NFL 2014 Week 2 Picks & Analysis – FootballSaturday, September 13, 2014 19:22
Picks and analysis for Week 2 of the 2014 season.
CAN THE NFL STOP THE FREE FALL?
The NFL is circling the commode and is in danger of going to—
Not to be graphic…
But unless these key NFL people—execs, coaches, and players—show more guts than their brethren who beat women, the NFL is exposing itself as a haven for steroid soaked punks who take their rage out on people they are supposed to love…
The NFL just might end up permanently, grossly, stained like a Skid Row toilet:
Goodell must resign yesterday. If he did not request to see, demand to see, or actually see the elevator video wherein Ray Rice viciously knocked out Janay Palmer, he is incompetent and has failed NFL owners and the fans—not to mention the players.
Goodell has lost all credibility for reasons below and beyond Ray Rice—but mostly because he and, seemingly, his employers are gutless and arrogant.
Remember, in his letter to Roethlisberger, this is the power Goodell has:
“The Personal Conduct Policy makes clear that I may impose discipline even where the conduct does not result in conviction of a crime’ as, for example, where the conduct ‘imposes inherent danger to the safety and well being of another person’ … or conduct that ‘undermines or puts at risk the integrity and reputation of the NFL.’”
Ray McDonald & Greg Hardy
McDonald, a 49er standout, is under investigation for a domestic assault and the Panthers, Greg Hardy, has been convicted.
They are both star players whose teams have not suspended them.
If they had any character, any remorse for what they did, they would volunteer not to play and donate their game checks to domestic abuse charities.
If they were average player, they would be off their teams by now.
Here’s the gory details that got Hardy convicted:
Here’s what McDonald did to his pregnant girlfriend:
Where is Goodell on those two cases? Integrity? Reputation? Hey Roger, ask these women how they feel about their safety and well-being.
John & Denise York
They own the San Francisco 49ers. They can suspend McDonald for using too much toilet paper if they wanted to. McDonald is, as of this writing, playing on Sunday. Not a peep from them regarding McDonald and his assault.
Former player who owns the Panthers. He actually tried to make the issue of domestic violence about him. Check out this pathetic, clueless speech:
The balls on this bastard! One of his players has been convicted of assault, threatening to murder his girlfriend, and he’s crying because people might find that offensive.
John Harbaugh & Ron Rivera
On one hand we kind of want to feel sorry for these guys because their brain-dead owners and gutless GMs have let them hanging in the wind.
On the correct hand, you know, all these coaches and athletes with their muscles, their big talk about leadership, and family, and accountability…What Pussies!
These two coaches could put their chips on the table and dare their owners to fire them and suspend the abusers from their team. They are as gutless as the punks they defend and the people who employ them.
Harbaugh addressed the issue like a petulant brainiac:
Rivera tried, unsuccessfully, not to be a dick:
He’s the Special Investigator? Is there no one remotely connected to the NFL with integrity? Mueller has worked for the league, and is cozy with everyone in the New York office. If he had an ounce of dignity, he would recuse himself immediately.
John Mara & Art Rooney II
These “old guard” owners will “oversee” Mueller’s “independent” investigation.
Unless they define “oversee” as ‘facilitate the investigation wherever it may lead,” they are as guilty as anyone of allowing men who beat women to beat the rap.
The Rooneys and Maras I read about and watched while growing up in Pittsburgh would publicly call for Roger Goodell’s resignation. They would convene an emergency owner’s meeting and make it league policy that any player accused of abuse, assault, or battery upon another being will be immediately suspended.
If the player is found not guilty, he will receive the back pay he missed. If not, the money will be given to a domestic abuse charity.
Rooney and Mara should forward the following to every owner executive and coach of every team—Roger Goodell first sent it to Jim Irsay for his drug abuse relapse just this month:
“I have stated on numerous occasions that owners, management personnel and coaches must be held to a higher standard than players,” Goodell said in his letter to Irsay. “We discussed this during our meeting and you expressed your support for that view, volunteering that owners should be held to the highest standard.”
I wonder if Goodell ever thinks about the standard he should be held to.
Never before in American sports has a league needed a leader of integrity to step up…To take charge…Not for the game or the owners, players, or fans—especially not for the money—but, to make things right.
I’m hoping Rooney and Mara respect their father’s legacies and do what’s right for the sake of what’s right.
Rooney and Mara should also insist the owners increase testing for steroids because something is very wrong when freakishly huge, chiseled men don ‘t think twice about beating women half their size.
…And then they can focus on Adrian Peterson.
WEEK TWO PICKS
I’m sickened from the last week in the NFL. I wish the only thing bothering me was how lousy the Steelers played. I wish I could celebrate how bad the Cowboys could be. I just can’t this week…It feels wrong.
How much blame do we, the fans, bear for the mess that is the NFL?
Did you see women who came out for Ray Rice?
I couldn’t help but wonder…Whose victims are they?
I guess, when it comes to drug-addled players abusing each other on the field, I didn’t care…
I was one of those writers berating Goodell for ruining the game—I used the term, “pussifying” more than once…
What does that say about me?
You all know the drill…My picks follow below…Specials are marked…
I’m hoping this cloud over me goes away…then again, maybe it shouldn’t…
NFL Lines For Week Two9/11 – 9/15, 2014
|Date & Time||Favorite||Line||Underdog||Total|
|9/11 8:25 ET||At Baltimore||-2.5 US||Pittsburgh O||43.5|
|9/14 1:00 ET||At Carolina||-2.5||Detroit||43.5|
|9/14 1:00 ET||Miami||-1||At Buffalo||43|
|9/14 1:00 ET||At Washington||-6||Jacksonville||43.5|
|9/14 1:00 ET||At Tennessee LW||-4 O||Dallas||49|
|9/14 1:00 ET||At NY Giants||-1 O/U||Arizona||44.5|
|9/14 1:00 ET||New England||-3.5||At Minnesota||49|
|9/14 1:00 ET||New Orleans||-6||At Cleveland||47.5|
|9/14 1:00 ET||At Cincinnati||-5||Atlanta||48|
|9/14 4:05 ET||At Tampa Bay||-5||St. Louis||37|
|9/14 4:05 ET||Seattle||-5.5||At San Diego||44.5|
|9/14 4:25 ET||Houston||-3||At Oakland||39|
|9/14 4:25 ET||At Green Bay||-8.5||NY Jets||46|
|9/14 4:25 ET||At Denver||-13.5||Kansas City||51|
|9/14 8:30 ET||At San Francisco GW||-7 O||Chicago||48.5|
|9/15 8:35 ET||At Indianapolis||-3||Philadelphia||53.5|
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