NFL 2014 Week 3 Thursday Night Pick & Analysis – FootballThursday, September 18, 2014 14:10
Picks and analysis for the Thursday night game of Week 3 of the 2014 NFL season.
THE NFL’s INVISIBLE MAN…
Since his two-faced, cover-my-ass interview with Nora O’Donnell, the world hasn’t seen hide nor hair of Roger Goodell, the gutless wonder to whom NFL owners paid 44 million dollars last year and probably more this year.
Why does it seem the richest among us, like the NFL owners and Goodell; the strongest among us like Adrian Peterson, Greg Hardy, and Ray McDonald lack the wealth of wisdom and the courage of any conviction?
We hear it from most every owner about how they try to create a family atmosphere, an organization of pride and integrity where everybody “in the building” has a vital role to play on the team.
Yet, when a crisis arises–the worse PR week in the history of the 94 year-old NFL—the Commissioner disappears, the owners let coaches and GMs face the media and tell a story they themselves don’t believe, and hugely successful men embarrass themselves repeatedly.
Is their any body alive out there who is proud to be a Minnesota Viking fan? Carolina Panther? 49er? When you hear the word integrity, which NFL team comes to mind.
We hear it about every coach in the NFL; how each of them is a unique communicator and a gifted leader of men…
Who is Ron Rivera leading during this press conference?
If you managed to make it through all the bullshit, outright lies, and utter stupidity of what Rivera says and how he says it, give yourself some love because it made me sick.
I’m no angel.
I’ve done things and gotten away with some behavior that, to this day, makes me cringe with shame. I’ve hurt people. I’ve embarrassed myself. I’ve set bad examples for my sons; thank god they were too smart to follow them. Sometimes, when my kids made mistakes, I reacted with a bunker mentality, tried to protect them, instead of leading them appropriately.
Other times, when my kids misbehaved, I got physical. My youngest boy got smacked in the face when I heard him sass his mother, unfortunately I had my college ring on and it drew blood. I broke a rickety wooden cutting board over his brother’s ass; another time, I twisted his arm until he admitted to doing something wrong. I used a belt—my mom’s weapon of choice—a few times.
Sometimes, kids drive you crazy.
(I’m going to jog their memories when they come down for a weekend family dinner; maybe they’ll remember differently.)
I’ve been kicked in the nuts by more than one woman and slapped in the face by a few more. I got physical a couple times. I’ve held a woman’s arms. I pulled a phone cord out of the wall so one girlfriend couldn’t call her mom. Probably a few more, but alcohol clouds the memory.
I’ve been verbally abusive to virtually every member of my family. I said things to my parents when I was young that I don’t have the courage to type.
Like I said, I’m no angel.
But I never knocked a woman out with a vicious left hook. Except for the ring incident and an occasional red ass I left no marks on my kids.
The point of my confession? I learned what was effective leadership and what was not.
You would think coaches like Ron Rivera, the Harbaugh brothers, and Mike Zimmer would have the guts to say this to their respective owners:
“When you hired me, I insisted on the final decision when it came to who would play on a given Sunday and who would not. The fact is Mr. Owner, I don’t want a professional athlete on my team who thinks it’s okay to knock a woman out cold, or threaten her life, or beat his son so badly it looks like he ran blindly through a gauntlet of rose bushes.”
“The fact is, gentlemen, I don’t support the son-of-a-bitch and the moment he is reinstated on this team you need to fire me. If he receives a dime of salary while suspended, fire me. I’d much rather have the media talking about the controversy we created by getting rid of trash instead of how much we’ve embarrassed our franchise. Now, I am going out there to say what’s in my heart on this matter or you need to fire me right now.”
“Coach you don’t understand, the CBA says we can’t suspend him without pay, the union will sue, and it would be too much of a distraction—and we would be forfeiting a playoff berth; you’d lose the locker room if you throw him under the bus!”
Really, lose the locker room? You’re underestimating my team, gentlemen, this is the kind of response that brings men together because there isn’t one man in this building—even if he has similar issues—who will publicly condone what that thug did. And, stop with the under the bus bullshit, boys. Far as I’m concerned when he lashed his kids testicles or knocked a 105 pound woman out cold that player threw this entire organization under the bus…If you weren’t so blind you would see the tire marks on your back.”
At this point, any owner would think twice about firing this coach. Because –
- He’s willing to take the heat off the chicken-shit owners
- If they fire their coach, they’ll have to pay him for his contract
- AND continue paying the asshole player who caused the shit-storm
- If the NFLPA wants to go to bat for a guilty as sin abuser, let them bear that cross.
A smart coach would then seal the deal with this:
Seriously guys, we do it my way, the media treats us like royalty; we are the brave ones who set the example for the entire sports industry; more women wear our jersey than any other team, and these goddamned primadonna players know who’s in charge—or you can do the gutless thing, and next year I’ll get rehired, hopefully by a team in our division, so I can kick your pansy asses twice a year.
The coach knows that if he gets fired, even if his bosses don’t fire him, he will have more control over who gets drafted onto his next team. He will have established himself a true leader. He also knows his team will have a legitimate philosophy to rally around and his players will respect his taking a stand.
Therein lies the point—someone has to…TAKE A STAND…
And Roger Goodell is nowhere to be found.
THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
Probably not going to watch it. The Pirate game is on and the once destructive state of affairs in baseball—PEDs, four hour games, minimal revenue sharing, bad umpiring, Bud Selig—seem kind of blasé compared to the NFL’s maelstrom of greed, violence, and cowardice.
Atlanta and Matt Ryan have a ton more firepower than the Mateys and Josh McCown. The Falcons attention to stopping the opposition in the 2014 off-season has produced two weeks of the league’s worst defense. Tampa’s problem is they don’t have the weapons to exploit that weakness.
We think the Birds of Prey come up big at home, they’ll cover and go over the number.
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS @ ATLANTA FALCONS – 7 (45.5)
Falcons 30, Buccaneers 20
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