a bum shoulder or who forgot their spikes…That is football….
The Saints defense was sinfully bad last year and they addressed the woeful secondary by snagging Steeler free-agent corner Keenan Lewis and my favorite DB in the draft, Texas SS Kenny Vaccaro. A porous rush defense should be solidified with 3rd-rounder DT John Jenkins and 6th-rounder DE Rufus Johnson.
Except for one troublesome acquisition, New Orleans will significantly improve on defense–Rob Ryan was hired as the Holy Men’s new Defensive Coordinator.
That could be a problem. Not when it comes to Xs an Os, any professional DC is competent in that regard. Rex’s twin has the same penchant for hyperbole as his brother and father–none of them seem to know when to shut up.
The transition to Ryan and his big mouth will be a distraction for the Saints. How can it not be?
Making things worse for the Saints, injuries on defense can be a killer: http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000220123/article/new-orleans-saints-place-butler-harper-robinson-on-pup-list
Fortunately for the Saint’s faithful, Ryan needs only a slight defensive improvement–eight more turnovers, a few less plays allowed over 20 yards–and the league’s second best offense can make up the difference.
Major Story: The Saints open the season 5 – 0, Atlanta reels…
Predicted Finish: 11 – 5
2012 Record: 13 – 3
Even with the return of Sean Payton, a potent stable of running backs, and Drew Brees, New Orleans can’t match the sheer firepower ready to light up Peachtree St.
I don‘t believe the Falcons have scratched the surface of how great their offense can be–and now they have Steven Jackson, a solid offensive line, and an improved secondary.
But they are swimming upstream against history.
Since the most recent divisional realignment, the NFC South has never had a repeat champion.
That changes in 2013.
Major Story: Falcons tear up the league with Steven Jackson hungry for a ring…
Predicted Finish: 14 – 2 Division Winner
NFC SOUTH SUMMARY
This division looks like the most talented and most balanced in all of football. In contrast to the NFC East, which could easily produce four mediocre 8 – 8 teams, the NFC South could produce four superior 8 – 8 teams. Atlanta had a great 2013 and we think they’re better this year. The other three 7 – 9 teams, like the Birds of Prey, went 3 – 3 in the division last year and this year have the talent to make the road difficult even for a juggernaut like the Falcons.
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