ESPN blowhard Skip Bayless spoke up about Washington Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III and claimed white Redskins fans favor Kirk Cousins over Griffin. They prefer Cousins at quarterback because he’s a white guy like them.
He made this assertion yesterday on ESPN’s morning show, First Take. Here is a portion of what Bayless said:
You also have the black/white dynamic and the majority of Redskins fans are white and it’s just human nature if you’re white to root for the white guy. It just happens in sports. Just like the black community will root for the black quarterback.
When white people root for white athletes because they’re white, it’s not human nature. It’s racism.
It would seem Skip Bayless knows even less about human nature than he does sports. I didn’t think that was possible, that Bayless could know less about something than sports. It’s as though Bayless lives in a world where Michael Jordan, a black man, wasn’t the most celebrated athlete of his generation. Perhaps Bayless’ world, Steve Kerr, a white man, was more popular with white people than Jordan.
Personally, I’m pretty excited about being able to watch Robert Griffin III play for the Redskins. Unless anything changes in the near future, I’m planning on not getting Sunday Ticket this season and will instead just watch the Redskins on regular TV, like a regular person living in Maryland.
I hate Skip Bayless and most of the time, I hate ESPN.
The NFL Draft started last night and the Washington Redskins selected Baylor quarterback and reigning Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III. Not that it was a surprise. The Redskins moved up in the draft to select Griffin.
They haven’t wanted a quarterback this badly since they traded for former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb way back in 2010. They started selling RG3 t-shirts in northern Virginia about two months ago.
I only wonder how long it will take the Redskins faithful to start booing Griffin. If I had to take a guess, I’d say by halftime of his fourth start.
The NFL has doled out the punishments pertaining to the bounty program the New Orleans Saints had in place that rewarded players for injuring opposing players. Former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, now with the St. Louis Rams, has been suspended without pay indefinitely. New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton was suspended for a year. The suspension will cost Payton $7.5 million in lost salary. Saints general manager Mickey Loomis was given an eight-game suspension, while assistant head coach Joe Vitt was given a six-game suspension.
The Saints organization was also fined $500,00 and will lose their 2012 and 2013 second-round draft picks.
It’s unclear who will be running things for the Saints while these suspensions are being served. They would be in a better situation if they just fired Loomis and Payton and hired a new general manager and head coach. I imagine they would still be on the hook for their salaries, but that’s what lawyers are for. Considering the damage these men have done to the Saints, it could be easily argued that early termination for more than justified.
By administering such severe punishments, it’s clear NFL commissioner Roger Goodell isn’t fooling around here. Now he needs to look at a few other organizations who have had similar bounty systems in place, for instance, the Baltimore Ravens. Goodell is smoking crack if he thinks paying players to hurt opposing players is solely a New Orleans thing.
An investigation by the NFL reveled that the New Orleans Saints maintained a bounty system that paid players up to $50,000 for game-ending injuries to opposing players. The program was in place for three seasons, including the year the Saints went on to win the Super Bowl.
The bounty system was maintained by defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, with the backing of head coach Sean Payton.
The NFL said between 22 to 27 players took part in the bounty system. Players were paid a premium for injuring an opposing player to the extent that he had to be carted-off the field on a stretcher, referred to as “cart-offs.”
The NFL has yet to hand out penalties for the program, but I’m sure that will soon. My only wish is that criminal charges could be levied against everyone involved. If nothing else, I would think a player who accepted $50,000 for purposely injuring an opponent could be investigated for tax evasion. Something tells me any player stupid enough to participate in this is also stupid enough to not declare the money as income.
It’s how the federal government took down Al Capone. It would be nice if the same technique could also be used to rid the NFL of its thugs.
Oakland Raiders quarterback Jason Campbell was knocked out cold in yesterday’s preseason game with the San Francisco 49ers. Linebacker Ahmad Brooks’ knee made contact with Campbell’s helmet. He will be tested in the next few days to see if he has a concussion.
In retrospect, it could have been worse: He could have been shot.
Preseason is stupid and unnecessary. I wish they would just do away with it. Considering how much money the owners make in preseason, that will never happen. Tickets cost the same in the preseason as they do in the regular season and if you are a season ticket holder, you’re forced to pay for two preseason games along with the eight regular season games. Another benefit to the owners is that they don’t pay the players during the preseason. Contracts in the NFL are based on a 16 game season.
College players don’t need preseason to get ready to play football, so why do the pros?
Coaches will say they need the preseason to decide roster spots. This is a stupid reason, especially considering that contracts in the NFL aren’t guaranteed. Teams can cut and stop paying players anytime.
When a player is injured in preseason, it’s an unnecessary waste. Players like Campbell have a finite number of concussions they can give to this game they love. When they get one in preseason, it means one less they can get before they are forced to retire.
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Baltimore Ravens middle linebacker Ray Lewis sat down with ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio to talk about the NFL and the lockout. He sad that fans, not just players, will turn to criminal activity if there is no NFL season this upcoming fall. Form The Huffington Post:
“Do this research if we don’t have a season — watch how much evil, which we call crime, watch how much crime picks up, if you take away our game”.
Normally I would immediately dismiss anything said by Ray Lewis simply because he’s a tard, but if there’s one thing the man knows about is crime. After all, he was the only suspect with a criminal conviction stemming from the brutal knife murder of Jacinth Baker and Richard Lollar. Reginald Oakley and Joseph Sweeting, the two men Lewis was with the night of the murder, were acquitted of all charges. Lewis struck a deal with the prosecution and agreed to testify against his friends. It’s what I believe the French refer to as “snitching.”
Lewis pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice. He also reached out-of-court settlements with the two murdered men’s families.
If Ray Lewis says crime will increase, then he should be taken at his world. If there’s one thing the man knows about is crime.